• A skin care shop, Take Care, has opened where Helia’s boutique was at 1338 Wisconsin Ave. NW and is inviting the public to an Aug. 17 grand opening party at 6 p.m.
According to the three-year-old company, Take Care offers a selection of effective, natural and independent skin care brands. It embodies a thoughtful and gentle approach to cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing. In addition: “We are thrilled to partner with small, handmade and often women-owned labels of leisure wear, home care, and personal and home accessories with an emphasis on simple, natural designs and ingredients.”
“Embracing my appreciation for plants and nature, I seek to cultivate a special place in the natural skincare and lifestyle community that celebrates botanical beauty and efficacy,” says founder Becky Waddell. “I am inspired and comforted by the immenseness of nature — from the scents and sounds, to the palettes of color and pattern that are truly limitless. Take Care is my manifestation of this appreciation; it is my humble attempt to invite the outside in.”
• Meanwhile, the Florida-based luxe top-end fashion studio, Rene Ruiz, which partnered with Ike Behar one year ago to set up shop at 2902 M St. NW, has departed the neighborhood. Its dresses are still available at such places as the Neiman Marcus at Tysons Corner as well as its own shops in Florida and New York. The M Street store made a big splash in the months leading up to the 2017 presidential inauguration.
• The rehabilitation of the 1300 and 1400 blocks of Wisconsin Avenue continues, as two storefronts are all that remain, with the properties at 1357 and 1359 Wisconsin Ave. NW gutted and being prepared to be rebuilt with an additional floor. The erstwhile clothing stores, Studio and Signature (which moved to the 1600 block in December), will be getting new tenants when the work is completed. Nearby is the reconstructed Georgetown Theater property which started the block’s comeback last year — as well as parents’ favorite, Togooh Toys.
• But, wait, there’s more. Word on the street — specifically M — is that the former Keith Lipert space at 2922 (He can now be found in Canal Square at 1054 31st St. NW) will become a pizza parlor.