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Seven Seas restaurant


So long Seven Seas

Seven Seas, one of Rockville’s oldest Chinese restaurants, will close its doors at the end of this month. The 31-year-old eatery, on the back side of Federal Plaza near Panera, was a takeout favorite known for its fresh seafood dishes and lobster platters. Management tells us the restaurant’s lease was up and there are no plans to relocate. 



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Sweetly Anchored Patisserie at Cabin John


Sweet start at Cabin John

The big story in Potomac this week is the debut of Sweetly Anchored, the new bakery and coffee shop inside the Cabin John mini-mall. Doors open on Monday morning (May 7th) with scones, croissants, muffins and quiche along with coffee and espresso drinks. Every afternoon the cases will be filled with cupcakes, cookies, brownies and tarts for eat-in or takeout. Owner Lindsay Miniaci, who is known for her specialty cakes, says new baked goods will be added in the weeks to come. The bakery will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Click here for more photos on the Store Reporter Facebook page.



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B/Bop/Q at Westfield Montgomery Mall


Bye B/Bop/Q

Korean fusion eatery B/Bop/Q closed its doors last weekend after less than three years at Westfield Montgomery Mall. Owned by a Rockville-based food service company that had planned to turn B/Bop/Q into a chain, the restaurant had a loyal fan base but had trouble drawing crowds so far from the main Dining Terrace. Another nearby restaurant that opened around the same time, Shanghai Bao Kitchen, had similar issues and closed its doors last winter.



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Comings & goings at the mall

This week we have a few more comings and goings to report at Westfield Montgomery Mall. The newest addition is Italian lingerie store Intimissimi, now open in the Nordstrom wing. Infinite Beauty, one of the mall’s longtime tenants, has added a second location offering facials and other spa services. Meanwhile, we say goodbye to Asian clothing chain Hoamgar after a five-year run. As we mentioned in our March 8 issue, this had been the first U.S. location for the high-end chain — but its merchandise failed to catch on.



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  • Wegmans in Rockville: Your questions answered. Click here.
  • Pike & Rosewill get an Asian food hall: Click here.
  • Corned Beef King opens on the Pike. Click here.
  • Cabin John construction update. Click here.
  • Nando’s opens at Pike & Rose. Click here.
  • ArcLight Cinema will get a new neighbor. Click here.
  • Cabin John signs a new fitness center. Click here.
  • Aldi will open a no-frills grocery store in Rockville. Click here.






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Former MET Bethesda restaurant and ArcLight Cinema at Westfield Montgomery Mall


New neighbor for the ArcLight

Eighteen months after the closing of MET Bethesda at Westfield Montgomery Mall, a new restaurant is taking over the space across from the popular ArcLight Cinema. Viva Steakhouse, serving a Benihana-style Japanese hibachi menu, will soon begin renovating the space with plans to open in a few months. MET Bethesda, which debuted in 2014 along with the movie theater and the expansive Dining Terrace, lasted less than two years before shutting its doors along with several of the other new restaurants. For more on what went wrong, click here.



Scout & Molly's grand opening party at Pike & Rose




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Pandora at Westfield Montgomery Mall


New tenants blossoming at the mall

Spring is in the air, and with it comes a new crop of tenants to fill some of those empty spaces at Westfield Montgomery Mall. Besides the previously announced Intimissimi lingerie store and Spice 6 Indian restaurant, other new additions will include the skater-inspired clothing store Zumiez, an independent furniture store, and a mini-spa offering facials and mani/pedis. Also: The Pandora store will be doubling in size as it takes over a neighboring space to give shoppers more browsing room. What else is heading to the mall? An outdoor farm market that launches next month. See our April 5th edition for more.



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New spin for Cabin John

If you’re planning to be a frequent visitor to the upcoming Sweetly Anchored bakery at Cabin John‘s mini-mall, here’s a chance to burn off some of those calories: Biker Barre, a boutique fitness studio from D.C., will be opening this summer just a few doors away. This will be the first Maryland location for Biker Barre, which will offer indoor cycling classes and ballet-inspired toning routines in the former Ballet Petite space next to My Gym. For more on Biker Barre, click here. For more on the Sweetly Anchored bakery and coffee shop, click here.



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Still more bubble tea for Rockville

Another bubble tea chain is making its move into Montgomery County. Gong Cha, based in New York, has opened its first area location at The Galvan on Rockville Pike and will soon be adding another one in downtown Rockville’s new all-Asian food court. Gong Cha could prove to be a formidable competitor for Kung Fu Tea, which also has been expanding rapidly in this area.  For more on the all-Asian food court, click here. For more on Kung Fu Tea in MoCo, click here.



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We’re almost ready to debut our newest feature: the Store Reporter Services Guide, an affordable advertising option for local businesses. Do you sell, renovate or decorate houses? Plan or cater parties? Take care of plants or pets? Offer medical, financial other professional services? If you own a local business, have good references and are interested advertising with us, click here to drop us a note. We’ll be in touch.



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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.



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  • 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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New restaurant construction at Cabin John


What’s going up at Cabin John

Construction is really moving along now at the corner of Tuckerman Lane and Seven Locks Road in Potomac, where four new restaurants will open later this year. The fast-casual eateries — Shake ShackCAVA, Le Pain Quotidien and Sisters Thai — mark the beginning of a new era for the 50-year-old shopping center, soon to be known as Cabin John Village. Other new tenants include Georgetown Valet, which replaces the departed Fashion Flair dry cleaner, and the Sweetly Anchored bakery, which is on track to open next month. And since the Long & Foster real estate office departed for Park Potomac, we’ve been hearing some really interesting rumors about who’s moving into that space. As always, Store Reporter will be the first to let you know. In the meantime, click here to read up on Cabin John’s new restaurants.



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Closed Brookstone store at Westfield Montgomery Mall


Bye Bye Brookstone

This week we say goodbye to Brookstone, the gadget store where most of us spent more time testing out the massage chairs than actually, you know, buying stuff. The struggling retailer, which has been shuttering stores across the country, has closed its doors at Westfield Montgomery Mall. The mall’s Solstice sunglass store is also on the way out, but competitor Specs New York is unexpectedly back in business after going dark for several weeks. So who’s actually moving in to Westfield Montgomery? Click here for the latest.



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Sports Authority at Montrose Crossing


In and out at Montrose Crossing

Good news and bad news for the Montrose Crossing shopping center on Rockville Pike. Eater DC reports that Slapfish, a California-based chain of fast-casual seafood eateries, will be joining the new restaurant lineup. Meanwhile: Golf Galaxy, a division of Dick’s, has become the third sporting goods store to close its doors at Montrose Crossing in the past three years. Hudson Trail Outfitters went out of business in 2015, and Sports Authority (pictured here) went bankrupt the following year. For the scoop on Honeygrow, which opened at Montrose Crossing this month, click here for our Jan. 18 edition.



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Vince & Dominic's space being demolished Photo: Kim Loewenstein-Band


The end for Vince & Dominic’s

Bulldozers have been busy at the former Vince & Dominic’s space in the strip center across from Westfield Montgomery Mall. Unfortunately, nothing too exciting is in the works: Home Depot, which owns the whole property, tells us it’s demolishing several storefronts to make room for additional parking.






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Uniqlo and Scout & Molly’s to open at Pike & Rose: Click here.
Two Asian food courts to open in Rockville this summer: Click here.
GuessTara Asia and Quench close their doors: Click here.
Honeygrow and Live Crawfish & Seafood open on Rockville Pike: Click here.

Appalachian Spring gift chain downsizes: Click here.
Amici Miei reopens in Rockville: Click here.






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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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Washington Hebrew Congregation Sisterhood 2017 Holiday Boutique & Silent Auction:



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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