Monday, October 14, 2019

Chaliskan opens at Montgomery Mall

Chaliskan has opened at Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda. The store offers Turkish towels, fashion apparel, lighting fixtures, ceramics and gifts. They have a Tysons location, as well. Chaliskan is located on Level 2 next to the Goodyear tire store.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Rockville construction update: Main Street Apartments (Photos)

The Main Street Apartments are about three stories above 50 Monroe Place in Rockville. This used to be the IBM building downtown.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Bliss in a Bottle opening at Montgomery Mall

Bliss in a Bottle will open a kiosk this fall at Westfield Montgomery Mall. The gift retailer specializes in chocolate-covered wine bottles. It's more sophisticated than it sounds - the specific chocolate coating is specially chosen to pair with the wine inside the bottle, a variety of chocolates are used, and mix-ins found in the chocolate can be a sophisticated as hibiscus berry powder and rose sugar. The Ohio-based Bliss in a Bottle already has an area location in Tysons Corner Center.

Photo courtesy Bliss in a Bottle

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Lands' End Rockville opening date set

Lands' End has just announced their new Rockville store at Congressional Plaza will open on Saturday, October 26, 2019. The chain's first D.C.-area store will open with a ribbon cutting at 10:00 AM that morning.

“We are so excited to expand our footprint in Maryland and introduce our new retail concept to the D.C. metropolitan area,” Lands' End SVP of Retail Claudia Mazo said this morning. “Our loyal shoppers in this area and the convenient shopping location make Congressional Plaza an excellent place for our newest store opening.”

Light refreshments will be served inside the store during the grand opening celebration. Guests will also have the opportunity to win prizes from a prize wheel. There will also be a special showcase of iconic items from Lands' End's Heritage Collection on-site.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Montgomery County's first Wawa approved by Gaithersburg

The proposed Wawa convenience store and gas station proposed for 405 S. Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg was approved by the city's Mayor and Council last night. In approving Montgomery County's first Wawa store, the final vote was four-to-one in favor, with Councilmember Laurie Anne Sayles opposed.

Several residents and local business owners spoke against approval of the store earlier at last night's meeting, citing environmental impacts and effects on nearby small businesses. Wawa has disputed these impacts in statements filed previously with the City, but the protests appear to have persuaded one councilmember to vote against the store.

For those eagerly awaiting MoCo's first Wawa, however, the countdown to opening day begins. Wawa is expected to open in November or December 2020. Royal Farms is also coming to Gaithersburg, at the future Watkins Mill Road/I-270 interchange. Let's hope Sheetz comes to Montgomery County soon, as well, and that all chains pop-up countywide eventually.

Monday, October 7, 2019

McRib is back at McDonald's (Video review+Photos+McRib Locator)

McRib is back! McDonald's legendary sandwich, one of a handful of fast food items to earn my 6 star rating (out of 5 stars), has returned to Montgomery County and Maryland for the first time in seven years. I hadn't had a McRib since 2012, and am pleased to report they are just as good as they were in the past. Watch my detailed review of McRib 2019, and find the McRib nearest you using the official McRib locator. Many thanks to McDonald's and the local franchise for listening to their loyal customers and bringing back McRib!

Women's fashion pop-up at Congressional Plaza in Rockville

A pop-up fashion boutique is moving into the space next to Chico's at Congressional Plaza on Rockville Pike. They haven't even put up a sign yet, and there's nothing on the property's social media accounts about it. It may be tied to the upcoming Fall Sidewalk Sale at Congressional Plaza, October 11-14, 2019.