This is the view from the rooftop of Misha’s coffee house on the unit block of Prince St. In the 1960s, I remember it was a modest garage-like workshop of the jovial Manuel Cizek, who did custom woodwork around Alexandria and Washington. In the 1970s, the Young family moved their Olde Towne Gemstones from across the street, where they sold beautiful fossils and gemstones until a few years ago. Then, in 2019, Misha’s gutted the building and turned it into the enjoyable space you see in the photo.
Have you noticed this around town? Where is it? What do you know about it?
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As for the photo above, we will reveal what it is and where it is in our next issue, along with a new one for you to ponder.