- The Pacers running store on Fenton has closed. The fact that a City Sports opened just a block away couldn't have been good for business. Plus, in the era of sites like Zappos I wouldn't put too much stock in the long term prospects of athletic shoe stores. I don't know what the primary factor in Pacer's closure was, but it's not as if there aren't plenty of joggers around here.
- My Line is Red has a Q&A with one of the owners of of Citizens Brewing Company. In it, the location at 1115 East-West Highway is described as 'ideal'. Let's hope that's the case.
- One place with a less-than-ideal location is Taqueria Distrito Federal, and a commenter in a previous post noted that this space is currently for sale. Hopefully this isn't the end of TDF in Silver Spring. While not perfect, I've eaten there a number of times and have had some decent meals. They are also really good with kids, always offering a complimentary plate of chicken, rice and beans. I'd be a little bummed if they left, but that location is a killer. On paper it's in a good spot, being just a block from DTSS with a large garage located across the street, however it's not particularly visible to passing cars. I've noticed they've recently put up signage in every window in an attempt attract attention.
There's been times I've gone during lunch hour and there were no other customers the entire time I was there, so it wouldn't surprise me if business was too slow to sustain that location.
UPDATE: Per a commenter who spoke with the owner, TDF is not planning to close. I have no idea what this real estate listing is all about, then. There's no other restaurant at that address, and it's very similar to the one posted last year after Skew Works left.
- There's a new Pho place opening on Colesville next to the county liquor store.
|Thanks to Mr. C for the photo.|
- The Post has plenty of details on Urban Butcher, scheduled to open next month on Georgia Avenue.
- A woman killed herself by standing in front of an oncoming train at the Silver Spring station on Saturday.
- People are unhappy that the lone post office servicing a major commercial and residential area is located at the end of a crappy strip mall outside of downtown? You don't say.
- I was recently in a Silver Spring business (which shall remain nameless) and noticed it had an entire wall of counterfeit designer handbags for sale. The bags even still had price tags in Chinese. I guess Silver Spring is still wild west enough to openly commit IP infringement. (And it wasn't in City Place, either. I just take it for granted that this type of thing accounts for half the revenue in there.)
- And while no one would any reason to remember this, years ago I posted that I really liked the street lamps outside the First Baptist Church. Well, one is now in my garage. Thanks, FBC!