IN (Soon): Marine Layer
Marine Layer, a San Francisco clothing story named for an air mass that forms over water (such as San Francisco Bay) due to a temperature inversion, will take the space vacated by Godiva Chocolatier at 3242 M St. NW. This is a store already on 14th Street NW. The fabric of their tees, sweaters and jackets is as soft, one trusts, as Potomac fog.
IN (Again): Subway, Now Part of Mini Food Court
The Subway sandwich shop — which vacated 3275 M St. NW at the corner of Potomac Street and M, now the home of Aesop, the Australian upscale skin and body care store — has returned after a year’s hiatus to 3277 M St. NW, just across Potomac Street on the opposite corner.
The new corner location is a larger space, with seating for at least 12. Sharing the space will be District Pizza and Greenberry, a coffee and frozen yogurt spot, creating a mini food court.
Founded in 1965, the privately held company boasts about 45,000 stores, more than McDonald’s, in 112 countries; most are in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, but Australia, Brazil and the United Kingdom have thousands, too. Last month, a few restaurants introduced self-ordering kiosks and gluten-free bread. This year’s slogan is “Fresh Forward.”
IN (Almost): Café Georgetown
Café Georgetown, a community coffee and wine bar, is coming to 3141 N St. NW, next to EagleBank. The café’s owner, Emel Bayrak, a White House correspondent for Turkish Radio & Television, is opening the location with a vision in mind: coffee and conversation. She looks forward to interviewing government officials on current events and becoming the catalyst of some of the District of Columbia’s most thought-provoking discussions.
OUT: BCBG Max Azria
One out of more than 120 locations shutting down across the country, the BCBG Max Azria clothing store at 3210 M St. NW will close by mid-August. The store is running sales of 40-to-60-percent off to clear out remaining stock.
OUT: Spice & Tea Exchange
The cute shop at 1069 Wisconsin Ave. NW that sold spices, teas, salts and sugars from containers, giving the place an old-time feel, has closed. Founded in St. Augustine, Florida, in 2005, the Spice & Tea Exchange has been franchising since 2008. There are more than 55 stores in 26 states.