Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Last day on Georgia Ave. today, as Regal Paint Centers in Silver Spring readies move (Photos)

Today is the last day of operation for Regal Paint Centers' current location at 8211 Georgia Avenue, in downtown Silver Spring. They are preparing to move their store to 8121 Piney Branch Road, and that new location will open on July 5.

Between Thursday and then, you can visit their Wheaton location at 2200 University Boulevard W. in Wheaton. Take advantage of the last day of the moving sale today - discontinued paints are only $2.50 per gallon.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Silver Spring construction update: Studio Plaza (Photos)

Construction is still in the early stages at the Studio Plaza project, which is bordered by Silver Spring Avenue, Mayor Lane, Thayer Avenue and Fenton Street. The site - which used to hold a Montgomery County public parking lot - sits just a block off of Georgia Avenue, and is within walking distance of Metro.

Studio Plaza will hold 415 residential units, 15% of which will be affordable. It will also boast 10,500 SF of retail, and 35100 SF of public space, including a green plaza, a through-block walk and public art displays. The developer is Fairfield Residential.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Sneak peek: Whole Foods' "new venues" in Silver Spring (Photos)

Whole Foods Market plans to debut several "New Venues" at its downtown Silver Spring store on Wednesday, June 28. According to the company, they will include Paper Horse, a Chinese street food concept from chef Erik Bruner-Yang; a juice and coffee bar; a new Genji sushi section; self-serve acai bowls and bakery cakes; an expanded prepared foods section and additional seating. Here's a sneak peek behind the curtain.

Astrolabe brewery with rooftop deck opening in Silver Spring (Photos)

Just last month, local real estate firm Streetsense had envisioned the old Joe's Record Paradise/Champion Billiards building as a brewery. The good news for Silver Spring is that their vision is becoming reality: Astrolabe Brewing is taking over the space. In addition to the retail brewery function Streetsense imagined would take advantage of the building's high ceilings, Astrolabe also plans to operate a rooftop deck seven nights a week.

Astrolabe's owners, Emma Whalen and Matt Cronin, say they plan to represent both their international backgrounds, and the Silver Spring community, in their products. Whalen is British, and Cronin is from New Zealand. Astrolabe Brewing will be located at 8216 Georgia Avenue. As you can imagine, the building will undergo a significant conversion first.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Silver Spring construction update: United Therapeutics Unisphere (Photos)

Construction has reached street level at the future site of United Therapeutics' expanded campus, known as the Unisphere, in downtown Silver Spring. The 120000 SF expansion at the intersection of Colesville Road and Spring Street will include a six-story office building, retail space, and a parking garage. One of the few bright spots in Montgomery County's otherwise-moribund private sector economy, which has failed to attract a single major corporate headquarters in two decades.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Discovery Communications shows pride in Silver Spring (Photos)

Discovery Communications marks Pride Month at its headquarters in downtown Silver Spring with rainbow lighting. Next month, expect to see a shark-themed night display, as part of the company's Shark Week promotion.

Wheaton construction update: Manny & Olga's (Photos)

The countdown to Manny & Olga's at 11222 Georgia Avenue in Wheaton continues. They have some Coming Soon signage up, featuring menu items and combo deals, mostly for pizza (not surprisingly). Gets me thinking about the question of who has the best pizza in Wheaton right now.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sign installed at Sherwin-Williams in downtown Silver Spring (Photos)

The lighted sign is up at Sherwin-Williams, which is taking over the old Pyramid Atlantic building at 8230 Georgia Avenue in downtown Silver Spring. A Sherwin-Williams truck has also arrived.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

BiBiBop Asian Grill opens today in Silver Spring (Photos)

BiBiBop Asian Grill, the Columbus-based replacement for the failed ShopHouse, will open today in downtown Silver Spring at 935 Ellsworth Drive. The "Korean Chipotle" will open at 11:00 AM this morning. Enjoy a free meal between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM today at the Silver Spring location.

Here's a sneak peek inside:

Monday, June 19, 2017

Chick-fil-A makeover complete in Silver Spring (Photos)

Well, it took longer than originally planned, but Chick-fil-A's downtown Silver Spring renovation is finally completed. The restaurant reopened on Friday, five days after the reopening date posted when the work began. Updates include new furniture. 

No drive-thru is still a deal-breaker for me, though. I'd probably be at Chick-fil-A every day if they had drive-thrus in Montgomery County. Apparently, the corporate suits at Chick-fil-A aren't aware that drive-thru customers account for 70% of business at other fast food restaurants - that's a lot of money to leave on the table.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Kaldi's Social House closing in Silver Spring

Update: June 17, 9:00 AM: After posting an announcement on an auction website clearly stating that Kaldi's would be "shutting its doors and making a complete urgent liquidation," the owner is now telling other media outlets there is merely a renovation, and that Kaldi's will not be closing. Some of my competitors conveniently failed to disclose that Kaldi's posted the announcement it was closing, in their rush to claim I had posted an "incorrect" report. Total hogwash. If Kaldi's is not closing, it is they who were in error announcing they were closing online.

Kaldi's Social House is closing in Silver Spring, according to an auction announcement by the business. The coffee lounge at 918 Silver Spring Avenue is auctioning off its furniture and kitchen equipment in an "urgent liquidation" on Monday, June 19. Items up for bid include a Perlick Draft Beer Dispenser/Kegerator with 4 keg capacity, and 8 Restoration Hardware chairs.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Wheaton redevelopment getting started at Lot 13 (Photos)

Parking meters have been removed from the closed section of Public Parking Lot 13 in the Wheaton Triangle, and preparations for excavation are underway. A Montgomery County office building will be constructed here, and eventually a town square and connection to the Wheaton Metro station.