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The organization best known for its work to improve the vitality and quality of life in Georgetown just got a new home. Since July 1, the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) can be found (with a little help) in the Flour Mill building on Potomac Street.
“We wanted a location in the center of the business district. Looking for the kind of space that would also accommodate our Clean Team eliminated a lot of conventional spaces,” executive director Jim Bracco told The Georgetown Dish. The team of 12 headed by Bill Baker will be all moved in by the end of this month.
The 3,200 square foot space, all at street level has room for seven offices, a conference room that seats 24, and a kitchen large enough to prepare food for in-house events.
“Come out and play (Georgetown’s rebranded slogan) was a call to action,” said marketing director Nancy Miyahira. “We’re going to do more promotions with merchants and engage people more with the brand.” Looking forward to their signature events this fall, starting with Fashion’s Night Out (FNO) on September 8, Nancy explained, “Last year, 80 businesses participated, and so far, over 95 businesses have signed up.”
As Nancy pointed out, individual businesses are excited to be producing their own in-store events for FNO. The outlook is good, Nancy said, “the mix of independent to national brands has held steady at 73% to 27%.”
And on October 15, for the 18th year, it's Taste of Georgetown.
More good news. The BID has made free Wi-Fi available from Washington Harbour to Jack’s Boathouse. And soon, when it officially opens, at Waterfront Park.
The Georgetown BID is located at 1000 Potomac Street, in the Flour Mill office building (on the C&O Canal side, not the K/Water Street side.) Down the steps behind Dean & Deluca's patio and over the canal, it's on the right directly on the first level in suite 122. Tel: 202.298.9222
Washington's only embassy on the waterfront, The House of Sweden hosted the Georgetown Business Association (GBA) and 400 of their closest friends Wednesday evening for a sparkling midsummer’s evening of cocktails, music and a special tribute to the Furin family.
“This time last year, we had 25 people come to our event at Chadwick’s,” GBA vice president Rokas Berseniovas wasn’t complaining as he surveyed the guests packing Anna Lindh Hall and happily spilling out onto the patio.
A meeting place as well as home to the embassies of Sweden and Iceland, this gem on the Potomac was designed with many poetic nods to life in Sweden, from frosted glass walls symbolizing the early spring melting of ice to pixelated lighting in the ceiling mimicking a starry sky.
As guests enjoyed each other, stellar views of Virginia, and boats docked at Washington Harbour, GBA president Joe Giannino thanked everyone for coming, and especially the evening’s sponsors: House of Sweden for the dazzling venue, Ridgewells for the catering, The Georgetown Business Improvement District for beverages, and Chris Furin for desserts.
Cecilia Browning, House of Sweden’s general manager thanked everyone for coming and introduced Andrew Osborne, director of conferences and events.
Joining real estate agent Nancy Iiteilag, Joe Giannino and Sue Hamilton saluted the Furin family for 27 years serving the community with their baking and catering business.
Also today, longtime GBA representative Sue Hamilton was quoted at length in The Washington Post on the changing nature of business in Georgetown. “Family businesses . . . are the heart of Georgetown,” said Hamilton, a 26-year Georgetown resident, told the Post. “You can go to a national chain anywhere. But here you have [surviving independent businesses like] Georgetown Tobacco, Georgetown Floorcoverings, Cannons Seafood, Weaver’s Hardware, Bistro Francais.”
”It’s difficult closing a restaurant.” Thanking the crowd, and their legion of loyal customers, Chris Furin said. “We’ll miss you.” Furin’s of Georgetown may be leaving but the baking tradition continues with Cakes by Chris Furin.
As chair of a new D.C. Council small business development committee, Vincent Orange thanked the community for their support, and had good news for Georgetown's business leaders. "President Obama has made 13.5 million dollars available for small businesses in D.C."
On that sweet note, it was time for desserts by Chris Furin.
Designed to resemble an English country home, the new Jack Wills store in Georgetown is the 9th spot across the pond for the British retailer. You may know Jack them from Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket or Newport, Rhode Island.
This university outfitters features men's and women's apparel and accessories, housewares, beauty and grooming items.
"I'm really excited to be here. I've been to quite a few places in the states, and never seen anything quite like it," assistant store manager Alistair Penny told The Georgetown Dish. Speaking for himself and store manager Jade Newark, Penny added, "We're really glad to be here. Georgetown does seem to be the perfect place for the brand."
Established in 1999 in Devon, U.K., the brand is founded in "British style resurrecting the cool, yet eclectic dandy." This distinctive aesthetic draws from the tension of teaming formal wear with more casual, preppy attire.
Since the company selects locations that are "all about setting, history and character," it's not surprising to find Jack Wills landed here on Wisconsin Avenue.
Jack Wills is located at 1079 Wisconsin Avenue. Tel: 202.333.7980