The Georgetown BID, which works to boost Georgetown’s commercial district, has hired Faith Broderick as its new Economic Development Director. A graduate of Georgetown University and most recently a staff member of the DC Office of Planning, Beth will focus on bringing new businesses to a Georgetown business district that suffered, like almost all urban commercial districts, with retail and restaurant closures during the pandemic.

There is some good news she’ll be able to use to convince retailers that Georgetown is bouncing back. This fall, monthly visits to Georgetown rebounded to 2019 levels for the first time since the pandemic began. In fact, the people “traffic count” exceeded the two years ago figure by 8%. That rate of increase exceeded those reported at the business districts in Tyson’s Corner, along the 14th Street corridor, and at The Wharf.

Recently the following new businesses have opened in Georgetown:

-Yo! Yoga fitness studio (2805 M St)
-Jeweler Gorjana (3029 M St)
-Fashion retailers Everlane (3258 M St; Aerie 3235 M St)
-Sweet shops Bakeshop (3210 Grace St and Petite Soeur (1332 Wisconsin Ave) and
-Avocado Green Mattress (3336 M St)

A new tavern, called the Fountain Inn, is expected to open this spring on Book Hill.