T.J. Maxx to Open Sept. 8

August 9, 2013

T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods, a new combo store at the Shops at Georgetown Park, will have a grand opening Sept. 8. At 3222 M St., NW., the clothing and housewares businesses will join the vibrant retail mix of commercial Georgetown. The opening day will run 8 a.m until 8 p.m.

Amazon’s Founder to Buy Washington Post

August 7, 2013

We know you already know this stunner. It is definitely the talk of this town. When the founder of a marketing uber-website goes shopping, it’s not for a couple of books with a Super Saver discount. Billionaire Jeff Bezos agreed to purchase the Washington Post for $250 million, as reported by the hometown’s big newspaper Aug. 5, marking the end of 80 years of Graham family involvement. [Editor’s note: see more on the editorial page.]

Einstein’s Bagels Coming to Glover Park

Einstein Brothers Bagels is making plans — as approved by the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment — for a new location on Wisconsin Avenue, reports Hyperlocal Glover Park. The Colorado-based chain will move into the space, vacant for five years, once occupied by Vespa Scooters and Fan Fair at 2233 Wisconsin Ave., NW, in the Georgetown Plaza office building. Einstein’s Bagels has another nearby spot: a kiosk on the second floor of the Car Barn building on Prospect Street.

Dr. Martens Back on M Street

It is apparently time to stand for something again on M Street: British footwear retailer Dr. Martens will be moving to the old P&C Art Shop space at 3108 M St., NW. For more than 50 years, Dr. Martens, with its iconic boots, has remained in the ownership of the Griggs family, headed by Max Griggs.

Cardinal Bank Opens; Ribbon Cutting, Sept. 12

Cardinal Bank at 1825 Wisconsin Ave., NW, next to Safeway, opened Aug. 5. The Tysons Corner-based bank represents Cardinal’s second location in Washington, D.C. The new bank is part of a recent expansion of new boutiques and retail services along Wisconsin Avenue.

“We already have strong ties to the vibrant Georgetown community, and are excited to now have a physical presence as well,” said Kate Carr, Washington president of Cardinal Bank.

With on-site parking, the bank will be open seven days a week. It will host a grand opening ceremony on Sept. 12.

Bigger Media Deal at Nearly $1 Billion: Sinclair Broadcast to Buy Allbritton TV Stations

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., has agreed to buy Allbritton Communications’ TV stations, which include the Washington’s WJLA Channel 7 and NewsChannel 8. Awaiting approval by the Federal Communications Commission, the $985-million deal was first announced July 29.

Sinclair of Hunt Valley, Md., owns 149 TV stations. “To buy a full-blown news operation in our nation’s capital and an infrastructure that allows us to be connected to our branches of government and be the pulse of national issues is a once-in-a-lifetime event,” said David Smith, head of Sinclair. “We are especially excited to acquire the NewsChannel 8 local news channel.”

The Arlington-based Allbritton Communications will retain Politico.com and concentrate on digital media businesses. Its chairman and CEO Robert Allbritton lives on Q Street in Georgetown.

Mike Isabella Leaves Bandolero

The Mexican restaurant Bandolero has lost its star chef, Mike Isabella, who with others opened the eatery of small plates and fancy tequila drinks in late May 2012 on M Street.

Isabella announced July 31 that he was ending his management agreement with the business owners, Jonathan and Bethany Umbel, who also owns Tackle Box next door. Bandolero is in the space once occupied by Hook, a seafood restaurant. Umbel’s Pure Hospitality is fighting a lawsuit — which Isabella has nothing to do with — from the property owner of that space.

In a prepared statement, Isabella explained his decision: “I am no longer part of Bandolero. I own all my other restaurant concepts. And with the opening of G Grab and Go, Kapnos and G this year, it’s time for me to focus on those concepts. I am very proud of the modern Mexican concept my team and I put together, but it’s not 100-percent my restaurant … It’s time for me to focus on the restaurants where I have full operational control.”

Isabella — a “Top Chef” alumnus — was the subject of a Georgetowner feature in June 2012.

Fashion Boutique Steven Alan Picks Cady’s Alley

Steven Alan, the casual fashion boutique for both men and women, is set to open its first D.C. location in September in Cady’s Alley in that courtyard that features Kafe Leopold and L2 Lounge. The 670-square-foot store will be located in retail space, once occupied by Muleh and, before that, Alessi.

Begun in New York City in 1994, Steven Alan showcases first-time designers and launched its own line in 1999.

As a leader in casual wear, the business offers modern versions of classic ready-to-wear standards for both men and women.

Dog Tag Bakery Plans Early February ’14 Debut

July 18, 2013

Dog Tag Bakery, a unique non-profit bakery that teams with and trains veterans, is slated to open at 3206 Grace St., NW, once the location of Grace and Bamboo restaurant. It also plans to have a small cafe on the rooftop.

“We hope to open early February 2014,” says Adam Mortillaro, director of development and fundraising for Dog Tag Bakery, which is headquartered at the Jesuits’ residence, Wolfington Hall, on Georgetown University’s main campus.

The non-profit was begun by Rev. Richard Curry, S.J., who also founded the National Theater Workshop for the Handicapped. Curry also heads up Georgetown’s Academy for Veterans, a program which assists veterans returning to civilian life that combines performing arts, spirituality, medical care and learning. Born with a disability himself, Curry states the mission of Dog Tag Bakery: “To create a bold, new model for transition assistance and job training for veterans (and their care givers) with a service-connected disability who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.”

Dog Tag Bakery says it will “feature an assortment of baked breads, from Father Curry’s book, ‘The Secret to Jesuit Bread Making,’ as well as specialty, seasonal and holiday items. The bakery will also offer light fare for breakfast and lunch and a full service coffee and beverage bar. … will also produce homemade dog biscuits for our canine customers. These delicious dog biscuits are made with all natural ingredients and will be baked on-site and sold both in-store and online.”

GNC Opens on Wisconsin Avenue

July 17, 2013

GNC, the vitamin, supplements and sports nutrition store, has opened at 1336 Wisconsin Ave., NW. It replaces the clothing store Coogi.