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Look Up To Sheyla's Boutique; There's New Spanish Fashion in Georgetown

May 6, 2012

How can Prospect Street -- the home of Cafe Milano and Morton’s -- be made even more fashionably sizzling?  Tuck in a pizzazz-y clothing boutique, that’s how.

Mission accomplished.

Look Up for Sheyla's Boutique (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Look Up for Sheyla's Boutique

Sheyla’s Boutique, just over Morton’s, is up and running at 3251 Prospect Street.  Truth be told, Sheyla’s is rather difficult to find -- for now. The brick staircase, newly bedecked with flowers and trees, is at the right rear of the patio.  Outside signage is in the drafting stages. So, look up – go ahead, crane the neck slightly, it’s worth it -- and you’ll see the second floor row of windows displaying garments that catch the eye and the festive spirit.

Marilyn Monroe Shirt (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Marilyn Monroe Shirt

Sheyla Difo’s new store, offering fashion clothing for women and men of all ages, showcases Custo Barcelona and Desigual, two Spanish designer houses that are trendy and popular in Europe.  The prints are colorful and vibrant.  From Miami, Sheyla carries the Analili line, which can be transformed from casual to dressy by simply putting on the right shoes.

Fashion shows are on tap in the store and also on the patio which makes a nice modeling runway.

Shoe at Sheyla's (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Shoe at Sheyla's

“I feel successful when my customers say, ‘Sheyla, I was stopped on the street by a stranger and asked, ‘Where did you get that dress? It’s fabulous.’”

Before Georgetown, Sheyla racked up 10 years of experience in the retail business in Virginia and other venues in D.C.
“I constantly search the world over to find current and relevant designers who design clothing for fashionable people,” she said.

“Several months ago, I opened a temporary location in Georgetown above Morton’s Steakhouse and across the patio from Cafe Milano.  Then in March, I made the decision to make Georgetown a permanent location,” she said. “I recently finished a facelift to the old carryout restaurant that was in that space, and it is now the home to Sheyla’s Boutique.”

Walk This Way for Fashion: Morton's on left; Cafe Milano on right (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Walk This Way for Fashion: Morton's on left; Cafe Milano on right
Open: 10 am – 6 pm Mon-Sat; 11 am – 5 pm Sunday. 

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Hail to Tony Williams Once More ... This Time By RAMW

May 1, 2012

Former D.C. Mayor Anthony A. “Tony” Williams, who recently snared the commanding job of CEO of the Federal City Council, was honored Monday evening by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) with the 2012 Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award.

The award will be officially presented at the annual RAMMYS awards gala, set for Sunday June 24 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. The award is given to a member of the community whose dedication and leadership have contributed to the success of the city’s restaurant industry.

Williams, introduced by Councilman Jack Evans, was the guest of honor at RAMW’s April social reception at The Hamilton restaurant attended by several hundred guests. An event sponsor was the Summer Fancy Food Show to be held in June 17-19 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in D.C.

"I'm often asked to what I attributed the current vibrant dining and nightlife scene in Washington, D.C.," said Lynne Breaux, RAMW president. "And, I always answer, Anthony Williams had everything to do with it. He recognized that restaurants are often pioneers -- the first to invest in opening new businesses in emerging neighborhoods. Anthony Williams created the economic environment to do just that."

She added: "We fully expect Anthony Williams' positive influence and impact on the city...and its restaurants to continue with his recent appointment as head of the Federal City Council."

The 170-member council includes business and charitable leaders as well as other significant people who lend ideas and guidance to help influence, in a positive way, the financial well-being of the District of Columbia.

Williams officially steps into the council post on July 1.

The Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award was named in honor of legendary Washington restaurateur Duke Zeibert.

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The Stars Come Out at Cafe Milano -- And Who Was The Talk of The Town? RGIII

April 29, 2012

No surprise Cafe Milano was packed Friday night with politicians and celebrities in town for Saturday night’s White House Correspondents Dinner -- but the biggest, brightest star of all turned out to be new Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.

All eyes were glued to his table.

RGIII was accompanied by his family and fiancée (Photo by: Washington Redskins Photographer, Ned Dishman) RGIII was accompanied by his family and fiancée

RGIII, his family and fiancee were accompanied by Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and senior vice president of operations Lon Rosenberg -- and tailed by NFL TV, which filmed the scene. 

In the room was another well-known guy, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who hosted a private dinner for 28 or so in the front Washington Room. His table included businesswoman Ivanka Trump (daughter of Donald and Ivana), model Elle McPherson, Mr. and Mrs. David Axelrod, and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt.

George Stephanopoulos of ABC News held forth with 10 or so others elsewhere in the restaurant.

Still in another part of the room were actress Kerry Washington, actress Kate Hudson and boyfriend Matthew Bellamy of the rock band Muse (who cutely and so discreetly exited away from the crowd to steal a kiss or two outside), actress Reese Witherspoon (showing a baby bump) and her husband Jim Troth, model Kate Upton, talent agent Michael Kives, and actor Eric Stonestreet of “Modern Family.”

Dave Chappelle (Photo by: Cafe Milano) Dave Chappelle

So who did Mayor Bloomberg, Witherspoon and other "celebs" make a special trip over to see?  RGIII, of course.

“RGIII was the biggest star of the night,” said one knowledgeable star gazer. “Everyone went over to see him. Outside when he left, there was a big crowd cheering and screaming. 

“He’s the talk of the town.”

RGIII, the Heisman Award winning quarterback from Baylor, was selected by the Redskins with the second pick of the National Football League draft on Thursday night.

Oh, RGIII ate 2 Kobe steaks!

Saturday night, the fun continued with the appearance of actor and comedian Dave Chappelle.

On Sunday night, things got a mite spiritual.  Texas-based televangelist Joel Osteen, who held an event at Nationals Park earlier Sunday, and his wife popped in to dine at Cafe Milano. Wouldn't you know it but The Washington Post's Sally Quinn, who writes a religion column, and her husband Washington Post Vice President At-Large Ben Bradlee, who were celebrating their son Quinn's birthday, went over to say hi.

Then on the faux criminal side, CBS TV's NCIS: Los Angeles was also well represented when Daniela Ruah, who plays Agent Kensi Blye, and Eric Christian Olsen, who portrays Detective Marty Deeks, came in late Sunday night.



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