Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Auntie Anne's coming to Ellsworth Place, Photo Palace to extend its stay

What's a trip to the mall without a hot Auntie Anne's pretzel? Apparently Ellsworth Place ownership Petrie Richardson Ventures and Rockwood Capital and the ubiquitous mall pretzel purveyor agree, and have come to terms on a lease for Auntie Anne's in a 730 SF space on Level 2.

Also signing a new lease is long-time tenant Photo Palace, which already debuted a renovated 855 SF shop on Level 1 of the downtown Silver Spring mall.

“We’re blending the old with the new, with Auntie Anne’s being part of the quintessential shopping experience, and Photo Palace representing an updated piece of the old Ellsworth Place and of the downtown community,” Terry Richardson, president and COO of PRV, said in a statement. “These two tenant announcements continue the momentum for the upcoming grand opening of Dave and Buster’s and Guitar Center shortly thereafter.”

Dave and Buster's is currently expected to open on November 20.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Aspen Hill Library closing Nov. 9; interim Wheaton Library closed now through Nov. 17

Two libraries in eastern Montgomery County are temporarily closing for different reasons. The Aspen Hill Library will close for about 6 months on November 9. It is one of the libraries being updated under the "refresh" program. It will return will new carpet, paint, bathrooms, furniture, a 24-hour drop box, and additional study rooms. The last book drops will be accepted at Aspen Hill on Tuesday, November 22; after that you will need to return books to other libraries.

There is an MCPL Express library kiosk available at the Midcounty Community Center at 2004 Queensguard Road where you can borrow and return books and DVDs.

Meanwhile, the interim Wheaton Library in the ballroom of the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad building at 2400 Arcola Avenue closed Friday, and will remain closed through November 17. The closure is due to the room being used for early voting, which itself begins October 27. Get out and vote YES on Question B to pass term limits on our inept County Council!!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Dorothy's Woods to be dedicated Sunday in Takoma Park

Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart will officially present a copy of the resolution designating a City-owned forest area "Dorothy's Woods" to resident and local historian Dorothy Thomsen Barnes on Sunday, October 23 at 1:00 PM. The ceremony will be held at the woods, located at the intersection of Woodland and Circle Avenues. Refreshments will be served.

Barnes was born in a house at the edge of the woods on Elm Avenue in 1922, and grew up playing in those woods, in which many of the trees were only small saplings at the time. The woods include a natural spring.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Journeys moving at Wheaton Plaza (Photos)

Shoe and apparel retailer Journeys is moving at Wheaton Plaza. Their new location will be near Payless.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Ooh La La Beauty Bar to bring blowouts to Wheaton Plaza

Ooh La La Beauty Bar is coming soon to Wheaton Plaza. This is the newest location for a chain of salons offering a Drybar-style blow dry bar, along with traditional beauty salon services. The company is a new one, only founded in 2014, and mall locations are one of their primary markets.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Ice skating rink opens in downtown Silver Spring (Photos)

The ice skating rink is up and running on Veterans Plaza at the Silver Spring Civic Building in downtown Silver Spring. With temperatures reaching 80 degrees yesterday, it may not have made a whole lot of sense, however. If this is global warming, I'll take it.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Dave & Buster's logo added to Ellsworth Place exterior in Silver Spring (Photos)

The first exterior signage for the highly-anticipated Dave & Buster's has been installed at Ellsworth Place mall in downtown Silver Spring. Dave & Buster's is currently expected to open on November 20.

Also just added, a prime new facade sign spot for F21 Red, which interestingly spells out Forever 21 in red as well as the F21 name. It's located right under the clock on the historic former Hecht's department store facade.