Little Loft to Reopen, Rebrand as The Loft Collective

The Little Loft in Takoma Park will reopen and rebrand as The Loft Collective in its original location with a grand reopening planned for Aug. 29. The Loft, founded in 2012 by Lia Salza, is a children’s art studio and community space with classes and aftercare programs for children ages 2-12 from Takoma Park and Piney Branch elementary schools.

Catalyst Hot Dogs Owner Featured in NPR’s ‘The Indicator from Planet Money’

Chris Van Jura, the owner of the Catalyst Hot Dogs food cart, is featured in an episode of ‘The Indicator from Planet Money,’ NPR’s “little show about big ideas”. The episode, titled “The COVID Small Business Boom,” discusses businesses that were started as a byproduct of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wider Circle Board Names Javaid New President & CEO

A Wider Circle’s board of directors has appointed Amy S. Javaid as the Silver Spring nonprofit’s new president & CEO, according to an announcement on the organization’s website.

Construction of Silver Spring’s Tallest Building Tops Out

Silver Spring’s latest apartment development reached a milestone this week when the 26-story Solaire 8200 Dixon topped out, developer Washington Property Company announced. The development, which will be Silver Spring’s tallest building, is a 403-unit apartment tower in the heart of the Ripley District in downtown Silver Spring.

DOT Commits to Free Bus Rides for Seniors, Persons with Disabilities

The county’s Department of Transportation will implement its Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Ride Free Program for the long term including after fares are resumed on the county bus system, which includes Ride On, Ride On extRa, Flex, and Flash buses.

The Angry Jerk Set to Open at 4 p.m. Today

The Angry Jerk, featuring “authentic Caribbean cuisine,” will open at 4 p.m. today (July 21), according to a spokesperson for the restaurant. The menu features jerk chicken, curry chicken, and brown stew chicken with roasted carrots and gravy, along with jerk salmon as well as jerk or fried snapper.