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Cabin John bakery to open next month

The new restaurants at Cabin John Village are still months away from completion, but the Sweetly Anchored bakery will be open in just a few weeks. Owner Lindsay Miniaci, known locally for her custom cakes, will be serving freshly made sweets, snacks, coffee and tea at the former Orange Leaf space inside the Cabin John mini-mall. For more on Sweetly Anchored, click here. For the scoop on another new bakery that’s coming to Pike & Roseclick here



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Red Door Spa & Salon at Wildwood


As one Red Door closes, another opens

The Red Door Spa & Salon is about to close those red doors at Wildwood Shopping Center. The salon is relocating to a larger space next to the brand new Canopy Hotel at Pike & Rose, where it’s tentatively set to reopen April 6th. No word yet on who’s taking over the Red Door space at Wildwood, but we hear that it will likely be divided among several smaller tenants. Meanwhile, there’s another new salon on the way: Karma Erwin Gomez, headed by the D.C.-based celebrity makeup artist, is set to open in the next few weeks at Park Potomac. Click here for more.



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Bummer week for the kids

To no one’s surprise, Toys R Us announced this week that it will sell or close all 800 of its U.S. stores including the Babies R Us chain. For our take on what went wrong with Toys R Us — and why our local toy stores may fare better — click here. In related news, the Kidville play center in Rockville also has closed after a long tenure at Fallsgrove. The Bethesda Kidville, under different ownership, is still in business.



Did you miss these stories?

  • Pike & Rose has two more restaurants on the way. Click here.
  • Kung Fu Tea is kicking butt in Montgomery County. Click here.
  • Westfield Montgomery Mall will see more closings. Click here.
  • Former Vince & Dominic’s building comes down. Click here.
  • Aldi to open a no-frills grocery store on Rockville Pike. Click here.
  • Corned Beef King to open inside a Rockville gas station. Click here.
  • CAVA opens new restaurant on Rockville Pike. Click here.
  • Dave & Buster’s coming to Rio Washingtonian Center. Click here.
  • Chevy Chase Supermarket plans a spinoff in Rockville. Click here.



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Aldi on the way

Aldi, the German grocer known for its high-quality products and ultra-low prices, is heading to Rockville Pike. Plans call for a fall opening in the former H.H. Gregg space at Congressional North shopping center, a few doors down from Bed Bath & Beyond. This is one of six new Aldi stores scheduled to open in Maryland this year, but the company tells us it’s the only one planned for Montgomery County at this time. Aldi is something of a corporate cousin to Trader Joe’s — they both originated from the same parent company — and the two chains have a similar business model: small stores, limited product selection and mostly private-label brands. But Aldi cuts prices even further by dispensing with every frill — meaning that you’ll have to bring your own bags, pack your own groceries, even put down a refundable deposit on your shopping cart. (If you’d rather just stick with Trader Joe’s, there’s also a new one of those coming to Rockville this year. Click here for more.)



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Corned Beef King food truck


New throne for the Corned Beef King

One bit of fallout from last month’s fire at the historic Hank Dietle’s Tavern: The Corned Beef King food truck, which had been serving meals on the property for several years, was left without a home on Rockville Pike. But it didn’t take long for owner Jon Rossler to cook up a new plan: His truck can now be found outside the Liberty gas station off Twinbrook Parkway, and Rossler is in the process of taking over a little-used kitchen inside the building. The idea came from the station’s owner, Bobby Wheeler, who’s been a fan since the days when Rossler’s family ran Potomac’s Celebrity Delly. “Jon serves a high-quality product that’s just like his father used to make,” Wheeler says. “Once people find out we’re serving his corned beef, they’ll be back for more.” The gas station/deli combo will be the second such venture for Rossler, who runs a similar operation in Olney. Click here to check out the menu.



Patrizia Luca Milano


Italian boutique is back

Good news for fans of Patrizia Luca Milano, the two-year-old Italian clothing store at Westfield Montgomery Mall. After losing its home in the Macy’s wing last month, the store reopened this week in larger quarters across from Michael Kors. The high-profile spot, which once belonged to Bebe, is a big move for owner Mahmoud Nassaj at a time when many independently owned stores are closing their doors. What’s his secret? “Our niche is that we’re different,” he says. “We’re more like a boutique than a typical department store where you see the same thing around every corner. When new customers come in, 90 percent of them say, ‘Finally, something different.'” Click here to check out it out.



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Rooftop yoga at Truebody Fitness


Namaste in Bethesda

Truebody, a new gym from local fitness guru Robert Sherman, had its long-awaited opening last week near the Bethesda Metro Station on Wisconsin Avenue. Sherman, who is well known in the Rockville/Potomac area from his years at Life Time Athletic, offers a full schedule of cardio and strength classes with an eye toward mindfulness. Cool features include a fire pit, a meditation labyrinth and a snazzy rooftop yoga space. Click here for more.



Did you miss these stories?

  • CAVA opens on Rockville Pike. Click here.
  • Dave & Buster’s coming to Rio Washingtonian Center. Click here.
  • The Halal Guys opens at Wintergreen Plaza: Click here.
  • Mix Bar & Grill closes in Potomac Village. Click here.
  • Westfield Montgomery Mall sees more closings: Click here.
  • Chevy Chase Supermarket plans a spinoff in Rockville: Click here.
  • Cabin John restaurant update: Click here.



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Trader Joe's


Trader Joe’s at Travilah? Not just yet

Disappointing news for Trader Joe’s fans in Rockville: The new location at Travilah Square Shopping Center is really behind schedule. While the store initially was expected to open by early spring, construction has been delayed — and now we hear that it might not even arrive before the holidays. A company spokesman was noncommittal: “Later this year” was all we could get. The Gaithersburg Trader Joe’s will be closing once the new store opens, but the Rockville location is staying put.





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Another CAVA for Rockville

CAVA opened its newest Montgomery County location this week, joining newcomer Honeygrow at the former Timpano site on Rockville Pike. The two eateries mark the beginning of an upcoming restaurant row that soon will include Five Guys and Slapfish. Never heard of Slapfish? Click here. Wondering when CAVA is going to open at Cabin John? Click here.



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Rio Washingtonian Center


Dave & Buster’s rolls into Rio

Nine months after we first reported that Dave & Buster’s would be heading to Gaithersburg’s Rio Washingtonian Center, the deal finally became official this week. The gaming chain, which has been seeking a new location in this area since the White Flint Mall was torn down, is moving into the former Sport & Health space near the movie theater. And we hear there are more renovations on the way for Rio. Stay tuned.



My Best Friend's Closet


My Best Friend’s Closet grows up

A lot has changed at My Best Friend’s Closet since the boutique opened nearly a decade ago in Rockville. Once a go-to for tweens in search of gently used clothing and party wear, the store now carries all-new merchandise that takes its customers into their 20s and beyond. Partners Susan Olan and Cheryl Rhodes say the same young women who first came looking for bat mitzvah dresses are now out of college and still shopping at the store — as are their mothers. While My Best Friend’s Closet no longer carries any recycled items, the store has managed to keep prices down by working with vendors whose clothes can’t be found in department stores. My Best Friend’s Closet, 9735 Traville Gateway Drive, 301-340-3233.




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Oreck vacuum store at Federal Plaza


Vacuum store bites the dust

This week we received a lot of reader mail about the unexpected closing of the Oreck store at Federal Plaza on Rockville Pike. Some customers who had dropped off their vacuums for repair are now trying to figure out how to get them back. Oreck is directing people to its next-closest store in Ellicott City, where some of the missing vacuums apparently have shown up. To get in touch with that store, click here.



Did you miss these stories?

  • Mix Bar & Grille closes in Potomac Village. Click here.
  • Hank Dietle’s burns down. Click here.
  • The Halal Guys opens at Wintergreen Plaza: Click here.
  • Westfield Montgomery Mall sees more closings: Click here.
  • Chevy Chase Supermarket plans a spinoff in Rockville: Click here.
  • Cabin John restaurant update: Click here.
  • Brookstone and Golf Galaxy close their doors: Click here.
  • Uniqlo Japanese clothing chain is coming to Pike & Rose: Click here.



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Desserts from Sisters Thai


Another new restaurant for Cabin John

Sisters Thai, a hipster eatery from Fairfax, is the latest addition to the new restaurant lineup at Cabin John. The buzz on this place is quite good — not only for its food, fruit drinks and desserts, but also for its cozy “living room” atmosphere with mismatched furniture and overstuffed bookshelves. (Click here for a preview). Construction is already under way in the parking lot at Tuckerman Lane and Seven Locks Road, where Sisters will join Shake Shack, CAVA and Le Pain Quotidien for a late 2018 debut. Cabin John, which was sold last year to the Edens development group, also is planning a name change after 50 years. Say goodbye to Cabin John Shopping Center & Mall; it’s now Cabin John Village.



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Gringos & Mariachis at Park Potomac

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Gringos & Mariachis arrives

This week brought the long-awaited debut of Gringos & Mariachis at Park Potomac. The Mexican restaurant had been under construction seemingly forever (but really about two years) across from MoCo’s Founding Farmers and next to the new Addie’s. This is a sister to the three-year-old Gringos & Mariachis in Bethesda, serving casual food and cocktails amidst striking murals inspired by Mexican street art. Owners Roberto and Riccardo Pietrobono are also behind the popular restaurants Alatri Bros. and Olazzo. More photos on our Facebook page; click here to see them.



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Wildwood Shopping Center


Welcome the holidays at Wildwood

Stop by the Wildwood Shops this Saturday (Dec. 9th) for a holiday open house featuring live music, giveaways, strolling entertainment and plenty of gift inspiration. Register to win a $100 gift card to Buredo or Balducci’s, and snag a free copper insulated travel bottle with any $150 purchase. (Redeem your receipts at Belina Boutique, Coco Blanca, Buredo, Irresistibles, Red Orchard, Secrete Fine Jewelry or Yves Delorme.) Shopping hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Wildwood Shopping Center, 10241 Old Georgetown Road. Click here for details.


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Gifts from JT Interiors


Rediscover your favorites at JT Interiors

JT Interiors closed its doors last summer, but the Potomac Village gift shop is alive and well on the Internet. All those charming holiday gifts that the store was known for –  from embroidered table runners and painted guest towels to festive candles and party accessories — are available all season at Snow globes like the one shown here are $30 and up, silk scarves are available in 10 colors for $40, and lighted glass vases with winter scenes are $12 to $30. Click here to visit the JT website, or email your inquiries to


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Pita sandwiches from Gyroland


New Greek restaurant for Rockville

Gyroland, a casual spinoff of the longtime Greek restaurant Mykonos, opened its doors this week in the former Maria’s Bakery space in the Shops at Congressional Village, 1701 Rockville Pike. The menu features gyros, wraps, souvlaki and other Greek specialties, along with salads and the honey donuts known as loukoumades. For a peek at the menu, click here.




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Dinner for Two at 82

Congratulation82 Steak Out Steak and Fries Dinner, Rockville Town Squares to Kathi Kolodin Whitman, winner of Store Reporter’s dinner for two giveaway at 82 Steak Out in Rockville Town Square! Stay tuned to Store Reporter for more great giveaways.




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