Local restaurant Garrett’s Restaurant and Railroad Tavern closed its doors at 3003 M St. NW for the last time Monday, May 30. A popular hangout since 1979, the restaurant’s closure is likely tied to rising rent and bigger businesses emerging in the Georgetown area. Well-known not only for its menu and dining options but also its weekly game nights and holiday events, Garrett’s will be missed by neighborhood locals as well their loyal employees.
Nectar Skin Bar, located at 1633 Wisconsin Avenue NW, hopes to be a unique addition to the local beauty scene with a fresh, upscale boutique. Nectar specializes in unique beauty treatment products and services such as LashDip, Softsense wax from Italy and Intraceuticals Oxygen Infusion Facials. The boutique also offers traditional services ranging from manicures and pedicures to airbrush tanning and makeup and eyebrow applications. Prices for each service or product range from $30- $50. To make an appointment call (202) 333-4332.
A new gallery has opened its doors in Georgetown. Heiner Contemporary, located at 1675 Wisconsin Avenue NW, features emerging and mid-career contemporary artists that work within a range of media. The current solo exhibition of New York artist, Elizabeth Huey features new paintings, installation and video. “Elizabeth Huey: Polychromatic Projection” will be on display until July 2, 2011. Make sure to stop by the gallery for artist’s talk on Saturday, June 18th at 5pm.
Current Wisconsin Avenue resident, O Salon, is moving to 3212 O Street due to the rising rent at their current location. With additional square footage and a rear patio courtyard, the owners hope to attract more customers, and perhaps a new stylist. The salon plans to move over the weekend of June 12 and reopen their doors at the new location on Wednesday, June 15.
Home furnishings retailer, West Elm, is returning to D.C. with a temporary seven-month lease to occupy 3333 M St. NW in Georgetown. After closing their largest location at 1020 G St. NW in March 2010, the San Francisco-based company decided to try another concept in the area, and ended up as a “pop-up store.” This trend caught on during the economic downturn as a way for retailers to avoid the risk of a long-term lease, while still testing the location and generating buzz for their brand or store. The new West Elm will have 6,500 sq. ft., a fraction of their previous store, but it’ll still have the same merchandise.