This article was updated on March 13.
The 3000 block of M Street in Georgetown is abuzz with renewal this spring — business and otherwise. The biggest news? Amazon Books has officially opened at 3040 M St. NW.
In sight of the Old Stone House, the oldest building in Washington, D.C., undergoing a major rehabilitation, Amazon Books is bringing its latest brand of book selling.
That means a real brick-and-mortar bookstore on two levels, touting its list of what D.C. is buying. Real bookshelves with real books complement the section on Amazon’s devices, such as Kindle, Alexa, Echo and other smart-home accessories, along with a coffee bar. There’s a children’s book section, too. Particular shelving lines up the top sellers according to Amazon.com, the huge online seller of books and other items.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is also the owner of D.C.’s major newspaper, the Washington Post. The world’s richest man also owns a Kalorama mansion, and the nation’s capital remains a contender for the new Amazon HQ2.
Near the new book store is the Fuel Body Lab that moved to the corner of 30th and M Streets, upstairs. Along with various Pilates classes, there are those in barre, tabata and trampoline. On the third floor of the same building is Brow Bar.
On the same side of M as Amazon Books, a new hotel is being reconstructed on 30th Street. It will also have retail on its M Street frontage. Meanwhile, places like Ladurée and Sprinkles Cupcakes are getting springy with cherry flavors.