When all-purpose-punk-rock super-store Smash closed the doors of its Georgetown location after two decades, D.C. lost a piece of its musical heritage—-it also got a lot harder to find fluorescent hair dye.
However, all is not lost. Smash has re-opened at a new location on the second floor of 2314 18th St. NW.
Original owner Bobby Polski has opted out of this incarnation and instead passed the store on to former employees Matt Moffatt and Daisy Lacy. “It was Matt’s idea to keep going,” says Lacy. “He asked me because he thought we would make a good pair.”
The two will continue to stock all of Smash’s traditional wares (records, funky clothes, Doc Martens Boots, Morrissey buttons), with a few new twists.
“We’re not as punkcentric anymore,” says Lacy. “We’ll carry anything as long as it’s cool or cute.”
Surprisingly, Bill Daly—-owner of neighboring Crooked Beat Records—-isn’t sweating the competition. “I’m really glad they’re here,” he says. “There aren’t many record stores left; hopefully it will draw people to the area.”