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Take Care in Georgetown

August 23, 2017

“We were enthralled. The space, the natural light we weren’t able to find it anywhere else in the city.” That’s what initially drew Take Care founder Becky Waddell to Georgetown, specifically to 1338 Wisconsin Avenue across from the old Georgetown Theater. Open since last week, the shop is a most welcome locally owned business addition to the neighborhood.

Take Care interior (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Take Care interior

Take Care offers a carefully curated collection of small-batch brands for the skin, face, body and hair, perfume and makeup, leisure wear and lifestyle goods, all natural, and mostly hand made in the USA.

Taylor Ray with lavender (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Taylor Ray with lavender

“Made with loving care by our brand founders,” adds Waddell. “Our collections are primarily vegan with a small number of exceptions for beeswax and honey. We do not sell products containing carmine, animal milk or other animal derivatives.” 

Miranda Bennett apparel (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Miranda Bennett apparel

Waddell grew up in the desert southwest of Arizona and attended graduate school in rural Oregon where she was inspired by nature.

Take Care manager Taylor Ray (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Take Care manager Taylor Ray

The shop’s interior palette of bleached wood, white and verdant is the natural environment for what store manager Taylor Ray invites customers to do, “Take time to indulge yourself, take care of yourself.” 

Lily and Becky Waddell (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Lily and Becky Waddell

Take Care at 1338 Wisconsin Avenue NW (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Take Care at 1338 Wisconsin Avenue NW

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Capital One Café Coming to Georgetown

August 16, 2017

Wondering what's planned for 3150 M Street? As we reported last week, Capital One has purchased this iconic Georgetown corner and plans a Capital One Café (and another one in Chinatown).


As decribed by the company, "The Capital One Cafés are about solving visitor’s financial problems and helping them reach their money goals. The new locations will serve as a community space where DC residents can recharge their bank accounts, devices and lives while learning new ways to manage their finances through free Capital One services like Money Coaching or Money Workshops, try out new digital and financial tools, use fee-free ATMs, tap into free Wi-Fi, or simply grab a great cup of coffee or local pastries."


On site will be Café Ambassadors to talk to help ... to talk to you about money habits, goals, and action plans and, of course, offer tips on opening and managing accounts. The space will be arranged with lounge seating and free meeting rooms.




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Karin Tanabe's 'The Diplomat's Daughter'

July 12, 2017

Think you’ve read every possible tale of love, shattered lives, and the atrocities of World War II? Think again.


In her fourth novel, The Diplomat’s Daughter, Karin Tanabe introduces you to three young people swept up in the looming global conflict: a Japanese diplomat’s daughter, an Austrian Jewish banker's son, and the son of a German-American steel baron.


With deftness and clarity, Tanabe probes some lesser known injustices of the time, and in so doing, reminds us how little has changed, with racism promoted daily in the name of national security.


Inspired by actor George Takai’s musical, Allegiance, based on his own family’s internment along with 120,000 other Japanese-Americans following Pearl Harbor, Tanabe examines the fight between family bonds, duty, and patriotism.

Karin Tanabe (Photo by: Julian Barton) Karin Tanabe


As the author notes, “My Japanese father was three years old when the firebombing of Tokyo and Yokohama occurred in May of 1945 . . . “My understanding of the war all started with my father being attacked by American bombs.” Regarding the internment camps, she adds, “I discovered that in fact more than 11,000 German-Americans were interned, many having been held alongside the Japanese in a family camp in Crystal City, Texas.”


Entwined with a timely history lesson is a forbidden love story that moves from Kristallnacht in Vienna to Crystal City in Texas, to Shanghai, Tokyo and the oceans between. With the eye of a war correspondent, the author illuminates the moral ambiguities of national alliances and the transcendent power of love.


As the daughter of refugees fleeing Nazi Germany and Austria, I was particularly moved by Tanabe’s authentic depiction of the rise of Adolf Hitler, the urgency to escape persecution, and the toll of innnumerable lives, along with a way of life, forever lost.


Paying tribute to those who helped her craft such a fine narrative, Tanabe thanked "those who are no longer with us, but whose shared memories over several decades made The Diplomat's Daughter come alive."

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