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Gtown's Closing Its Streets; Muleh's Moves; H Street Blows

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The Washington Post is looking for the ugliest sweater. WaPo.

GEORGETOWNThe Streets of Georgetown is closing its Wisconsin Avenue business in January due to the "'financial situation' of the parent company", HMX. In other words, HMX filed for bankruptcy (again), but hopefully Streets of Georgetown will go out with a bang and not a whimper. [Georgetown Patch]

ATLAS DISTRICT—Getting blown is the next new thing! And H Street is getting in on the action. Release the Blow Dry Bar is prepping to air out denizens' locks with its grand opening on Saturday, December 8. Who needs a good blow job? [H Street Great Street]

EXPANSION WIRE—People won't have to go all the way to Tysons if they want an appointment at Noufal Haircolor Studio. The owner is planning on expanding the business under a franchise model and is hoping to open 3-5 locations in the DMV over the next year. [Patch]

GEORGETOWN—Muleh's, located on 14th Street, has popped up in Cady's Alley in Gtown. Planning to stay until April 2013, the boutique sells wares to wear and showoff in your home. With Mulberry, Philip Lim, and Gautier among its collection, this pop-up has plenty to offer. [Georgetown Dish]

ONLINE—Looking for socially-conscious shopping options this year? Recoup is a "cause-shopping platform" linking buyers, sellers, and nonprofits. And now Recoup has refashioned itself and added a Gifts Idea Channel. [Georgetown Dish; Recoup]

GEORGETOWN—Secondhand Rose may be without Lynn Boyton, but the designer consignment shop continues on. Lynn continues to showcase her goods for clients, so all is not lost. [Georgetown Dish]

GIFT CARD WIRE—The Inbox tells us two local malls have made life easier for gift card buyers. Pentagon City and St. Charles Towne Center will have 150 different gift cards available at the information desk. See the press release:

-Over 150 Different Gift Cards With No Upfront Fees Are Now Available For Purchase-

WASHINGTON D.C. (December 6, 2012) — The Simon Giftcard® has always been the perfect choice for holiday giving and this year at The Fashion Centre at Pengtagon City and St. Charles Towne Center, there are even more options available as shoppers looking for specific retail, dining, entertainment and other cards can do so at a conveniently-located display. Over 150 different gift cards, all with no upfront fees, are now available at Guest Services at Washington D.C.-Area malls which are owned by Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE:SPG), the world's leading retail real estate company.

One hundred fifteen Simon® properties now feature this expanded array of gift card choices and the response has been terrific, says Lindsey Schaefer, Vice President of Gift Card and Business Insights for Simon. "Customers love the convenience of being able to purchase not only the industry-leading Simon Giftcard but as many as 150 different cards from their favorite brands," she says. "We value our customers' time and now they can take care of all their gift card needs at The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City and St. Charles Towne Center."

To make the offering even sweeter, now through December 10th, customers who purchase $200 in qualifying dining, entertainment, retail, and other service gift cards will receive a free $10 Simon Giftcard. Full details of this promotion are available at Guest Services.