This week on Not So Long Ago, GM finally strolls down from Book Hill a few blocks. The block in question is the east side of Wisconsin Ave. just south of O St. Today it holds BB&T bank, which even by bank standards has a terrible street presence. So it comes as quite a surprise to see that this now staid building once was about the most garish buildings on Wisconsin Ave.
In 1993, this building housed a Nobody Beats the Wiz. Unlike the chain’s locations up north (which GM was very familiar with while growing up), this location was not a full service electronics store. It just sold music and movies.
On the corner there was a flower shop called Peter’s Flowerland. On the other side was a shop whose name started with “Brav”. GM’s not sure if that was short for Bravo, or something else. Nowadays the space is a Subway.
GM wonders how many layers it took to cover up the turquoise, watermelon, and gold paint job.