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Georgetown family business: Wedding Creations and Anthony's Tuxedos

April 11, 2011

A family business started over 32 years ago on a charming side street in Georgetown on the second floor of their current location, Ed and Gerri Solomon opened Wedding Creations to rave reviews by The Washington Star. They praised the boutique for creating the concept of bridesmaids dress rentals. That’s right; 32 years ago Wedding Creations rented bridesmaids dresses. Evolving from bridesmaids dress rentals to selling wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses and eventually moving to the current location on the first floor has kept their little store in business all these years.

(Photo by: Wedding Creations and Anthony's Tuxedos)

About 15 years ago they introduced a tuxedo business. Some may ask why they chose the name, Anthony’s Tuxedos and not Ed’s Tuxedos. Solomon family members on the west coast also operated a tuxedo shop. The two brother-in-laws flipped for it and decided on Anthony’s Tuxedos. (Well, not really but doesn’t Anthony’s sound better than Ed’s?!) Ed has gotten used to being called Anthony, Antonio, and Tony over the years.

Monday through Saturday Ed (or as some call him Anthony), can be found sitting behind the antique desk near the fireplace chatting to customers, neighbors, local politicians, or police officers. He has helped countless grooms, groomsmen, and party-goers find the perfect tuxedo and accessories.

Alfred Sung Dress (Photo by: Wedding Creations and Anthony's Tuxedos) Alfred Sung Dress

And yes, it is true; they can provide a tuxedo rental in one hour, with over 400 tuxedos stocked in the store. Brides can rest assured that husbands-to-be without a tux will be expertly and quickly fitted by Ed.

With her eye for fashion and determination to make sure everyone walks out of the store with the perfect dress, Hope (Ed and Gerri’s daughter) is the latest family member to join Wedding Creations. As she says, "When you are raised in a family and passionate about the community you live in, it is an easy transition from helping Mom and Dad around the store to taking a more prominent role."

By expanding the shoe inventory, introducing some fabulous finds to help accessorize the bride, and recommending ways to help coordinate .. from groom and groomsmen to the bride and bridesmaids, Hope is the bridal party’s most valuable planning resource.

In the market for a dress, tuxedo, accessories, or good conversation? The Solomon family at Wedding Creations and Anthony's Tuxedos looks forward to meeting you.

Wedding Creations and Anthony’s Tuxedos is at 3237 P Street. Tel: 202.333.5762


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Georgetown Tobacco's 47th anniversary sale through Monday, April 4

March 29, 2011

Extended through Monday, April 4, Georgetown Tobacco is celebrating their 47th anniversary with a very special sale.

“Fifteen for Fifteen” on single cigars (buy 15 or more cigars and get 15% off). Their exclusive Caucus cigars are on sale by the box. Georgetown pipe tobaccos are 20% off 16 ounce sizes. And Venetian carnival masks, lighters, pens, humidors, pipes and accessories are on sale.  Selected clearance items are 50% off.

Since 1964, owner David Berkebile has been offering the finest cigars, pipes and smoking accessories, stocking interesting and unusual items for home and personal use, including those authentic Venetian carnival masks and French advertising poster vases by Claudia Beldent.

Now's a great time to save on your favorite items. They offer a half-hour free parking at the PNC Bank lot across the street with a $20 purchase.

Georgetown Tobacco is at 3144 M Street. Tel: 202.338.5100

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Mix and mingle at D.C. Chamber speed networking event March 31

March 26, 2011

D.C. Chamber of Commerce hosts 90 minute Speed Networking event March 31 from 8:30 - 10:30 am at the Washington Convention Center at 801 Mount Vernon Place.

Join Chamber members as they have the opportunity to introduce themselves to business peers in a format akin to speed dating. At the end of the event, members walk away with a pocket full of new contacts, allies and prospects.

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