This week on Not So Long Ago, GM swings back down to M St. A new feature this week, GM realized that the two of his 1993 photos were of side-by-side. So he lined them up in a cheap panoramic and took two new matching shots. That way you can see a much bigger chunk of this block. The drawback is that the photo isn’t as clear, but click the photos below to see a higher resolution shot of each.
Left to right nowadays, there is Tommy Hilfiger, True Religion Jeans, Georgetown Gallery Souvenirs, and Barbour. Eighteen years ago the scene was a lot different, although not entirely.
First of the left was the Market Home Furnishings, which apparently carried sofas, mattresses, futons, and the like. The Tommy store only opened a few years ago, and for the life of him, GM can’t remember what was in the space before Tommy Hilfiger was there. Does anyone remember? (By the way, it looks like that Tommy Hilfiger store is closing and will be replaced by an Athleta store). There’s still a sofa, mattress, futon, etc. store in Georgetown; it’s up on Wisconsin by Reservoir.
Next to the right was a store called “Racquet and Jog”. The store, apparently, sold tennis and running equipment. There is another store of the same name in Rockville right now. There’s also one in Tyler, Texas. It seems unlikely that they were related, but you never know. GM knows that by at least 2004, this space was occupied by a clothing store called LVLX.
Next over was the exact same store that is there now (although under a slightly different name): the Gallery of Georgetown (now it’s the Georgetown Gallery). Eighteen years ago it advertised jewelry, African art and gifts. Nowadays it advertises African art, luggage, t-shirts, and beads. It’s probably among the top five longest surviving M St. business in Georgetown.
Finally, the last to the right was a Foot Locker. The Footlocker was open as late as 2004. Barbour only moved in last year, replacing Richey & Co.
Oddly enough, in the 18 years since this photo was taken, Georgetown went through a dip in athletic goods stores. Just five years ago there was only the Georgetown Running Co. to buy genuine athletic gear. Now we have Lululemon, City Sports, and soon will have an Athleta. None of those have the charm of Racquette and Jog, perhaps, but it’s sure nice to be able to pick up a set of tennis balls in Georgetown.
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