Photo by Funky Tee.
Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:
Pottery Barn by afagen.
Last week GM unveiled a new feature here at the Georgetown Metropolitan: Aren’t They Building…It is a list of all the projects around town that GM is aware of along with a link to an article on the project and an expected date of completion.
Readers already submitted a few additions. Thus GM added the O and P St. trolley tracks, the streetcar itself, and the Jelleff sports fields.
More recently, GM heard a couple corrections to the predicted openings:
Brooks Brothers: GM originally heard that Brooks Brothers would move into the Pottery Barn space by June. Since Pottery Barn is only now closing, this is obviously not going to happen. GM guessed the new date would be fall 2010. Continue reading
Finally some non-snow-related news: according to plans discussed at the last ANC meeting, the new Brooks Brothers store at 31st and M is scheduled to open in June.
The plans presented showed that Brooks Brothers will take over the entire building, including the Pottery Barn and the old Smith and Hawken. Right now there is no direct connection between those two spaces, so the Pottery Barn elevator will have to be extended up to the top floor.
The architect presenting the plans said that he didn’t know if the Connecticut Ave. Brooks Brothers is going to close (GM guesses that it won’t, but you never know).
He also implied that Pottery Barn’s closing was part of a wider strategy to shift primarily to a catalog business. That would be too bad…
Last month the Old Georgetown Board did not meet. This had the fortunate by-product of making January’s ANC meeting short and sweet. Unfortunately, as the bender is followed by the hangover, so is the short ANC meeting followed by the tedious marathon.
The February ANC meeting must address all the Old Georgetown Board applications that have been queuing up for the last two months. As a result, we’ve got 15 different projects to trudge through next week. But nestled in that morass are several interesting items.
The first item that jumped out at GM as soon as he saw it is Brooks Brothers’ application to redo the Pottery Barn storefront. At the meeting we’ll find out whether Brooks Brothers is going to occupy the entire building or just one of the sections (the building has the Pottery Barn and the old Smith and Hawken spaces). Also, we ought to get a decent idea on when the store will open up.
The second item that ought to cause some interest is the presentation of the plan to renovate the Jelleff sports fields. GM has weighed in on his opinions, but at the meeting the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Maret School will be present to explain/defend the proposal. Continue reading
It has been rumored for months that Brooks Brothers was going to move into the vacated Smith and Hawken and the soon-to-be-vacant Pottery Barn spaces. The ANC2E agenda for next week confirms it: Brooks Brothers will be moving to 3077 M St.
Specifically, Brooks Brothers is seeking approval of alterations to the storefront, awnings, and signs for that address. Theoretically they could just be moving in to the Smith and Hawken space, which occupies the top floor of 3077 M St. But GM has heard since at least last summer that Pottery Barn plans to vacate the store. Plus, the Smith and Hawken space is too small for a full Brooks Brothers’ store. So his best guess is that Brooks Brothers is taking over the whole building (or at least the Pottery Barn space).
It’ll be sad to see Pottery Barn go. It was a good place to pick up relatively cheap homewares, but as Anthony Lanier (whose EastBanc owns the building) pointed out last September, they can’t pay the rent selling candles.
In the end most people will wonder why there wasn’t a Brooks Brothers already in Georgetown. Well wonder no more.