Area News Featuring Montgomery County, Tenleytown & Georgetown
The Collection in Chevy Chase continues to evolve. New branding for the project includes updated signage throughout, and the façade of the former Louis Vuitton shop is getting a major makeover. See the Services column for an update on Salon Lofts. The image below shows an area of The Collection as it was decorated for the Holidays.
The building which formerly housed a branch of Johnson Florist & Garden Center in Tenleytown is undergoing several changes. American University (AU), which owns the building, has leased some of the space to the Broadcasters Child Development Center (BCDC). BCDC provides full-day care for children of parents who work in the broadcast industry; WUSA Channel 9 is across the street from the building. AU has leased the space in the same building formerly occupied by Fire Lake Grille- and before that Ruby Tuesday - to Surfside, which is describe in the "Dining" column below.
The furnishings of the former Best Buy store in Tenleytown were sold in December.There is no sign of an incoming occupant.
Carpe Librum, the popup bookstore which opened in 2018 on the lower level of Mazza Gallerie, will continue in operation there until the space is leased to another business.Carpe Librum sells used books, CDs & DVDs for under $5. Proceeds from sales support the nonprofit Turning the Page organization, which promotes literacy for local schoolstudents. Carpe Librum accepts book donations from businesses, apartment complexes, churches, schools, and individuals around the city. They accept text books but not encyclopedias or journals.
Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week will take place January 14-20. Participating restaurants in D.C., Maryland & Virginia will offer 3-course menus for lunch ($22), dinner ($35) and brunch ($22). The event is sponsored by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington. Some 250 restaurants from all over the region will participate.
Participating restaurants in Bethesda, Chevy Chase & Friendship Heights will include:
Bethesda: PassionFish, Morton's The Steakhouse
Friendship Heights/Chevy Chase: Le Chat Noir, Sushi Ko, The Capital Grille& Lia's (note the summer-time view below).
Peet’s Coffee and Teawill open in Wisconsin Place next Spring - next to a very busy Metro entrance at one of the most highly-visible corners in Friendship Heights.The spaces which Peet's will occupy were being cleared at the end of December.
Surfside, a restaurant chain with locations in Dupont Circle & Glover Park, plans to open a branch next Spring in the space formerly occupied by the Fire Lake Grill restaurant - and before that a branch of Ruby Tuesday's – at 4200 Wisconsin Avenue on the south side of Tenleytown. The family-friendly venue was founded in 2008 and is best known for tacos, burritos and fresh-Mex. They also offer catering services.
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 repeat the screening of the Danish thriller, The Guilty (Den Skyldige), directed by Gustav Möller, at Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema in Bethesda, Maryland on January 20. (The January 13 screening took place during the snow emergency.) The film will be screened in Danish and English with English subtitles.
The Guilty was released in 2018 and won 23 awards and 23 nominations at multiple festivals, including the Jury Award at the 2018 Washington, DC Film Festival. The film tells the story of a police officer, played by Jakob Cedergren, who has been demoted to desk work, where he is faced with a uniquely challenging situation.
The Diderot String Quartet will perform a concert titled A License to Thrill at Washington National Cathedral on January 16. The concert will feature works by Hyacinthe Jadin and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO), led by Markus Stenz, with violinist Baiba Skride - pictured below - will perform Sibelius's Violin Concertoin The Music Center at Strathmore on January 19. The program will include Wagner's Siegfried Idyll and Haydn's Symphony No. 104.
The National Philharmonic, led by Piotr Gajewski, with pianist Haochen Zhang, will perform Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor in The Music Center at Strathmore on January 26 & 27. The program will include Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E minor.
Salon Lofts opened in December on the second level of The Collection on Wisconsin Avenue – near Arthur Murray Dance Studio. Salon Lofts "empower Independent Beauty Professionals to build their own businesses by providing them with the space, tools and support they need to be successful." To that end, each professional has a semi-private enclosed space, as suggested in the photo at left below. The entry to Salon Lofts and the elevator are on the back of the building.
Sun Trust Bank has delayed moving their Friendship Heights branch from the corner of Willard Avenue & The Hills Plaza to Willard and Wisconsin Avenues.As of mid-December the bank couldn’t project an opening date at the new location because of construction delays at their future site.
Tuckernuck, a company which features “classic yet unique apparel and gifts, curated for a fun-filled life,” will open a Popup shop in The Collection, February 20-24. They will be in space formerly occupied by Ralph Lauren. Tuckernuck had a popup shop in the same space last year. The company's flagship store is at 1053 Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown.
Wawa, the Pennsylvania-based convenience store company, opened a branch at 1222 Wisconsin Ave. NW in Georgetown in late December.The company has another branch on 19th Street in D.C. and is also preparing to open a store in Tenleytown near Whole Foods Market.
New Pedestrian Countdown and Traffic Signals, including Walk/Don’t Walks signals, are being installed at the Crosswalk in the 5400 Block of Wisconsin Avenue.Regrettably, the positioning of the signs has raised questions about their safety. The sign on the West side of the avenue – near the Barlow Building, which houses many medical offices -has been placed on a pole in the middle of the sidewalk – a considerable distance from the curb. Many pedestrians and those on scooters, in wheelchairs and other conveyances will have to dodge the signs as they traverse the sidewalk.Inattentive pedestrians/riders could easily crash into the poles. Patients being transported on gurneys in and out of ambulances and other vehicles will have to work their way around the signs. Friendship Heights resident Barbara Tauben, who is an advocate for pedestrian safety, addressed her concerns about the new crossing signs to Gregory Slater, Administrator of the Maryland State Highway Administration, in a letter dated December 14.