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Not So Long Ago: Wisconsin and Prospect

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This week on Not So Long Ago, GM stops by a store whose departure (both from Georgetown and then later from rest of the city) left a large hole in people’s hearts: Olsson’s Books.

Olsson’s Books was started by John Olsson in 1972. At its peak it had nine stores across the Washington area. The Georgetown location, though, closed in 2000. Here’s a photo from the inside taken by the Post right before it was closed:

Since Olsson’s left Georgetown, this space has bounced back and forth between different clothing stores, most recently under the name Miss Sixty. Miss Sixty closed last year, and after a long vacancy, the store will soon open as an Ann Taylor Loft.

In 2008, Olsson’s still had six stores still open; GM frequented the Dupont location. But competition from big box stores and the Internet left the store struggling. It declared bankrupcy in June of that year and then abruptly closed all its stores in September.

Sadly, just over two years later John Olsson died of a heart attack.

While John and his stores are gone, GM can attest that they live on in the memories of all who loved them both. Continue reading

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