What’s popping up at the mall
The chilly weather has finally arrived, and so have the winter pop-up shops at Westfield Montgomery Mall. In the Nordstrom wing, the long-departed Things Remembered is back for the holidays with an array of personalized presents. Canadian retailer Just Cozy has set up shop on Level 2 near Auntie Anne’s, selling leggings and women’s cold-weather accessories. Also new this year is MVP Supreme, showcasing the popular streetwear brand in the space recently vacated by Best Buy Mobile. Supreme was in the news this week when it ranked near Nike and Adidas in a Piper Jaffray survey of American teens. The results were far less promising for Maryland-based Under Armour, which topped the list of “old” brands that teens say they no longer wear. Ouch.
Pooch portraits at Park Potomac
Pooch Portrait Studio, a Glamour Shots for the furry set, is now open in the former Emily Grace space at Park Potomac. Photographer Sarah Rosencrans creates dog portraits suitable for Christmas cards, wall art and lots of likes on Instagram. Shooting sessions starts at $149, and Rosencrans says most clients end up spending $500 or more on prints and products. “I really like them to leave with a piece of wall art, because I see how happy it makes them,” she says. “I’ve photographed about 500 dogs, and there hasn’t been one yet that I couldn’t get a picture of.” For a look at Pooch Portrait’s packages, click here.
New home for Victoria’s Secret and Pink
Today was moving day for Victoria’s Secret and Pink at Westfield Montgomery Mall. The sister stores have left their longtime home near Nordstrom for a new space in the Macy’s wing next to Sephora. Grand opening festivities will be happening all weekend. No word yet on new tenants for the Nordstrom wing, which is entering the holiday shopping season with lots of empty space.
New seafood in Rockville
The former American Tap Room space at Rockville Town Square reopened this week as Pandora Seafood House & Bar, with a high-end menu featuring dishes like Honey Lavender Duck Breast, Lemon & Caviar Crab, and Lobster with Foie Gras Ravioli. The restaurant is a new venture from the former owners of China Garden in Arlington, who also have announced plans for a new Chinese restaurant in the former REI space on Rockville Pike. To see what’s on the menu at Pandora, click here.