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DMV to Return to Georgetown Park
DMV to Return to Georgetown Park
The Georgetown office of D.C.’s Department of Motor Vehicles, formerly located in the lower level of the Shops at Georgetown Park, that closed May 19 will return to the M Street shopping mall, Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans announced at the May 30 annual awards and election meeting of the Citizens Association of Georgetown.
At the time of the DMV’s closure, it was not certain that an office would return to Georgetown. Evans said that there would be a new DMV office in the mall in less than a year, when renovations are completed, in agreement with the Georgetown Park landlord. Mayor Vincent Gray, who also addressed the Citizens meeting, called the future return of the DMV to the neighborhood as showing how the District government provides “customer service” to its citizens.
On June 4, the DMV will open a temporary service center at 301 C Street, N.W., where its Office of Adjudication Services is also located; hours of operations are Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. For other locations and questions, visit DMV.DC.gov
Historic Pie Company Is Reborn in D.C.
“It is an honor and with great pride that we announce that the Connecticut-Copperthite Pie Baking Company will make its historical return to Washington, D.C., at the Taste of Georgetown,” stated Mike Copperthite, descendant of a family business started in the 1880s, the Connecticut-Copperthite Pie Co., which cornered the market on pies. The company baked pies on 32nd Street, recounted the enthusiastic Copperthite, who plans to set up shop in town again. “In anticipation of a fall opening of retail store to be called Shut Your Pie Hole -- ZipYourPieHole.com.”
Tasters agreed that the Copperthite pies were filled with flavor -- and that the company was full of history. More to come. Welcome back.
Charles Luck Stone Center Opens on 34th Street at C&O Canal
Richmond-based specialty stone center, Charles Luck has opening its first D.C. location at Cady’s Alley. Built in the late 1800s as a stable, the two-story building – overlooking the C&O Canal – has just more than 700 square feet of showroom space downstairs. (It once belonged to brewmaster Gary Heurich.)
“We have a prime location,” said Anderson McNeill, president of Charles Luck Stone Centers, who is enthusiastic about the neighborhood. An opening party at the store on June 13 said hello to Georgetown. “The stone center is a source of inspiration and features distinctive products for style-minded homeowners, a destination for those whose passion for beautiful stone.”
Selling stone architectural elements, such as countertops, interior and exterior walls, pathways, furniture and accessories, Charles Luck takes its place in Georgetown’s design area. “We’re also excited to join the ranks with other style-minded neighbors, including Ann Sacks, Baker Furniture, Boffi, Janus et Cie, Design within Reach, Poggenpohl and Waterworks, to name a few,” Anderson said.
Thos. Moser Shuts M Street Store, Plans Another in Area
Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers closed its D.C. showroom on M Street June 9. It is expected that Intermix clothing will set up shop at the empty space soon.
“We have enjoyed our present location at 3300 M Street for nearly ten years, and we are very grateful for all the customers who have supported us during this time. However, as our lease nears its expiration, we have made the difficult decision to close,” wrote Thomas Moser, founder and president of Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers. “Please know we remain committed to the Washington, D.C., and suburban Virginia and Maryland markets and hope to find a suitable new location. In the interim, our shop remains vibrant and rest assured that current and future orders and scheduled deliveries will not be impacted by this change. We will continue to actively support our customers through our Customer Care Center in Freeport, Maine.”
HomeMade Pizza Co. Closes Wisconsin Ave. Spot
After a February 2011 debut, the Home- Made Pizza Co. store at 1826 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., near Safeway has closed. Other D.C. store locations remain: Chevy Chase, Spring Valley and Logan Circle.
Betsey Johnson Store Closes
The fabulousness that lived at the store run by Jenny Zinn and her co-workers is over. After weeks of farewell parties and discounts, the town’s flashy, pink and fun Betsey Johnson store on M Street near the Old Stone House closed June 9. Fashion designer Betsey Johnson’s chain of stores went bankrupt April 26. “Johnson won’t be losing her job — but as many as 350 store workers will,” reported the New York Daily News. Women’s Wear Daily reported the designer will retain control of the Betsey Johnson clothing label.