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Fluevog Opens in Georgetown

August 13, 2012

If you're already a 'Fluevoger' chances are you were in line outside the new Wisconsin Avenue store Saturday. If not, consider this your introduction.

Peter Fox and John Fleuvog in the 70's (Photo by: Judith Beermann from the Fleuvog interior) Peter Fox and John Fleuvog in the 70's

For 40 years, Canadian John Fluevog has been designing and selling some of the hippest, most comfortable shoes you'd ever want to walk a mile in. From the time he started in Vancouver with Peter Fox, the goal has been the same, says Georgetown manager, Cahtherine Wemette. "Three things you need to know about Fleuvog: 1) quality, that is all the shoes are hand-made or hand crafted, 2) they're comfortable, and 3) designs are fun and quirky."

Buxton from the Swordfish Family (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Buxton from the Swordfish Family

Lines (for both men and women) are called families and look a little retro and that's not accidental. Still overseen by John Fluevog, the collection each season bears his distinctive mark.

Store manager, Catherine Wemette (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Store manager, Catherine Wemette

Malibran from the Operatic Family (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Malibran from the Operatic Family

"D.C. needs Fluevog," Wemette explains. "We're much more about attitide and a way of life than simply a shoe a store." The messaging is clear, in fact, literally on the soles of the shoes.

Each of the nine U.S. Fluevog stores is unique. In Georgetown, the shop has women's in front and men's in the back with a colorful wall filled with inspirational messages and old photographs.

Never sold in any mall or discount shop, Fleuvog is all about customer service and making everyone who walk in feel comfortable about browsing and enjoying the experience.

Hours are Monday through Thursday from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm and Sunday from noon to 6:00 pm.

Fluevog is located at 1265 Wisconsin Avenue. Tel: 202.337.5683

1265 Wisconsin Avenue (Photo by: Judith Beermann) 1265 Wisconsin Avenue

 


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Tour Civil War Georgetown

July 26, 2012

Learn what life was like in Georgetown and the Federal City during the Civil War.

Tudor Place is hosting a house and walking tour on Saturday, August 11th (and every second Saturday through November). The house tour is from 10:30-11:30 am and the walking tour is from 1:00-2:00 pm.

Hear family stories about how Tudor Place served as home to Southern sympathizers even while housing Union officers and their families. Learn about those who lived on the estate and the enslaved workers who served them.

After a lunch break, visit burial sites, a Union hospital, residences of military leaders, and a neighborhood home to enslaved and free African Americans.

Tudor Place is located at 1644 31st Street. Tel: 202.965.0400


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Sneak Peek: Farmers Fishers Bakers Coming to Washington Harbour

July 24, 2012

Debuting this fall on the Georgetown Waterfront is Farmers Fishers Bakers, a new farm-to-table restaurant with a bakery. GrizForm Design Architects, the same team behind the success of Founding Farmers is collaborating on a design inspired by an urban farmhouse for the 9,800 square foot space.

Rendering of Back Dining Area (Photo by: GrizForm Design Architects) Rendering of Back Dining Area

Art in the bar area will include sculptural farm animals and gardening tools used as a seasonal display to garner the farmhouse theme.

Bar design details include flooring inspired by field grids seen from an airplane above and brown lighting that will bring a sunset feeling indoors.

The nautical-inspired back dining area offers pod-like booths that are intimate and can seat four-to-six diners. 

Rendering of Pantry (Photo by: GrizForm Design Architects) Rendering of Pantry

A series of dioramas will be found throughout the space with miniature versions of a farm setting.

Communal tables that seat about 10 will sit above whitewashed wood flooring in the pantry area. Alongside the tables (also in the pantry) will be barrels and shelving with items that the restaurant pickled, grew, and made so that diners can enjoy the freshest ingredients.

 


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