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Not So Long Ago: Wisconsin and S

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This week on Not So Long Ago, GM takes one last stop on upper Wisconsin Ave. These days, this stretch of Wisconsin hosts Hamrony Beauty Salon, Dalton Pratt, Sky Shoes, and Everards Clothing.

In 1993, the offerings were similar, but the names different.

On the far right, there was a hair salon called Summit for Hair. The summit reference may be reflective of the fact that it looks like multiple independent stylists worked there (including three sub salons called “Dominique”, “Survive” and “Antoine”). The name of the store has changed over the years (in 2004 it was called “Armanibeauty”) through to today.

Next door was Field Custom Tailor. This multigenerational tailor has served Georgetown since 1963. GM has long been told that this is the best place to get a bespoke suit in the city. Sadly this shop closed a year ago and the family set up a new shop in Glover Park (their north London roots on display with the Tottenham Hotspur flag). So if you need a custom suit, just head up the road a piece.

This space remained empty for a little while, and hosted a pop-up antique shop. In the last month, though, a new clothing boutique called Dalton Pratt has opened up.

In 1993, next to Field’s was an antiques store called Comprador. Apparently a comprador is a “native managers of European business in East Asia”. That would suggest that it sold Asian-style antiques. Sky Shoes was in this space by 2004, having changed its name from Hatum Valet and moved out of the space now occupied by Bacchus Wine Celler.

Next door to Comprador was another location for Collins Hospital for Animals (which has also occupied a space a couple doors down for at least as long). By 2004, this space was occupied by Everards, and has remained so since. Continue reading


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