Showing posts with label 2014. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2014. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Just when you've finished Thanksgiving dinner - you're just getting started. While football on TV was the after-dinner activity of choice for most when I was growing up, in 2014 it's time to zip up the winter coat, grab the credit card, and head to the local mall, shopping center or big box store to grab the deals before they're gone.

Here's a roundup of some of the best:


The mall won't be open all night. Their hours on Thanksgiving Day will be from 6:00 PM to midnight, and then the mall will reopen at 6:00 AM on Black Friday. If you haven't visited in a while, you'll definitely be pleasantly surprised at the mall's makeover and expansion. Enjoy movies at the new, 16-screen ArcLight Cinemas and dining at the many new restaurants in the Dining Terrace. You'll also want to check out Santa Claus if you have kids, or the mall's holiday decorations, including the hanging 20' Christmas tree shown at the top of this post, which has 500 ornaments! Add extra time for parking, though, as the parking decks outside of Macy's have been demolished, and won't be replaced in time for Black Friday. Here are some of the deals you'll find around the new, updated mall:

Forever 21:

Black Friday Mystery Scratcher Giveaway: Arrive early for a chance to receive a discount of 15%, 20% or 25% off your in-store purchase and enter to win a private shopping party.

Black Friday Deals:

Beanies: $3.00+
Slippers: $5.00+ 
Dresses: $9.00+ 
Sleepwear: $10+ 
Tops: $10+ 
Sweaters: $12+
Also: get an additional 50% off Markdowns 11/27-11/28 until 2PM.


GAP has a great deal Thanksgiving and Black Friday: 50% off entire purchase!

American Eagle Outfitters:

Both days: 40% off the entire store (excludes gift cards and select Aerie merchandise). Get an additional 15% off if you are approved for a new AEO credit card (purchase must go on new card for discount).

Bath and Body Works:

Black Friday: Entire store - Buy 3, get 3 free equal or lesser value. Also, spend $40 on a qualifying purchase to receive the VIP Bag for $20. Limited quantity of VIP Bags available.


Buy One, Get One 50% OFF on all items from 6:00 pm - 12:00 midnight on Thanksgiving, and from 6:00 am - 10:00 pm on Black Friday.

Auntie Anne's:

Buy any pretzel item and a large lemonade, get a free pretzel of equal or lesser value.


Kind of underwhelming: $10 beauty deals Black Friday weekend. Selected items for $10.


Another great deal: 50% off the entire store on Black Friday.

Victoria's Secret:

Free secret reward card with $10 purchase or more. Worth $10, $50, $100 or $500 off your purchase Dec 4 - Dec 19. 
2 for $30 Candles
2 for $30 Fragrance Gift Sets
$15 off Sports Pants
2 for $49.50 Sexy Tees and Cotton Bras
5 for $26.50 Cotton Panties
Free Tote Bag with $75 purchase (while supplies last).

Under Armour:

Maryland's homegrown athletic apparel store is offering 25% off its signature Big Logo Hoodie. Men’s, women’s, and youth styles included.

Kay Jewelers:

Thankgiving night only: 10% off regular merchandise. 15% off Movado watches.

Mirch Masala:

Didn't get enough Thankgiving dinner? They'll be offering their Butter Chicken rice bowl for $5 on Thanksgiving night.

Marbles - The Brain Store:

Spend $100 and get a free Hydraulic Robotic Arm. And who couldn't use a Hydraulic Robotic Arm, right?


Black Friday only: 20% off on all regular priced merchandise until 10:00 am.


Solid deals both days: All Lounge Collection buy one, get second 1/2 off; selected WRUP Pants 50% off;
all shoes 50% off.

As Seen on TV:

You can't pick up too many Slap Chops or Light Angels. Everything 10-25% off Thanksgiving night, but only select items on Black Friday.

Urban Outfitters:

50% off all sale items on Black Friday.

Banana Republic:

Stop by Banana Republic on Black Friday and get 50% off one full-priced item until 1:00 pm -- plus 40% off your purchase all day long. Some exclusions apply.

Old Navy:

The first 100 people in line have a chance to win $1,000,000, and others could win a $200 shopping spree.


20% off outerwear.

Lucky Brand:

30 - 50% off everything.

The Body Shop:

Both days: 3 items for $33 on select products; $30 Black Friday bag w/any $30 purchase; $15 gift offer.


Free Fleece Blanket with $100 purchase or more. Black Friday Deals starting at $5.

White House | Black Market:

Black Friday only: 30% off entire purchase (see store associates for details and exclusions).


25% off regularly-priced merchandise both days.

Tommy Bahama:

Receive a $50 award for every $150 you spend in-store on Black Friday to use toward a future purchase.

Radio Shack:

Black Friday: RadioShack will be offering the Galaxy S5 for free with a qualifying two-year contract with AT&T, Verizon or Sprint. Beats Solo headphones only $69.99 (requires mail-in rebate).


6 PM Thanksgiving night Doorbusters: Save 55% on a Kenmore washer and dryer set. RCA LED 1080p HDTV for $249.99 (40") or $379.99 (52"). 45% off Kenmore French door refrigerator/freezer.


Stay closer to home in Rockville at Rockville Town Square, which will offer these Black Friday deals:

American Tap Room
Receive $5 Taproom Bucks for every $25 gift card purchase made in November and December. Taproom Bucks will be used towards your purchases made between January 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015.

The Cottage Monet
50% off all discontinued Vera Bradley - Friday 11/28/14 through Sunday 11/30/14
Get $15 off for every $100 you spend.*
Spend $200 - get $30 off
Wine and cheese served Friday night
Enter to win a basket of one of the new Thymes fragrances ($100 value)

*special offer cannot be combined with sales items.

Dawson’s Market
$1 off smoothies and juices, any size.

Pigtails & Crewcuts
Get $2.00 off a haircut from 10 am – 5 pm.

Ten Thousand Villages
All jewelry is Buy One Get One 50% Off.

Town Square Jewelers
"Special sales."

Toy Kingdom
20% off total purchase from 9 AM – 12 PM.

Happy shopping, and Happy Thanksgiving from!

Monday, November 10, 2014


Given the big holiday displays every year at Bethesda Row, I've been wondering what Federal Realty would do for the season at its newest development, Pike & Rose. Those questions were answered this weekend, and I present the festive results here for your pleasure. The tree was not yet lit at this point, but there is plenty of Christmas and Chanakuh spirit in the air even so. Obviously, the scene will be more impressive once Phase 2 of the development has been built out, as the Christmas cheer is limited in distance. But if enough of the new retail stores can open in time, this could be a real sleeper spot for holiday shopping in Montgomery County - particularly for those purchasing apparel.

Federal Realty's Rockville Town Square seems to be behind Pike & Rose on the decorating schedule; their Bethesda Row development already has its decorations up.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


Tonight is the annual National Night Out event across Rockville. Many communities will participate in this event designed to promote crime prevention, and greater cooperation between citizens and law enforcement.

Your neighborhood might be hosting a block party. If so, you may expect McGruff the Crime Dog, and representatives of the Rockville City Police, Montgomery County State's Attorney's office officials, as well as Mayor Bridget Newton and/or various City Councilmembers to appear.

The following neighborhoods and associations are hosting parties tonight:

  • Beall’s Grant
  • College Gardens
  • East Rockville
  • Fallsbend
  • Falls Ridge
  • Heritage Park
  • Hungerford
  • King Farm
  • Lincoln Park
  • Maryvale
  • New Mark Commons
  • Redgate Farms
  • Rockshire
  • Town Center
  • Twinbrook
  • West End
  • Woodley Gardens
  • Woodmont Park
  • Woods Edge Apartments

Thursday, May 29, 2014


A transportation forum featuring candidates for the Montgomery County Council will be held tonight (May 29), at 7:00 PM, at the Silver Spring Civic Building (there is public garage parking directly across Ellsworth Drive from the building).

The topics covered are inspected to include transit, the Purple Line, the county's proposed Bus Rapid Transit system, and the M-83 Midcounty Highway Extended. Obviously, the BRT system proposal directly affects Rockville, and the Rockville Pike Plan outcome.

Martin Di Caro of WAMU FM will be the moderator. The debate is sponsored by the Coalition for Smarter Growth, Purple Line Now, Action Committee for Transit, Montgomery County Sierra Club, Montgomery Countryside Alliance, Washington Area Bicyclist Association, and the TAME Coalition.

Silver Spring Civic Building
1 Veterans Place

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


All candidates for the Montgomery County Council At-Large will participate in a candidate forum, sponsored by the Aspen Hill Civic Association, at the Aspen Hill Library tonight (May 28) at 7:30 PM. The event is convenient to the Wheaton, Glenmont, Rockville and Olney areas, for those wanting to learn more about the candidates for the 4 countywide seats on the council.

Aspen Hill Library
4407 Aspen Hill Road

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Searching for Easter brunch in Rockville? This is the place to find the answers.

Amalfi Ristorante Italiano

This longtime Rockville favorite has not yet posted a menu or specials, but its Sunday hours are 1:30-9:00 PM.

12307 Wilkins Avenue

American Tap Room

Let's hope for good weather and outdoor patio dining at Rockville Town Square! American Tap Room will be serving brunch from 10 AM to 3 PM on Easter Sunday. Here's the menu:

36 Maryland Avenue
(301) 838-4281

Chef Geoff's Rockville

Check out the fabulous Easter brunch menu at Chef Geoff's. Including one of my favorites, Big Shrimp and Very Gouda Grits - not that I'm trying to influence your decision or anything. For just $25.95, your brunch also includes a basket of Cheddar Drop biscuits, coffee and your choice of orange juice, mimosa or Bloody Mary. Sides and desserts are extra, and beignets are one of the options. I also like the convenient and free parking here.

12256 Rockville Pike
(240) 621-3090

Founding Farmers

Founding Farmers will open an hour early, at 8 AM, on Easter Sunday. Due to popularity, the restaurant says its remaining reservations are for parties of 4 or less. They'll also serve brunch on Easter Monday, from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Here's their brunch menu.

12505 Park Potomac Avenue
(right off I-270 at Montrose Road exit)
(301) 340-8783

Friday, January 10, 2014


The Rockville Historic District Commission meeting that had been scheduled for Thursday, January 16, at 7:30 PM at City Hall, has been canceled. No reason was given.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week is already here again, from January 13 to 19. Three-course lunches are $20.14, and dinners are $35.14. Two great restaurants (I have dined at both) are participating in Rockville for 2014:

Chef Geoff's Rockville

La Tasca Rockville