Thursday, January 20, 2022

Additional accent lighting activated at Avocet Tower in Bethesda (Photos)

Avocet Tower lighting (R) reflected on
The Wilson (L), and matching with the
Marriott logo (background) in the distance

Chase Bank was ahead of the curve when it comes to downtown Bethesda's color scheme. The Wisconsin Avenue bank branch stirred up a storm of controversy when its bright blue accent lighting flooded the area around it. Marriott International's tower signage also transitions through the same color as it changes hues. Wednesday night, additional accent lighting at Avocet Tower at 7373 Wisconsin was activated. Now, in addition to the roof, it cascades down the building facade edge.

ATI Physical Therapy to open clinic at The Shops at Sumner Place

ATI Physical Therapy
will open a Bethesda clinic at 4611-G Sangamore Road, in the The Shops at Sumner Place. The Illinois-based occupational therapy chain specializes in work-related injuries, sports medicine, and home health. ATI was founded in 1996 in Willowbrook, Illinois, and now has hundreds of locations and over 6000 employees. The Bethesda clinic will be in the space most-recently occupied by Weight Watchers.

Westwood Pet Center to return in Bethesda

When Westwood Pet Center closed after 42 years in Bethesda at the Westwood Shopping Center in 2021, it looked like the end of a valuable resource for pet owners in the area. But a new beginning is almost here for the venerable pet store at the nearby Shops at Sumner Place, a.k.a. Little Falls Mall. Westwood Pet Center will be reopening there soon at 4611-H Sangamore Road, in the storefront recently vacated by Edible Arrangements. The store's website is still offline as of this writing, however.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Bethesda Row parking garage to add Tesla Supercharger station

The Colonial Parking-operated garage at Bethesda Row will be adding a Tesla Supercharger station in the months ahead. Located at 4950 Elm Street, the garage will feature 12 Tesla charging posts. When activated, this location will appear on your dashboard touchscreen. Supercharger stations at properties like Bethesda Row allow Tesla owners to quickly charge their vehicle while shopping or dining.

D'browstudio opens new Bethesda location

has opened at its new downtown Bethesda location, at 7950 Norfolk Avenue. This is very close to the microblading salon's previous home at 7944 Norfolk. The new spot was previously home to Home Care Assistance, which moved to the District last year.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Demolition reducing 7316 Wisconsin to the bones in Bethesda (Photos)

Here's the latest look at the demolition of 7316 Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Bethesda. The building is largely down to its skeletal structure now, particularly on the upper floors. At ground level, a former garage entrance adds a bit of intrigue. The site is being cleared for the construction of B.F. Saul's Hampden House high-rise development.

Master Lee's Martial Arts relocates to Westwood Shopping Center in Bethesda

Master Lee's Martial Arts
has relocated from the Westwood Center II at 5110 Ridgefield Road to the Westwood Shopping Center at 5444 Westbard Avenue in Bethesda. The studio is currently offering only small group and private lessons, due to the pandemic. Tae Kwon Do is the discipline being taught by Master Lee, all the way to black belt level.

Master Lee's extensive resume

Monday, January 17, 2022

Blustery day in downtown Bethesda (Photos)

When they said to bring objects indoors due to high wind gusts today, they weren't kidding. The effects of the blustery conditions could be seen in the Woodmont Triangle neighborhood this afternoon. 

A Bethesda Urban Partnership kiosk was blown around by the wind onto the sidewalk, some of its doors damaged by gusts. So was the door of a utility box. Two newspaper boxes were also knocked down. It's a wild and woolly day out there, the telephone weatherman might say, if he hadn't been unlugged by Verizon a few years ago.

Kim's Yirasai Sushi closes in Bethesda, will reopen at Park Potomac

Kim's Yirasai Sushi
, one of the few restaurants in the Westbard area of Bethesda, has closed at 5110 Ridgefield Road in the Westwood Center II mini-mall. It's bad news for the neighborhood, especially since it was considered to be one of the best sushi bars in all of Bethesda. The good news for their customers is that they will reopen at a new location in February, but a longer drive away. Their new address will be 12525 Park Potomac Avenue, in the Park Potomac development off I-270.

Bethesda salon burglarized

Montgomery County police responded to a report of a break-in at a salon in downtown Bethesda yesterday morning, January 16, 2022. The forced entry and burglary was reported at a salon in the 4700 block of Montgomery Lane at 11:29 AM, according to crime data.

Snow gives way to sleet, rain and wind in Bethesda

A Sunday snowstorm turned out to be a minor one, in general, for Montgomery County. Snow coated the area for several hours starting Sunday afternoon, but eventually transitioned to sleet, freezing rain, and then rain, as temperatures rose. The main concerns today will be blustery winds and wet or slushy road and sidewalk conditions. There is a wind advisory in place today, warning of occasional gusts reaching 40-55 MPH.

The National Weather Service advises that any loose objects in yards and on balconies be brought indoors. Drivers and pedestrians should be prepared for falling trees and power lines, and power outages. There is currently a small power outage in North Bethesda, affecting 5 Pepco customers near Fernwood Road and Democracy Boulevard. Pepco estimates power will be restored there at 6:00 AM this morning. There are also small outages in the Homewood area of Kensington, and in Forest Glen directly adjacent to the Capital Beltway.

Metrobus is on a Saturday Supplemental schedule today. Ride On bus is on a holiday schedule, and Ride On extRa and Flex services are not operating. The current temperature is one degree above freezing, and will rise steadily to a high of 36 degrees in the early afternoon hours. Expect occasional snow flurries or light rain this morning, giving way to cloudy and dry conditions by noon. The NWS forecasts that any notable snowfall today will be limited to the mountains to our west.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Cordell Avenue gets its own sandwich at Ensemble...for a limited time

The street that inspired it all

Is Cordell Avenue ready to join 5th Avenue and Maxwell Street in the sandwiches-named-after-streets spotlight? Ensemble thinks so, although their address at 4856 Cordell might have a little something to do with it. 

The Cordell

Does sliced brisket, macaroni and cheese, crispy onions and BBQ sauce on a hoagie roll make you think of Cordell Avenue? Then order "The Cordell" for a limited-time on the Ensemble app, with a side of wedge fries, for $16.25.

Have it delivered to you,
or pick it up at Ensemble