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Not So Long Ago: Wisconsin and Dumbarton

This week on Not So Long Ago, GM stops by Wisconsin Ave. and Dumbarton.

The three shops in the current photo are Focus, Ice Berry, and Coogi (with Glow tanning salon upstairs).

Way back in 1993, these three shops were almost all different. Where Focus is, there was Coffee, Tea & Spice. This store was owned by the Rowe family for many years. GM’s not sure when they closed up shop. There is another Coffee, Tea & Spice shop down in Old Town, but GM is not sure whether or how they were related.

Oddly enough, Georgetown still has three tea-oriented shops: Just Paper & Tea on P, Georgetown Spice & Tea Exchange, and Ching Ching Cha (the last two on Wisconsin just below M).

Next to Coffee, Tea & Spice was Originals, a clothing store. This store stayed open until last year when it was replaced by the second Ice Berry in Georgetown (thus filling in the Ice Cream No-Man’s Land, which GM subsequently renamed the “Dessert Desert”).

Next to Originals was some sort of a jewelry store, whose name is not apparent from the old photo, unfortunately.

Sorry this isn’t a terribly interesting Not So Long Ago entry, but sadly GM is reaching the end of the pile of old photos he has and he’s used up most of the good ones.



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IceBerry: Fun Design or Eyesore?

IceBerry - The Dayglow Makes it Tastey

At last night’s ANC meeting, the proprieter of the new frozen yogurt shop at the corner of 30th and M came to request the permission to install some awnings. The ANC rejected the proposal (and it didn’t matter because there’s an historic easement on the property that would bar it too. Even for an old building on M St., this place is pretty damn historical.)

While discussing the proposal, Commissioner Starrels said that he thought the current paint scheme was great. GM thinks it’s an eyesore (Maybe that’s just cause he’s still a bit salty over the loss of the CD Warehouse). What do you think of the dayglo paint job: fun or eyesore?


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ANC Round Up

GM gets bored so you don’t have to!

Some fireworks tonight at the ANC. Some of which will result in full posts; but for now here are the high points:

  • Key Bridge will be closed for the inauguration (not to pedestrians though); the DC Chamber of Commerce will hold a meeting this Thursday at the Four Points Hotel at 8:00 pm to discuss all the inauguration issues like these
  • Crime is up 3% in PSA 206, but apparently that’s better than citywide
  • Georgetown gets to renovate 60-120 street lights, should we do them all in one area or the worst first? Tell the ANC¬†what you think
  • The ANC supported Social Safeway’s proposal to keep two driveways for the new building despite DDOT’s inclination to insist on only one
  • ANC voted not to amend the voluntary agreements with the few bars that showed up hoping to get the go-ahead to stay open later for the inauguration (definitely more on this to come)
  • Apple decided not to show up despite the fact that they were on the agenda to present a new concept (GM’s hoping to get a copy of the most recently rejected design soon)
  • ANC rejected Ice Berry’s request for new awnings; but that didn’t matter cause there’s a historical protection easement that banned it anyway. There’s some good news for Ice Berry though, apparently half the Commissioners wanted to leave right there and buy a few scoops
  • The neighbors around Philly Pizza & Grill on Potomac St. are piiiii-isssssed, as would you if your piano teacher neighbor’s house got turned into a late night drunk student hang-out where the pizza delivers block your driveway and the restaurant fumes flood your house. Oh and if they pretty much ignored every zoning rule in the book on the way there.


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