Business Ins & Outs: Brompton Bikes, Pure Sweat, StudioLab RD 

In: Brompton Bikes Opens Today

Brompton Bikes has opened its Georgetown shop at 1214 Wisconsin Ave. NW in the former Scotch & Soda clothing store. Brompton tells us: In 1975, Andrew Ritchie, a young engineer in London, “invented a bike with an ingenious three-part fold. A lightweight vehicle that transformed into a small locked package in under 20 seconds. A bike that you could take anywhere. A ‘magic carpet for the city.’ ”

There’s a cherry blossom-themed fold-up bicycle at the store available for a test ride. Walk or bike by and say hello to Aaron. You’ve got lots of time to consider getting a new bike before Bike to Work Day on May 17.

In: Pure Sweat on Prospect

Pure Sweat + Float Studio opened last week at 3345 Prospect St. NW, next to Down Dog Yoga, with an infrared sauna and float therapy. Opening day festivities featured an official ribbon cutting ceremony by Georgetown Mainstreet, music by local artist Jon Forney, remarks by Pure Sweat’s owner, Liz Baker, along with giveaways.

Baker tells: “The studio will be offering both full-spectrum infrared saunas by Sunlighten, and float therapy by Superior Float Tanks. Pure Sweat’s services meet each client where they are at in their health journey, creating a space to let go of daily stressors and relax with an abundance of health benefits. With five full-spectrum Infrared Saunas + a Deluxe Float room, it will be a ‘corner store’ for wellness.”

In: Robin Davisson’s ‘Spring Palette’

StudioLab RD at 1037 33rd St. NW is hosting an opening reception for its exhibit, “Spring’s Palette: A Celebration of Abstract Expression,” 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 4. Artists Robin Davisson and Martha Spak are showing their paintings together for the first time — on view April 1 through May 5. After visiting Davisson’s gallery, check out the new interactive flower sculpture in nearby Cady’s Alley, also part of the exhibit.

In: Martin’s Reopens After Renovation

It’s like you never left … Martin’s Tavern — closed on Feb. 26 for renovation — is now open again. Georgetown’s 90-year-old iconic restaurant got a new kitchen, owner Billy Martin told The Georgetowner, along with a redone floor, refurnished booths and new tables and chairs. It looks just like you remember it … only better.

Out: Showfields at 31st & M

Showfields closed its doors at 3077 M St. NW last month. Opening around Christmas 2022 in the former Brooks Brothers space as well as retail incubator, Concept 31/M space, Showfields called itself  “a lifestyle discovery store” and “the most interesting store in the world.”

At its Georgetown debut, Showfields CEO and co-founder Tal Zvi Nathanel said, “This store is a great example of how we approach the future of retail — we can take a heritage retail space, re-work it, and create an entirely new environment that’s wholly unique but at its core nostalgic for a classic shopping experience.”

The Georgetown store — occupied a roughly 20,300-square-foot space, owned by real estate developer EastBanc — was the fourth store for Showfields. Its other stores are in Manhattan, Miami and Brooklyn.


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