On The Look Out
Joe Sternlieb, CEO of the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) responded to criticism Wednesday that a mass messaging application designed to combat shoplifting and other crime, is a method of racial profiling.
Georgetown residents, police and retailers are using GroupMe to get up-to-date information on thefts, fires and other safety concerns in the neighborhood. The BID and the Metropolitan Police Department partnered last March to keep the community connected with law enforcement. The BID is in charge of adding new members to the messaging group.
Following a critical report by The Washington Post, and speaking to WUSA9, Sternlieb said a very small percentage (about five percent) of the posts are inappropriate. When that happens the BID visits the store and retrains the staff. If it happens again they are removed from the group.
Georgetown BID has received zero complaints about the program.
There are 420 storefronts in Georgetown and roughly 380 stores are members of the GroupMe group.
"Merchants wanted to know if stores are being robbed. The store across the street wants to know that. You are less likely to be racially profiled in Georgetown because we train against it," Sternlieb said.
Bluemercury, the Georgetown-based luxury makeup, skincare and spa destination with 71 locations is opening its newest location in Logan Circle.
Join Bluemercury for their grand opening celebration of Bluemercury at 1427 P Street NW on Saturday, October 10.
Stop by from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm for cupcakes, makeovers, mini treatments and more.
The first 100 attendees will received deluxe gift bags.
American rocker Steven Tyler dined at il Canale in Georgetown on Saturday. Tyler had Italian thin-crust pizza and salad.
He is best known as the lead singer of the rock band Aerosmith. He plays the harmonica, piano and percussion.
The singer-songwriter is also known for his high-energy performances and is often called the "Demon of Screamin" due to his high pitch screams and his wide vocal range.
After an early dinner, Tyler agreed to a cell phone photograph with il Canale management and wait staff. True to his image, he wears colorful clothes and scarves (see picture).
He was in town for Sunday's anti-addiction rally and concert on the Mall.
Tyler dined with his manager and a security guy. He was immediately recognized by fans at il Canale.