The long standing Georgetown shop P St. Pictures is closing. As related in this article last summer, the shopkeeper, Judy Schlosser, has been told to vacate the shop-space that she has occupied for 28 years.
Losing a shop like this stings, but it gets a lot worse when you find out that the future occupant of the space is just the 7-11 next door that wants to expand. It’s just another example of big chain moving in and pushing out a small independent shop.
At least, that’s how GM pictured it until he read a letter sent to the ANC commissioners from Bob Enzel. Enzel is the trustee for the property at issue. He argues that the story that has been presented to the community isn’t accurate. He provides his side of the story, stating that Schlosser had a long list of outstanding debts that were unpaid or simply forgiven.
This is clearly a he-said-she-said situation–as stories like this often go–and GM is not in a position to settle it here. But it was the rest of the letter that GM found fascinating.
First of all, Enzel isn’t some distant landlord with no attachment to the area, cashing checks. He’s a Georgetown native and it sounds like he knows these streets like the back of his hand:
I am a native of Georgetown. Our family has lived in this area for 80 years. I went to Corcoran Public School [ed. note: he’s talking about the Corcoran elementary school at 1219 28th St., which was the white elemtary school in this part of Georgetown until it closed in the 1950s], Gordon Jr. High and Western Sr. High. I can show you where every little store was located and in many cases identify who owned them. The block that housed P Street Pictures and 7-11 had a barber shop, shoe shine parlor and Reed’s Electric Company before Reed’s moved to Wisconsin Avenue. Around the corner on Twenty- Seventh Street, The Diamond Cab Company operated its taxi cabs. In days past, Georgetown housed the Ledo and Dumbarton movie houses, Murphy’s Five & Dime, Galliher & Huguely Lumber Yard, Ladd Mills Esso and the original Georgetown Boys Club…
He continues by pointing out that 7-11 is more a part of the neighborhoods history than any other store still open: Continue reading