Archive for the ‘Retail’ category

Gussini Moving Into DC USA

February 16, 2017

gussini(Gussini signs are up at the former Staples location in the DC USA Mall.)

Signage has gone up at the DC USA Mall for Gussini in the  old Staples location on 14th Street. I looking at the Gussini Website, I not only got an idea about what the store will be like, but found the following description about them —

GUSSINI FASHION was founded With a vision of becoming a neighborhood boutique. GUSSINI FASHION grew to over 10 stores. We have over 10 locations and are one of the fastest-growing retailers in the U.S.

GUSSINI FASHION offers a wide assortment of clothing for juniors and plus sizes, as well as an extensive shoe collection. GUSSINI FASHION is about bringing you the very latest in new fashions and styles and our assortment is constantly changing. So, if you see something you like you better grab it quick or you may miss out!

GUSSINI FASHION has also been a pioneer in attractive, well-fitting apparel for plus sizes. We firmly believe that every woman, regardless of shape or size, should enjoy fun, fashionable, and feminine clothing at an affordable price.

GUSSINI FASHION is headquartered in Bladensburg, MD.

Update on Proposal for 770 Park Road

September 8, 2016

770-rendering-1(Drawing showing 770 Park Road, view toward the southeast. The white building is the proposed addition. Rendering shared at meeting by District Quarters.)

Last night I attended a meeting/presentation by developer District Quarters on their ideas about bringing new life back to the building at 770 Park Road, NW (southeast corner of Park Road and Sherman Avenue). The meeting was  primarily for neighbors of the property and I’ve posted some details about this already. After seeing the plans and renderings, and listening to the presentation and neighbor feedback, here are some additional details I was able to learn.

While the building is zoned for residential use, it was originally built in 1911 as a mixed-use building with retail on the first floor and living quarters on the second. District Quarters plans to construct 9 living units that will be housed on the second and third levels and in a new addition that will be located along Sherman Avenue. The units will range in size from 1,100-1,700 sq. ft. each, meaning 2-3 bedroom units.

The basement level and first floor will be used to create space for commercial uses, right now the plan is to create spaces for 3 businesses — two on the first floor and one in the basement level. Overall, attendees seemed pleased with the concept of the development, which would largely restore the current building and create an addition that is architecturally complimentary to the surrounding buildings.

Much of the discussion was focused on the types of businesses people would like to see in the building. There were mixed opinions on whether or not a restaurant or gastropub would be a good fit or even permitted by zoning. Other options discussed were dry cleaners, a bike shop, or even a store that is more of a specialty shop like Glenn’s. Where there did seem to be consensus was in not wanting a 7-Eleven or a Subway or similar business.

There was also some concern on parking. The building would only be required to provide 2 parking spaces, but is planning on providing 8. However, the parking spaces would be using the shared driveway that also accommodates the flats to the south of the property. In addition to how the parking would work, there was also discussion on who would maintain the shared driveway and plow it in the winter.

If all goes well, construction could start in about a year and wrap up the following year, looking for completion sometime in 2018 or early 2019.

The developers are scheduled to come before ANC1A on September 14th to make a presentation to the Commission and get approval of the zoning variances they need.

770-rendering-3(Birds-eye-view of property showing proposed addition on Sherman Avenue and penthouse structure. Rendering shared at meeting by District Quarters.)

Walls of Books ‘Officially’ Opens in Park View with Ribbon Cutting & More

February 8, 2016

One of Park View’s newest businesses celebrated their opening at 3325 Georgia Avenue with a ribbon cutting; coffee, donuts, & a cake among other treats; and singing and book readings for the kids. The video below captured the ribbon cutting.

I was particularly happy to see a warm reception for Pablo Sierra, the force behind this venture. When I was there he had a good amount of help allowing him to greet visitors and spend some time talking to them.

IMG_0147(Visitors to Walls of Books shortly before the ribbon cutting.)

… and it appears that there was a steady stream of shoppers throughout the day, as the Tweet below shows.

Below are a few more photos and Tweets for those that weren’t able to attend on Saturday. I certainly wasn’t able to leave without a couple of purchases and know I’ll be back soon.

IMG_0149(Some of the treats available for visitors on Saturday.)

IMG_0159(A very fun and impressive cake welcoming Walls of Books.)

Georgia Avenue Winter Fest Scheduled for December 5th

November 27, 2015

Mark your calendars, the first annual Georgia Avenue Winter Fest (visit Web site) is a week away. According to the organizers, the festival “will showcase … the wonderful work of artists, businesses and organizations in Park View and Pleasant Plains and along Georgia Avenue.” They are planning to have vendors selling food and arts and crafts, art displays, performances and demos, a kids corner with craft making and other activities, info tabling and Christmas tree sales.

The event will be held at the former Murray’s grocery store at Georgia and Morton.

Georgia Avenue Winter Fest

New Signage Posted for Development at Otis and Georgia

November 24, 2015

The V signage(New leasing signage posted at vacant lot at Georgia Avenue and Otis Place (3557 Georgia Avenue NW))

New signage has been posted for “The V”, a mixed residential and retail project that was approved back in February 2013. According to Streetsense, which is handling leasing inquiries, (see below) the 20 unit building is aiming to be completed in late 2016.

V streetsense page 1

Development of 3701 New Hampshire Avenue to be Decided on December 8th

November 18, 2015

BZA 19099(Board of Zoning Adjustment hearing considering testimony on 3701 New Hampshire Avenue, NW)

Yesterday, the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) heard the case related to the development and related variance requests planned to replace the Sweet Mango Cafe building at 3701 New Hampshire Avenue. After a two hour hearing (watch here), the BZA scheduled a decision date for December 8th and asked the developers to file documents related to the following areas in response to some of the testimony and concerns expressed at the hearing:

  • The 21-unit building is planned to have three affordable units, two at 80% AMI and one at 50% AMI. The BZA requested documentation speaking to the desire by some residents for deeper affordability of the units;
  • The BZA requested more financial data to justify why a 21-unit building was necessary on this site. The implication was that the number of units translates into the number of parking spaces being sought in the variance request;
  • Responses to Exhibit 32 were specifically sought, in which concerns about the future of the Chuck Brown mural, affordability, hiring local labor, and commitment to local businesses were requested;
  • There was a statement that the developers consider the possibility of having no RPP available for the building; and,
  • The BZA wanted to see a plan for the mural.

In addition to residents opposing the development due to concerns related to parking, the Park View United Neighborhood Coalition took a position to oppose the variance request unless the building was denied participation in the RPP program and ANC 4C was split on the issue by supporting the area variance request and opposing the parking variance.

ANC 1A voted to support both variance requests which were also supported by the Office of Planning. The Department of Transportation largely supported the variances with the suggestion that the off-site parking spaces not be free to residents of the new building, but rather that residents pay for the spaces which would discourage car ownership.

Visiting DC Treasure on Upshur Street

November 6, 2015
205 Upsur Street, now home to DC Treasure.

205 Upsur Street, now home to DC Treasure.

I finally had a chance to check out DC Treasure, which opened recently at 205 Upshur Street just to the west of Slash Run in Petworth. DC Treasure styles itself as a vintage and antique furniture/accessory shop. Currently, the hours appear to be by appointment or chance.

Based on my visit, I feel that the shop has a lot of potential.

DC Treasure interior(Some of the items currently offered at DC Treasure.0


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