Business Ins & Outs: Casey & Co., Filomena, Fangyan; Truist

In: Casey & Co., ‘More Than Just a Pretty Space’ 

Casey & Company, founded in 2014 by Georgetown resident and certified Chesapeake Bay landscape professional Casey Forbes, is ready for spring. The business’s tag line — “More than just a pretty space” — is evident at its office and charming secret garden at 1052 Potomac St. NW, just a few doors from Blue Bottle Café, 

The property was once the home of the first mayor of Georgetown, Robert Peter, elected in 1789 before Georgetown become part of Washington, D.C. Peter operated a general store at this location and was recognized as the “Original Proprietors of the City of Washington.” It is also next to a townhouse, where The Georgetowner maintained an office 20 years ago.

Casey & Company offers “native and non-native plants, interior plants, garden material, an eclectic collection of unique accessories, found objects and furnishings.”

The owner “is honored to continue the tradition by filling a big need for a fine garden center in the District,” she tells us. Forbes interned at Dumbarton Oaks which honed her “Sense of Place” design ethos. 

She now provides “sustainable, fine garden, and interior plantscape design, as well as installation and maintenance for clients” in and around Washington. The Georgetown shop is a natural extension helping do-it-yourselfers create their own “Pretty Space” in their homes and gardens. Visit Casey & Company’s website for details.

Soon: Filomena Expands at Street Level

With the departure of Ching Ching Cha Tea Room at 1063 Wisconsin Ave. NW, next door Filomena Ristorante is taking over that space with its new Filomena’s Georgetown Emporium, offering pick-up and catering and pastas and sauces for sale as well as an elevator — “ finally” — which will descend to the dining room at the lower level. Expect a spring opening.

Soon: Fangyan

Fangyan stores imports a wide selection of China’s independent designers. Co-founders Juno Zhang and Simin Zhu started as an online business —  then expanded to brick-and-mortar stores in Gaithersburg and Montgomery Mall in Bethesda. After a pop-up in Georgetown, they are set to open their latest Fangyan store at 1057 Wisconsin Ave. NW in the shuttered AT&T store, next to the C&O Canal. Look for Chinese fashion brands like Mukzin, ZI IICI IEN, Molifusu, Rimless and Kitayama Studio among others.

Out: Truist Bank by March 28

The Truist Bank at 1365 Wisconsin Ave. NW — once a BB&T Bank — will close at noon, Tuesday, March 28. The other Georgetown branch of Truist Bank remains open at 2929 M St. NW and has a parking lot.



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