After justifiably getting called out for not blogging frequently enough, I do want to apologize for the paucity of posts as of late. Between work kicking my ass and a variety of home projects, I haven't had a ton of quality blogging time. Plus it's January, and nothing ever happens this month, with the possible exception of the occasional Snowpocalypse.
Anyhoo, while this may amount to nothing more than a token post, what follows is a brief compilation of items I've had lying around that I deemed unworthy of their own posts.
- According to the South Silver Spring Neighborhood association website, A new restaurant may be in the works for the space formerly occupied by Mayorga Coffee (presently the home of Great Kids Village). It doesn't sound like any plans are concrete as of yet, but the proposed restaurant is described as having a "laid back French-style". Does this mean that it would have outdoor cafe seating where people can smoke and watch the traffic go by on Georgia Avenue for hours? <sigh> I miss Paris...
- There was an interesting post on Monday over on Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space, where Richard Layman argues there is value (with an asterisk) in chain stores, if not national chains per se. I mention this due to the endless arguments waged here and elsewhere over Silver Spring's chain stores, both national and regional. (Read my thoughs on that subject here.)
There is, however, a massive oversight in his list of regional chain stores. How can Strosniders Hardware not be included? For me, that is the most valuable store in all of Silver Spring (and Bethesda, for that matter).
- So apparently Rockville has adopted an official motto: "Get into it." (I just figured it was "We're North Bethesda!") Were Silver Spring to adopt a motto, what would it be, or is "Silver Sprung" already our motto? I sincerely hope not. This subject may very well warrant a dedicated post in the near future.
- You may have noticed that the Toys 'R Us Lite that was briefly located on Fenton Street absconded from DTSS earlier this month. My understanding at the time it opened was that it was intended to be a ongoing concern, rather than a seasonal outlet. This theory was supported by the fact that it opened in the middle of summer rather than in the period leading up to Christmas. However, the general makeshift appearance of the store, where merchandise was displayed on wire shelving, conveyed the impression that it was designed to be less than permanent. I guess that was indeed the case.
Interesting trivia: the world's first Toys 'R Us was in Rockville. Not sure if this original location is the same one that is there now.
- Kids out there in Silver Spring must have really great rooms, as their spaces have been featured on Ohdeedoh, Apartment Therapy's kids design blog, not once, but twice over the past couple weeks.
- Congratulations to Jackie's Sidebar for earning a place on the cover of the February "Great Bars" issue of Washingtonian Magazine.