Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Silver Spring News 'N Notes

Photo via the Facebook Page of Downtown Silver Spring
- Lou Diamond Phillips, who you may remember from such films as Young Guns and In the Line of Fire, may be spotted around downtown Silver Spring in coming days. He is here filming segments for the new series An Officer and a Movie which debuts Friday on Discovery's Military Channel. The network is using a temporary studio set up in the DTSS space that once housed Ceviche and which will one day serve as the new home of the ever-shifting Art Spring store.

According to the official press release:
An Officer and a Movie pairs Phillips with retired and active duty officers who lived through major battles or have an expertise in the conflicts depicted in notable Hollywood films. As each film makes its Military Channel premiere, An Officer and a Movie provides expert commentary that can only come from being “on the ground” during the action as these officers reflect on the themes of that night’s film and also provide personal insight that puts each movie into a modern context.
Other recent celeb sightings in Silver Spring include Ross from Friends, who was at the AFI last Friday night for whatever reason and DC-based rapper Wale, who was allegedly spotted here last week by a number of twitter users.

(For those of you who do happen to catch Lou Diamond in Silver Spring, I have it on good authority he really likes it when you attempt to get his attention by yelling "Hey, La Bamba!")

- The county council is considering raising parking costs for Silver Spring meters from 50¢ to 60¢ per hour, which is really nothing. In fact, at 60¢ it makes it really simple to determine exactly how much additional time you'd be getting per coin. What I'd really like to see is all the meters around town give you the option to pay via cellphone or credit card, as is the case elsewhere. I was out running errands this weekend and wanted to briefly stop and grab takeout from a Silver Spring restaurant, but when I pulled up and realized I was out of change, I was forced to leave. It wasn't worth the cost of the parking ticket that I would inevitably receive.

- Last weekend I made only the second clothing purchase in downtown Silver Spring of my adult life - a hoodie at American Apparel. The other was a $7 t-shirt bought years ago at the now-defunct City Place Steve & Barry's. Clearly the retail situation in Silver Spring, particulary for men, hasn't improved much over the past few years. I still think something basic like a Gap (particularly one with Gap Kids) would do well in DTSS. If, God forbid, our Borders goes the way of many others in that chain, a Gap or something similar could do well in that space.

Speaking of American Apparel, if you act fast there's a $50 for $25 offer out there now from one of these Groupon clones. Sure, their advertising may have upset The Community, their owner may be a total d-bag and their stuff a bit pricey, but hey, at least it's made in the USA.



28 comments:

Baby Mama said...

Well, I would say AA advertising upset the ENTIRE community. Many of us were quite proud of them. Though, over priced for basic t-shirts so I've never bought anything there.

Sligo said...

The Community is not always bad. There is still good in them. I've felt it.

jag said...

If only someone like Peterson Co. ran City Place. They aren't perfect, but they sure know how to fill vacancies, attract foot traffic with events, etc. Just check out their facebook page - they're constantly selling Downtown Silver Spring as a brand and doing it successfully. If only the current City Place owners put half that effort and creativity into the mall they'd reap the benefits 1000x over.

Sligo said...

Meanwhile, Shitty Place doesn't even have a real website, at least that I have seen. All they have is this.

Anonymous said...

When City Place was up for sale (twice in the past few years) I'm sure Peterson evaluated buying it--they would have seen the marketing info and run their numbers just like any other potential buyer.

jag said...

I'd be surprised if Peterson ever seriously considered buying City Place considering it'd be putting so many eggs into the DTSS basket, but there are plenty of other good management companies out there. Just sucks that City Place has never had one. If Doug was still around I bet he would have eminent domained that shit by now.

Anonymous said...

IHATEYUPPIES SAID...

Right now, the economy is not conducive to refurbishing or demolishing Shitty Place.

Personally, I think the place is ripe for a wrecking ball. The Ellsworth Street side of the building should be preserved unless the developer wants to pay McGinty's, Galaxy Billiards Chipotle et al to take a hike some place else.

It's all about the street side shopping. The indoor shopping mall era is dying a painful death. I don't even bother to visit Montgomery Mall anymore. Oh yeah, I think the developer should aside some leases for small independent retailers if this project ever happens. I am tired of the chain stores in DTSS.

btw...That AT&T shop on Georgia Ave. is absolutely hideous. I wonder who will take over the T-Mobile retail space once the AT&T & T-Mobile gets approved.

-IHY-

Tina & Drew said...

I love AA - The shirts fit, the hoodies awesome... Other brands look like they were made for size huge with itty bitty arms. Have one which must have been modeled for a T-rex

Anonymous said...

re: AA.

an old friend from college moved on to be a bit of a foaming Communist union organizer. when AA was in some labor dispute a few years ago, and this other bad news about Charney arose, I asked this friend what the hubbub was about. I wasn't questioning the facts, but instead, I was completely ignorant of them and wanted to know what I had missed.

in short, his detailed response included the term "predatory scumbag" and I haven't been able to stomach the products or advertisments of AA since without that phrase passing through my head.

jag said...

"Silver Springs" of the day:

"Bloomspot is offering AMC Gold Experience Movie Ticket for $4 (Good for one admission up to $13 value).

Select cities only. Your address has to actually include the city name.

MD- Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Silver Springs"

Yesterday I ordered online from Manny and Olgas and Silver Springs was there too. Apparently we still have a long way to go, despite David Schwimmer appearances.

jag said...

Oh, and $4 is a pretty good deal for the movie ticket! Assuming being from Silver Spring doesn't disqualify us from deals in "Silver Springs, MD."

Anonymous said...

Ugh. Artspring? Way to do nothing interesting with ceviche.

Anonymous said...

Agreed about Artspring moving into Ceviche...that kind of store needs to be street level.

Anonymous said...

Looks like the family cleaners are moving tonight into the old Toys R Us Express spot. CVS imminent?

Anonymous said...

CVS is moving into the spot where Hollywood Video and the dry cleaner were. That move is, at least, months away.

Isayaah Parker said...
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Isayaah Parker said...

I still wonder why we need another CVS in downtown Silver Spring when many of us can't even buy a decent tee shirt in the immediate area. American Apparel seems odd on that corner with the absence of other clothing stores. When it opened, I thought it was eminent that other clothing stores would open around it, boy was I wrong. Just more CVS's, temporary art spaces and CELL PHONE STORES. There are two Verizon stores pretty much right next to each other and now the new AT&T store will be redundant with the T Mobile store a block away considering the nearing merger.

boyd said...

I'd rather have a CVS close by than a clothing store. But, then again, the last time I bought any type of clothing would have been - I'm not sure, but it wasn't in this century.

Anonymous said...

I predict Family Dry Cleaners is going to go under quickly with that location (where Toys R Us Express was).

while they probably get a lot of pedestrian traffic, I'm willing to bet the majority of their business parks in the Whole Foods lot (or in the morning, directly in front of their (former) store location.

There will be a lot of people who are unwilling to walk the extra distance with the HEAVY BURDEN of laundry and and RISK THEIR LIVES crossing Fenton to the new location.

PS. You can substitute "laundry" with "books" and "fenton" with "Wayne" and it's the same story as the library bridge :)

Anonymous said...

It's a dry cleaner, not a laundromat. You would, usually, only carry a couple of things to the dry cleaner.

The "RISK THEIR LIVES" statement is a bit over the top.

Anonymous said...

He meant it to be over the top, obviously making fun of ppl who want the bridge. Artspring in Ceviche is disappointing, but obviously they'll be kicked out again once a restaurant wants the space.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I was making fun of the bridge people, but serious about the likely drop in business because some customers will not want to walk the extra 200' and cross fenton (especially in inclement weather, when they are trying to drop off laundry on the way to work).

Anonymous said...

Get ready, Sligo! You can soon blame silver spring for AA's bankruptcy filing with one of your charming ``SILVER SPRING RETAIL FAIL" banners! You must be so happy.

Isayaah Parker said...

A Walgreens would be a great fit for the soon to be defunct American Apparel location. The new CVS will need competition

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