Monday, April 27, 2009

Columbia Road Loses String of Businesses

"Human Hair 30% Off." So says a door front sign of Beauty Island at 1753 Columbia Road NW. It's the only one of six storefronts remaining immediately west of Safeway in Adams Morgan. And Beauty Island promises to close soon, too.

Body Basics was the first to disappear, followed by Mattress Discounters, which moved to DCUSA. Foot Locker closed late last year and Popeye's and CitiBank shut their doors just weeks ago.

Washington City Paper is reporting that a CVS will occupy the space of the closed stores. Not sure if it will replace the CVS almost directly across the street at 1702 Columbia Rd NW. That location isn't exactly spectacular, but I can't really think of a spectacular CVS anywhere. Well, that one at Union Square Condos on 14th Street is pretty nice. But alas, it will probably be a money maker and I do find myself in one of them on at least a biweekly basis.

The CVS locations in Ward One seem to be lacking in customer service though. The worst seems to be the location at 14th and Irving Sts in Columbia Heights. I don't really have any complaints about the current location in Adams Morgan. So be it if it happens. I'd rather look at the motley collection of six interesting shops than the guaranteed boring faux architecture of a CVS facade. Sometimes I want to steal Austin's "Keep Austin Weird" motto for Adams Morgan, but that might have to wait until after our mini recession I guess. Corporations still rule. Sad.