Plus a new chocolate shop, new blog, cherry blossom special & more!
March 5, 2020
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Stars: They Wear Shoes Just Like Us! 

If they're good enough for Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwyneth Paltrow and Oprah, they're good enough for us. San Francisco-based Allbirds — known for its slip-on, washable sneakers — opened its first DC store in Georgetown (3135 M St NW) last week. Their sustainable sneakers are made of everything from recycled bottles to recycled cardboard, with three DC-centric lace colors available with each pair you buy. We're not biased, but "Georgetown grey" is the obvious choice. You can also pick up a pair of limited-edition pink and grey shoes in honor of the cherry blossoms.

Started from the Bottom, Now We Here 

For a group of rodents whose public image is essentially, "Like rats, but also in the suburbs", what a Cinderella story. L.A. Burdick Chocolates — the New Hampshire-based chocolatier known for its signature chocolate mice and penguins — is celebrating its grand opening in Georgetown this Saturday, March 7, at 1319 Wisconsin Ave NW. Stop by and sample their European-influenced chocolates, drinks and pastries, and receive a complimentary hot chocolate on opening day. The first 25 customers will also receive a Burdick tote bag and tumbler. In addition to their signature chocolates, all of which are hand-made without a mold, a new chocolate bonbon will be available exclusively at the Georgetown store featuring three different layers of cherries as an homage to DC.

The Power of Pepperoni Pizza Compels You

"Kids can’t be what they can’t see," says Monica Gray Logothetis, the co-founder and chairwoman of DreamWakers — a national nonprofit headquartered in Georgetown that harnesses technology to close the career opportunity gap. Through DreamWakers, rural and urban low-income communities are introduced to professionals in a breadth of careers. "By the age of six, low-income students spend 1,300 fewer hours outside of their home than their affluent peers, and this means they spend much less time in learning environments like museums, parks, and other cultural touchstones. It’s really hard to know about different professionals if you’re not exposed to them." In this week's byGeorge blog, Monica shares how DreamWakers was born over a slice of pizza in Dupont Circle, why it's critical for students to see professionals of the same race and socio-economic background — particularly in a STEM field or politics, and her ambitious goal for 2020.

We'll Take "Things No One Reads" for $600

What is "Business Improvement District Annual Report." Listen, we're not saying our Georgetown BID FY19 Annual Report is making its way to any Goodreads Choice Awards, but it's also more interesting than, like, a car manual. If you're curious about what we do behind the scenes at the Georgetown BID, this year's report highlights key accomplishments and commercial district developments in the areas of economic development, public space enhancements, street services, transportation, and marketing and events. It's four pages, and half of it's pictures.

DC's Second-Most Revered Ruth

Though we've heard RBG can't cook — too busy getting her dissent on — so maybe it's a tie. Congratulations to Pizzeria Paradiso founder and chef Ruth Gresser, who is nominated for the James Beard Foundation's restaurateur of the year award for the second consecutive year. We're proud to count Pizzeria Paradiso among our restaurants, and are rooting for Ruth! The awards will be announced in May. If you're interested in learning more about the Pizzeria Paradiso team, check out our byGeorge feature on their first female beer director, Drew McCormick. Throughout Women's History Month, the restaurant is also featuring weekly pizza and drink pairings chosen by leading women in DC's beverage industry. In summary: Pizzeria Paradiso is all about cool women! (Photo credit: Todd Franson / Metro Weekly)

Utterly Charmed 

And so begins the season of low self-esteem for every other flower in DC. Join Kendra Scott (1249 Wisconsin Ave NW) on March 11 from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm for the launch of their Cherry Blossom Tree Charm in support of the 2020 National Cherry Blossom Festival. Enjoy sips, sweets and shopping, as Kendra Scott donates 20% of all sales to the festival. If you can't make it that night, 20% of all sales through April 12 will still benefit the cause. RSVP here for the event, and stay tuned for your guide to cherry blossom season in Georgetown, coming soon!

Talk of the (George)Town

Have a March birthday, classy March Madness party, or St. Patrick's dinner and need a festive treat? These mint-flavored, limited-edition maracons from Olivia Macaron are almost too pretty to eat. Almost...

For more treats and sweets in Georgetown, visit the Food & Drink section of our Business Directory.

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