MotoPhoto To Relocate Above Labyrinth Game Shop
Survives Turnover as Displacement of Capitol Hill Retail Continues
by Larry Janezich
As the displacement of Capitol Hill retail by food and drink establishments continues, MotoPhoto and Sprint follow The Blue Iris, the Capitol Hill Frame Shop, Backstage, The Dollar Store and Yes! as the latest victims of the trend toward the higher rents that fast food and high end-eateries can afford.
Having had their month-to-month lease terminated by Stanton Development to make way for the new Sona Creamery and Wine Bar opening this fall at 7th and PA Avenue (as reported on July 10 below), MotoPhoto will relocate directly across Pennsylvania Avenue to the second floor space above the Labyrinth Game Shop.
Owner Stuart Hovell says he would prefer to be where he is, but settled on the move across the street after a potential deal to move to the building which formerly housed The Village next to Port City Java fell through.
Hovell says the space above Labyrinth is slightly larger and the interior more open. He expects to run the same operation with more emphasis on custom framing. Most of his business, he says, comes from printing – photos and enlargements. The shop will continue to offer passport photo services. Hovell says he shoots 20-30 passport photos a day – many of them for Canadian passports, as his shop is one of five in the area approved by the highly particular Canadian Embassy.
MotoPhoto will move its operation this coming weekend and expects to reopen September 3, in its new location. Meanwhile, in the interests of simplifying the move, everything in the current location is 25% off.
Sprint, in the space adjacent to the current MotoPhoto location, is reported to be distributing its stock and services to existing Sprint outlets rather than relocating on Capitol Hill.