737 8th Street, SE

The Vanity Box’s website says:


Don’t worry it has nothing to do with cherries. Our virgin human hair has never been harshly processed and is chemical free. We firmly believe hair should be durable and versatile. Like a brand new handbag. But much sexier.”

Also did I mention Handsome Cock is becoming Vivid Lounge?

The Vanity Box will be coming right next door to the former Zest Bistro and future Sushi Hachi space:


Update: Thanks to a reader for sending some photos (above), “Laduree is in the old Godiva space. Wonderful lunch items, too, such as salad in a jar.”

And I imagine Sugar Factory is none too pleased…

Opening news tweeted yesterday:

Ladurée opened in Georgetown May 2nd.


District Cuba’s website says:

“Our Mission is to promote cross-cultural exchange between Americans and the people of Cuba by providing our guests with a unique, hassle-free travel experience in Cuba.

District Cuba was conceived as an opportunity to promote exchange – fueled by friendship, family or simply curiosity – between Americans and the people of Cuba. Our carefully curated tours support sustainable development, responsible eco-tourism, and appreciation for Cuban people and their rich culture. We treat our customers as our guests, and work with the best partners in Cuba to deliver the best possible travel experience.”

1746 Columbia Road, NW

2408 18th Street, NW

So about those window displays

This was briefly home to fellow lingerie and more store, Lotus Blooms, before they closed last June.


Hart’s Desires Suitland, Maryland Facebook page says:

“HART’S PHILOSOPHY ON PASSION The goal of Hart’s Desires is to catapult our clientele into that ethereal and elite stratosphere of sensuality. By offering the most sexually savvy products to both women and men, we allow them the freedom to enter a”


apple dc
801 K Street, NW

Thanks to Mark for sending an update on the Flagship Apple Store, coming to the Carnegie Library, from the Washington Post:

“Apple officials say they plan to restore the building to its original grandeur and outfit Carnegie as a place to hold a slate of free, open-to-the-public concerts, art exhibitions, workshops for teachers and coding classes for children.

The ultimate goal, of course, is to sell more iPhones and iPads. Where the Carnegie Library once housed the city’s book collection, Apple plans a “Genius Grove,” a tree-lined sales floor where company reps will demonstrate how to maximize Apple products for music, photography or other passions. What long ago were reading rooms would become places to browse and sample Apple products.

The company is scheduled to present its plans to the neighborhood Advisory Neighborhood Commission on Monday evening.”

Read the full report here.

uptown market
3412 Connecticut Ave, NW

Hold on to your hats Cleveland Park, after some recent retail sadness, something to celebrate! From the owner of the Uptown Tap House (formerly 4Ps):

“We are working to keep the space active after being vacant for so long to bring something fresh and relevant for the neighborhood. We are talking with event space managers and a farmer’s market to go in after the People’s Movement vacates and in place until we break ground on the Uptown Market (which is a working name for now) which will be a high end market and food hall and are actively talking with established local restaurants and unique concepts from all over the US & abroad.

Stay tuned for many updates on both the Farmers Market and the future Uptown Market.

3701 Mount Pleasant Street, NW

From an email:

“District Vintage brings Washington, D.C. a temporary shopping experience featuring woman owned & operated vintage shops from in and around the metro area. Visitors are invited to experience this unique shopping event at Suns Cinema – Mount Pleasant’s one and only art house movie theater.

Participating vendors are: Check Engine Vintage specializing in mid-century housewares & decor; City Bone Vintage featuring handpicked vintage fashion spanning the 70s-90s; Heavy Penny Vintage showcasing wearable, unique goods from generations past; Meeps providing casual vintage from 1960s onward; Ruby Threads Vintage vending truly special one-of-a-kind pieces. Many of these shops have previously been available online only. For one day customers are invited to shop them in real life. (more…)