Citizens Celebrate O St. Shops ‘New to the Neighborhood’

If the retail resilience of Georgetown has not caught your eye of late, it was on full display Oct. 26, thanks to the Citizens Association of Georgetown and Georgetown Main Street at their New to the Neighborhood Small Business Block Party.

Picked to display the expanded retail vitality were businesses that recently opened: home decor store, Manse at O 3210 St. NW, Georgetown Garden Shop at 3214 O St. NW and, across the street, Arcay Chocolates at 3211 O St. NW.

Andrew Coon and Adam Howley own Manse, which opened its first store in Old Town Alexandria. Georgetown Garden Shop is owned by Caroline Ervin. Chocolatier Director Anabella Arcay de Berti and CEO Director Dario Berti own Arcay Chocolates, which was first set up in Union Market.

CAG members and guests enjoyed finger food and sandwiches and visited the shops for prosecco or wine. The chocolate shop enjoyed extra popularity as it was freely handing its sweet samples. The band, Veronneau, kept things lively with its artful jazz — and even sang “Happy Birthday” to Luis Valle, general manager of Martin’s Tavern, who turned 40 that day.

The CAG Membership Committee and Georgetown Main Street organized the event.

CAG Board Member Darcy Nauman is flanked by N Street residents Tamim Bayoumi and Susan Bernhardt Bayoumi. Photo by Robert Devaney.

Chocolatier Director Anabella Arcay de Berti talks chocolate with Georgetown girls. Photo by Robert Devaney.

The band, Veronneau, with lead vocalist Lynn Veronneau and her English husband guitarist Ken Avis. Photo by Robert Devaney.




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