Business Ins & Outs: French Market, Rose Park Market, Club Pilates, Rosewood

In (Oui): Georgetown and the French Market

If you were in Georgetown over the weekend, you knew — beyond a doubt — that Georgetown is back, baby. It sure looked like a record-setting weekend in attendance. The place was packed with people and cars.

A neighborhood favorite, the 21st annual Georgetown French Market, coordinated by the Georgetown Business Improvement District, returned to Book Hill on Wisconsin Avenue — April 26 to 28 —  More than 40 local boutiques, antique stores, restaurants, salons and galleries displayed discounted items at the open-air market — in addition to food and drink specials. 

“It was wonderful to see so many people supporting the businesses along Wisconsin Avenue — whether returning to old favorites or discovering new shops for the first time,” said BID Events Director Debbie Young. “Many of our merchants said this was their most successful French Market yet.”

“It’s unreal,” said Alexa Johnson of Ella-Rue boutique on P Street about the scene. 

In: Rose Park Farmers Market Opens May 1

The Rose Park Market returns on May 1 — from 3 to 7 p.m., every Wednesday at 26th and O St. NW — and runs through October.

Vendors for the season: Anchor Nursery, Quaker Valley, Breadfurst, Jefe Wood Fire Pizza, Lobster Maine-ia, B’more Poultry, Potomac Roasting, Alejandro’s Tacos y Parrillada, Luisa Farms. Every other week: Vurrito Spot, Baking District, From the Heart. First and third Wednesday of the month: Dogwood Dairy. Once a month: Benchmark Sharpening.

Soon: Club Pilates

A Club Pilates will open soon in the former Paddywax Candle Bar space — the second floor above South Moon Under — at 1065 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The mind-body exercise regimen has been a “movement of movement” since the early 20th century. The boutique fitness company was founded in 2007 in San Diego and is based in Irvine, California, with more than 600 franchises in North America.

Club Pilates tells us: “We serve up over eight million workouts each year to our dedicated members … and we’re just getting started. … Pure to Joseph Pilates’s original Reformer-based Contrology Method, but modernized with group practice and expanded state-of-the-art equipment, Club Pilates offers high-quality, life-changing training at a surprisingly affordable price.”

Other D.C. locations are in Tenleytown and Mount Vernon Square. Need more info on the Georgetown location? Email

Coming: Glowbar 

Glowbar, the facial-membership brand whose 30-minute, custom treatments have made it a beauty editor favorite, will officially be expanding to Washington, D.C., this fall, we’re told. Glowbar Georgetown will open at 1533 Wisconsin Ave. NW, becoming the company’s 17th studio and the brand’s first location in the Washington area.

“We’re thrilled to bring the glow to D.C.! We’ve built our brand in neighborhoods throughout New York City, so Georgetown felt like home in so many ways,” said Glowbar CEO and founder, Rachel Liverman. “We’ve had our sights set on a D.C. location since the very beginning and can’t wait to be a part of such a vibrant and eclectic neighborhood.”

Keyed (Twice): The Rosewood in Georgetown

The Michelin Guide released its first guide for hotels in select U.S. markets. It uses keys to rate hotels. For Washington, D.C., Michelin recognized seven hotels.

Georgetown’s Rosewood hotel on 31st Street earned two keys as did the Jefferson hotel on 16th Street. Noted the Rosewood on social media of the accolade: “We are thrilled to announce that Rosewood Washington, D.C. has been awarded 2 MICHELIN Keys. This esteemed recognition celebrates our commitment to excellence and exceptional service. Thank you to our dedicated team and loyal guests for making this achievement possible.”

Other Washington hotels earned one Michelin key: The Pendry at the Wharf, the Riggs Washington DC hotel in Penn Quarter, the Dupont Circle Hotel, the Hay-Adams hotel and the Eaton DC hotel at McPherson Square.

Out (But): Former Foxtrot Manager Plans BBQ 

Foxtrot, the high-end coffee shop and convenience store that permanently closed April 23, made for quite an odd business story — with employees and customers stunned at the sudden closures. Founded in 2014 in Chicago, the company had 33 locations across the Chicago, Austin, Dallas and Washington, D.C., areas.

The Georgetown Foxtrot at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue & N Street opened in March 2021. The store manager Kyle Young and Team Georgetown posted a message at the door: “It was an absolute pleasure to serve this community. We had no notice. Please keep our staff in your thoughts and prayers. We really appreciated your support through the years. We will miss you.”

Later, Young told The Georgetowner that he was planning a barbecue for the staff and added, “Foxtrot was an incredible contribution to Georgetown. It was a more than a chain, we really operated like a small business. I had regulars I’d see daily, and folks would come in to network and to meet their friends and family. We were a go-to destination for locals and for those just visiting and had amazing products that people loved. We built a strong sense of community at the store, and it’s something I’ll miss dearly.” 



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