STREET LEVEL: Mysterious Signs in Georgetown
Have you ever wondered what are the businesses or the people behind one of those mysterious signs in Georgetown?
Georgetown is obviously home to beautiful homes, interesting people and quaint streets. But it is also the home to a number of small and large businesses tucked behind doorways marked only by a curious sign. Our slideshow of photos will help you navigate our descriptions below.
For example, on Wisconsin Avenue next to the National Jewel Center is the Westside Club. People wander up the metal stairs every day and at different times. They do not seem to be connected in anyway until you "google" Westside Club. The "club" is a nonprofit run space where people facing addictions can attend a 12 step program. A membership fee is requested and programs such as the "Pub Club" which is a regular meeting especially for those in the restaurant industry.
Across Wisconsin Avenue is the Prince and Princess Sports Club. It is not listed anywhere but seems to be part of the shoe store below.
Around the corner on Dumbarton Street is Bonness Enterprises Inc. This door on a townhouse is the entrance to an investment advisory company with one employee listed. The founder, Mr Goodyear, passed away in 2001 so it is not clear who is the executive now.
There are two curious doors on M Street between Wisconsin Avenue and Potomac Street. First there is fancy glass door next to the new Calvin Klein underwear shop. Yoshitoshi is a dance record label specializing in house and techno music. And buzz is a "dance party" that is hosted at FUR nightclub.
Further towards Potomac Street is a door with many names. Some are not listed on google but James G. Sports is the US outpost for a management and professional services firm that mostly manages rugby and soccer stars in the US. Verde Corporation does not appear anywhere.
Kramer Consulting has a very professional entrance and is the opening to a project management and constructions management company with large clients such as Navy Yard One and Two and George Washington University.
On Potomac Street between Prospect Street and M Street are several curious entrances. First there is the Azerbaizan Cultural and Trade Center. No movement around the door and no other signs.
Across the way is a door with many nameplates. The Bulgarian American Business Center helps links US businesses with their Bulgarian counterparts. Welch's seems to be a PR channel to Welch's Grape Company in Massachusetts. And the Independent Bakers Association is suspiciously close to the old Georgetown Cupcake shop.
Further down Prospect Street towards Wisconsin Avenue is a sign for IK Industries. This company may not be at this site any longer because there is a "for lease" sign. But, curiously, IK Industries was responsible for a significant number of H1B visa and green card petitions somehow connected to the retail industry. Companies listed are familiar like Coach, Polo and Abercrombie and Fitch.
Georgetown Univeristy also holds a number of small offices behind an iron gate on this quiet street.
Tucked behind Cafe Milano and Toka Hair are a number of odd and interesting business. There is a simple sign for Zeno. Zeno is a public relations firm that boasts a "Speaking Female" specialty to successfully reach American women with products.
And finally, one of my favorites is National Capital Terrazzo. No secret here when you search them. They are specialists is installing and maintaining terrazzo and other tile floors and surfaces.
It is your turn to figure out about The Jake Group and The Treasury. I think they are web-based graphics companies, but am not sure.
Who knew about the "Company Next Door"?