Business Ins and Outs: November 19, 2014

IN: Cady’s Alley Pop-up Bazaar

Pop-up shops will take over an 8,000-square-foot space at 3300 Cady’s Alley NW, from Nov. 22 to Jan. 4. This year brings local online brands, including Pico Vela, Elaine B Jewelry, Ikkon and Stylecable. At a Dec. 4 launch party, shoppers can meet the people behind the pop-ups. Visit

IN: Giant in Cathedral Heights

The Giant store opened at 3336 Wisconsin Ave. NW, in Cathedral Heights. The store is part of the Cathedral Commons mixed-use development. Giant’s location in the City Market at O Street set a high bar. Georgetowners hope the company brings the same quality food and design to Cathedral Heights, especially with the anticipated closing of the MacArthur Boulevard Safeway.

IN: Spa at Luigi Parasmo Salon

Luigi Parasmo Salon at 1510 Wisconsin Ave. NW is expanding to include a spa on the second floor. The 2000-square-foot spa will offer body, skin and nail treatments by eight specialists. There will also be three pedicure stations and two manicure bars, with iPad docks to keep patrons entertained.

IN: Chaia Signs Lease for Grace Street Shop

Known around D.C. farmers markets, Chaia (“farm to taco”) has signed the lease to open its first brick-and-mortar place at 3207 Grace St. NW in the former G. Morris Steinbraker building. Founders and co-principals Bettina Stern and Suzanne Simon cook with fresh local ingredients to serve up seasonal vegetarian tacos. They anticipate opening some time between February and March.

IN: Washington Design Center

The new Washington Design Center at 1099 14th St. NW at Franklin Court Building Nov. 12. The center boasts three floors of showrooms and the collections of noted designers.

IN: Moleskine

Italian notebook maker Moleskine is moving into 3029 M St. NW – the space Scotch & Soda vacated a few months ago – in the lead-up to the holiday season. The store will open as a pop-up shop until January, when it will close to begin a permanent build-out. Moleskine products including planners, diaries, sketchbooks and bags. This will be the brand’s first brick-and-mortar location in Washington, D.C.

OUT: GeorgeTownPool

GeorgeTownPool is out as quickly as it came in. The preppy men’s and women’s clothing store, which originated in Nantucket, was supposed to pop up at 1063 Wisconsin Ave. NW on Nov. 15. But a sewage problem underneath the space has effectively cancelled the pop-up. Corroded and defective pipes caused smells and excrement to seep into the store space. The landowner’s inability to quickly resolve the situation led the store to renege on opening. Georgetown may have to wait.

OUT: CityZen at Mandarin Oriental to Close Dec. 6
Chef Eric Ziebold’s CityZen at the Mandarin Oriental on Maryland Avenue, SW, will close Dec. 8, according to DCist, a local news blog.

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