Plus 11 days of Fall promotions, Taste of Georgetown + more.
August 29, 2019
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Not Your Grandpa's Bank 

Has financial planning suddenly Capital One Cafe (3150 M St NW) officially opened on the corner of M St & Wisconsin Ave NW yesterday, and it's unlike any bank you've seen before. The digital-first, community space features works from local artists and offers three floors of first come, first-served work space and free WiFi, available to Capital One customers and the general public alike. Students and non-profit organizations can also reserve a large meeting room at no cost. A money coach will be onsite every day, offering each person three free sessions--part of the Capital One ambassador team who can answer banking questions. The cafe includes treats from Baked & Wired, plus Peet's coffee--half-priced for Capital One customers. Highly caffeinated & fiscally responsible in 2019. 

Back-to-Cubicle (We Never Left) Shopping

Let's all pretend we actually had the summer off, weren't sweating our way through 95-degree commutes, and are super refreshed and ready for a new season of work and life. Got it? Got it. Now mark your calendars and join more than 60 Georgetown stores, salons, galleries, restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues that are participating in The Fall Issue—a new neighborhood-wide promotion offering 11 days of specials and events, September 19-29. Inspired by the fresh content rolling out in September issues of lifestyle publications everywhere, the Georgetown BID is bringing that to life by highlighting our businesses’ best events and promotions for the fall, from 20% off to free fitness classes and complimentary bubbly while you shop. Check out the full list of participating businesses and their promotions online.

The Great Escape

After 20 years teaching public school math, Ginger Flesher-Sonnier was struggling with an unexpected retirement. Her husband had accepted a job as an intelligence agent in DC, uprooting their lives in South Carolina for work that frequently took him overseas—and left Ginger really bored, really quickly. Finally able to join him on a three-month stint in Europe in 2014, Ginger searched for fun things to do every weekend. In each city she visited, escape rooms were the No. 1 activity on TripAdvisor—planting the seed for a new business venture back home. In this week's byGeorge blog, the founder and owner of Escape Room Live Georgetown (3345 M St NW) shares how she turned her teaching experience and childhood passion for puzzles into a second career, why she almost walked away that first year, and how technology has transformed the escape room experience.

Followed By a 26th Annual 'Sick Day'  

Every time you've over-eaten in the past 12 months has prepared you for this day. Eat, drink and play at the 26th annual Taste of Georgetown, Sunday, September 22 from 11 am - 4 pm, with tastes from more than 25 of Georgetown’s best restaurants. This year, attendees can also enjoy beer and wine as they stroll from booth to booth on K St along the waterfront, plus live music and eating contests. Presented by Infiniti and produced by Washingtonian, Taste of Georgetown proceeds benefit the Georgetown Ministry Center’s mission to support the homeless. Get your tickets today and remember to use #tasteofgeorgetown!

Dog Included in Experience  

Well art we fancy! Head to the Book Hill area of Georgetown (upper Wisconsin Ave NW) on Saturday, September 7, from 5 pm - 8 pm for the Georgetown Galleries Fall Art Walk, featuring Klagsbrun StudiosAddison/Ripley Fine Art, Calloway Fine ArtWashington Printmakers Gallery, and Artist's Proof. Art enthusiasts can visit five galleries and see a wide range of exhibits that focus on abstract work. Solo shows by artists working in a variety of media include a series inspired by origami paper, woodcut prints, Natasha Karpinskia's fourth solo exhibition, and sculptures that explore the shapes created by the branching of plants, the unfurling of clouds, and the formation of mountains from the forces within the earth. 

Pumpkin Spice Coming in Hot  

Before you're up to your eyeballs in flannel and ridiculously oversized infinity scarves, say so long to summer with one last hurrah. Start by heading to Key Bridge Boathouse (3500 Water St NW) and kayaking on the Potomac. For the more adventurous, try a stand-up paddleboard. Afterward, picnic in Georgetown Waterfront Park, or head to Washington Harbour for a drink overlooking The Kennedy Center to your left and the Key Bridge to your right. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better view in the city. Afterward, board the Wharf Water Taxi for a scenic, 25-minute ride to DC’s newest waterfront destination, or cruise to historic Old Town Alexandria. For more holiday weekend to-dos, visit our website.

Talk of the (George)Town

If you haven't joyfully run through the fountain at Georgetown Waterfront Park this summer, what are you waiting for?! Make the most of this holiday weekend and check off whatever's left on your DC summer bucket list. Remember to tag us on Instagram @officialgeorgetowndc!
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