Posted tagged ‘Retail’

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.

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.)

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

New Coffee Shop Is Moving Forward at Georgia and Keefer

August 4, 2014

Nearly a year ago, after the Tibet Shop had closed, we learned that the building on the southeast corner of Keefer and Georgia Avenue was destined to be a coffee shop. Since then, there has been little activity to suggest that this dream would become a reality. However, that all changed this past weekend. Workmen were busily enlarging the store’s windows along Georgia Avenue and had cut out a large opening facing Keefer to install a doorway into the outdoor sidewalk cafe area (See photo below).

3213 Georgia Avenue(3213 Georgia Avenue — at Keefer Place — with renovations in progress).

More interesting to me is that in reviewing DCRA description of the permit issued in April for this work, it also references a “Deli” in addition to a coffee shop. I hope this comes to pass, as I think the area would respond well to a coffee shop with some food options at this location. Below is the language from the permit:

Selective demolition. Construction of new non-load bearing partitions,electrical, mechanical, plumbing, finishes and all related appurtenances of retail sales to Deli, Coffee shop in 1st floor of a 2 floor building.

Planned DC USA Petco Moving Through BZA Process

January 9, 2013
According to presentation materials, petco is planning to occupy a space near the intersection of Irving Street and Hiatt Place, NW

Petco is planning to occupy a space near the intersection of Irving Street and Hiatt Place, NW

There have been rumblings about a Petco moving into the DC USA shopping center since the end of November 2012. In order for them to move forward, Petco will be presenting at tonight’s ANC 1A meeting and seek the ANC’s support for the necessary zoning vaiances required for them to occupy the space.

According to the Board of Zoning Adjustment’s Website, the following variances have been requested:

Application of Petco Animal Supplies Store Inc., pursuant to 11 DCMR §§ 3104.1 and 3103.2, for a variance from the requirement that a pet grooming establishment not abut a residence district under subsection 736.4, a variance from the requirement that a pet shop not abut a residence district under subsection 737.3, and special exceptions under sections 736 and 737, to allow a pet grooming establishment and a pet shop in an existing retail shopping center in the C-3-A District at premises 3100 14th Street, N.W. (Square 2674, Lot 721).

Petco’s BZA hearing date has been scheduled for January 22, 2013.


Holiday Gift Idea — Knit Hats and Mittens at Tibet Shop

December 19, 2012
Tibet Shop, located at 3213 Georgia Avenue.

Tibet Shop, located at 3213 Georgia Avenue.

I noticed over the weekend that Tibet Shop on Georgia Avenue at Lamont has knit hats and mittens. I know that it’s hard to think about bundling up since we haven’t really had a lot of cold weather yet this season, but I thought they were attractive and could make nice gifts.

In case you can’t tell, I’m seriously behind on my holiday gift shopping. I like to shop local when I can, so does anyone have any other area shops I should check out for interesting gift ideas — preferably in the greater Park View/Columbia Heights/Petworth area. All suggestions are welcomed and appreciated.

Knit hats and mittens in an assortment of colors.

Knit hats and mittens in an assortment of colors.

Tibet Shop — New Retail in Park View

November 26, 2012

New retail in Park View. Tibet Shop at 3213 Georgia Avenue.

As I noted last week, Park View’s section of Georgia Avenue now has a new retail option — the Tibet Shop located at 3213 Georgia. When I last wrote about it I did not know when it would open but noted its advanced state of readiness.

As it turned out, it was open on November 23rd — in time for small business Saturday. I stopped in and took a look around (photos below). I’m thrilled to see this business in the community and hope the community will support it. I think it’s significant that a new business has opened on this stretch of Georgia that isn’t more of the same, a liquor store, or a convenience store.

Most importantly, new retail like this can only make it easier to attract businesses to the neighborhood’s empty retail spaces, especially in new developments like The Avenue, The Heights, and other new developments in the planning stages.


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