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Ice skating at Washington Harbour?

August 30, 2011

A major renovation and redesign has been proposed for Washington Harbour, including plans to add a new rink to the pool and fountain at the center of the Harbour.  As presented to Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E on Monday by Charles McGrath of MRP Realty, the rink would be part of a new outdoor retail/bar/restaurant space, reconfigured to reduce its present “seasonality,” make it more pedestrian- and family-friendly, increase the view across the water to the Kennedy Center, update many of the design features and raise the level of “white noise” to benefit the residential occupants.

Charles McGrath of MRP Realty presents the plans to modernize the outdoor space (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Charles McGrath of MRP Realty presents the plans to modernize the outdoor space

The central element would be the new ice rink and other changes to the fountain and tower.  According to McGrath, it would modeled on the rink at Rockefeller Center and Reston Town Center and be the largest sheet of ice in the District. It would be open from November to March, 9 am to 10 pm, with strict controls on patronage from bar clientele to keep it family-friendly and safe for children.

Overall reaction was generally positive, with one resident calling the ice rink “a genius idea,” although he and others had misgivings about the proximity of the outdoor bars to the ice-skaters.  Others said that the ice-rink would be out-of-scale and out-of-character with what’s there now. 

Arthur Cotton Moore, the original architect, objects to the (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Arthur Cotton Moore, the original architect, objects to the

The most direct criticism came from the original architect of Washington Harbour, Arthur Cotton Moore.  While he pointed out that he always supported ice-skating, he objected to the “uglification” in the name of “modernization” of the space.  He particularly objected to the proposed changes to many the original architectural elements, including removal, that now relate the present Washington Harbour buildings to its historic Georgetown  neighbors. 

The summer view of the modernized, year-round Washington Harbour central tower and fountain (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) The summer view of the modernized, year-round Washington Harbour central tower and fountain

The ANC unanimously passed a resolution addressed to the Old Georgetown Board stating “general approval” of the MRP proposal, including the new fountain and ice rink as a “pleasant addition” to the neighborhood and that the parties work to “restore the [buildings] to their original grandeur.”


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Adieu frizzies, bon jour O Salon

August 7, 2011

If you’ve been going to O Salon, you already love your hair. You know that owners, Guillaume Choquet and Soner Ozbay share a vision, that great hair is more than a precision cut and fabulous styling. It’s also about impeccable service and understanding how to keep your hair healthy between visits.

One of only 200 select salons in the country to offer INOA, a breakthrough haircolor from L’Oreal, O Salon stylists condition your hair with no ammonia, no odor and cover, well ... every bit of grey on your head.

Got the summer frizzies? There’s Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy which  infuses Keratin deep into the hair cuticle, eliminating up to 95% of frizz and curl and leaving the hair smooth, shiny and luxurious. As Guillaume says, “Typically results last three to five months depending on hair type.”

Morgan Johnson with MoroccanOil restorative hair mask (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Morgan Johnson with MoroccanOil restorative hair mask

Then there’s MoroccanOil Treatment, an easy-to-use product that gives a natural, silky finish and brilliant shine without any residue. Protecting  hair from damage caused by drying or over-processing, it also helps restore over-processed and damaged hair to its natural condition.

O Salon has been part of the Georgetown neighborhood for over ten years. Visit them now at their new home on O Street and mention The Georgetown Dish to receive a free treatment with the purchase of a service.

O Salon (Photo by: Judith Beermann) O Salon

O Salon is at 3212 O Street. Tel: 202.338.9100


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Lou Lou offers sparkling bargains

July 22, 2011

Lou Lou Boutique, a family-owned jewelry business based in Middleburg, was cooking this weekend as locals and tourists alike ducked out of the sun to browse a wide range of sparkling jewelry, accessories and handbags next to The Georgetown Inn.

Designer jewelry as well as impulse options are offered at Lou Lou (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Designer jewelry as well as impulse options are offered at Lou Lou
There is something for everybody. "We carry inexpensive costume jewelry as well as high-end designers such as Kenneth Jay Lane, Lenora Dame and Mija (a local artist). Prices range from $10 to over $700.

The boutique founded by Ben Wegdam opened three months ago after openings in Middleburg and Alexandria, said Manager Jessy Torres. "We wanted to be in Georgetown first, but it took a while," she said.

The wide range of preppy to exotic designs at all price points has attracted a steady neighborhood following, with an emphasis on customer service and free gift wrapping. The boutique is already planning activities for Fashion's Night Out Sept. 18, including cocktails and a possible trunk show by a featured designer.

Lou Lou is located at 1304 Wisconsin Ave. NW, just north of N St., at (202) 333.3574.

More information here.

Jessy Torres, manager of Lou Lou near Wisconsin and N St. NW (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Jessy Torres, manager of Lou Lou near Wisconsin and N St. NW


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