Changes ahead for Cabin John
Cabin John Shopping Center & Mall has a new owner for the first time in its 48-year history. Carl M. Freeman Cos., which developed the center in the 1960s and ’70s, has sold it for $165 million to Edens, a national firm with extensive holdings in the D.C. area. The likely result: a new look and hopefully some new tenants to fill the center’s empty spaces. Stay tuned for more after the holidays.
Park Potomac restaurants: Who’s opening when?
Restaurant construction has been moving along s-l-o-w-l-y at Park Potomac, where two new eateries that were supposed to arrive before the holidays have been delayed until next year. Filicori Zecchini, the Italian coffee house and cafe, is now looking to open in January or February. Gringos & Mariachis, a Mexican concept from the owners of Bethesda’s Olazzo, is tentatively set for March. And Addie’s, the new incarnation of the beloved Rockville Pike restaurant, should follow sometime this spring.
Goodbye Jerry’s and The Limited
If you were planning to order takeout from Jerry’s Subs & Pizza this winter, you’re out of luck: The restaurant closed its doors inside Cabin John Mall at the end of last week. And we’ll soon say goodbye to The Limited at Westfield Montgomery Mall. The retailer is preparing to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and our local store is expected to close shortly after Christmas.
The gold standard at Kaufmann Jewelers
The gift of gold is always welcome, and Kaufmann Jewelers at Park Potomac has some great selections in stock for the holidays. The store carries gifts in every price range (including some lovely pieces under $100) as well as custom designs by third-generation jeweler Corey Kaufmann, who runs the business with father George. Shown here: a cable-chain ring for $225 (or $295 with pavé diamonds) and a triple-band ring with two-tone gold for $750. Kaufmann Jewelers, 12500 Park Potomac Ave., #107-S, open through 4:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Call 301-978-7778 or click here.
Stocking stuffers from The Container Store
When we’re in a holiday rush, we always count on The Container Store for last-minute gifts. We tested a box of stocking stuffers and chose our favorites. The U-Dock by Umbra (currently on sale for $8.99) is a sturdy tablet holder with a minimalist design that collapses flat for easy storage. The Scoop That ($19.99) uses your hand’s own body heat to dish out some Ben & Jerry’s in a hurry. And then there’s the Chipolo Item Finder ($24.99), which uses your phone to find your keys or your keys to find your phone. Every year we try these “find-your-keys” gadgets in search of one that works. This year, for the first time, we were not disappointed. Click here to check it out.
We’re taking a winter break
This is the last issue of Store Reporter for 2016. We’ll be back in January with news about who’s coming, who’s going, and which stores and restaurants didn’t make it through the holidays. (In case you missed last week’s issue: Rockville’s American Tap Room is already out, and Timpano is closing on New Year’s Eve.) Want to find out what else you might have missed? While we’re taking a winter break, catch up on back issues at www.storereporter.com.