Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Silver Spring News 'N Notes

It's been a really slow Pre-Christmas week.

- Looks like the Mica Condos (home of the "football open house", crab feast and the oddly-placed road signs) are getting even more desperate. They are now offering up to $20,000 toward closing and up to 18 months without condo fees (but no BMW).

- According to Silver Spring Scene, plans are afoot to put a brewery in the old Silver Spring fire department building. I assume they mean a brewpub rather than a pure brewery. Will it be the mysteriously-disappearing Old Dominion or another brewpub?

- Kugler's Home Fashions, a fun yet cramped linen store, has moved from Four Corners to Industrial Drive, north of New Hampshire. I have a feeling they may have been a victim of rising rents in the Woodmoor Shopping Center. (What will be there now, I wonder?) I hope people can find it - Industrial Drive isn't on the map. Perhaps that's why they felt the need to issue a a press release.

- The Silver Spring Daily Photo photoblog has some nice shots from around town.

- How can the Exxon at Georgia Ave. and Dale Drive get away with putting up that gigantic coffee cup on top of the station? There's one on the Exxon over by the New Hampshire Ave. beltway exit as well. It's obnoxious as hell. Chompy, were he with us today, might have enjoyed a giant, inflatable cup o' joe on a cold December morning, however.

- Speaking of gas stations on Georgia Ave., the holier-than-thou Beltway Chevron station has a new sign up that makes absolutely no grammatical sense to me. I might just be too stupid to understand, so perhaps someone can explain it to me:

"Before there was Santa, there is Jesus"



21 comments:

Anonymous said...

There was no permit for the giant coffee cup and it is supposed to be gone by the end of the day.

Sligo said...

Imagine if the ropes broke and that cup went flying into Georgia Avenue. That would be cool/bad.

Craxy said...

The cup was gone when I passed by right around the time Anonymous posted - I was thinking the ropes HAD broke until I read this.

thecourtyard said...

Industrial Parkway. Kugler's is moving to Industrial Parkway, off of Route 29. It's closer to Cherry Hill Road than it is to New Hampshire, but that's my territory, not yours.

Kugler's mustn't be happy about the move, either, if they can't get the address right. I don't blame them.

Sligo said...

Actually, if you read the press release it says "2148 Industrial Drive, Silver Spring, Md., off Route 29 and Industrial Parkway". I assume it is some sort of side road off of Industrial Pkwy that hasn't made the maps yet.

Anonymous said...

I hope the holier-than-thou people used the word "is" (and not "was") to imply that Jesus is everlasting. Or they just have bad grammar (the likely reason).

Regarding that inflatable coffee cup, it sure could come in handy as kind of a full size air bag to protect the people who, during rush hour, try to make a left turn from northbound GA Ave on to Seminary. I see this every day when I am coming home from the gym. It doesn't seem to matter how many people honk and flash their brights, these idiots will block traffic so they can turn left. I don't blame them since if they don't turn there, they have to go about 1.5 miles before being allowed to make a U-turn.

thecourtyard said...

I still think they made a mistake and it's Industrial Parkway. Nobody's perfect.

perrik said...

Kugler's is indeed on Industrial Parkway. It's only "off" that road by virtue of having a parking lot! It's in the building at the corner of Industrial Pkwy and Tech Rd, and is sandwiched between the Dennis Brown Shaolin Wu-Shu Academy and a Gold's Gym. In fact, it looks like the martial arts place has shrunk, with Kugler taking some of its space. Across the street is the emissions testing facility and the new MVA branch.

I don't know how happy the store folks are about the move, but I like having such a cheerful, brightly-lit landmark for my journey home on the Z6...

Sarah said...

Ah, ok, I go to that Gold's (although the last time I was there was Thanksgiving...) and I was wondering what that place was!

Twoste said...

Did you know the government considers beer to be a toxic chemical?

thecourtyard said...

Thanks, Perrik. Keep rocking that Z6. (I got tired of it after a while and switched to the Z9, but then I had to run across Route 29 every afternoon. Not fun!)

Speaking of beer: my two cents on the possible brewery in the old firehouse . . .

Anonymous said...

Would Sligo or other commenters post a list or start a blog thread on the top independent retailers in Silver Spring like Kugler's? I just learned about Strosniders recently too. As a new resident of Silver Spring (though longtime Washingtonian), I'm all about patronizing the local shops that are disappearing all too quickly.

Anonymous said...

i met the guy who is opning the brewpub in the old fire station. he is a former mont co. fireman/EMT. he hopes tohave it open in a year or so. i am personally happy to have more places to go in downtown SS. and especially further south down GA ave...

Sligo said...

Anonymous,

Try Snider's foods at Georgia & Seminary road if you want to go to a longtime local supermarket.

There's a bunch of other stores in Downtown Silver Spring that have been around "forever" like the florist on Georgia Ave and the art store next door.

Silver Spring Books on Bonifant is a small but decent used book store.

Nate said...

re: the Santa/Jesus grammar . . .

It's possible that they didn't want to use the past tense to refer to Jesus because it might imply that he's no longer a going concern. It's probably just as likely, however, that they merely ran out of W's.

Debbie Cook said...

In reference to the Mica Condos "Up to $20,000 Closing Help" Always read the fine print with this type of offer. Notice they say "call us about the closing help" and they say "UP to"
$20,000? The buyer may have to jump through certain hoops to get the $20,000, like buy the most expensive condo there! or use the builder's lender, etc. The main purpose of this advertising is just to peak people's intrest enough so that they come to see the condo's. Not that I think anything's wrong with this type of ad, buyers just need to be aware, read the fine print and not take everything at face value. BTW, I think the MICA condo's are a GREAT buy. The location can't be beat, the apartments that were rented out before they were renovated for sale were already really nice to begin with!(I always trust more in a building that has been standing for a while than I do a new one, the bugs have already been worked out of it). I think anyone who has purchased in that building is lucky and will be very happy living there & eventually pleased with the investment they've made....."DON"T WAIT to buy real estate, buy real estate and WAIT"

Anonymous said...

Too bad we can add an even bigger sign right behind it that says:

"And before there was Jesus, there was the Winter Solstice. The Solstice is the reason for the season!"

How much would Chevron hate that?

Rfustero said...

It's too bad we can't just say "Merry Christmas" and stop nit picking and being overly sensitive about trivial matters.

7smash said...

I agree. Merry Christmas!

Debbie Cook said...

To Anonymous who wanted a post or list about independent local Silver Spring shops, Just posted on this subject at The Silver Bee Blog: www.TheSilverBee.com

Anonymous said...

Hook & Laddery Brewery would be it. Local guys, the founder is a UMCP grad and is around town a bunch.