Commander Salamander to close, for realsies this time

Commander Salamander, the Wisconsin Avenue clothing store that’s been perpetually “closing” since January, is set to close at the end of the year.

According to Chris Peterson, a store manager who spoke with Washington City Paper, all Commander Salamander employees received final notice of the store’s closing last Thursday. Employees weren’t surprised about the news, though.

“There were lawyers going in and out of the store all week,” Peterson told City Paper.

Alas, poor Salamander. We’ll miss walking past your storefront and gawking at your steep, going-out-of-business sales.

3 Comments on “Commander Salamander to close, for realsies this time

  1. I remember Commander Salamander from the 70’s – hard to believe it’s still there. (No, they weren’t holding going out of business sales in those days.)

  2. “How Soon is Now?” Commander Salamander was very relevant for a brief period in the 70s and 80s. Then it became a tourist destination and then it became a store that sold weird and provocative clothing. If you can’t identify The Smiths, Joy Division, or Souxsie and the Banshees it probably doesn’t matter. For a while, where the Georgetown Running Co. is located, a club call “Poseurs” ruled the Georgetown Club scene. Somewhat befittingly, many of the patrons were indeed “Poseurs,” suburban youth who tried to dress like London street toughs but would scatter like flies if the real deal stepped in front of them. Georgetown was a real place then with the Bayou and the Cellar Door. Now everything is test marketed to make sure it appeals to a certain demographic. “Dream on white boys; dream on black girls and wake-up to a brand new day.”

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