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REI is almost ready to roll

April 25th is opening day for the new REI store at Pike & Rose, relocating from its current digs further north on Rockville Pike. The 36,000-square-foot store will have a similar layout to the company’s new flagship location in D.C., with a full schedule of classes, meetings and events for the hiking/biking/camping community. We asked company spokesman Mike Ferris the question we’ve been hearing from so many Store Reporter readers this winter: What does REI think about L.L. Bean‘s plans to join the lineup at Pike & Rose? Ferris says competition between the two stores is a non-issue. “Our goal is to collaborate with other retailers and the local community… to help more people get outside,” he tells us. “In the end, we all benefit when more people have access to the outdoors.”

 


 

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ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen

 

Shophouse gets chopped

This week we say goodbye to ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, the Chipotle spinoff that’s going out of business after six years of failing to meet its parent company’s expectations. Eight of the chain’s 15 locations were in the D.C. area, where fans have been mourning the loss these past few days by visiting even more often than usual. “We’ve suddenly doubled up on sales since the announcement that we were closing,” says a ShopHouse staffer at Pike & Rose. “The same people have been coming in over and over.” But it’s too little, too late: All ShopHouse restaurants closed at the end of St. Patrick’s Day.

 


 

 

 


 

Clear Knee Mom Jeans at Nordstrom

 

New at Nordstrom: windows for your knees

This week we got a much-needed chuckle over the denim pants that launched a tweetstorm: Clear Knee Mom Jeans. Now on the shelves in the Topshop department at Nordstrom, these $95 beauties are aimed at teens who’ve been wearing “mom jeans” ironically — but they’re drawing critiques from actual moms who wore them before ironic fashion was a thing. “Teens! Explain yourselves!” snarked the Twitterverse, while reviewers on Nordstrom.com had some very specific suggestions: “Great for hiking and checking your knee for tick bites along the way!” “Perfect for shopping days; I use a dry-erase pen and write my grocery list on the clear panel!” “Everyone knows that knees are the windows to your soul. Now I have windows to my knees! Thanks Nordstrom!” Despite the week-long hatefest, these jeans haven’t sold out just yet. Click here to check them out.

 


 

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Tea from Rumi Tea/Shafa Blends

 

A makeover for Rumi

Rumi Tea and Spice, one of the few remaining independent retailers at Westfield Montgomery Mall, is getting a mini-makeover. “We’re changing our name to Shafa Blends as we add new products like olive oils and other types of beverages,” says co-owner Darius Zolfagharian, who opened the store two years ago on the lower level next to Claire’s. The mall’s tea business has really heated up since then, with Teavana relocating to larger quarters and newcomer David’s Tea joining the lineup this past June. Zolfagharian says his business takes a different approach, focusing on natural products without artificial flavors and colors (click here to take a look). “Those other stores have really gotten far away from what tea should be,” he says. “We’re not trying to be a candy store. We want to be a real tea store.”

 


 

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Pita platters from The Halal Guys

 

Halal this fall

Opening this fall at Wintergreen Plaza on Rockville Pike: The Halal Guys, a brick-and-mortar version of the New York City food cart business with the crazy-long lines. What’s on the menu? Beef and chicken gyros served with pita or basmati rice, plus sides of hummus, baba ganouj, falafel and fries. “Our secret is our white sauce — not the typical tzatziki with cucumber — which puts everything together really well,” says Maryland franchisee Rabi Ullah. He’s also opening a location in College Park, with plans for further expansion statewide (click here for the menu). The Halal Guys replaces Rocklands Barbecue and Grilling Company, which has exited Wintergreen Plaza now that Mission BBQ is open.

 


 

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Emily Grace at Park Potomac

 

Goodbye Emily Grace

Emily Grace, one of the original tenants at Park Potomac, closed its doors this week after seven years in business. The boutique specialized in high-end fashions from lines like Vince, Michael Lauren, Joie and AG Jeans. Park Potomac, which will be buzzing this summer with the debut of three new restaurants, is already talking to replacement tenants.

 


 

 

 


 

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Fire pit from Offenbachers

 

Offenbachers returns to Rockville

Offenbachers, the D.C.-area retail chain that closed its doors last winter, is making a comeback of sorts in Rockville. Home Escapes, a 30-year-old retailer from Virginia, has purchased the Offenbachers name and opened a showroom just around the corner from its former home on Nicholson Lane. The store carries a similar assortment of hot tubs, spas, outdoor furniture, fire pits and pool tables, but the original Offenbachers team is not involved with this venture. Click here to check out the inventory.

 


 

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Strathmore in North Bethesda

 

Who won our tickets for Rent stars at Strathmore?

Congratulations to Store Reporter readers Dara Baylinson and Gail Hyman, who each won a pair of tickets to see original Rent stars Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp at Strathmore in North Bethesda. Strathmore’s spring/summer schedule also includes appearances by Tony Bennett, Audra McDonald, Gladys Knight and the creators of the Serial podcast. Click here to check it out.

 

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"Muddy" jeans at Nordstrom

 

Fashion fails: muddy jeans and washable cashmere

Just a few weeks after we told you about that regrettable “mom jeans with windows” incident (click for details) comes news of yet another Nordstrom denim debacle. This time the retailer has been universally shamed for its $425 “heavily distressed” Barracuda jeans. Apparently, “heavily distressed” in Nordstrom-talk means “covered in fake mud.” In other fashion fails this week, washable cashmere company Kit and Ace announced the closing of all its U.S. stores including the one in downtown Bethesda. Kit and Ace was the brainchild of ousted Lululemon founder Chip Wilson, who once helped kick off the athleisure clothing trend. This time around, Wilson apparently overestimated the public’s appetite for $398 turtlenecks.

 


 

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Previous Issues

 

Here’s a guide to previous issues of Store Reporter.

 

June 22, 2017: Cava, Pieology and more heading to Montrose — plus closings at Cabin John and Pike & Rose. Including news about Honeygrow, Live Crawfish & Seafood, Leila Fine Gifts & Jewels, Carluccio’s Italian Market, Lovesac and Peloton. Click here for details.

June 15, 2017: New farmers market at Cabin John — plus ramen, hotpot, Honeyfish Poke and a Closing for Potomac Village Deli. Including news about Urban Hotpot, Akira Ramen, URBNmarket and Gymboree. Click here for details.

June 8, 2017: Don Pollo, edible cookie dough, changes at Zoë’s Kitchen. Including news about Cookie Dough & Co. and Helen’s. Click here for details.

June 1, 2017: Sushi burritos and poke bowls, a Blaze update and more store closings. Including news about Buredo, Honeyfish Poke, Maki Shop, Shanghai Bao Kitchen, URBNmarket, Appalachian Spring and Michael Kors. Click here for details.

May 25, 2017: Dave & Buster’s, boxes of jewels and what’s next for Cabin John Mall. Including news about Rio Washingtonian Center, Leila Fine Gifts & Jewels and Montgomery in Bloom at Westfield Montgomery MallClick here for details.

May 18, 2017: New salon, bridal store and boutique — plus Metro pop-ups and a ShopHouse successor. Including news about Karma Erwin Gomez at Park Potomac, Oak boutique, Mustard Seed, Say Yes for Less, Bibibop Asian Grill and Strathmore Square. Click here for details.

May 11, 2017: New French bakery, New York-style pizza, flowers & fun at the mall, bye bye Bebe. Including news about Fresh Baguette, CSNY Pizza and Montgomery in Bloom at Westfield Montgomery Mall and Aardvark Swim & Sport at Wintergreen Plaza. Click here for details.

May 4, 2017: Two restaurants exit Rockville Pike, Peruvian chicken at Westlake, Sears and Bonobos changing hands. Including news about Brio Tuscan Grille, Pie 360, Don Pollo and Vinci. Click here for details.

April 27, 2017: Halal Guys in, Rocklands and Emily Grace out — plus Nordstrom’s latest denim debacle. Including news about Offenbachers and the winners of our Strathmore ticket giveaway. Click here for details.

April 20, 2017: REI, Nespresso, Victoria’s Secret and Lovesacs — plus a Strathmore ticket giveaway. Click here for details.

April 13, 2017: Gusto to the mall, Noodles & Company Update, bankruptcy watch for Gymboree. Click here for details.

April 6, 2017: New restaurant for the mall, more store closings, bye bye Bebe and Bethesda’s Barnes & Noble. Including news about Kicks USA, Payless and Panera. Click here for details.

March 30, 2017: Mall Update: What’s next for Westfield Montgomery and White Flint. Including news about Park Potomac and Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee Coolatta. Click here for details.

March 23, 2017: Moby Dick in Potomac, more retail closings and a Shophouse successor. Including news about Payless, Bebe, Bibibop Asian Grill and the closing of As Kindred Spirits. Click here for details.

March 16, 2017: Hello REI, goodbye ShopHouse — plus mom jeans with windows. Including news about Topshop at Nordstrom and Rumi Tea and Spice becoming Shafa Blends. Click here for details.

March 9, 2017: Mission BBQ, HHgregg, more mall closings and the scoop on slime. Including news about the closings of RadioShack  and Core. Click here for details.

March 2, 2017: Lucky Strike opens, White Flint update and our restaurant contest winners. Including news about Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, Bistro Sensations, Chocolate Moonshine, American Apparel, Sheepskin Gifts & Alpaca Too, Marbles, Stride Rite and Lord & Taylor. Also the winners of our readers’ poll: Fish Taco at Wildwood, Chuy’s in Rockville, The Big Greek Café, Chopt and Modern Market at Congressional Plaza, The Habit Burger Grill and Jersey Mike’s Subs at Wintergreen Plaza, Helen’s and Lahinch. Click here for details.

Feb. 16, 2017: La Limeña and Lucky Strike, game over for Marbles, last chance to win dinner at Chuy’s. Including news about Casual Male XL. Click here for details.

Feb, 9, 2017: Moby Dick in Potomac Village, more changes at Rockville Town Square, new restaurants we love. Including news about Little Dipper Hot Pot House, Ev & Maddy’s, Macy’s and BCBG Max Azria. Click here for details.

Feb. 2, 2017: Modern Market eyes Fallsgrove, new tenant for American Tap Room, Goodbye Ten Thousand Villages. Including news about Pandora Seafood Restaurant and Bar, Silver Moon, and the closings of Wetzel’s Pretzels and Best Buy Mobile at Westfield Montgomery Mall. Click here for details.

Jan. 30, 2017: Breaking news: L.L. Bean heading to Pike & Rose. Click here for details.

Jan. 26, 2017: Naples Ristorante and others out at Westfield Montgomery Mall — plus news on Chef Geoff’s and AMP. Including news about the closing of American Classic Clothes, Peet’s Coffee and Freddy at Westfield Montgomery Mall. Click here for details.

Jan. 19, 2017: Lucky Strike and Nespresso at Westfield Montgomery Mall, women ditch black at the gym, and a comeback for The Limited. Click here for details.

Jan. 12, 2017: New White Flint project, new gym for Bethesda, goodbye American Apparel. Including news about East Village, Bridges Fitness & Yoga, China Gourmet Bistro at Cabin John Shopping Center, and Purple Narwhal Music & Manga. Click here for details.

Jan. 5, 2017: New pizza in Rockville, a closing at Pike & Rose, and which stores didn’t survive the holidays. Including news about Pizza CS, Pie 360, The Limited, Smart Toys, R. Riveter, Yogaso, and Macy’s and Sears at Westfield Montgomery Mall. Click here for details.

Dec. 22, 2016: Changes for Cabin John, Park Potomac restaurant update, Goodbye Jerry’s and The Limited. Including news about Filicori Zecchini, Gringos & Mariachis and Addie’s, Kaufmann Jewelers and The Container Store. Click here for details.

Dec. 15, 2016: Goodbye Timpano, Sports Authority successor, American Tap Room taps out. Including news about Value City Furniture at Montrose Crossing, Kneipp at Westfield Montgomery Mall, Silver Moon and As Kindred Spirits. Click here for details.

Dec. 8, 2016:  New restaurant on Rockville Pike, Starbucks goes Venti in Potomac Village — plus our raffle winners. Including news about Modern Market and Honeyfish Poke at Congressional Plaza, Kaufmann Jewelers and JT Interiors. Click here for details.

Dec. 1, 2016: Holiday parties, great gifts and our biggest raffle ever — plus Apple and Orangetheory. Including news about Silver Moon and O’Donnell’s Market. Click here for more.

Nov. 17, 2016: BBQ replaces Benjarong, Apple opens early, new mall stores — plus our Pieology winners. Including news about Mission BBQ and Wingstop at Wintergreen Plaza, As Kindred Spirits and Patrizia Luca Milano at Westfield Montgomery Mall. Click here for details.

Nov. 10, 2016: Nespresso, Teavana, Congressional Plaza and a pizza giveaway. Including news about Pieology, O’Donnell’s Market and Coffee Republic. Click here for details.

Nov. 3, 2016: Lord & Taylor at White Flint, goodbye Benjarong, new boutique for Potomac. Including news about Sonoran Rose and Aéropostale. Click here for details.

Oct. 27, 2016: Apple Store opening, goodbye Offenbachers, new outlet shops, chocolate truffles and a bad week for Shophouse. Including news about Chocolate Moonshine, Clarksburg Premium Outlets and As Kindred Spirits. Click here for details.

Oct. 20, 2016: Saks Off 5th, beer and coffee, holiday shopping in Potomac Village. Including news about Owen’s Ordinary at Pike & Rose, Nespresso at Westfield Montgomery Mall and the JT Interiors holiday show. Click here for details.

Oct. 13, 2016: Trader Joe’s says hello Travilah, goodbye Gaithersburg – plus sushi burritos and our favorite gift shops. Including news about Buredo at Wildwood Shopping Center, Chili’s closing in North Bethesda, and our favorite gift shop winners: Appalachian Spring, As Kindred Spirits, JT Interiors, Leila Fine Gifts & Jewels, Occasions, Red Orchard and Silver Moon Jewelry & Accessories. Click here for details.

Oct. 6, 2016: Park Potomac update, new sushi and souvlaki, new Life Time Athletic is ready to roll. Including news about Filicori Zecchini and Gringos & Mariachis at Park Potomac, The Big Greek Cafe on Nicholson Lane, Maki Shop at Georgetown Square Shopping Center and FAO Schwarz. Click here for details.

Sept. 29, 2016: Latest on Lucky Strike, Potomac Day Spa closes, trendy Thai ice cream. Including news about the bowling alley at Westfield Montgomery Mall, Class 520 in Rockville, Rosh Hashanah menus at Potomac Grocer, the men’s line at Lululemon and bankruptcy for Cosi. Click here for details.

Sept. 22, 2016: New spa and Tex-Mex on Rockville Pike; two restaurant closings in one week. Including news about the Woodhouse Day Spa, Chuy’s at Federal Plaza, the closings of MET Bethesda and Hooters, and the return of Sheepskin Gifts & Alpaca Too at Westfield Montgomery Mall. Click here for details.

Sept. 19, 2016: Breaking news: MET Bethesda out at Westfield Montgomery Mall. Click here for details.

Sept. 15, 2016: Sports stores at Wintergreen Plaza, Moby Dick in Potomac Village, Aéropostale update. Including news about the relocation of TennisTopia and the sale of Cabin John Shopping Center & Mall. Click here for details.

Sept. 8, 2016: Sur La Table, H&M, Red Door Spa, hot pots and bagel balls. Including news about new tenants at Pike & Rose, the Apple Store and PacSun at Westfield Montgomery Mall, Little Dipper Hot Pot at Rockville Town Square, and Bantam Bagels at Starbucks. Click here for details.

Aug. 25, 2016: Sephora, Trader Joe’s, Nike, Payless and the end of Great Beginnings. Including news about Hardwood Artisans at Federal Plaza and the Nike Factory Store at Pike & Rose. Click here for details.

Aug. 18, 21016: Nespresso cafe, Shark Tank handbags, Macy’s closings and more. Including news about Coach, Michael Kors and R. Riveter at Westfield Montgomery Mall. Click here for details.

July 28, 2016: Apple Store, Macy’s, Jennifer Convertibles and Jersey Mike’s. Including news about improvements and events at Cabin John Shopping Center & Mall. Click here for details.

July 14, 2016: Congressional Plaza, URBNmarket, As Kindred Spirits, Nike Store and a Target debut. Including news about Modern Market, Saks Off Fifth and the Cat & Jack line at Target. Click here for details.

June 30, 2016: Muse Paintbar, Two New Gyms, Books on Wheels and All-Day Cereal. Including news about Pure Barre, Lumi Fit, The Story House and Kellogg’s NYC. Click here for details.

June 23, 2016: Beefsteak opens, Apple Store update, Flora’s flies the coop. Including news about Flora’s Feathered Nest in Potomac and Sephora, Teavana and Kay Jewelers at Westfield Montgomery Mall. Click here for details.

June 16, 2016: Hello David’s Tea, Goodbye Costco Amex and Redskins Team Store. Including news about Fish Taco, Liberty Socks, Bed Bath & Beyond and One Kings Lane. Click here for details.

June 9, 2016: Nike Factory Store, Chuy’s Tex-Mex & Modern Market to Rockville — plus our best appetizer winners. Including news about REI, Cava Mezze Grill, Sugo, MoCo’s Founding Farmers, The Grilled Oyster Co., Clyde’s Tower Oaks and Matchbox. Click here for details.

June 2, 2016: Hello to Pieology and Habit Burger, Goodbye to another mall restaurant. Including news about Chloe’s Deli at Westfield Montgomery Mall and Samovar at Rockville Town Square. Click here for details.

May 26, 2016: Why Blaze closed, World of Beer, Hardwood Artisans and Sports Authority. Including news about Cleo’s Oil Bar at Westfield Montgomery Mall. Click here for details.

May 23, 2016: Breaking News: Blaze Pizza and two more restaurants out at the mall. Including news about Lobster ME and Jamaican Mi Crazy at Westfield Montgomery MallClick here for details.

May 19, 2016: Goodbye Ruby Tuesday & Sports Authority, Hello Mellow Mushroom. Including news about Sephora and the Apple Store at Westfield Montgomery Mall. Click here for details.

May 12, 2016: New gym and outdoor market to Potomac — plus Trader Joe’s, dance classes & donuts. Including news about Orangetheory Fitness, URBNmarket, Trader Joe’s at Travilah Square, Dawn Crafton Dance Connection at Rockville Town Square, Krispy Kreme and Staples. Click here for details.

May 5, 2016: Tara Thai, Apple update, Coach and a Sugo giveaway. Including news about the new transit center at Westfield Montgomery Mall and farmers markets opening around Rockville. Click here for details.

April 28, 2016: Moby Dick to Potomac Village, Italian coffee to Park Potomac and a bounty of bankruptcies. Including news about Filicori Zecchini at Park Potomac, Serenity Fitness Boutique, JT Interiors, Sports Authority, Aéropostale and Sears. Click here for details.

April 21, 2016: Addie’s comeback, Apple update, new Irish restaurants and another retail bankruptcy. Including news about Addie’s at Park Potomac, Lahinch at Cabin John Shopping Center, Finnegan’s Wake Irish Pub, and sporting goods store bankruptcies. Click here for details.

April 14, 2016: Apple Store closing confirmed — plus burgers, delis and spring discounts. Including news about Sephora, Teavana, Kay Jewelers, Smashburger and Chloe’s NY Style Deli. Click here for details.

April 7, 2016: Addie’s successor, Fish Taco, River Falls Tavern and our toy basket winner. Including news about Helen’s Bar & Grill, JT Interiors and PacSun. Click here for details.

April 4, 2016: Spring shakeup at the mall: Apple, Sephora and more. Click here for details.

March 31, 2016: Store Reporter took a spring break.

March 24, 2016: Pizza, candy and drinks in downtown Rockville — plus Publix, Starbucks and Costco. Including news about It’Sugar, Mellow Mushroom and the Wine & Craft Beer Dinner Pairing Series at Rockville Town Square,Click here for details.

March 17, 2016: Duck Donuts, David’s Tea, Marmi shoes and Chopt – plus a Sports Authority update. Including news about Smart Toys, Lids and Sheepskin Gifts & Alpaca Too at Westfield Montgomery Mall — plus our ArcLight Cinema ticket winner. Click here for details.

March 10, 2016: The Kids & Teens Issue: Our readers’ favorites for dining, desserts and shopping. Winners include Cava Mezze GrillLebanese TavernaCalifornia Tortilla, Silver Diner, California TortillaPotomac Pizza, SprinklesZiki Japanese Steak House, Carmen’s Italian Ice & CafeLolli and Pops, Cold Stone CreameryBaskin-Robbins, Toy Castle, Barstons Child’s Play, On Cloud 9, My Best Friend’s Closet and Shoe Train. Click here for details.

March 3, 2016: Irish update, Teavana competitor, Mosaic Café, Subway and Sports Authority. Including news about Lahinch and David’s Tea. Click here for details.

Feb. 25, 2016: Bowling at the mall, new restaurants in Rockville, Sports Authority and Once Upon a Chef. Including news about Lucky Strike at Westfield Montgomery Mall, Miso Fusion Café at Rockville Town Square, Carluccio’s at Pike & Rose and Chopt at Congressional Plaza. Click here for details.

Feb. 18, 2016: José Andrés brings veggies to the mall, Potomac Village Deli on the comeback trail, new store for sleepaway campers. Including news about Beefsteak at Westfield Montgomery Mall, Bee Bee Designs and Jersey Mike’s. Click here for details.

Feb. 11, 2016: Habit Burger in, City Burger out, subs on the way and goodbye Qdoba. Including news about The Habit Burger Grill and Jersey Mike’s Subs at Wintergreen Plaza; Qdoba and Sears at Westfield Montgomery MallThe Bottle Shop, City Burger and Fish Taco. Click here for details.

Feb. 4, 2016: Fish Taco and Bethesda spa near opening — plus Bubble Tea, Lululemon and ArcLight tickets. Including news about Woodhouse Day Spa at North Bethesda Market, Tea-Do, Lululemon and the Target/CVS pharmacy merger. Plus a sweet offer from the Chouquette chocolate company. Click here for details.

Jan. 28, 2016: Goodbye to Eileen Fisher, Hollister and Abercrombie’s kids store. This issue focused on January closings at Westfield Montgomery Mall, which also include Fire & Ice and a hair salon. Also: A special offer from Sculpt Studio. Click here for details.

Jan. 21, 2016: New businesses in Potomac Village, new direction for Coach, Tara Thai nears opening. Including news about Fiber Arts Studio and Kicks Karate at Potomac Promenade, plus the winner of our ArcLight Cinema tickets. Click here for details.

Jan. 14, 2016: Potomac Village drugstore shake-up, Wootton Parkway grocery update, Marmi to the mall. Including news about Walgreens and Rite-Aid in Potomac Village, Giant at Rockshire Village Center, Fire & Ice and Marmi at Westfield Montgomery Mall, Solidcore at Wildwood Shopping Center, Lululemon and H&M. Giveaway: ArcLight Cinema tickets. Click here for details.

Jan. 7, 2016: Roti closes, Rockville Soccer moves, Cal Tort goes extra-healthy. Plus an update on the White Flint MallClick here for details.

Dec. 17, 2015: Benny’s update, new local bakery, Cava, coupons and a free workout. Including news about Lahinch, Lavande Patisserie and Safeway at The Galvan, plus a special offer from Sculpt Studio. Click here for more.

Dec. 10, 2015: Seafood market opens at Potomac Woods, Korean BBQ at the mall, two holiday parties this weekend. Including news about O’Donnell’s Market, B/Bop/Q, The Bottle Shop and Core. Click here for details.

Dec. 3, 2016: Out-of-the-box holiday gift guide — with special deals and discounts. Including gift ideas and coupons for Leila Fine Gifts & Jewels, RW Restaurant Group, Ibhana Boutique, On Cloud 9, The Bottle Shop, Fitness Together, Dormify, Valerie Nahmani Designs, Michael Mullan Illustration, artist/author Maggie Smith and My GymClick here for details.

Nov. 26, 2015: Three November giveaway winners. Winners of our Asia Nine, Equilibrium Activewear and our Washington Hebrew Congregation Holiday Boutique gift bag. Click here for details.

Nov. 19, 2015: Goodbye Noodles & Company, hello dumplings and veggies — plus a comeback for Great Beginnings. Including news about Noodles & Company at Rockville Town Square, Shanghai Bao Kitchen at Westfield Montgomery Mall, the Mayfield Market and the Corned Beef King. Click here for more.

Nov. 12, 2015: Holiday Season kickoff: gifts, giveaways and freebies. Including news about the Washington Hebrew Congregation Holiday Boutique and Silent Auction, the Holy Child Mayfield Market, and coupons for Jodi’s Jamboree, KEEP Collective and Equilibrium Activewear. Giveaways: WHC bag and Asia Nine. Click here for details.

Nov. 5, 2015: Chef Geoff’s closes, Alex and Ani opens, Saks Off 5th heading to the Pike — plus an activewear giveaway. Including news about the Washington Hebrew Congregation Holiday Boutique and Silent Auction and a giveaway for Equilibrium Activewear. Click here for details.

Oct. 29, 2015: Benny’s out at Cabin John, Irish Inn takes over — plus O’Donnell’s Market, a Jodi’s winner and a nifty Halloween app. Including news about the Irish Inn launching Lahinch, Walgreens buying Rite Aid, and Target’s Treatster app. Plus the winner of our Jodi’s Jamboree giveaway. Click here for details.

Oct. 22, 2015: Bean bags at the mall, a move for REI, a wine and beer weekend and a giveaway for teens. Including news on Yogibo at Westfield Montgomery Mall, REI moving to Pike & Rose, Westfield Uncorked, Piketoberfest and the upcoming Lego shortage — plus a giveaway from Jodi’s Jamboree. Click here for details.

Oct. 15, 2015: Over-the-top sweet shop, hot Halloween costumes, online price wars, a grand opening and a fall festival. Including news about Lolli and Pops at Westfield Montgomery Mall, the Cabin John Fall Festival, Target.comAmazon.com and Jet.com. Plus the winner of our On Cloud 9 giveaway. Click here for details.

Oct. 8, 2015: City Sports out at Pike & Rose, Fish Taco and fitness at Wildwood, new jeweler at Park Potomac. Including news about Solidcore, Kaufmann Jewelers, American Apparel and the last chance for our On Cloud 9 giveaway. Click here for details.

Oct. 1, 2015: Stanford Grill opens, Revolution Cycles moves, Cava gets more cash — plus giveaways from On Cloud 9 and Potomac Grocer. Also including news on Filene’s Basement. Click here for details.

Sept. 24, 2015: Gringos & Mariachis, World of Beer, Life Time Athletic and a Potomac Grocer giveaway. Including news about Park Potomac, The Upton and Starbucks. Plus coupons for Ibhana and As Kindred Spirits. Click here for details.

Sept. 17, 2015: New food, new looks at the mall — plus a grand opening, a contest winner and corned beef on wheels. Including news on Jamaican Mi Crazy, Yum Crepes, Shanghai 66 Innovation Kitchen, B Bop Q, Laila Rowe, Tara Thai, J. Crew, J. Jill, Bose, Peet’s Coffee, Specs, Avalon, Journeys, Storm J, Ibhana and the Corned Beef King. Plus an Ibhana coupon and the winner of our Urban Heights giveaway. Click here for details.

September 10, 2015: Rockville Pike: who’s in, who’s out, who’s moving. Including news on Galvan at Twinbrook and its tenants Safeway, Dunkin’ Donuts, Smashburger, Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, Pie 360 and Ethan Allen. Plus REI at Pike & Rose, Ted’s 355 Diner, The Potomac Grill, the Entenmann’s Bakery Outlet, Plow & Hearth and Chop’t at Congressional Plaza, Hank Dietle’s, Curley’s Q, Hudson Trail Outfitters and Lord & Taylor vs. the White Flint Mall. Click here for details.

August 20, 2015: White Flint, Wegmans, Chop’t, Chelsea Collective and an Urban Heights giveaway. Including news about Chop’t coming to Congressional Plaza and Ibhana at Potomac Woods Plaza, plus the winner of our Wildwood Kitchen giveaway. Click here for details.

July 16, 2015: Fish Taco, As Kindred Spirits, Alex and Ani, White Flint and a Wildwood Kitchen giveaway. Including news about Not Your Average Joe’s in Bethesda and Mamma Lucia in Fallsgrove — plus an As Kindred Spirits coupon. Click here for details.

June 18, 2015: Not Your Average Joe’s, Mellow Mushroom and Tara Thai on the way; Gap trims down and Gazette says goodbye. Click here for details.

June 11, 2015: Pizza on the Pike, dorm decor at Macy’s, new store at Wildwood and new Frappuccinos — plus our River Falls Tavern winner. Including news about &pizza at Pike & Rose, Dormify, Coco Blanca, and Old Navy‘s “Built for Play” line. Click here for details.

June 4, 2015: Vineyard Vines opens, Irish pub on the way, Amazon same-day shipping and a River Falls Tavern giveaway. Including news about Johnston & Murphy and J. Crew at Westfield Montgomery Mall, Finnegan’s Wake Irish Pub at Rockville Town Square, and GameStop‘s purchase of ThinkGeek. Also: the winner of our gift cards for Robeks at Congressional Plaza. Click here for details.

May 28, 2015: River Falls Tavern update, BBQ at Hank Dietle’s, Fossil’s out at the mall — plus a Robeks giveaway. Including news about RW Restaurant Group, the Curley’s Q  food truck, Helen’s Bar & Grill, and new snack bars from Hershey and Mars. Click here for details.

May 21, 2015: Bob’s Shanghai and Jamaican food to the mall, new bakery in Rockville — plus new tenants at Potomac Woods and Cabin John. Including news about Jamaican Mi Crazy, the Sunflower Bakery and Cafe, AcuSpa, Cell Fixx and FAO Schwarz in New York City. Click here for details.

May 14, 2015: Bye bye B Scene, new pizzeria and Cold Stone open, workout wear in Potomac Village. Including news on the Serenity Fitness Boutique at Village Yoga and Red Nose Day at Walgreens. Also: the winner of our Valerie Nahmani Designs agate necklace. Click here to read more.

May 7, 2015: An Addie’s update, a Mother’s Day giveaway and new Amex rewards — plus more on the corned beef front. Including news on Helen’s Bar & Grill, Plenti and the Corned Beef King food truck. Giveaway: Valerie Nahmani Designs. Plus a Reader Favorite from Chloe’s New York Deli. Click here to read more.

April 30, 2015: New seafood market on the way to Potomac Woods; Two local gyms close — plus special deals and discounts at Cabin John. Including news about new restaurants in the Dining Terrace at Westfield Montgomery Mall, plus discounts for My Gym, Leila Jewels and other Cabin John merchants. Click here to read more.

April 23, 2015: New spa on the way to North Bethesda, Potomac jeweler returns, and another Asian market for Rockville — plus a Leila Jewels discount. Plus the winner of our ArcLight Cinema giveaway. Click here to read more.

April 16, 2015: A New York-style deli, a Behnke successor and gourmet Chinese on the way — plus giveaways from ArcLight and Cava Mezze Grill. Including news about Chloe’s NY Style Deli, Potomac Petals and Plants, Peter Chang and Aveda. Also: info on a mixology class at Founding Farmers MoCoClick here to read more.

April 2, 2015: The Corned Beef King is back — plus new restaurants in Rockville, new shops at Wildwood and a Cava giveaway. Including news about Hadlee, Coco BlancaWalgreens and Toys “R” Us in NYC. Click here to read more.

March 26, 2015: Who’s in and who’s out at the mall this spring — plus a Chop’t winner and a yoga teacher’s dinner. Spring openings and closings at Westfield Montgomery Mall, including news about Tara Thai, V*I*P, Rumi Tea and Spice, bareMinerals and Lucky Brand. Also: Reader Favorite from the Silver Diner on Rockville Pike, and a coupon for new memberships at Regency Estates Swim Club in Potomac.  Click here to read more.

March 19, 2015: Stanford Grill gets the green light; Olive oil on tap at the mall — plus Lucky, Ikea and a Chop’t giveaway. Also: Reader Favorite from Pizza CS in Rockville. Click here to read more.

March 12, 2015: Italian market heading to North Bethesda; New day spa for Rockville; Caché and RadioShack closings — plus where to find a great Pasta Bolognese. Also: Reader Favorite from Sugo. Click here to read more.

March 5, 2015: New seafood market may be on the way; White Flint Mall update, Costco and Konplott. Plus the winner of our Stella Barra Pizzeria giveaway and a Reader Favorite from Breadsmith. Click here to read more.

Feb. 26, 2015: Wiedmaier buys The Tavern at River Falls; Restaurant giveaways; Caché, Core and the ultimate deli sandwichGiveaway: Stella Barra Pizzeria. Plus the winner of our Asia Nine giveaway and a Reader Favorite from Brooklyn’s Deli. Click here to read more.

Feb. 19, 2015: Famous chef may be eyeing Potomac Village; More closings at Rockville Town Square; Desserts, giveaways and more. Including news about chef Robert Wiedmaier, Red Hue BoutiqueCostco and Amex. Giveaway: Asia Nine. Plus the winner of our Valerie Nahmani Designs giveaway and a Reader Favorite from Chop’t. Click here to read more.

Feb. 12, 2015: Valentine’s Day Special Issue: New restaurants, new stores, new features and two giveaways you’ll ❤️. Including news about Stella Barra Pizzeria, Ev & Maddy’sBonobos GuideshopSeasons Oil & Vinegar TaproomYogaso. Giveaways: Asia Nine and Valerie Nahmani Designs. Plus a Reader Favorite from Cava Grill. Click here to read more.

Feb. 5, 2015: Vineyard Vines, Johnston & Murphy to the Mall; Restaurant returns and RadioShack. Including news about Chipotle, La Madeleine, Silver Moon. Click here to read more.

Jan. 29, 2015: Two new restaurants in downtown Rockville — plus RadioShack, a wish list and a winner. Including news about 82 Steak Out, Ev & Maddy’s, Sazon Inka. Plus the results of our readers’ poll about Westfield Montgomery Mall and the winner of our Summer House Santa Monica Giveaway. Click here to read more.

Jan. 22, 2015: A Summer House giveaway and a move for Lacy Couture — plus news on Dunkin’ Donuts and Bubbles. Including our readers’ poll about Westfield Montgomery Mall. Click here to read more.

Jan. 15, 2015: What’s on the way to the mall — and your chance to weigh in. Including news about CRAVE, Tiffany & Co. and Peet’s Coffee & Tea. Plus our readers’ poll about Westfield Montgomery Mall.  Click here to read more.

Jan. 8, 2015: Who closed over the holidays; new life for Tiara; Village grocery saga continues. Including news about the Market at River Falls, Potomac Grocer, Burton, Dumpling Dojo, Naartjie Kids, Wet Seal, The Children’s PlaceRobert Bernard JewelersTiara Galleries/Silver Moon, Stella Barra Pizzeria and Summer House Santa Monica. Click here to read more.

Dec. 18, 2014: Bonobos and Cold Stone Creamery to the Mall; Goodbye P.F. Chang’s, Hello Roy Rogers. Including details of Cabin John’s holiday giveaway. Click here to read more.

Dec. 11, 2014: River Falls Market reopens; Dueling crabcakes in Potomac Village; Chinese food back at Cabin John next week. Including news about Potomac Grocer, China Gourmet Bistro and the Corned Beef King food truck. Click here to read more.

Dec. 10, 2014: Special Edition Holiday Gift Issue: Ideas for women, men, teens and kids. Including gifts from The Cottage Monet, Leila Jewels, Barre Belle Studio, The Container Store, Nordstrom, Target, Urban Outfitters and Restoration Hardware. Click here to read more.

Dec. 4, 2014: Corned Beef on Falls Road; River Falls Comeback; Potomac Jeweler closing — plus a discount on teen gifts. Including news about the Corned Beef King food truck and Robert Bernard Jewelers. Plus the results of our Jodi’s Jamboree giveaway. Click here to read more.

Nov. 27, 2014: Happy Thanksgiving from Store Reporter. Who closed and who stayed open on Thanksgiving Day. Click here to read more.

Nov. 20, 2014: Opening this week: City Perch, CAVA and more — plus what teens will be asking for this holiday season. Including news about Francesca’s, City Sports, City Perch, CAVA and Lobster ME. Giveaway: Jodi’s Jamboree. Click here to read more.

Nov. 13, 2014: Roy Rogers on the comeback trail; Microsoft’s almost here — plus a holiday boutique and a chance to win a BMW. Click here to read more.

Nov. 6, 2014: MET’s Debut; Chinese Food Back to Cabin John; Vintage vinyl and holiday coffees. Including news about Urban Outfitters. Plus the winners of our iPic Theater giveaway. Click here to read more.

Oct. 30, 2014: IPic free ticket giveaway; Bellini and playground store closing in Rockville; Sears says it’s staying at the mall. Click here to read more.

Oct. 23, 2014: Grilled Oyster eyes D.C. expansion; Hot Halloween costumes and an ArcLight Ticket Giveaway. Including news about Naartjie Kids. Click here to read more.

Oct. 16, 2014: A tale of two new theaters; Google Express and Kiehl’s. Including news about the iPic Theater, ArcLight Cinema, Kiehl’s and L’Occitane. Click here to read more.

Oct. 9, 2014: Grocery shakeup in Potomac Village; Chinese food back to Cabin John? Including news about River Falls Market and Potomac Grocer. Plus the winner of our Arranged giveaway. Click here to read more.

Oct. 2, 2014: True Religion, Lululemon, ArcLight, goodbye Saigon. Including news about Taste of Saigon, AmazonCabin John Shopping Center and how Jewish High Holiday platters change with the times. Click here to read more.

Sept. 25, 2014: Del Frisco’s opens; BBQ at Hank Dietle’s; Cabin John discounts and freebies. Including news about the Curley’s Q food truck, iPhone 6 and Yelp. Click here to read more.

Sept. 18, 2014: Hamburger Hamlet, Lululemon, opening updates and a reader giveaway. Including news about Not Your Average Joe’s, Hamburger Hamlet, the Westfield Montgomery Mall Dining Terrace. Giveaway: Arranged. Click here for more.

Sept. 11, 2014: This fall at the Mall: Six new restaurants, one new theater and a whole new look. Including news about Blaze Pizza, MET Bethesda, Lobster ME, CRAVE and Cava Grill. Click here to read more.

Sept. 4, 2014: Summer closings, new Rockville restaurants and a theater sneak peek. Including news about Oro Pomodoro, Cosi, Pho & Rolls, Hair Cuttery, Carbon Peruvian Chicken, Capital One Bank, Potomac River Running, Orange Leaf, The Original Ambrosia, Dave & Buster’s, chef Peter Chang and the ArcLight Cinema. Click here to read more.

July 3, 2014: Nordstrom sale sneak peek; Apple’s back at Costco; Free dinner for two. Giveaway: Dinner for two at 82 Steak Out. Click here to read more.

June 26, 2014: Chipotle and Sushi to the mall; New teas at Starbucks; RadioShack and Brookstone updates. Click here to read more.

June 19, 2014: Behnke leaves Potomac; Chicken Out flies the coop; Pottery Barn Back to Bethesda. Plus a game giveawayClick here to read more.

June 12, 2014: Goodbye Vince & Dominic’s, hello Chipotle; B Scene’s Teen Scene. Including news about Talbots and Konplott. Click here to read more.

June 5, 2014: Toys of Summer: Soccer stickers, card games and fish pops — plus a My Gym discount. Toy recommendations from Toy Castle, Child’s Play and Toy Kingdom. Click here to read more.

May 29, 2014: Mall Update: Talking Tiffany, Lululemon and the Microsoft Store. Predictions for Westfield Montgomery Mall. Click here to read more.

May 22, 2014: P.F. Chang’s, Old Navy and other mall rumors. Plus American Classic Clothes and Lilly Pulitzer. Click here to read more.

May 15, 2014: Staples, Shake Shack and Sugo. Click here to read more.

May 8, 2014: Cava in, jewelry stores out at Montgomery Mall — plus an Office Depot update. Including news on Konplott, Temptations, OfficeMax and Walmart. Click here to read more.

May 1, 2014: Rock on, Barre Belle, new jewels at Leila. Including news on AMP, GoFigure/Barre Belle Fitness Studio and Leila’s Fine Gifts & Jewels. Click here to read more.

April 24, 2014: Topshop, Kate Moss, Venus and a farmers market. Including news on Nordstrom, Jamba Juice, the Pike Central Farm Market. Click here to read more.

April 10, 2014: Bankrupt Brookstone, Hamburger Hamlet, denim debut. Click here to read more.

April 3, 2014: Chipotle in the Village; fresh choices at Starbucks; playgrounds on the Pike. Including news about La Boulange and Creative Playthings. Click here to read more.

March 27, 2014: Lilly, Talbots, True Religion and more at the mall. Click here to read more.

March 20, 2014: White Flint Update: Wegmans, Bloomie’s and More. Including news on Bloomingdale’s, Cheesecake Factory and Grand Lux Cafe. Click here to read more.

March 13, 2014: Beer garden on the Pike, designer denim in Rockville. Including news on Pike & Rose, LiquidBLUE Denim Boutique, True Religion, GadgetFixCenter, Safeway and Albertsons. Click here to read more.

March 6, 2014: Spotlight on hidden gems; RadioShack Over and Out? Including news on the gift shop at The Mansion at Strathmore and Leila Fine Gifts & Jewels. Click here to read more.

Feb. 27, 2014: Balls and bowls on Rockville Pike, sushi in Potomac Village. Including news on Pinstripes, the iPic Theater, ShopHouse Asian Kitchen, La Madeleine and En Bistro & Sushi. Click here to read more.

Feb. 20, 2014: Blazing fast pizza, Burton’s Olympic buzz, Goodbye China Jade. Including news on Blaze Pizza, China Jade Bistro and Toys UniqueClick here to learn more.

Feb. 13, 2014: New grocer in Potomac Village; Legal Sea Foods closes; Steaks in downtown Rockville. Including news on Potomac Grocer, 82 Steak Out, Toys R Us, Pottery Barn Kids. Click here to learn more.

Feb. 6, 2014: Our debut issue: Big changes at the mall, Chipotle opening in Potomac Village, No Walmart for Rockville. Including news about Naples 45, the ArcLight Cinema, Walmart, Bagel City, Ethan Allen and Pier One. Click here to read more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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New REI store at Pike & Rose

 

Opening day for REI

Tuesday (April 25th) is opening day for the handsome new REI store at Pike & Rose, the beginning of a new wave of tenants that will soon include L.L. Bean and a Pinstripes bocce and bowling center. The 36,000-square-foot store replaces REI’s older location at 1701 Rockville Pike, which will close its doors for the last time Sunday night. Grand opening festivities are set for the following weekend (April 28th-30th) with classes, music, food and giveaways. For more on the new REI store — and what the company thinks about being neighbors with L.L. Bean — click here for our March 16th edition.

 


 

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Nespresso at Westfield Montgomery Mall

 

Hello Nespresso

The Nespresso store is finally open at Westfield Montgomery Mall — several months behind schedule, but well worth the wait for the espresso-obsessed. If you’re looking to sip a custom-brewed cappuccino while you debate the pros and cons of the Vertuo Plus vs. the Lattissima Pro, this is the place to do it. Adding to the cool factor: A towering rainbow coffee pod display that makes the store feel a bit like an art installation. You’ll find Nespresso on the mall’s second level across from Swarovski; click here for a sneak peek of those snazzy coffee machines.

 


 

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Rent stars live at Strathmore — win our tickets!

This week we have a special giveaway for Broadway fans: A chance to see Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp, two of the original stars of Rent, appearing live at Strathmore on Friday, April 28th. The pair will perform songs from the show that made them famous (click here for a preview), along with their solo albums and post-Rent careers. (Pascal also starred on Broadway in Cabaret and Elton John’s Aida.) Strathmore’s spring schedule also includes appearances by Tony Bennett, Audra McDonald, Gladys Knight and the creators of the Serial podcast. Want to enter our raffle for Adam & Anthony Live? Click here to send us an email, or visit our Facebook page. Update: Dara Baylinson and Gail Hyman won these tickets. Stay tuned to Store Reporter for more great giveaways.

 

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Bra from Victoria's Secret

 

New home for Victoria’s Secret and Pink

Victoria’s Secret and Pink are on the move at Westfield Montgomery Mall. The lingerie sister stores are leaving their current spot in the Nordstrom wing for a new home between Macy’s and Sephora. The relocation should happen sometime this summer. Who will move in when the bras and undies move out? Stay tuned.

 


 

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Lovesac beanbag

 

Lovesac, baaaaybee

Behold the Lovesac. If you’re not familiar with this line of beanbag-style furniture, that’s about to change: The Connecticut-based company is joining the lineup at Westfield Montgomery Mall, opening late summer/early fall next to Aldo in the Nordstrom wing. Besides the basic round Lovesac pictured here, the retailer also offers “Sactionals” for your family room, “Squattomans” for your feet and “Petsacs” for your dog (click here to check out the lineup). This will be the second beanbag-style furniture store at Westfield Montgomery Mall; Yogibo opened 18 months ago near Old Navy.

 


 

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