Monday, June 19, 2006

Silver Spring News 'N Notes

-Wheaton doesn't want to be like Silver Spring? I sure as heck don't want Silver Spring to be anything like Wheaton.

Downtown Wheaton merchants would rather keep their ethnic eateries than make room for a Starbucks.
Sorry, Wheaton already has TWO Starbucks. Besides, the Post already wrote this article two months ago. Seriously, though, there are some businesses in Wheaton that just deserve to go (and those that don't). There was (is?) this crappy furniture store on Georgia Avenue that for months had a large, presumably professionally printed sign in all the windows that read "GOING OUT FOR BUSINESS SALE". It was obvious that they meant to say "out OF business", yet no one corrected it and that sign must have been up for at least six months. I guess it wasn't going out of/for business that quickly. In general, though, isn't the objective of all sales to "go out for business"?

- Check out the first ever Rock-n-Romp Showcase on Thursday, June 29th at the Quarry House Tavern in downtown Silver Spring.
You will get to see awesome music played by some RnR favorites, have a couple of beers (excellent selection, btw), eat good food and support some fantastic bands who have played or are scheduled to play Rock-n-Romp! Some local lucky few of you may even get to stumble home on foot after the show!
The bands Spoils of NW, The Chance, and Greenland will be performing.

A regular Rock-n-Romp event (kids invited) is scheduled for June 25th. Check out this FAQ for more info on RnR. These photos will also probably give you a good idea on what Rock-n-Romp is all about.

- President Al Gore was living it up last week in Silver Spring:





12 comments:

WashingtonGardener said...

Got a tip for you - in Mid-July or so, downtown SS will be taken over by sharks. Yes, you read it right. The Discovery building will sport a giant, inflated shark going "thru" it and looming over the streets. This is to celebrate "Shark Week" - but will actually last for almost a month.Plus downtown businesses are encouraged to tie in with shark-themed promos - like say a Bloody Mary with a fin in it or a "Sharktini" -- anyway, you are warned :-) Seriously, should be fun and definitely attract the tourists -- wonder how the Maryland Terrapin statues will feel about it...

Anonymous said...

For some reason furniture stores are infamous for running almost perpetual "going out of business sales". These types of sales are actually regulated by the County Office of Consumer Protection, but the Office usually doesn't take action unless someone complains.

baj said...

rock and romp rules! good times, good tunes, and cute kids abound

Anonymous said...

You need to lose the attitude about Wheaton and stop making blanket statements about the town... Look Silver Spring and Wheaton offer different dynamics, (I think we can all agree on that)... I guess you see Wheaton as a town filled with "crappy furniture stores", but I see it as a place with unique shops and restaurants found nowhere else in MoCo. Don't believe me? Visit Chuck Levins, Ferdinand's, Los Choros, Pollo Rico, Barnaby's, Royal Mile Pub, Rock Creek Bakery, or Marchoones for starters. I think the purpose of the article was not to bash Silver Spring, but to realize that these two neighboring towns have different set ups... Silver Spring is strongly structured around national retailers and a town center plan, while Wheaton thrives on small community businesses... There is no need to bash your neighbors to the north

Sligo said...

OK, yeah Wheaton has some unique restaurants, but so does Silver Spring. Read that Post article from a few months ago about how business is way down at Wheaton restaurants due to people not wanting to venture to Wheaton for fear of crime. THAT is the part of Wheaton I don't want Silver Spring to be like. As far as chain stores, Wheaton is certainly centered around those as well - Macy's, Target, etc... Of course, you may get stabbed in the face at that Target... it has happened.

WashingtonGardener said...

Wheaton & SS have been bitter rivals ever since the opening of the Wheaton Plaza crushed the businesses in the downtown SS shopping district. SS has been slowly recovering ever since and now Wheaton is feeling the pressure. It is a natural cycle of ups & downs.
I lived in downtown Wheaton for 6 years but as soon as I could moved right back to downtown SS. Here are my reasons:
1. SS is a transportation hub - nothing more annoying than being at Metro Center and having to wait ANOTHER 20 minutes for the next out-bound train that does not end at SS.
2. My church, business, and friends are in downtown SS.
3. I love easy access to downtown Takoma Park (a 15-minute walk for me) and downtown DC - just hop on the S2/S4 or 70/71 buses to go right down 16th St or Georgia Ave. Also much easier for traveling by bus or car to downtown Bethesda and Chevy Chase - but will be much easier when Purple Line gets built.
4. Movie theaters - Wheaton Plaza (yes, I know the name changed but I'm still going to call it that) had two crappy theaters - the inside one closed mercifully a while back and the outer one is just recently gone & good riddance! They need a new stadium-seating venue and they need it now. I'm a movie buff and am ecstatic that SS has the Majestic and the AFI - just wish the City Place AMC had stayed and became a $1 or discount place.
Now when I lived in Wheaton I enjoyed many of the little restaurants and stores, but I think it says a lot that in the last 3 years I went to Wheaton just twice - once to Target and once to the Taste of Wheaton.

Sligo said...

Speaking of Wheaton, here's an insanely long analysis on the loss of Barry's Magic Shop. That is a business that it would definitely be a shame to lose. (Note that Silver Spring is called "smoothly corporate".)

http://www.jacobgrier.com/blog/archives/569.html

Anonymous said...

In Response to Gunnar's comment:

"THAT is the part of Wheaton I don't want Silver Spring to be like. As far as chain stores, Wheaton is certainly centered around those as well - Macy's, Target, etc... Of course, you may get stabbed in the face at that Target... it has happened."
-----------------------------

From Gazette.net website:

Man shot in Bethesda parking garage
A 53-year-old Silver Spring man was shot and robbed late Saturday night.


Does this mean you won't go to poshy streets of Bethesda now too??? Isn't it funny how we associate specific crimes with areas that people view as "run down", but when an upscale neighborhood deals with the same scenario people tend to dissociate the two. Sorry Gunnar, just trying to prove a point...

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