Business Ins & Outs, March 26


Forever 21 Coming to M Street

The clothing and accessories megastore Forever 21 will come to M Street in the Georgetown Park storefront spaces, according to the Washington Business Journal. The 20,000 square-foot space was once occupied by H&M, which moved to larger digs a few doors down. The New York Times described Forever 21 as “Faster Fashion, Cheaper Chic.”

D.C.’s first Forever 21 is in the old Woodie’s building on F Street downtown. The Georgetown store will be Forever 21’s second D.C. location. The company boasts more than 480 locations.

The reconstructed retail space known as Georgetown Park – formerly an interior shopping mall – was “quickly becoming a destination for bargain shoppers,” noted the Business Journal, which called it “the epicenter of bargains in tiny Georgetown.” Also cited were H&M, T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods and the soon-to-open DSW.

IN: 7-Eleven at Wisconsin and O

The convenience store 7-Eleven quietly opened two weeks ago at Wisconsin Avenue and O Street. It is Georgetown’s second 7-Eleven. In response to objections from some neighbors, the store design is low-key. The other Georgetown 7-Eleven is at 2617 P St., NW.

The 1344 Wisconsin Ave., NW, location is best known as the place owned by Harry “Doc” Dalinsky, who ran the Georgetown Pharmacy. After more than a century in operation, the pharmacy closed in 1988. Dalinsky died in 1992.

IN: Little Birdies Boutique on P Street

“We’re now open for business,” reports Shanlee Johnson, owner of Little Birdies Boutique at 3236 P St., NW. She describes the new store as a place that “offers an array of children’s new and consigned clothing, accessories and affordable luxury items.” Some of these are fine arts for children and D.C.-inspired gifts. Stop by with the little ones and say, “Welcome to the neighborhood.”

IN: Aroche online boutique

Aroche is a new online shoe and accessories boutique founded by fashion businessman Alvaro Roche and marketer Elsa Arcila. Roche has designed shoes for Gianfranco Ferré. He also founded EPK, which sells children’s clothing. Roche runs the business out of his Georgetown home for now and hopes to set up shop later.

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