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Cocktail from Nada


New Mexican restaurant for Pike & Rose

Nada, an up-and-coming gourmet Mexican restaurant chain, will make its Maryland debut this winter at Pike & Rose. This will be the fifth location for the Ohio-based company, which also has restaurants in Cincinatti, Columbus, Indianapolis and Nashville. The menu strays a bit from the usual Mexican fare, featuring quirky taco fillings like pot roast, fried avocados and mushu pork — plus a bounty of signature cocktails. For a preview of what’s on the way, click here.



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Specialty cakes from Sweetly Anchored Patisserie


Sweet news for Potomac

A new bakery and coffee shop is joining the lineup of fresh dining options heading to Cabin John Shopping Center. Sweetly Anchored Patisserie will start construction this fall in the former Orange Leaf space near the mini-mall entrance, with an opening planned for early 2018. Baker Lindsay Miniaci, who’s been selling custom cakes online for the past two years, says she’ll offer much more at the new store  — from brownies and cookies to pies and seasonal tarts, as well as teas, coffees and espresso drinks. “This will be a place where you can come in for a yogurt and coffee in the morning, then come back later for a box of pastries to take to a dinner party,” she says. For a peek at what Sweetly Anchored has to offer, click here.



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Cabin John Mall with newly painted exterior


New look for Cabin John’s mini-mall

A makeover was in progress at the Cabin John mini-mall this week as painters began covering the dated facade with a fresh coat of white paint and sprucing up details like the M’s on the McDonald’s windows. This is just the beginning for what’s to come at Cabin John: Scroll down through our September issues for reports on the upcoming additions of Cava and Shake Shack. More info in the next few weeks.



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Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks


Starbucks syrups off the market

One bit of unexpected fallout from last week’s shutdown of the online Starbucks store: Although the company’s mugs and tumblers will still be available at its brick-and-mortar locations, Starbucks has entirely discontinued sales of its bottled flavored syrups. Fans have been complaining, but the company says it wants customers to pick up their pumpkin spice lattes in person instead of making them at home. “Every retailer that is going to win in this new environment must become a experiential destination,” CEO Howard Schultz told investors last spring. “Your product or services, for the most part, cannot be available online and cannot be available on Amazon.”



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L.L.Bean and the Bootmobile at Pike & Rose


L.L.Bean hikes to the Pike

This is grand opening week for L.L.Bean at Pike & Rose, where the “Bootmobile” is parked outside and events will be happening Friday through Sunday (Nov. 10-12). Sitting just across the street from the six-month-old REI store, L.L.Bean completes the center’s transformation into a mecca for the outdoorsy shopping crowd. Company exec Greg Elder tells us the retailer had been searching for a new Maryland location since its Columbia store closed in 2012. “Rockville Pike was on the short list of places we wanted to be, and Pike & Rose was just the kind of project we were looking for,” he says. The new store will offer free clinics as well as staff-led outings for hiking, fishing, fly casting, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. For a schedule of opening events, click here.



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Prize gifts from the holiday boutique


Win these gifts at the holiday boutique

The holidays are kicking off early this year with the Washington Hebrew Congregation Sisterhood Holiday Boutique & Silent Auction, Sunday Nov. 12 through Tuesday Nov. 14 at the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center in Potomac. We also have a fabulous Store Reporter raffle featuring gifts and gift cards from show vendors. Here are some of the goodies you can win: 

  • Lost & Forged certificate for $25 in gifts and accessories made from reclaimed silver (
  • The Cookie Jar DC sample pack of four mini-jars of edible cookie dough (
  • PixieLane Kids gift certificate for $30 worth of kids’ clothes (click for more on Facebook)
  • Bows Etc. gift certificate for $25 in hair accessories (
  • Perfect Presents by Pamela gift certificate for a $75 child’s fleece blanket (click for more on Facebook)

There are two ways to put your name in our hat: 1) Visit the boutique show and stop by the Store Reporter table, or 2) Click here to enter via our Facebook page.



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Amici Miei at Potomac Woods Plaza


Amici Miei on the move

Amici Miei is saying arrivederci to Potomac. After 13 years at Potomac Woods Plaza off Seven Locks and Montrose, the Italian restaurant is relocating to smaller quarters at 6 North Washington Street in Rockville. Rising rent was the main reason for the move, says co-owner Roberto Deias, who also hopes to capture more lunchtime traffic from the busy neighborhood around the courthouse. The Rockville location, formerly home to Peruvian eatery Sazon Inka, will have a new bar and pizza ovens when it opens early this winter. The Potomac restaurant will close just after Thanksgiving.





Shilla Bakery at Westfield Montgomery Mall


New bakery for the mall

Shilla Bakery, a Virginia-based chain featuring Korean cakes and pastries, is new at Westfield Montgomery Mall next to Chick-fil-A. This is the same spot that was previously home to Chocolate Moonshine and Chloe’s Deli. Next up on the bakery front: Sweetly Anchored Patisserie, scheduled for a winter opening at Cabin John Mall. More in our Oct. 5 edition.



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Sandwiches at Le Pain Quotidien


Le Pain heading to Cabin John

More good news for the dining scene at Cabin John Shopping Center: We hear that Le Pain Quotidien will soon be joining the lineup. Le Pain, which also has a location at the Wildwood Shops, is known for its communal tables and plant-based menu of soups, salads, breads and pastries (click here to check it out). Le Pain hasn’t confirmed the details yet, but it would likely be part of the new restaurant row that broke ground this week in Cabin John’s parking lot. For more on the impending arrivals of CAVA, Sweetly Anchored Patisserie and Shake Shack, visit



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Cafe and decor departments at Nordstrom Westfield Montgomery Mall


Nordstrom gets new look + online service

Big changes this fall for the Nordstrom store at Westfield Montgomery Mall. The first floor has a new layout, the cafe is getting a facelift, and BP Shoes has moved upstairs to make room for a spruced-up home decor department. Also new is a dedicated area for online shopping, where customers can pick up their Internet orders and test out Nordstrom’s new “Reserve & Try In Store” program. The concept is pretty simple: Browse through the Nordstrom app, click on the clothes you like, and let the staff do the work of pulling those items together. When you arrive at the store at your appointed time, you’ll find a fully stocked dressing room with your name on it. For more on how it works, click here.



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Jinya Ramen Bar


Ramen bar for Pike & Rose

Jinya Ramen Bar, a  Los Angeles-based chain specializing in flavorful Asian broth and noodles, will open at Pike & Rose in mid-2018. It’s the fourth new restaurant on the way to the North Bethesda complex, which also is adding Nando’s, Taylor Gourmet and the high-end Mexican eatery Nada. Jinya is new to this area, with a year-old location in Fairfax and another that just opened in D.C. Click here to check out the menu.



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Victoria's Secret and Pink at Westfield Montgomery Mall


New at the mall

Here’s a look at the new Victoria’s Secret and Pink stores that opened last weekend at Westfield Montgomery Mall. You’ll find them on the upper level, just outside Macy’s. To see what else is new as the mall gears up for the holidays, click here for our Oct. 19th edition.



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