Tuesday, November 17, 2009
New store Bellissima at 7 Wisconsin Circle in Chevy Chase is a European-style "one-stop shop" store says manager, Luise Estelle, a native German. Inside are gifts, cosmetics, an endermologie treatment room, a complete line of Swarovski crystal and jewelry by local designer Mindy Lam. Estelle also sells her own eponymous skincare line in the store. Bellissima is a monthly Friday-night gathering spot for women to hear guest speakers and enjoy a drink. Coming up Dec. 4 are plastic surgeons Dr. Drew Varano and Dr. Ravi Dahiya; January 8 features women's networking guru Cynthia de Lorenzi, founder of Success in the City. Visit or call (301-215-7525) the store for a complete schedule and get a free Estee Lauder compact and bronzer while supplies last. Those of you familiar with the former Uptown Gifts in Tenleytown may remember Bellissima owner Shelley Zhang, whose husband owns Asian eatery, Uptown Cathay.