Last night GM planned to write a story about what the sign that stands near the Sid Mashburn is in reference to. The sign, seen above, appears to say “QP SHOPS”, at least that’s how GM interprets it. Unfortunately after researching the Washington Post and Washington Star databases, he came up empty. So does anyone know what it’s for?
The sign has been there for at least as long as GM’s lived in Georgetown. It was there when Neyla was open (although for a short time it was covered with a sign for Neyla) and it has remained after Sid Mashburn opened.
GM could find no reference to QP shops in the newspapers’ databases. Nor could he find a reference to “PP Shops” that seemed connected. A search on the adjacent properties didn’t come up with anything either. Where the Milicent Chatel office stands was an art gallery in the 70s and 80s and a coffee shop/art gallery before that. It was a private home in the 1950s.
The building that contains Sid Mashburn is not nearly as old. It appears to have been a dairy in the 20s, but by the 1950s it was a parking lot. It stayed a parking as late as the 1960s. The current building appears to have been built in the 1970s. It held a chic European restaurant in the 1990s called Crepizza. Neyla opened in 1999.
If GM had to guess, the sign probably related to the Sid Mashburn building. Perhaps there once was a collection of small shops there? Does anybody know?
GM will leave with an amusing story from the coffee shop next door, it’s from March 27, 1966: