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R. Nichols debuts Georgetown card at Neiman Marcus

November 16, 2011

R. Nichols Holiday Tree Timmer card (Photo by: R. Nichols) R. Nichols Holiday Tree Timmer card
R. Nichols presenting his D.C. Holiday cards at Neiman Marcus' (Photo by: Hillary Leeb) R. Nichols presenting his D.C. Holiday cards at Neiman Marcus'
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Neiman Marcus especially after hosting their "We're Full of Surprises" event last night to jump start holiday shopping with Christmas carols, hot cocoa, free engraving, and a $50 gift card.

Well-known stationer, R. Nichols (clients range from Tyra Banks to Sheryl Crow) was on hand to present his latest collection of Washington, D.C. Holiday cards.

"I grew up in the Washington area, so I really loved making this line of cards," said Nichols. When asked about the Georgetown inspired cards, Nichols said he was excited about bringing in those memories of his childhood to his line of work, "I always remembered Georgetown growing up, the charm of the city is something I really wanted to capture."

Visit the R. Nichols site to see his complete line of Holiday cards, and check out the two Georgetown-themed designs.

R. Nichols Holiday Key Bridge card (Photo by: R. Nichols) R. Nichols Holiday Key Bridge card


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A car-free Wisconsin Avenue?

November 10, 2011

Close Wisconsin Avenue to vehicular traffic on Sundays? The idea was offhandedly tossed out by John Hays, owner of The Phoenix boutique, towards the end of a languid panel discussion on business in Georgetown Wednesday evening. Although casually mentioned, the reaction, from the panel members and audience, ranged from ‘let’s take a look at it,’ to an unreserved ‘it’s a great idea.’

Long-time Georgetowner Al Wheeler and Kevin Stogner of Councilmember Evans staff (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Long-time Georgetowner Al Wheeler and Kevin Stogner of Councilmember Evans staff

Businesses from both ends of Wisconsin Avenue liked it.  “I’m for it,” said Susan Calloway, a gallery owner in the 1600 block of Wisconsin just below Reservoir Road.  “I might open on Sundays.”  And from the other end of Wisconsin at M Street, Rodrigo Garcia of Serendipity said: “It’s a great idea; it would bring families and the business community together.  I’m for it 110 %.”  Added Linda Greenan of Georgetown University,  “I love it.”

 

Ray Kukulski and Ambassador Tatiana Gfoeller (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Ray Kukulski and Ambassador Tatiana Gfoeller
The Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners were upbeat.  “It’s great,” said Commissioner Ed Solomon.  He was joined by Commissioners Jeff Jones and Bill Starrels “I’d love to see the positive energy from doing it, maybe the first Sunday of every month [as long as you do] a cost/benefit analysis” suggested Jones.  “I’m always open to new ideas,” Starrels said.  "Maybe a couple of times a year, like a taste of Georgetown or as a showcase for small business.”

A more cautious note was struck by Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans and Jim Bracco, head of the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID). “We’d have to take a look at the traffic problems,” said Evans. “This is the first I’ve heard of it.”   Added Bracco: “I don’t know if the city would approve; [after all] Wisconsin is a major arterial.”

Jim Bracco, Georgetown BID and business person Herb Miller (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Jim Bracco, Georgetown BID and business person Herb Miller

The most thoughtful reaction was from civic activist and former ANC commissioner, Ray Kukuliski.  “It’s a great idea, but because the only north/south route is Wisconsin, you’d force traffic into the residential areas and they would not be happy,” said the 44-year Georgetown resident. “An alternative north/south route might be Rock Creek Parkway.”

Jim Abbott, Councilmember Vincent Orange and Michael Fitzgerald of the Bank of Georgetown (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Jim Abbott, Councilmember Vincent Orange and Michael Fitzgerald of the Bank of Georgetown

The forum, at the City Tavern Club, was organized by the Georgetown Business Association and funded by the Georgetown BID.  Other participants were Councilmember Vincent Orange, Joel Bennett, lawyer, Michael Fitzgerald, Bank of Georgetown, Charles McGrath, MRP Realty, Washington Harbour and Karen Ohri, Georgetown Floorcoverings.


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Muncheez Mania Halloweek

October 27, 2011

For those who haven’t heard about Georgetown’s newest hot spot, you are about to. In honor of  “Halloweek” (October 31-November 4) Muncheez Mania, located at Wisconsin and M streets, is running a special from 4-7pm each day: buy one crêpe, get one free. Here are the flavors to choose from starting at $3.99:

Nutella, Kinder, Sugar & Butter, Ham & Cheese. You can choose to add strawberries, bananas, and mushrooms for an additional $.99.

For those unfamiliar with Muncheez Mania, there’s a street side window for grab-and-go crêpes, on Thursday they stay open until 3:30 am, on Friday and Saturday they keep their doors open until 4:30 am. In addition to crêpes they also serve flat breads, salads, and pizza.

Muncheez Mania is is located at 1071 Wisconsin Avenue. Tel: 202.567.3000


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