Friday, January 31, 2020
Thursday, January 30, 2020
a small fire in the ventilation system last Tuesday. Those repairs have now been completed, and the shop is open regular hours.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
A test of the self-checkout found fewer glitches than those at other CVS stores. They appear to run the same software as the Giant self-checkouts, but the one I used still froze up once, demanding an employee intervention during the simple action of pushing "Continue" to pay. This CVS often has back-ups at the checkout, with only one cashier on duty, so the self-checkouts will likely be welcomed by customers.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
future location of Hawkers Scratch Asian Street Fare on Bethesda Lane has been stalled for months. But there is now tangible evidence that work is going to finally begin. Something is being built onto the front of the restaurant space, which used to be part of the shuttered Redwood. They certainly won't expand the interior space onto the lane, because that would completely destroy the aesthetic of the iconic Bethesda Row pedestrian street.
Monday, January 27, 2020
You can give your feedback on this, and the design of the project, at Wednesday night's meeting.
Before its current configuration as a retail center, the building was home to a Brunswick bowling alley. At one point, local hardware chain Hechinger was interested in opening a new location there, but backed off under heavy blowback from nearby residents.
Alas, there's no indication the parking lot will get any updates. It shares the title of Most Frustrating Parking Facility in Bethesda with Trader Joe's - or at least the ones people talk about most often. I could give a pretty long list of others in Bethesda that are just as difficult to use. A one million dollar expenditure suggests the landowner has no immediate plans to redevelop, wisely awaiting the secretly-planned extension of the Purple Line to River Road.
Sunday, January 26, 2020
|The Aspen lodge-themed|
Kick Axe Throwing
|Axe ranges - Gilius Thunderhead|
would be proud!
|A nightlife venue with cabanas?|
You're definitely not in MoCo!
If you haven't been to Ivy City recently, you won't recognize the revitalized neighborhood near Route 50 and an Amtrak maintenance facility. Top-rated restaurants include La Puerta Verde and Ivy City Smokehouse. The latter has a rooftop deck. Other highlights include City Winery, Target and Nike Community Store. The nearby Echostage is a nighttime destination for many a young Montgomery County resident, after 18 nightspots closed in Bethesda alone following the County Council's disastrous Nighttime Economy Task Force debacle earlier this decade.
Photos courtesy Kick Axe Throwing and THRōW Social DC
The sign has been installed, and has been lit the last couple of nights. There appear to be private events taking place in the pizzeria, and more are scheduled in the coming days with local organizations. But here's a way you can try to get your hands on an Anthony's pizza and other menu items before Wednesday - look for the pizzeria on DoorDash.com.
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Stop by Godiva on Level 2. They have a special Chinese New Year edition box of chocolates, in varying sizes, with Lunar New Year red ribbons on the packaging. There is also a Godiva limited-edition box that features the Godiva chocolates most popular in Asia. Macy's is selling a Lunar New Year t-shirt. And purchasers of more than $200 in Crystal Living merchandise at Swarovski will receive a free Year of the Rat ornament.
Continue the celebration tomorrow, January 26, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM with traditional Chinese performances by the Cathay School, and a red envelope decorating activity. Check inside your envelope to see if you got any special surprises. RSVP online.
But this weekend won't be the end of the celebration - head back to the mall on Saturday, February 8, from 6:00-8:00 PM for a 2-hour performance by the Chinese Culture and Community Service Center. Here's the full schedule: