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Pickleball Court Painted at Volta

A group of volunteers gathered on Saturday to paint a new pickleball court at Volta Park. The court was painted on the basketball court. Hopefully it will help alleviate the excess in demand for court-time for this growing sport. And it does so without angering the sworn enemies of pickleball players: tennis players.

When used, this will, of course, take space from the basketball court. But honestly it is rarely the case that all four nets are being used at once. And if conflicts do arise, we can start setting aside time for one sport or the other.

With assistance from DPR, we were able to get down some clean lines.

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Photo by Jeff Vincent.

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New Retail Update

Despite the prevalence of vacancies around the Georgetown retail areas, a lot of stores are planning on opening soon. Here are a couple I’ve learned of recently:

-Away

This hip luggage store appears to be opening at 3237 M St., which was most recently the Same Day Health testing site. Like a lot of stores opening in Georgetown recently, this is a “direct to consumer” brand. DTC brands are basically companies that start off selling directly to customers over the web, and then move to opening their own brick-and-mortar stores.

This location was going to be a flavored vodka shop, but that seems to have fallen through.

-Diptyque

This scent-oriented shop has already opened at 3237 M St. (although I have to admit not noticing it yet). It sells various fragrant items such as candles and hand cream.

This location previously hosted Pacers Running, which moved over to Wisconsin Ave.

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Divided #2
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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

  • Douglas looks to convert office building at M and 27th to residential.
  • I put out my tree on the sidewalk Sunday and it was gone this morning. Thank you DPW for the quick service! You have till March 1st to put yours out too. Although seriously that’s way too late! You could burn your house down like that…

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New Açai Bowl Shop Opens

A new restaurant has opened at 1560 Wisconsin Ave: Oakberry. It’s a large chain restaurant focused on açai bowls and smoothies. Here’s its menu for the bowls:

As for smoothies:

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Giant Robots
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Georgetown Time Machine: Dumbarton Ave.

This week for Georgetown Time Machine, I’ve dug up an Ebay find. It’s a postcard showing a pencil drawing of Dumbarton St./Ave., just west of Wisconsin Ave.

The date of the card or the drawing itself is not readily apparent from the listing. The back of the card isn’t that helpful either:

The fact that the card calls the street Dumbarton Ave. instead of Dumbarton St., suggests it’s a bit old. But the distinction between avenue and street was pretty muddy for a long time for Dumbarton. (In short, it was once an avenue, was renamed a street, but lots of people kept calling it an avenue. That usage, however, seems to have petered out mostly by the 1970s.) So my first guess would be mid 20th century for the card.

Of course there are more clues. Most obviously the drawing features a bookstore at 3148 Dumbarton. It appears to be called Sorel’s Books. I figured the name would pop-up right away in an old newspaper search, but sadly there is not a single mention of it in either the Post’s or the Washington Star’s archives.

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Georgetown’s Breiding House
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3200 block of Volta Place

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