IN: PADDYWAX CANDLE BAR LIGHTS UP
Paddywax Candle Bar, an experiential retailer that teaches customers how to make candles, opened in a 2,111-squarefoot second-floor space at 1065 Wisconsin Ave. NW, above South Moon Under. The store — the company’s 11th location — serves beer and wine as amateur chandlers mix the scented wax to make their own customized products. The DIY candlepouring experience and gift shop was born in Nashville.
IN: NEW SPOT FOR GEORGETOWN CARPET
Georgetown Carpet has opened at 1815 Wisconsin Ave. NW, near Safeway. It had been in Glover Park since 1981 at 2208 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Ben Tabar vacated the Glover Park building, now part of a 40-unit condominium project. His new space was previously occupied by Noodles & Company.
IN: ORANGETHEORY UP AN RUNNING
Orangetheory Fitness has opened next to Georgetown Carpet in the former space of men’s clothier Jos. A. Bank at 1815 Wisconsin Ave. NW. All about high-intensity interval training and 60-minute workouts, the company began in Boca Raton in 2010. Now with 1,230 locations worldwide, it offers an ambitious promise: “Between the inspirational coaches, mind-blowing science, and cutting-edge technology, it will be unlike any workout you’ve ever experienced before and one you can’t live without.” Ask about its founding membership specials.
OUT: LOCAL MEDITATIONS POPS OFF
CBD shop Local Meditations, co-founded by community-minded duo Tanya Duckett and Shara Gibson, has left its Georgetown location at 1631 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The two thanked Georgetown residents and businesses for their support and understanding. Their business remains online and will open another storefront elsewhere in March. CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a nonpsychoactive compound in cannabis responsible for many of cannabis’s benefits — indicative of antioxidant, anti-inf lammatory, anticonvulsant, antidepressant, antipsychotic, antitumoral and neuroprotective qualities. Products include oils, topicals and ingestibles.
OUT: LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST FOR ROMEO’S
Cafe Romeo’s, the pizza parlor and hookah lounge at 2132 Wisconsin Ave. NW, has closed. After several citations for health code violations, the Glover Park spot called it quits after 15 years.
OUT: ECCO WALKS AWAY
Ecco, the shoe retailer at 1227 Wisconsin Ave. NW, between the Apple store and Vineyard Vines, has closed up shop. Founded in Denmark in 1963, the family-owned business sells in 99 countries from more than 2,250 stores of its own.
USED BOOKSTORE STAYS — BUT HAS PROBLEM TENANT
Hamid Savojbolaghi, who has owned the building at 1660 33rd St. NW for almost 22 years, took it off the real estate market last year after trying to find a buyer. In the middle of 2019, he sold at steep discount or gave away almost 1,000 books, thinking he would soon vacate the space. After deciding to stay, Savojbolaghi kept his beloved basement Book Hill bookstore as is, renting the first and second floors to Mr Nice Guys, a CBD smoke shop. But Mr Nice Guys was raided by the Metropolitan Police two times within three months. Co-owners Greg Wimsatt and Damion West went to court on suspicion of selling cannabis (that is, marijuana) at the shop, which is illegal. For his part, Savojbolaghi told The Georgetowner that Wimsatt and West said they were opening a gift shop.