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CHEVY CHASE — Wisconsin Avenue is now home to Anthropologie's first freestanding petites boutique, reports the Washingtonian. The brand's 1,000-square-foot petites shop opened last week in the space formerly occupied by an Anthro accessory boutique. [Washingtonian]
VARIOUS — Refinery29 DC spotlights five new area shops you might've missed, like Scotch & Soda in Georgetown and Alexandria vintage shop Zoubeck. [R29 DC]
D.C. WEBTIQUES — The Washington Post Express interviews Sonali Bloom, D.C. resident and co-founder of online boutique Curio Road. She shares her philosophy on supporting American fashion design, and her commitment to finding products that are just sparkly enough. [Post Express]
METRO CENTER — R29 DC spreads the word about the Birchbox/Ann Taylor "Ready. Set. Finished." event tonight at the 13th Street NW Ann Taylor store. Register for admission to shop the new fall line, get a makeup touch-up and take home Birchbox swag.
CHEVY CHASE — A Nina McLemore boutique has landed at The Shops at Wisconsin Place, reports Bethesda-Chevy Chase Patch. The high-end women's retailer had its soft opening in July. [Patch]
GEORGETOWN — PoPville photographs the construction progress at Georgetown retailer TJ Maxx and HomeGoods, set to open September 8th at 8:00 a.m. [PoP]
COLUMBIA HEIGHTS — A Five Below is set to open at the DCUSA development, and PoPville commenters weren't exactly stoked about the arrival of the chain, which specializes in "trend-right, extreme-value merchandise to the teen and pre-teen market." [PoP]
SPRINGFIELD — The opening date for Springfield Town Center, formerly known as Springfield Mall, is now slated for the holiday season of 2014, says the Washington Business Journal. The shopping center closed in July 2012 for a $225 million renovation.
GAITHERSBURG — Apparently no mall fountain is safe. First, the Fair Oaks Mall fountains are 86-ed in a remodel, and now the Lakeforest mall fountains are slated to be removed as part of a $1.6 million face-lift, the Washington Business Journal reports. [WBJ]
WHITE FLINT — Amid the legal battle that is the proposed White Flint Mall conversion to a town center, the Washington Business Journal reveals that Bloomingdale's is interested in returning if the mall is redeveloped into a mixed-use development. The White Flint Bloomingdale's closed in 2012. [WBJ]
CHEVY CHASE — The Washington Business Journal has it that local venture firm New Enterprise Associates is backing a new iPhone app that allows users to create completely customized bras based on their tank top-clad selfie shots. Hopefully those photos self-destruct, Snapchat style. [WBJ]
— Adele Chapin