Business Ins: Bakeshop, English Rose Garden, Yo Yoga

Last week’s Business Ins & Outs focused on a big out: the closing of the Gap store on Wisconsin Avenue. This week, there’s more positive news of businesses that have opened as well as more openings to come in 2022.

In: Yo Yoga — Curated by Svetlana

Yo Yoga opened at 2805 M St. NW, in the former Georgetown Yoga space, above Freshbee’s American Grill & Cafe. Mind & Body Studies at Yo Yoga is a tranquil, light-filled Georgetown studio. Group classes are capped at 10 participants to allow plenty of space. Offerings are dogma and judgement free, suitable for participants of all levels, offered at 6 a.m., noon and 4:30 pm (book your class at Schedules will evolve with additional times and special events. The studio is curated by Svetlana Leonidovna Sidilkovskaia (, Doctor of Physical Therapy (VCU 2014), trained in yoga studies and therapies in India, Maui, Kripalu and with Diego del Sol. She has been practicing in Washington, D.C., for the last seven years and delighted to deliver innovative programming that will include all eight limbs of yoga, plus aerial yoga, strength training, rehabilitation and opportunities for private 1:1 and small group lessons. 

Bakeshop on Grace Street.

In: Bakeshop on Grace

Bakeshop opened last month at 3210 Grace St. NW. It’s an award-winning bakery with cakes, cookies, pies and more. Say the proprietors: “Like all great inventions, Bakeshop started in a garage. Ok, maybe not a garage, but in the kitchen of Justin’s mom’s house where so many of our recipes were perfected.” (That would be Justin Stegall, owner and founder of Bakeshop.) “The doors to the Arlington shop opened during an epic snowstorm in 2010… It’s always good to be surrounded by friends and we’re an acai berry’s throw from South Block in the Grace Street Collective. It’s a new adventure for us and we’re so excited to grow the Bakeshop family even more!”

In: Georgetown Pizza & Grill Replaces Kitchen No. 1

Replacing the reliable Chinese carry-out, Kitchen No. 1, Georgetown Pizza & Grill opened two weeks ago at 3208 O St NW. There are varieties of pizza — along with subs, salads, gyros and kabobs (halal). 

Reopened: English Rose Garden 

While it had been in a temporary spot, the English Rose Garden, the floral boutique established in 1997, has returned to 3209 O St. NW after the June 2018 fire which began next door at Wingo’s (set to reopen also by the end of January). Drop by to congratulate Taraneh Dadmarz who is excited to welcome Georgetowners back into her flower shop.

Next to the English Rose Garden is Wingo’s, set to reopen by the end of January. Courtesy Georgetown Main Street.


Amy Wright, cofounder of Bitty & Beau’s Coffee, was named a CNN Hero. Courtesy Bitty & Beau’s Coffee.

Coming: Bitty & Beau’s Coffee

There’s a new coffee shop coming to the former Calvin Klein store at 3207 M St. NW in March. But North Carolina-based Bitty & Beau’s is not just a coffee shop. It primarily employs individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and declares: “Brewing up more than just delicious drinks, Bitty & Beau’s Coffee is a human rights movement disguised as a coffee shop. Our shops provide a one-of-a-kind experience that is changing the way people see people with disabilities.” The Georgetown shop — B&B’s first in Washington, D.C. — will employ about 30 people with disabilities. Owners Amy and Ben Wright named the shop after their children, who both have Down syndrome. The company is aiming for 100 franchises in the next decade, according to the Washington Business Journal. 

Coming: Call Your Mother in West End

Call Your Mother, the beloved Jew-ish deli, will assume the café space at sister restaurant Mercy Me, the “sorta South American” restaurant and bar by husband and wife duo Andrew Dana and Chef Daniela Moreira. This marks Call Your Mother’s first location in the West End neighborhood and sixth in the Washington area. Located within the Yours Truly DC Hotel at 1143 New Hampshire Ave. NW, the new Call Your Mother location, which will open by the end of January, will feature the bagel shop’s homemade, signature bagels, creative sandwiches and nostalgic pastries.

“We are super pumped to expand our partnership with Mercy Me and Yours Truly by bringing CYM to West End,” said Andrew Dana, the brand’s co-owner and founder. “This has long been one of my favorite parts of town, because it is where so much intersects: colleges, offices, residential, and even tourists. It is a neighborhood with something for everybody, and we look forward to becoming a staple for breakfast, coffee, or lunch, complementing Mercy Me’s amazing bar menu and evening fare.” 


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