Area News Featuring Montgomery County, Tenleytown & Georgetown
The Collection in Chevy Chase
The Streetscape of The CollectioninChevy Chase has been transformed. The vacant spaces on the north end of The Collection are being cleared for occupancy by future tenants, and new façades are being installed.
Salon Lofts is preparing to open a branch of their chain of beauty salons in The Collection in early December. The salons will offer hair, nail, skin, and massage services. Salon Lofts will be on the second level - next door to the Tiffany store.
The Collection will also feature new retail stores and restaurants. Details are not yet available.
Image below: The facade of the incoming Salon Lofts.
Westwood Shopping Center
Regency Centers, the company which owns Westwood Shopping Center in Bethesda is moving ahead with plans to create a new Center that will include neighborhood-focused retail, office, residential and green space. The shopping center is on Westbard Avenue – near River Road - and has been the go-to venue for thousands of shoppers for decades. The company anticipates a public Planning Board hearing in January 2019. Then, following approval of the preliminary and site plans, certified plans, record plat and all necessary permits, they anticipate groundbreaking on Phase 1 of the project in late 2019. The new Giant grocery store “will be constructed alongside the existing grocery store, allowing the new store to open soon after the existing store closes. For other merchants, a brief period of closure is likely, though the latest plans dramatically reduce this time from the previously proposed plans.” No traditional “big-box” retail is included in Regency’s plans. The company expects to complete construction in 2022. The company notes that "This plan is conceptual in nature, and subject to change prior to submission."
Image below: A rendering of how the Central Green of Westwood might look.
Sears at Westfield Montgomery Mall
Sears has announced plans to close their store in Westfield Montgomery Mall in March, 2019.The store was one of the mall’s anchors when the mall first opened.The Sears building and auto center will be razed, and the space will be redeveloped as mixed-use, possibly including residences, retail, restaurants, a health club and a hotel. It is expected that the first phase of the new development will be completed by 2022.
There is nothing new to report on the future of the space formerly occupied by a branch of Best Buy in Tenleytown.The space began as a Sears store, which was replaced by a branch of the Hechinger home-supply chain before becoming a Best Buy.
Sun Trust Bank in Friendship Heights
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.
Wegman's Food Store in Tenleytown
DC’s first Wegman’s food store is expected to open on the lower level of the Fannie Mae buildingon the edge of Tenleytown in 2022.Fannie Mae’s new headquarters is on the former site of the Washington Post in downtown D.C.
Peet's Coffee & Tea in Friendship Heights
Peet's Coffee & Tea is planning to open a branch at Wisconsin Place. Please see the Dining Column below for details.
Art & Antiques:
The Washington Winter Antique Show – themed Elegant Entertaining - will take place at The Katzen Arts Center at American University on January 11-13. The event will feature more than 40 outstanding dealers, celebrity guests, dealer talks & special events, plus a jazz night celebration. George Washington's Mount Vernon will lend an exhibit titled Elegant Entertaining with George and Martha Washington.
Glen Echo Art Show & Sale is in progress in the Popcorn Gallery & Stone Tower Gallery, thru December 30. Fine artworks are available for purchase, including glass, ceramics, jewelry, photography, painting, holiday ornaments, crafts and more.
The exhibition features works by resident artists, instructors, and invited artists.
Image below: A view of a previous Glen Echo Art Show & Sale
The Mansion at Strathmore is exhibiting three distinct exhibitions thru January 6.They are: The 85th Annual Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature,Montgomery County Plein Air Artists, and Oil + Light. The Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature features 775 works by 274 artists from eight countries. The exhibition of Montgomery County Plein Air Artists features artwork that reflects the community of the Capital Region as local artists find inspiration on Strathmore’s campus before branching out to include identifiable landmarks, local and landscapes. In Oil + Light, artist Nick Eisele builds on an interest in Classical Realism and the techniques of European Old Masters in his still life works.
Images below:Miniatures - Bernese Mountain Dog - work by Vivian Matsick; Plein Air - Strathmore Tea Time Study - work by Barry Lindley & Oil + Light - Personal Effects - work by Nick Eisele.
The Hip Hop Nutcracker, with Special Guest MC Kurtis Blow, will be at The Music Center at Strathmore on December 18 & 19. The company reimagines Tchaikovsky’s classic score through “explosive hip-hop choreography. A dozen all-star dancers, an on-stage DJ, and an electric violinist bring the traditional Nutcracker story to life.”
Image below: The Hip Hop Nutcracker.
Wisconsin Place in Friendship Heights will welcome a branch of Peet’s Coffee & Tea next Spring.Peet’s will occupy a portion of the space on the Plaza where the Giggle shop for infants was formerly located, plus some adjacent space. Peet's is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area and has a branch in Georgetown at 3299 M Street.The company buys high-quality beans, hand-roasts them in small batches and delivers them fresh daily nationwide to 197 retail stores, grocery stores, licensed partner locations and online. The distinctive, deep-roasted flavor of the coffees has spawned a legion of loyal followers. Image below:The corner of Wisconsin Place where Peet's will be located.To read more about the company, visit www.peets.com/
I’m Eddie Cano, a neighborhood restaurant, has opened on the D.C. side of Chevy Chase at 5014 Connecticut Avenue Northwest – several blocks above the VanNess Metro Station. The family-style restaurant serves classic Italian-American and modern authentic Italian fare in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere. Incidentally, the name of the restaurant is derived from the Italian pronunciation of “I’m an American.” Visit https://imeddiecano.com
The space formerly occupied by Panera Bakery on Willard Avenue remains vacant. As reported previously, the space is being marketed now as "retail."
The National Zoo is displaying ZooLights - powered by Pepco – thru January 1, except for December 24, 25 & 31. The free event, includes live music, winter treats and opportunities for holiday shopping. More than a half-million environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! ZooLights is free and open to the public - even during special event nights!
The Second Annual Light Up The SeasonEvent to Benefit Children's Nationalwill take place at Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown on December 16. The family-friendly community fundraising event is co-hosted by Children’s Health Board and Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC. Twenty-three artists from DC, Maryland and Virginia will create holiday trees, mantelpieces, wreaths, menorahs and artwork – all available for purchase. There will be activities for all ages, including holiday cookie decorating, ornament-making, musical performances and visits from Santa and Dr. Bear. Entertainment expert Penny Lyons of Lyonslifestyle will offer an exclusive presentation focused on her “making the ordinary extraordinary” approach to entertaining at home. April McClain-Delaney, regulatory attorney and Washington Director of Common Sense Media, will serve as the event’s Honorary Chair.
Image below: A view of the 2017 Light Up the Season event.
The Puppet Co. is presenting The Nutcracker thru December 30 in Glen Echo Park.It’s the classic story of Clara-Marie’s favorite toy and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. The unique production features music from Tchaikovsky’s ballet, marionettes and costumed characters. The show is recommended for ages 5 years old – Adult.
Adventure Theatre, led by Michael J. Bobbitt, is presenting Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas, directed by Stevie Zimmerman, at Glen Echo Park, thru January 6, 2019.The show is based on the book by Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, and has music by Randy Klein and lyrics by Matthew Hardy. It’s a story about Nancy, who sold some of her old gowns and accessories, and has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. “She can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous?”
Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland is displaying their annual Gardens of Lights, thru January 1, 2019.The event features a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. Visitors can stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, sparkling fountains, and whimsical winter scenes. In addition, the Conservatory displays G-Scale model trains winding through a seasonal landscape. After the tour, visitors can warm up inside the Visitors Center, sip hot cocoa and listen to one of the nightly musical performances.
Images below: A view of the Garden in 2017 and visitors enjoying the Model Trains
Cinema Art Bethesda will screen the French film titled This Is Our Land (Chez Nous) at Landmark Bethesda Row Cinema on December 16.The focus is on the far right-wing party in France, with its nationalist, anti-immigrant platform. The film will be screened in French with English subtitles.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 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, led by Nicholas Hersh, with Troupe Vertigo, will present Cirque Nutcracker on December 13. Troupe Vertigo features acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, strongmen & more.
The BSO, led by Marin Alsop, will perform Respighi's Pines of Rome and the composer's Brazilian Impressions on December 31. The program will include Jennifer Higdon's Low Brass Concerto (a BSO co-commission) and the U.S. premiere of Helen Grime's Percussion Concerto, with Colin Currie, percussion.
Washington Conservatory of Music will present pianist Alexander Paley in a concert at Westmoreland Congregational Church of Christ in Bethesda on January 5. The program will include Chopin Preludes and Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet. Originally from Moldova, Mr. Paley defected to the U.S. in 1988 and performs in concert halls around the world. He has made many recordings of a wide range of works. Visit www.washingtonconservatory.org/
The Dumbarton Oaks Concert Series will present ZOFO – the professional piano duo comprised of Eva-Maaria Zimmermann & Keisuke Nakagoshi-January 13 & 14. They will play works by Franz Schubert, Samuel Barber, Urmas Sisask, & Terry Riley. Visit www.doaks.org
The Diderot String Quartet will perform a concert titled A License to Thrill at Washington National Cathedral on January 16. The concert will feature Hyacinthe Jadin's Op 2 No. 1 & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's, C major, KV 465 Dissonance. The quartet is comprised of Adriane Post, violin, Paul Dwyer, cello, Kyle Miller, viola and Johanna Novom, violin. Visit https://cathedral.org/
Diderot String Quartet by Jennifer Toole
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO), led by Markus Stenz, with violinist Baiba Skride - pictured below - will perform Sibelius's Violin ConcertoJanuary 19. The program will include Wagner's Siegfried Idyll and Haydn's Symphony No. 104.
Dumbarton Concerts will present Julia Nixon Sings Burt Bacharach & Hal David with the Dave Ylvisaker Dozen - a 12-person band - at historic Dumbarton Church in Georgetown on January 26.Award-winning soloist Julia Nixon had a lead role on Broadway in Dreamgirls and also won aHelen Hayes Award. Visit www.dumbartonconcerts.org/
The National Philharmonic, led by Piotr Gajewski, with pianist Haochen Zhang, will perform Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor on January 26 & 27. The program will include Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E minor.
Image below: Piotr Gajewski
Bel Cantanti Opera, led by Artistic Director Katerina Souvorova, will perform F.Suppe’soperettatitled My Beautiful Galatea at Randolph Road Theater in Silver Spring, MD on December 29 & 30 and January 4 & 5. Pygmalion will be performed by Max Zander with Kelly Curtin as Galatea, Joseph Baker as Ganymede and Alex Alburqueque as Midas. The operetta is based on the story of Pygmalion and Galatea, wherein love transformed a marble statue into a beautiful woman. The production will be fully staged and presented in collaboration with The Olney Ballet, led by Patricia Berrend and Rugqiao Du. The performances will be in English with English spoken dialogues.
Maryland Lyric Opera, conducted by Music Director Louis Salemno, will present Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor in the Kay Theatre at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park on January 24 & 25.The company was founded in 2014 by Brad Clark and has already produced major operatic works by Gounod, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Menotti and other esteemed composers. The company has also produced vocal competitions, outreach activities, aria concerts and chamber works.
WaWa, the Philadelphia-based chain of convenience stores, continues preparations to open a branch on 40th St. NW in Tenleytown – next to Whole Foods Market and near a Metro entrance - late this year or early next year. The Tenleytown store will occupy a 7,000-square-foot vacant storefront that was previously home to a Sears appliance showroom and a dental office. The Tenleytown store is expected to attract American University students and high school students from nearby Woodrow Wilson High School. WAWA plans to open another branch in space formerly occupied by Restoration Hardware at Wisconsin Avenue and Prospect Street NW in Georgetown.
The Friendship Heights Transportation Management District Advisory Committee met in November, with a focus on the ongoing Dockless Bikeshare Pilot and the proposed Bicycle Master Plan. Regarding dockless bikes, the County is considering a possible expansion of the ongoing dockless vehicle pilot project beyond Silver Spring and Takoma Park and allowing e-bikes and e-scooters in Friendship Heights, Bethesda, North Bethesda (including White Flint), Veirs Mill and Wheaton. Unlike Capital Bikeshare, which provides docking stations to which bikes must be returned, dockless vehicles do not have stations......rather, they can be parked and left almost anywhere within a designated area.
Under a dockless plan, vehicles are not permitted to end trips or park in County villages and towns that do not opt into the program.
Observers have noted that some dockless vehicles are, in fact, already being parked in Friendship Heights. The photos below show e-scooters parked carefully near Wisconsin Avenue at left, and left carelessly on a nearby sidewalk at right.
Metro's ongoing rush-hour service whereby every other Red Line train begins and ends at Grosvenor, rather than Shady Grove – will be eliminated on December 17. Thereafter, all Red Line trains will run to & from Shady Grove, doubling rush-hour service for customers at White Flint, Twinbrook, Rockville, and Shady Grove.