**In: T&U Mongolian Cashmere by Gobi**
College besties Una Ganbold and Tosca Metz opened T&U Mongolian Cashmere by Gobi last month at 1663 Wisconsin Ave. NW, in the former Dandelion Patch space. The store fulfills one of their clothing-shop dreams with the debut of the first Mongolian cashmere store in the U.S. to carry the luxury Gobi brand. At first owned by the government of Mongolia and now a private company, Gobi distributes products worldwide, from Ulan Bator to London.
“We sell 100-percent cashmere, camel and yak wool goods from Mongolia,” Metz told The Georgetowner. “We have camel wool socks to cashmere coats for men and women, and blankets and throws for the home.”
A grand opening party for T&U is planned at 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13. Go say hello to the latest addition to Book Hill’s retail scene. And, yes, in the store’s name, “T” stands for Tosca and “U” for Una.
**In: Carine’s Bridal Named Best Window**
Speaking of Book Hill, the Georgetown Business Improvement District named Carine’s Bridal Atelier the winner of the storefront windows competition during Christmastime. Announced the BID: “Drumroll, please … Georgetown’s Fifth Annual Holiday Window Competition officially ended as the clock struck 2017, and Carine’s Bridal Atelier (1623 Wisconsin Ave. NW) received the most votes for their beautiful window! Signature and LiLi The First put up a good fight in second and third, but congratulations to Carine’s! Visit www.georgetowndc.com to support all of our local businesses, not just during the holidays, but year-round. And thanks to everyone who voted!”
**Out: Lacoste Store Closes**
See you later, alligator … yeah, had to write that. The Lacoste shop at 3146 M St. NW has closed.
**Out: Clyde’s of Tysons to Close Feb. 5**
Clyde’s of Tysons Corner, one of the most successful restaurants in the Clyde’s empire, will close its doors Feb. 5, as the property at 8332 Leesburg Pike, across from Tysons Corner Center, will be redeveloped. Clyde’s first Virginia venture, the restaurant, with its unique murals, artwork and four dining rooms, has been around since 1980. Clyde’s Real Estate Group is one of the partners in the new project on the six-acre site. It is uncertain if the restaurant will return to the location, the Clyde’s Restaurant Group tells us that it is “exploring options in Tysons.”
**Out (Temporarily): Phoenix Under Renovation**
The Phoenix will rise again … yeah, had to write that, too. The Phoenix shop at 1514 Wisconsin Ave. NW is closed for renovations and remodeling. However, the 62-year-old boutique has a pop-up, just around the corner at P Street Gallerie at 3235 P St. NW. (Nice to know that the retail businesses around Wisconsin and P are a tight group and help each other out.)