Business Ins & Outs Feb. 7, 2018

Coming Soon: Own Your Wonder

Kristina Han, owner of the former pop-up business Wonder Beauty Bar, at 3210 Grace St. NW, recently signed a lease for space at 1659 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The former pop-up called itself D.C.’s “only full-service makeup bar.” The business invites customers to Own Your Wonder. “We welcome all races, faiths, and gender identities,” says the website.

Courtesy The Wink Hotel.

In: The Wink Hotel

Though the Wink opened Jan. 11, you would think upon observing the lobby area that this hotel, at 1143 New Hampshire Ave. NW, has not completed its makeover. That observation would be correct. Managed by Marriott when the property was a Renaissance hotel, it is now under the management of Intrigue Hotels & Resorts by Interstate, based in Arlington, Virginia. Not much has changed as of now, but modifications will be made soon and more extensive renovations will follow in 2019.

South Moon Under owners Patricia and Michael Smith.

Coming Soon: South Moon Under

It’s surprising to find a business able to afford such a large space near the end of Wisconsin Avenue, but you may have noticed the sign on 1065 Wisconsin Ave. NW announcing that South Moon Under is coming this spring — or, to be more specific, March 1. The store, which started in Ocean City, Maryland, in 1968, specializes in “upscale casual” for both men and women. Currently, the nearest South Moon Under stores are in Bethesda, Maryland, and Arlington, Virginia.

Recap: More Spring Debuts

Other soon-to-open spots include: Amazon Books at 3040 M St. NW, Bluestone Lane coffee (next to Frye Boots, across the street from South Moon Under), Capital One Cafe at Wisconsin Avenue and M Street NW, Church restaurant in the Georgetown Park retail complex, Guapo’s Mexican restaurant at Washington Harbour, Insomnia Cookies at 3204 O St. NW and Reverie restaurant at 3210 Grace St. NW (with the Wine Outlet in the same building).

Chef Robert Wiedmaier. Courtesy Marcel’s.

Reopened: Marcel’s by Robert Wiedmaier

When the weather was really cold in multiple locations around the country in early January, one common issue that people had to deal with was pipes bursting. That’s what happened at Marcel’s, at 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Robert Wiedmaier’s acclaimed restaurant, described as French with a Belgian twist, closed on Jan. 7 due to flooding, but reopened Feb. 1.

Hatch is 2018 ‘Bark Tank’ Winner

Taking inspiration from the show “Shark Tank,” in which entrepreneurs seek investments from successful businesspeople, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business held a “Bark Tank” pitch competition Jan. 16. Eight finalists competed for the Leonsis Family Entrepreneurship Prize, which provides funding and mentorship. The winner? The people behind Hatch Workspace, JP Coakley and Kelsey Lents, who want to provide an environment for other working parents. Currently, Hatch has a wait-list for interested clients.



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