Area News Featuring Montgomery County, Tenleytown & Georgetown
Best Buy closed their branch in Tenleytown on November 3.The store was an anchor in the historic building which originally housed a Sears store and later a branch of the Hechingers home supply chain. The building also includes branches of The Container Store and Ace Hardware.The closure of Best Buy includes the Magnolia Home Theater department and the Geek Squad (GS). GS members will have to take their laptops and other portable devices for repair to other branches of the chain.There are Best Buys in Columbia Heights in D.C. and in Rockville and Wheaton, Maryland. Amazon will, reportedly, open a branch of their chain of brick-and-mortar stores on the Best Buy site.With a large Whole Foods Market across Wisconsin Avenue from Best Buy, Amazon already has a sizable footprint in Tenleytown.
Image below:A view of Best Buy in Tenleytown.
Redevelopment of The CollectioninChevy Chase is moving into an advanced stage. The streetscape is near completion, and the vacant spaces on the north end of The Collection are being cleared for occupancy by future tenants. The streetscape project is expected to be complete by Thanksgiving.
Work is in progress on updating the facades of spaces which had previously been occupied by various companies. Elsewhere, one-hour parking spaces have been added for Giant food store customers.
The new Collection will also feature retail stores and restaurants. Details are not yet available.
Salon Lofts is preparing to open a branch of their chain of beauty salons in The Collection. The salons offer hair, nail, skin, and massage services. Salon Lofts will be on the second level - next door to the Tiffany store.
Image below: The facade of the incoming Salon Lofts.
Georgetown Day School (GDS) plans for expansion of their campus near Wisconsin Avenue in Tenleytown moved forward in October when the large Safeway store on the site at 4200 Davenport St., NW was torn down to make way for the Lower Middle School(LMS). Georgetown Day School is a coed, preK-12, non-sectarian private school with small class sizes and a diverse school community. The LMS will be moved from MacArthur Boulevard, NW to the new site upon completion of construction. The move will unite the LMS with the GDS High School – all on one campus. The new LMS is expected to open in the Fall of 2020
Sun Trust Bank, as mentioned previously in this column, will close their branch in Chase Tower at 4455 Willard Ave. in Friendship Heights on December 11. They will relocate to 5418 Wisconsin Ave. in Friendship Heights on December 14. The new site is less than a mile from the existing location, and housed a branch of Chico’s dress shops for many years.
Plans to redevelop Parcels 4 & 6 in Friendship Heights are, apparently, still on hold.
The Kindred Café & Bakery opened at # 1 Wisconsin Circle in Chevy Chase in October. The new café offers soup, salad and more, in addition to baked goods.There are daily specials as the menu evolves. The café does a sizable take-out business, but also has counter seats, a large banquette and some tables for two.
Images below: Views of The Kindred Cafe
Terrain Caféopened on the street level of the new Anthropologie store, which also opened in Bethesda Row in October. The café offers seasonal menus featuring “hand-selected local produce, meats, seafood and dairy." See the article in the Shopping column below for more info.
Little Beast Neighborhood Café & Bistro opened at 5600 Connecticut Ave. N.W. in the Chevy Chase area of DC in October. They serve Italian cuisine, including brick-oven pizza, & also feature pastries & coffee. They are located on one of the most highly-visible corners on the avenue - near the Avalon Theatre - and have a spacious sidewalk café for use when weather permits. Image below:A view of Little Beast Neighborhood Café & Bistro. To read more about the company, visit www.littlebeastdc.com/
The space formerly occupied by Panera Bakery on Willard Avenue remains vacant. As reported previously, the space is being marketed now as "retail."
Cinema Art Bethesda will screen the 2017 Hungarian film titled 1945, directed by Ferenc Török, at Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema in Bethesda, MD on November 18.Set in 1945, it’s the story of an Orthodox man and his grown son who return to a village in Hungary while the villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk’s son. "The townspeople – suspicious, remorseful, fearful, and cunning – expect the worst and behave accordingly. The town clerk fears the men may be heirs of the village’s deported Jews and expects them to demand their illegally acquired property back." The black-and-white film will be screened in Hungarian and Russian with English subtitles.The film received The Avner Shalev – Yad Vashem Chairman’s Award for Artistic Achievement in Holocaust-related Film at the 2017 Jerusalem Film Festival. Ticket price includes coffee, bagels & cheese, and a post-film discussion.
Select AMC Theatres in Mazza Gallerie continue to offer special screenings, including classic films, anime, family films and much more.Screening of performances by the Metropolitan Opera and Bolshoi Ballet are among the favorites of area residents.
Image below: The lobby of AMC Theatres in Mazza Gallerie
The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is exhibiting Juggling the Middle Ages, thru February 28, 2019.The exhibition focuses on a medieval tale known often as Le Jongleur de Notre Dame or Our Lady’s Tumbler. Over the centuries the story has inspired films, books, even an opera and other music.”
Image below: The postcard for Juggling the Middle Ages
The National Philharmonic, conducted by Stan Engrebretson, will perform a Leonard Bernstein Choral Celebration in the Music Center on November 17. The orchestra will be joined by soloists Danielle Talamantes, soprano and Brian Cheney, tenor, with the Strathmore Children’s Chorus, directed by Michael Wu, and the National Philharmonic Chorale. The program will include selections from Bernstein’s Mass, Candide and West Side Story.
Georgetown Concert Series will present Polyphony performing a concert titled Sing The Nowellat St. John’s Episcopal Church on November 24.The vocal chamber ensemble of four men is “one of the finest in the world.” They “apply a distinctly modern touch to repertoire that ranges from austere medieval melodies to cutting-edge contemporary compositions. The upcoming concert will offer an intimate meditation on the Christmas season. The program will deliver a spellbinding experience spanning nine centuries of music, featuring their “ signature fusion of historically-informed performance of traditional works with new compositions.
Bel Cantanti Opera will present George Bizet's Les Pecheurs de Perles (Pearl Fishers), an opera in three acts, November 17 & 18 at Silver Spring Black Box Theater. The opera tells a story about love, passion, jealousy and friendship. The production will be fully-staged, in costume, and performed in French with English supertitles. An orchestra will accompany the performance. The opera will be performed in collaboration with The Olney Ballet theatre.
Image below: The postcard for George Bizet's Les Pecheurs de Perles
Anthropologie opened a new store on Bethesda Row as planned in October at the corner of Bethesda Avenue & Woodmont. The store features apparel for women on three levels, plus a garden store, home furnishings, wedding gowns and more. Terrain café opens directly to the Anthropologie store on the street level.
Comments about the store by shoppers on a weekday afternoon included: “stylish,” “trendy” and even “beautiful.”
There is no information available about potential occupants of the space that was been formerly occupied by Anthropologie at Wisconsin Place.
Images below, from left: The exterior of Anthropologie, the Garden Shop, and an entrance to Terrain Café.
The Friendship Heights Shuttle Bus is the most-recognized amenity provided by the Village, according to a survey of real estate ads online in October.In fact, the existence of the Shuttle Bus was the ONLY amenity listed in the ads reviewed. No other Village programs or amenities were even mentioned. Ads for condos in Friendship Heights in October often listed some variation of the following:
Free shuttle bus to Metro Red Line. Complimentary Shuttle to shopping. Free shuttle to metro, shops, groceries, and restaurants. The bus comes right to the front door.
The Agenda News surveyed the ads in hopes that it might lead to appreciation of the impact of the shuttle on property values. Even if they never expect to use the shuttle, people value having it there is an option.
Meanwhile, dilapidated and potentially dangerous buses continued to be in service in the Village in October.