Tuesday, April 30, 2019
according to an online listing. The salon's current location is at 4715 Cordell Avenue, and it remains open for business. According to the listing, the sale price is $108,000.
Monday, April 29, 2019
The company is now hiring staff for the new Bethesda store. Their space is located on Level 1 by GNC. Windsor will open this spring.
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Loyal Companion is making a nationwide grand opening event push this coming week. This Bethesda location, however, is so new it is not yet even listed on the website to participate. Stay tuned for an opening date. They're very smart to lease here, because the shopping center is always packed, and people go up and down the row of storefronts for one-stop shopping. I'm surprised this spot stayed vacant for so long, given that reason.
Friday, April 26, 2019
online listing cites the franchise's gross revenue as $2,100,000. The Pike & Rose ice cream shop is often crowded, and scores highly in online customer reviews. It is the only Baked Bear location located east of the Mississippi River.
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Noted guests will include master of ceremonies the Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Harvey Matthews, 2018 County Council candidate Brandy Brooks, Luci Murphy, Maceo Kemp & Friends, Alfonso Coles & the Capitol African Drummers, and the "HOC 7," who were recently acquitted of all charges after being arrested during peaceful protests at the Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission, which owns the land the cemetery is located on at Westwood Tower.
No street address is given for the shop, and there are two possibilities for its location assuming no current tenant closes. First, is the remaining half of the former Lebanese Taverna space at the corner of Elm and Arlington Road. However, a construction permit has been requested from Montgomery County to divide the Mamma Lucia space on Elm Street into two spaces, one being about a third of the existing 3000+ SF Mamma Lucia.
Mamma Lucia has not responded to inquiries about the construction permit as of this writing.
The Bethesda Row Jeni's will feature established favorites like Brambleberry Crisp and Gooey Butter Cake, along with a new line of dairy-free flavors to appeal to current trends. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams was founded by Jeni Britton Bauer, a James Beard Award-winning cookbook author, in 2002.
Photo courtesy Federal Realty
Guru's space used to be home to Sports Extra. Shelves inside the future grocery store are already being stocked.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
commuting time, destroy affordable
housing, demolish homes & businesses
The "new" members of the "new" 2018 Montgomery County Council faced their first test of loyalties Tuesday, as they voted on the controversial and unpopular Veirs Mill sector plan. Well, as I warned everyone during last year's election, the "new" Council proved to be just like the old Council, but worse. Without Marc Elrich on the body, all nine councilmembers voted for the pro-developer plan.
Gabe Albornoz, Evan Glass, Will Jawando and Hans Riemer all received thousands of dollars in developer contribution in 2018. And their "Yes!" votes yesterday were a thank-you to their developer sugar daddies for the hefty election help.
The plan will allow demolition of single-family homes and businesses along the Veirs Mill corridor between Wheaton and Rockville. Changes to the layout of Veirs Mill Road, reduced speed limits, reduction of left-turn lanes, and longer stoplights are estimated to extend travel times for commuters up to 35 additional minutes on the already-congested road. Single-family home and public recreation properties are rezoned for mixed-use, "town-center" urban-style development in the plan.
|The developer-driven plan will allow|
clearcutting of this wonderful green space...
|...and demolition of several homes behind it on|
Robindale Drive, Adrian Street and Weiss Street,
replacing them with a steel-and-concrete urban
town center development
This is the same thing the Council is allowing to happen on Battery Lane and Bradley Boulevard in Bethesda, where many people who can't afford market-rate single-family homes and newer apartments - but who make too much to qualify for MPDUs - currently live. They've already done it in Glenmont, where many residents of apartments like the wonderful Privacy World were forced out never to return to Glenmont.
Even while failing to defend the interests of current homeowners, business owners and commuters who are paying record high taxes, the Council bizarrely found time to add a racially-charged political diatribe to the plan. To score political points, and create division among residents, the Council added a section that falsely claims racial covenants ensured the communities around Veirs Mill Road were white-only. In fact, enforcement of such covenants was banned by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1948.
The Veirs Mill sector plan as passed will displace thousands of residents, greatly increase traffic congestion, and radically transform the existing green, suburban character of Veirs Mill Road to a stifling corridor of vehicle exhaust and boxy steel-and-concrete Soviet apartment blocs. It was hard to believe that even some civic groups were fooled that the "new" Council would bring back residents' role in planning decisions, and not vote for this kind of pro-developer sector plan. Now it's just plan laughable.
You got steamrolled again.
You can't say I didn't warn you. And while media outlets like the Washington Post colluded with the Montgomery County cartel to prevent candidates like me from getting our message out, I certainly did notice the sheepish smiles of some "woke" voters who knew it was morally wrong to vote for Albornoz, Glass, Jawando and Riemer, who clearly did not represent the change they were claiming to seek in the planning process. Voting simply to ensure a sweep of all nine Council seats by one monopoly party was a really bad idea, now with tragic results for yet another Montgomery County community with this sector plan.
Next up: Aspen Hill. Fasten your seatbelts, folks.
Riders have fled the system for their own personal vehicles or Uber, and only those who get free rides from the government or other employers are returning. The Washington Post has hilariously published recent editorials acknowledging that Metro is still terrible, and demanding that someone devise a way to force people to use it anyway. "Someone figure out how to keep those darn stagecoaches in business!" Good luck!
The victim went home, and then to a local hospital, where the police were called. She identified the suspect to detectives as a white male in his late 20s, with brown hair. She said he is approximately 6-feet-tall, and weighs about 180 pounds. The suspect also has a tattoo behind his left ear, and was wearing a sweatshirt and jeans. Based on the sketch, the sweatshirt has a hood.
Detectives are asking anyone who recognizes the suspect or who may have information about this rape to call the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5050. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to their line that leads to an arrest and/or indictment for this crime.
Reports of rape skyrocketed by 53% in mid-2018, according to an official police department memo submitted to the County Council. Police recently reported that rapes had spiked 28% by the end of 2018. The County Council has been silent on the surge in rapes in Montgomery County, and their allies in the local press colluded to silence the topic during the 2018 Council election. I was outspoken on the importance of the issue during the campaign, and my words have been vindicated by the continued increase in reports of rape.
Wake up, folks! Public indifference, and the propagandizing Pravda-style media coverage of County government, are perhaps the biggest challenges we face. The people of Montgomery County need to avail themselves of the information being provided by this Suburban News Network website, start asking why the Council has failed to take action, and begin intelligently voting for councilmembers who will actually take the problem of violence against women seriously.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
put up their awning out front last week. Now they've announced a May 1, 2019 opening date. The new restaurant is from Michael's Noodles owner Wei Wang, and is located at 4929 Bethesda Avenue.
Reading room relocates
to church in Chevy Chase
Christian Science Reading Rooms have existed for over 100 years, and are designed to provide a quiet place to read and reflect on the Bible and Christian Science literature. The loss of the downtown location is certainly a blow for the church in reaching a larger number of workers and residents.
Despite the localized nature of MoCo's moribund economy and dwindling "1%," Kate Spade the company didn't come off well in the closure Monday, either. I first heard that the Bethesda Row store would be closing from a reader who shops there on Sunday night. She had received an online notification that the store would be closing, which did not give a closing date. When I attempted to get a comment from the corporate office of Kate Spade early Monday morning, the handbag brand was clearly in denial.
The company would not answer emails all day Monday. A Kate Spade representative in an online chat feature on their website said she had no indication the Bethesda Row store was going to close. I then called their store at Bethesda Row. Over several attempts, no one answered the phone, which kept ringing and ringing. Meanwhile, pressing 1 during the call would still prompt a voice recording of a chipper employee reciting their street address and operating hours.
Finally, I went to the store in person. It turned out the company had been pretending all day that the store was still open for business, when in fact - while they were telling me this - local contractors were removing the sign from the storefront and covering the boutique's windows. This was misleading to both customers and journalists.
|Inside Kate Spade Monday|
Revenues for the County government continue to decline, even as property taxes have increased each year, and taxes are now at a record high for Montgomery County taxpayers. This is an obvious indication that the uppermost tier of the tax base has been sharply reduced. We are now in a downward spiral, where no matter how much you jack up taxes, you are going to get less and less revenue over time. And we have an ongoing structural budget shortfall, as far out as the projections go.
If things seem bleak now, with Montgomery at rock bottom in the region by every economic development statistical indicator, imagine what will happen if the country falls into a recession in the next few years. As I've warned since 2010, we can't go on like this. We must grow our lagging commercial business sector, to recover all of that lost revenue we are currently ceding to booming job centers in Northern Virginia. We need more boardrooms, not more bedrooms. And we must lower our Draconian taxes to levels competitive with rival jurisdictions, so that the wealthiest part of our tax base can begin to return and supply the revenue we need. Finally, we must cut spending drastically, before the County goes bankrupt, which could easily happen now if we have another Great Recession.
Montgomery County Public Schools, as we learned again during a classic Friday "bad-news" dump by MCPS, are continuing to sharply decline along with graduation rates. Our archaic County government liquor monopoly is causing us to lose massive amounts of liquor sales and nightlife revenue to D.C. and Virginia. Our incompetent County Council and their Nighttime Economy initiative ended up tanking the nighttime economy in the County with record numbers of nightspot closures, which caused other businesses to slash late-night hours, and left streets quiet and dark in urban areas after 9 or 10 PM. And our belligerent, radical County Council, pursuing a far-left ideological "War on Cars," continues to oppose completion of our master plan highway system, Express Lanes, and a long-planned new Potomac River crossing.
As a result, Montgomery County hasn't attracted a major corporate headquarters in over two decades. We are in real trouble, folks. Can enough residents wake up in time to stop the Montgomery County cartel before they take us over the financial cliff? Or will we just keep going the way we've been going, badly managing a decline, slouching towards disaster?