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Business: Bagels, Papyrus, Veronica Beard, Contemporaria

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Veronica Swanson Beard and Veronica Miele Beard, designers of Veronica Beard, which will be opening in Georgetown. Courtesy Veronica Beard.
In: Bagels at 35th & O — by February?

Call Your Mother, a popular bagel shop on Georgia Avenue NW, will open soon at 3428 O St. NW, across from Saxby’s in the shuttered Greenworks florist shop — that most pink, Instagramable corner. Co-founder Andrew Dana and his team have moved through the zoning approval process. There was a big pushback by some neighbors who feared long lines and increased rodent infestation.

In: Harper Macaw on M

“Bean to bar,” Harper Macaw is a fine chocolate maker, it declares: “with an ambitious yet tangible objective: To turn chocolate into a force for tropical reforestation.” The chocolate factory and cafe at 2920 M St. NW opened last week.

Out: Papypus Flies Away

The popular greeting card shop at 1300 Wisconsin Ave. NW will be closing in a week or so, as its parent company, Schurman Retail Group, declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Jan. 23 and will be closing its 254 stores across the U.S. and Canada. The brand will live on, the company says.

The Papyrus card shop at 1300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Georgetowner photo.

Coming: Veronica Beard

The chic sisters-in-law who own Veronica Beard — same first name; married two brothers — will be setting up their women’s clothing shop at 1254 Wisconsin Ave. NW, next to the Gap store. “Our motto: Look good, feel good, and do what you love,” they say. We believe in building a collection that is inclusive of women everywhere and makes them feel confident every single day. We are mothers, entrepreneurs, sisters, friends — and we are our customer.”

Coming: Bozzelli’s to Land at Washington Harbour

Next to Bangkok Joe’s, Bozzelli’s Italian delicatessen — with its ample sandwiches (cold cuts, meatball, Reuben) and various pizza pies (plain, Meaty Boy, Boom Boom Chicken and Spicy Hawaiian) — will open at 3000 K St. NW, at the entryway to Washington Harbour. Bozzelli’s began in 1978 in Northern Virginia.

Moving: Contemporaria at Cady’s Alley to Potomac

Hip, avant-garde furniture store Contemporaria, at 3303 Cady’s Alley NW, will be moving out of Georgetown by the end of next month.

The following is owner Deborah Kalkstein’s missive to her friends and clients:

Dear all,

I opened Contemporaria 21 years ago in a printing plant in Bethesda and moved to Georgetown five years after that. It has been an amazing ride with clients becoming friends, a neighborhood becoming a second home and my store becoming the center of it all.

After many hard thoughts I decided I am ready for a new chapter in my life. I’m not closing … don’t you worry. I’m just changing the way I do business.

I am moving to an office in Potomac, Maryland, where I will continue with the interior design and furniture part of my business. Instead of being in a showroom/retail space, I will now be in a more intimate environment.

All ongoing projects and orders will not be disturbed, we will continue to work with our manufacturers and suppliers from our “new home.” I’m making this transition at the end of February and I truly hope you keep in touch and visit! (It’s just a 20-minute drive and has plenty of free parking.)

In the meantime, we are selling all our beautiful showroom pieces, so if you are looking for an extra chair or a full-size kitchen, this is a great time to browse. We will be sending an email with the pieces on sale but feel free to contact us if you need detailed information.

I want to personally thank all of you, from the bottom of my heart for these 21 amazing years and for the amazing years to come.

Sincerely, Deborah

Deborah Kalkstein. Courtesy Contemporaria.
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