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French bakery says bonjour to Rockville

Fresh Baguette, the Bethesda bakery known for its authentic French breads and pastries, opens its second location next week at 804 Hungerford Drive in Rockville. The new space is much bigger than the one in downtown Bethesda, with a large factory in the back preparing wholesale orders for clients like Ritz-Carlton, the Watergate Hotel and Potomac’s new Filicori Zecchini coffee house. (Check out our Facebook page for a look behind the scenes, featuring the biggest mixers you’ve ever seen.) Breads, pastries, coffee and custom-made sandwiches will be available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily starting July 25th. For a closer look at Fresh Baguette, click here.

 


 

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Anthropologie heading to downtown Bethesda

This week Store Reporter readers were buzzing about the news that Anthropologie is heading to downtown Bethesda, replacing the 20-year-old Barnes & Noble store that’s closing in December. This will be a new department store-style format for Anthropologie, with three floors of clothing, shoes, accessories, home and garden goods, a beauty boutique, a bridal salon and indoor/outdoor dining on the ground floor. For a peek at what Anthropologie has to offer, click here.

 


 

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Win a meal for two at California Tortilla

This month we’re giving away a pair of California Tortilla certificates — each good for two fresh entrees with drinks and sides — to be used at the Cabin John location or anywhere else in the D.C. Metro area. Through the end of August, you can still catch Cal Tort’s spicy-sweet Bangkok Shrimp bowls, burritos and quesadillas. Or try some of the restaurant’s other popular dishes like the California Sunset Bowl, Korean BBQ Tacos or California Screamin’ Burrito. Want to put your name in our hat? Click here to send us an email (subject line: California Tortilla), or click here to enter via our Facebook page.

 

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Pinstripes

 

Pinstripes ready to open at Pike & Rose

Five months after the debut of Lucky Strike at Westfield Montgomery Mall, Pike & Rose is ready to roll out a bowling alley of its own. August 5th is opening day for Pinstripes, featuring bowling and bocce plus food, drinks and plenty of space for private parties. Bowling fees will vary with days and times, ranging from $8 to $15 an hour per person (plus shoes), while bocce costs $5 to $10 an hour. This will be the second D.C.-area location for Pinstripes, which opened three years ago in Georgetown. Be sure to follow our Facebook page for an upcoming sneak peek.

 


 

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New Irish restaurants will likely miss St. Patrick’s Day

If you were hoping to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at one of our new local Irish restaurants, you may be out of luck. Lahinch, which was scheduled to open this month in the former Benny’s space at Cabin John Shopping Center, has run into the usual construction delays. “Unfortunately, it looks like we won’t be open for St. Patrick’s Day,” says owner Barry Nolan, who also operates the Irish Inn at Glen Echo. “We’ll know more in a week.” (For more on Nolan and his plans for Lahinch, click here for our Oct. 29 issue.) Also missing out on St. Patrick’s Day crowds is Finnegan’s Wake Irish Pub, a new venture from local entrepreneurs that originally was supposed to open last fall at Rockville Town Square. No word yet on the timetable for that one.

 


 

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Restaurant returning to French roots

Mosaic Cuisine & Café, the Rockville Pike restaurant that closed for renovations after the holidays, is scheduled to reopen by Easter with a new name, modernized decor, a bar showcasing French wines and a renewed focus on classic French cuisine. “What’s old is new again,” says owner Thierry Jugnet, who opened Mosaic in 2003 and also operates the Wicked Waffle chain. The newly named Mosaic Bistro will showcase dishes like beef bourguignon, rack of veal, chicken paprika and traditional French soups. “It’s difficult nowadays to find a truly French restaurant,” Jugnet says. “And I don’t just mean in Rockville — I defy you to find a great beef bourguignon in Washington, D.C. Nobody does these things anymore. I am French. And I am betting on going back to my roots.” For a look at Mosaic’s menu (which is still being tweaked before the reopening), click here.

 


 

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David’s Tea heading to the mall?

David’s Tea, a Montreal-based company with a large fan following, appears poised to make its Maryland debut at Westfield Montgomery Mall. Details haven’t been announced yet and the mall couldn’t confirm, but David’s has posted job listings for employees at that location. David’s, which made its initial public offering last year, has announced long-term plans for 550 stores in the U.S. and Canada. At the mall, it would compete directly with the Starbucks-owned Teavana store and the independent shop Rumi Tea & Spice, both of which similarly sell fresh tea and tea-making equipment. We’ll let you know when David’s is a done deal. Meanwhile, click here for a preview of what the company has to offer.

 


 

 

 


 

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Size matters

Things haven’t been going so well for Subway lately. First there was the whole Jared mess. Then came this week’s news that the fast-food chain has settled a class action lawsuit charging that its “footlong” sandwiches didn’t always measure up. As part of the settlement, Subway has promised that its franchisees will now use a tool to accurately measure their bread loaves. If you bought a Subway sandwich over the years and were hoping to benefit from this settlement, we’re sorry to report that your only reward will be a properly sized footlong with your next order. No money is being awarded to the class, and the Associated Press reports that the 10 plaintiffs received only $500 each. Their lawyers, on the other hand, got more than half a mil.

 


 

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Win March movie tickets for the ArcLight

This month we have one more set of ArcLight Cinema tickets to give away — and you have one more chance to vote for your favorite kids’ businesses in the Rockville/Potomac area. To enter, just click here to send us a note about your favorite places for dining, shopping, birthday parties and just hanging with your kids. Or enter via our Facebook page by clicking here. Everyone who sends us suggestions will be entered into our latest ArcLight drawing.

 


 

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Chapter 11 for Sports Authority

Sports Authority filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this week, a move that had been expected after the retailer fell behind on payments toward its debts of more than $1 billion. Sports Authority is expected to stay in business through this process, but the company says it will lay off some 3,400 people and close 140 of its 464 stores across the country. An updated closing list shows that the Rockville store on Rockville Pike and the Gaithersburg store at Rio/Washingtonian Center are expected to remain open. But several other Maryland stores, including a second Gaithersburg location near Lakeforest Mall, will be shutting down. If you’re holding a Sports Authority gift card or store credit, now would be a good time to use it: There’s no telling how long those credits will be honored.

 


 

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Potomac Village shopping center goes family-friendly

Potomac Promenade, the Giant-anchored shopping center in Potomac Village, is finally bringing some new tenants to its long-dormant mini-mall. This week saw the openings of Kicks Karate and FiberArt Studio, joining the recently opened Kumon learning center as the mini-mall transforms into a family-friendly place where parents can drop off their kids while they pick up the groceries. “This used to be the mall that nobody goes to, but that’s changing now,” says fiber artist Anja Caldwell, who relocated her studio from Glen Echo Park. Caldwell will be teaching “everything grandma used to know,” from knitting and crocheting to sewing and felting. “This will be a happy place where we make hats, dolls, pillows, hair clips and jewelry,” she says. “I don’t allow glue or glitter. Everyone who leaves here will at least be able to sew on a button.” For more on Caldwell and her crafty plans for the Village, click here.

 


 

New direction for Coach

Coach store at Westfield Montgomery MallThe Coach store at Westfield Montgomery Mall will reopen next month with a new look that reflects the company’s push to move beyond handbags into the world of “lifestyle brands.” Coach, which has struggled to regain its former caché with people who love purses, is renovating some 150 stores to showcase its expanding range of clothing and accessories for men and women. The new store will likely devote more space to footwear, reflecting the company’s recent acquisition of shoe manufacturer Stuart Weitzman. And you can expect fewer discounts, as Coach critics have complained for years that excessive markdowns were cheapening the brand.

 


 

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Who won our ArcLight tickets?

Congratulations to Store Reporter reader Rashmi Kalla of Potomac, who won last week’s giveaway for tickets to the ArcLight Cinema at Westfield Montgomery Mall. We’ll be handing out more ArcLight tickets in the weeks to come. Want to enter our next drawing? Just forward an issue of Store Reporter to your friends, then click here to tell us their names. For every one of your friends who subscribes, we’ll enter you AND them to win the next pair of ArcLight tickets. If you’d rather enter via our Facebook page, click here to find out how. Update: We’ve named the winners for this contest, but stay tuned to Store Reporter for more great giveaways.

 


 

New Tara Thai to open next month

Tara Thai logoTara Thai is putting the final touches on its new Bethesda restaurant, scheduled to open late next month in the former Legal Sea Foods space at Westfield Montgomery Mall. The 85-seat eatery, styled to resemble a Thai beach resort, will replace another Tara Thai that closed last spring in downtown Bethesda. This will be the 10th location for the popular chain, with five restaurants in Maryland and five in Virginia.

 

 


 

Try a free class at Sculpt Studio

Sculpt Studio with Mary Farber lungingAre your New Year’s fitness resolutions starting to falter? Sculpt Studio, celebrating its second anniversary in downtown Bethesda, is offering one free class for all new clients through Jan. 31. And just for Store Reporter readers: Sign up for a package of classes and get a free 30-minute private session with Sculpt owner Mary Farber. (Use promo code STOREJAN.) Sculpt is a friendly, brightly lit studio featuring Pilates-based Megaformer machines that work your core and every major muscle group. 4500 Auburn Avenue in the Woodmont Triangle, with easy parking nearby. To book a class, call 240-600-0730 or click here.

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Grab some coffee and cuddle up with your iPad

Snowstorms are a great time to catch up with the last few issues of Store Reporter. Did you see our recent stories about the drugstore shake-up in Potomac Village, the empty Giant on Wootton Parkway and the future of Benny’s at Cabin John? Did you know that Roti closed on Westlake Boulevard and the White Flint Mall has officially been reduced to rubble? While you’re waiting out the blizzard — assuming you’ve still got power — grab some coffee and scroll through our website, or see our guide to previous issues here.

 


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Hello, MET Bethesda

Here are a few photos from last night’s VIP opening party for MET Bethesda at Westfield MontgomeMET opening - Audrey Hepburnsry Mall. We highly recoMET opening - Martini Barmmend the martinis (30 flavors on tap, we loved the strawberry) and the delicious brussels sprouts side dish. You can try MET for yourself when it opens in the next week or two. (Although sadly, the trio of Audrey Hepburns pictured here will be long gone.)

 

 

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Movie preview

Today Store Reporter had a chance to tour the new ArcLight Cinema at Westfield Montgomery Mall, which ArcLight lobbyofficially opens Nov. 7 — bArcLight Departure Boardut we just got word that there will be some sneak-peek movies before then, including screenings of The Exorcist, Alien and The Shining leading up to Halloween. Check out our photos of the ArcLight lobby and movie memorabilia, including costumes from Robin Hood and Black Swan.

 

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What, no herring?

 

 

 

 

Breaking the fast in the 21st century

Did you like our item last week about what Jewish people are ordering (and not ordering) on their breakBagel and lox-fast platters these days? Washington Jewish Week liked it too. They asked us to write a longer version for this week’s paper. Click here to read it.

 

 

 

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A slice in a flash

 

Blaze Pizza Assembly LineBlaze makes its debut

Blaze Pizza, which opens tomorrow at Westfield Montgomery Mall, will be offering free slices all day Friday. Store Reporter got a chance to preview the pies today: They’re thin-crust, topped with your choice of fresh ingredients as you pass through an assembly line, then fired in the oven for a couple of minutes while you wait. We tried the “simple pie” with fresh mushrooms and basil. Thumbs up.

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New at Trader Joe’s

 

 

Trader Joe's Speculoos Cookie Butter

Scoop on the scoop

If you’re one of the many obsessed fans who eats Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter right out of the jar — or buys it in candy bar form at checkout — you’ll be very happy about what just arrived on the ice cream aisle. (Or not.) Of course, we felt it was our duty to do an official tasting on behalf of Store Reporter readers. The verdict: It’s insanely good.

 

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They’re not playing games anymore

 

Screen Shot 2015-01-12 at 10.05.20 PMDave & Buster’s at the White Flint Mall has officially left the building. The game center had sued to halt the mall’s impending teardown and redevelopment, but a judge recently sided with White Flint’s owners and ordered D&B to move out within 30 days. P.F. Chang’s is expected to follow suit before year’s end, moving to a new location that hasn’t been announced yet. That will leave Lord & Taylor, which owns its own building, as the only White Flint store still standing.

 

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Juice what you’re looking for

Evolution Cold-Pressed JuicesStore Reporter has been scouting food trends on recent visits to New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. One thing we’ve noticed in those cities is the prevalence of cold-pressed juice bars, which use a high-pressure processing system to squeeze fruits and vegetables into very nutritious (and very pricey) beverages. In our area, Starbucks and Whole Foods carry some cold-pressed juices and they’ve just arrived on the shelves at Trader Joe’s. Soon they’ll also be available at Montgomery Mall’s new Cava Grill.

 

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You read it here first

We love being first with the scoop. As we predicted in our May 29 issue (click here to read it), Microsoft announced today that Microsoft Xboxit will go head-to-head with the Apple Store at Westfield Montgomery Mall. The Microsoft Store, showcasing the company’s tablets, phones, Xbox consoles and other products, will be moving onto the mall’s second floor across from Macy’s.

 

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Goodbye Ambrosia

 

 

 

 

Greek eatery closes

The Original Ambrosia, the Greek restaurant at Montrose Crossing on Rockville Pike, has closedThe Original Ambrosia. If you’ve eaten there recently — and noticed, as we did, that food and service had both slipped dramatically — this may not come as a surprise. The restaurant’s Facebook page refers to “landlord issues” and promises a reopening elsewhere in Rockville.

 

 

 

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