Pizzeria opens Friday at Pike & Rose
The D.C.-based &pizza chain opens its newest location tomorrow (6/12) at Pike & Rose in North Bethesda — the fourth restaurant in Maryland and 13th overall for the rapidly expanding business, which got its start just three years ago on H Street in Washington. The concept is similar to Blaze at Westfield Montgomery Mall: Customers walk through a Chipotle-style assembly line and tell the staff exactly what to put on their oblong-shaped pies. “We use quality ingredients that you’re not likely to see on pizzas anywhere else — things like farm-fresh eggs, fig marsala and red pepper chili oil,” says &pizza exec Sam Blum. The Pike & Rose location will look much like the one in Gaithersburg, with communal wood tables and a black-and-white motif.
Who won dinner at the River Falls Tavern?
Congratulations to Store Reporter reader Nicole Kustner, who won last week’s uber-popular giveaway: Dinner for two at the River Falls Tavern in Potomac Village. Kustner and her guest will get to try out the new menu from famed chef Robert Wiedmaier, whose RW Restaurant Group bought the Tavern this past spring. Stay tuned for what else is coming to the Tavern: nightly drink specials and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. And keep reading Store Reporter for more great giveaways.
Dormify at Macy’s
Launching this week at Macy’s: a new line of bedding from Dormify, the dorm decor company founded by a Churchill High School grad and her mother. “This is our first time partnering with a brick-and-mortar retailer,” says Nicole Gardner, chief operating officer for the Rockville-based company. “Macy’s was looking to target the college lifestyle in a way they haven’t done before, so the timing was perfect for us.” Founded in 2011 by ad exec Karen Zuckerman and her then-college-aged daughter Amanda, Dormify offers mix-and-match bedding and accessories for students who like their rooms to make a fashion statement. The Macy’s line will include four comforter sets (priced from $79.99 if you catch them on sale) with matching sheets and pillows. Everything is reversible, so students can change up their look or coordinate with a roommate. Dormify’s new bedding will be carried by 50 Macy’s stores nationwide — but not, unfortunately, the one at Westfield Montgomery Mall.
Wildwood boutique opens today
Coco Blanca, the newest addition to the Shops at Wildwood, opens today (6/11) at 10241 Old Georgetown Road. Like its sister store in Old Town Alexandria, the boutique features a tone-on-tone mix of furniture, home accessories, jewelry and clothing. “The palette of a coconut with a bit of black and a splash of turquoise,” says co-owner Susan Neithamer. It’s the second boutique to open at Wildwood this spring; Hadlee arrived in March. Click here for more on both stores in our April 2nd edition.
New frappes at Starbucks
This week Starbucks rolled out a new line of sugar-laden Frappuccino flavors: Cupcake, Red Velvet Cake, Cotton Candy, Cinnamon Roll, Lemon Bar and Caramel Cocoa Cluster. A grande will cost you $4.75 and roughly 90 minutes on the spin bike, with calorie counts as high as 510 per serving. Starbucks is asking customers to vote on their favorite flavor before the end of this month. We predict the Lemon Bar is going to lose: It’s the least-fattening choice (350 calories), but local baristas say it’s also the least popular.
Old Navy is moving aggressively into the activewear market with a new line of clothing, “Built For Play,” featuring “go-dry” moisture-wicking technology. The clothes will get prime space in the front of Old Navy stores this summer, with an accompanying TV campaign showing them in action on men, women and kids. The new line is priced well below those of competitors like Nike, Under Armour and Lululemon, as well as Old Navy’s sister brand, Athleta.