Old Timer’s Club

The imminent closing of Appalachian Spring got GM wondering what are all the other long-long term businesses in Georgetown (let’s say, over 30 years). Here’s what he came up with (in no particular order), add more in the comments if GM missed one:

  • Martin’s Tavern: It’s the oldest tavern in DC, having started pretty much the moment prohibition ended. Opened 1933.
  • The Phoenix:A third generational family affair, the Phoenix was opened in 1955.
  • Clyde’s: Inspired by a New Yorker cover that still hangs on its walls, Clyde’s was opened in 1963.
  • Safeway: Originally opened as a Sanitary Grocery, the grocery store in Georgetown has been also under the name Piggly Wiggly.
  • Bridge Street Books: Opened before Barnes and Noble and outlasted the behemoth. It’s been selling books in Georgetown since 1980.
  • Blues Alley: The legendary jazz club has been around since 1965
  • 1789/The Tombs: These two establishments have been feeding GU students (and their parents, in the case of 1789) since 1962.
  • Mr. Smith’s: This is a close call, since Mr. Smith’s closed its original location on M St. a few years ago and simply took up residence at Chadwicks. But either way, it’s been open since 1962.
  • The Lantern Bookshop: The used book store has been open since 1977, although GM is not sure if it’s always been in Georgetown.
  • Georgetown Tobacco: This store has been selling cigars in Georgetown since 1964.
  • Wedding Creations and Anthony’s Tuxedos: Owned and operated by ANC Commissioner Ed Solomon, this formalwear shop has been opened over 32 years.
  • 7-11: The 7-11 on P St. by Rose Park has been opened at this location since 1964.
  • The Christ Child Society Opportunity Shop: This secondhand store has been selling Georgetowners’ old jewelry for 60 years.
  • Georgetown Floor Coverings: This is another family-owned business. It’s been in Georgetown since 1954.
  • Potomac Wine and Spirits: It’s been in a couple different locations, but this liquor store has been open since 1969.
  • Sara’s Market: This market has operated continuously since 1919 (although it operated originally as “Jenkins Market”)
  • Scheele’s Market: Speaking of markets, this is by far the longest continually operated shop in Georgetown. It’s been open since 1894.
  • Georgetown Wine and Spirits: This neighborhood-serving liquor store has been open since the 1930s.
  • Morgan’s Pharmacy: Another neighborhood-serving relic, this store opened in 1913.
  • Haagen Dazs: GM is not sure how long this ice cream shop has been open in Georgetown, but he does know Henry Rollins and Ian McKaye worked here in the early 80s, so it’s at least that old.
  • Thomas Sweet: Another ice cream shop that’s been around since the early 1980s.
  • J. Paul’s: This saloon has been slinging suds since 1983.
  • Dixie Liquors: This liquor store has gone through a bunch of owners over the years, but it’s been open (on and off) since 1934.

It’s actually a pretty impressive list when you think about it. Lots of history still around us. Any shop that GM missed?

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4 responses to “Old Timer’s Club

  1. The Georgetown Branch Library…loaning library materials since 1935!

  2. According to the article in your morning post,
    “Ristorante Piccolo has been open at 1068 31st St. NW for more than 30 years.”

  3. I think Henry Rollins dipped ice cream at Swensens on Wisconsin.

  4. MGT

    Henry Rollins worked at Haagen-Dazs but it was on Wisconsin, in the space where Avocado Cafe is currently. You can see it at 1:01 in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKej6H4yP5w

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