Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Check out what's on tap this year at the Bethesda Row Hanukkah Spectacular.
Balloon menorahs, live music, hot latkes and celebrities will lead the 5th annual Bethesda Row Hanukkah show this year. Katie Balloons, balloon artist and star TLC series The Unpoppables, will join Rabbi Sender Geisinsky of the Chabad of Bethesda-Chevy Chase to host ‘Chanukah Balloonarama’ at 5:30 p.m. Sunday on Bethesda Lane. The event is free and open to the public and includes a balloon show with souvenirs for children, live music, hot latkes, chocolate coins and more, according to a press release. According to Rabbi Geisineky, the balloon theme was chosen to reflect the uplifting story of Hanukkah, an event commemorating the victory of Jewish fighters, known as the Maccabees, over the great Syrian-Greek army. This year, Hanukkah begins…
Monday, December 3, 2012
Robert Wiedmaier's downtown Bethesda eatery has changed its name, Bethesda Magazine's Table Talk blog reports.
Bethesda's Mussel Bar has changed its name after restaurant reps say it may have been keeping away diners who aren't fans of mussels, Bethesda Magazine's Table Talk blog reported. The new name -- "Mussel Bar & Grille" -- indicates the Bethesda Row eatery serves up more than mollusks and operates as a restaurant and not just a bar, according to the report. Though mussels are a draw, they make up only about six or seven of the approximately 30 menu items at the restaurant, Frank Shull, chief operating officer and partner in Robert Wiedmaier’s RW Restaurant Group, told Table Talk. Robert Wiedmaier, the noted Belgian chef behind Mussel Bar & Grille, also recently opened Wildwood Kitchen in Bethesda's Wildwood Shopping Center. Read the full …
Friday, November 30, 2012
The Bethesda Lane storefront served as a temporary location for the menswear guideshop, which will re-locate to Washington, DC after the holidays.
As quickly as it came, Bethesda Row’s newest menswear store Bonobos is on its way out. Bonobos opened its guideshop in early November, taking the spot of the recently departed Urban Chic on Bethesda Lane. When it opened, the company intended for the Bethesda Lane storefront to serve as a temporary location for the shop before relocating it to Washington, DC, according to the store’s senior public relations manager, Gina DiPietro. The guideshop will remain in that location for one more month -- until Dec. 25 -- before moving to its new location in DC. “The Bethesda Guideshop will be open through the holidays -- end of December -- and then will relocate to a DC location in January,” DiPietro told Patch in an email. “Exact location is to be …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Make Meaning, which offers creative activities for adults and kids, is popular amongst celebrity moms.
A popular family activity chain that's drawn the attention of celebrities including Melissa Joan Hart and Katie Holmes is targeting Bethesda for its newest location. Make Meaning—a shop that offers artistic activities for kids and adults—is set to open in early March 2013 on Bethesda Avenue. The shop offers seven “creative experiences” that include cake decorating, ceramics, candles, glass, jewelry, soap and paper. A variety of activities are available for each -- for example, visitors can whip up anything from a glass coaster to a glass serving platter as a part of the glass "creative experience." “Make Meaning is a really cool place and it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before,” said Daniel Nissanoff, CEO of Make Meaning. “It’s a place …
Friday, September 21, 2012
Line stretches down the block in front of the Bethesda Row Apple Store Friday morning.
If you wanted to snag a new iPhone today, you had to wait in line -- a long line. Apple released its new iPhone 5 Friday, and techies waited in line to be the first to get their hands on the much-anticipated smartphone. At Bethesda Row, the line stretched down the block, nearly to Arlington Road. The good news? Apple provided free Dunkin Donuts coffee for the eager shoppers. If you're wondering where to buy one, check out our handy guide. There are only two Apple stores in Montgomery County -- both in Bethesda -- but plenty of other retailers are carrying the iPhone today. Did you buy an iPhone 5 today? How long did you wait in line? What do you think of the new smartphone? Tell us in the comments.
Friday, August 31, 2012
Carless commuters have expanded options with vehicles that can be rented by the hour.
Alternative transportation options for Bethesdans are expanding after six new Zipcars debuted in Bethesda this month. Zipcars, which can be rented by the hour, have become popular among urbanites who rely mainly on public transportation and need a car only on occasion. The car sharing service provides an alternative to owning or renting a car. Zipcars have been around for awhile in Bethesda and Montgomery County – you’ve probably seen them parked in the private lot beneath Bethesda Row. This month, however, the company debuted 18 new Zipcars across Montgomery County. The new cars are all parked on the street, whereas before, they had typically been parked in private lots. “We are very excited to be expanding our presence in Montgomery …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
The Washington Examiner reports on resident worries about impact on schools and traffic.
With new developments under construction and many more on the way, Bethesda residents are concerned about additional cars on clogged streets and more students in overcrowded schools, The Washington Examiner reports. Projects already underway include Lot 31 – two residential towers and a public parking garage at the corner of Bethesda and Woodmont Avenues – and two Woodmont Triangle residential towers, the Gallery of Bethesda and Bainbridge Bethesda. The Lot 31 project will prompt a 20-month closure of a stretch of Woodmont Avenue beginning Sept. 4. A development map released by the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center indicates 19 more projects that are either approved and pending or under review around downtown Bethesda. The …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Equinox will offer dance workouts before the screening to mark the film's 25th anniversary.
Bethesda Row’s outdoor summer movie series wraps up Tuesday, but you may want to show up early to the screening of '80s classic "Dirty Dancing." To mark the film’s 25th anniversary, Equinox Fitness Club will host a 15-minute dance warm up on Bethesda Lane beginning at 8:15 p.m. If you’re in the mood for a longer workout, Equinox also is offering a free hour-long cardio dance class at their Elm Street location from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The screening of "Dirty Dancing" begins on the lane at dusk, around 8:45. Moviegoers can also check out “dinner and dancing” menu specials offered by Redwood, featuring watermelon and tomato salad, "dirty" house-made chips and "salsa," and cocktail flavors including lemon "merengue" pie and "I carried a …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
We know. That's a lot of B's.
A burrito chain that originated in Boston will soon open its doors in Bethesda. Boloco, short for Boston Local Company, will officially open at 4930 Elm Street on Bethesda Row Thursday. But hungry residents were poking their heads in the door Monday evening during the chain's soft opening, taste-testing the "globally inspired" fare. Boloco serves up more than just your typical burrito. A glance at the menu reveals burritos flaunting flavors from New Orleans, Memphis, India, and Thailand, to name just a few. The "Tikka Masala" features creamy masala sauce, while the "Bangkok Thai" includes Thai-style peanut sauce, Asian slaw, and cucumbers. The "Buffalo" features spicy buffalo sauce, blue cheese and celery, while the "Memphis BBQ" has …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Vino Volo will land on Woodmont Avenue this fall.
Details emerged this week about a new wine bar set to debut on Bethesda Row’s Woodmont Avenue this fall. Vino Volo, a wine bar chain based in airports across the country, will mark its first stand-alone store in an urban area with the Bethesda location, the company announced Tuesday. “Many of our customers have been asking us to open in urban locations so they can enjoy the Vino Volo experience without a boarding pass,” company founder and CEO Doug Tomlinson told The Washington Post. News of Vino Volo’s landing on Bethesda Row was first reported by Bethesda Magazine's Table Talk blog. Like at the chain’s airport locations, Vino Volo’s Bethesda lounge will offer three different wines, according to the Post. The Bethesda spot will combine a…