Business Ins & Outs, May 2011

Comer & Co.
Comer & Co.

Comer & Co., an independently-run antique and furniture store, is coming to Georgetown. The Wisconsin Avenue storefront, once held by Sixteen Fifty Nine, a modern furniture, lighting, and art store, opened after a slow two years for the former store. Owners Fred Comer and Mark Manoff jumped on the opportunity after hearing that Sixteen Fifty Nine was closing. Comer & Co. opened on Monday and showcases antiques that can be integrated into a modern home.

On June 1, Fuel Pilates on Wisconsin Avenue will relocate to 3214 O Street to a bigger and more flexible space. Open for only a year, the studio saw a hike in demand for classes in its 1,000 square foot studio. It's new location will include 2,000 square feet of space, though there will still only be 20 people or less in each class.

Rag & Bone, a New York-based boutique, is expanding to Georgetown, replacing Mac Cosmetics. With 1,500 square feet, the store will feature the signature men's and women's clothing items designed by Marcus Wainwright and David Neville. The store isn't due to open until early-fall. In the meantime, they're giving students, philanthropists and business leaders pieces to wear from their winter 2011 collection to wear and to describe the way the clothes make them feel. The photos will be displayed at the store's grand opening in the fall.

After five years in Canal Square Cross MacKenzie Gallery at 1054 31st St. NW is moving to 2026 R St. NW in Dupont Circle. The current show featuring a ceramic sculpture exhibition by David Hicks, runs through the end the end of the month and is the last show at the current location. The new space will be open for private receptions in July and will launch their first solo artist show to the public in September featuring Michael Fujita.

Mid-Town Cafe is now Book Hill Bistro. Located at 1639 Wisconsin Avenue, executive chef Matthew Mohler brings experience from a small Indiana farming community, where his family used only fresh ingredients for meals. The restaurant also features a beautiful patio and a full bar. With a quiet atmosphere, this new restaurant is sure to draw those looking for a casual dining experience.

Sangaree, the boutique clothing store on M Street closed at the end of April after losing their lease. Merchandise was sold at discounts beginning at 30 percent and the lights are now off in the space. No word yet what will open next in the space.

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