Former Cheap Suit Stores Basically Demolished

Some serious work is being done to two of the buildings that previously long housed cheap suit stores. 1357 and 1359 Wisconsin Ave. (the two storefronts north of Tugoo Toys) have been getting worked on for months. And while the facades remain, there’s basically nothing left behind them.

If you peak through the paper blocking the windows, you’ll see the scene above. Some of the structure remains, but not much.

This is actually a great sign. These buildings had been allowed to decay over the decades. Now that serious money is going into the effort to restore the buildings, they will hopefully be more attractive to more upscale shops than places that will sell you two suits for $75.

Of course, that was the plan for the Georgetown theater, and yet Robert Bell struggled to find a tenant to take the space. Last GM heard it was a Foot Locker spinoff, which is not exactly what most people had hoped for. Oh well, we’ll see.

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The Morning Metropolitan

Photo by John Weiss.

Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

  • Sad story of when ten people drowned at a rowing regatta in 1904 along the Georgetown waterfront.
  • GM expanded upon the Georgetown alley that was bought story here.
  • New skin care shop, Take Care, now open at 1338 Wisconsin (the former Helia’s space).

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3500 block of O St.

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New Trompe L’Oiel

When you’re walking by N and Wisconsin, look up. A new mural has been painted on the building above Paolo’s. It’s a trompe l’oiel, which is French for “deceives the eye”. In other words, it’s a mural that’s meant to slightly trick you into thinking it’s real. In this case, it’s meant to fool you into thinking several windows line the west side of the house, which really is just a blank brick wall.

This is a new version of the mural that used to be on this wall, and which was definitely showing its age:

It’s a lovely addition to the neighborhood, and will hopefully bring a smile to passers-by for many years.

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

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Georgetown Waterfront

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Driver Causes Chaos on Q St. Sidewalk

GM walked back from dinner last night and passed this scene. It’s a car up on the sidewalk on the 3200 block of Q St.

From a secondhand report, GM heard that what occurred was that the driver of the silver car was rear-ended and then went to slam on the brakes, but hit the gas instead. Her destruction went halfway down the block. A young tree was totally knocked over. And two historic metal stoops were completely mangled. Continue reading

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