New businesses, visitor spending adds $10 million to tax coffers

Events such as the jazz festival generate new spending in Silver Spring. Photo by Mike Diegel. Business growth and visitor spending at events in Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District had a tax impact of more than $10 million in fiscal 2016, according to a report commissioned by the Maryland State Arts Council. The amount was the second highest among the state’s 24 A&E districts, topped only by a tax impact of about $11.7 million in Frederick. The amount included taxes generated from property, income, sales, payroll and “other” taxes collected. Statewide, the report shows that the A&E districts...

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#SourceSaturday: Recommend Your Favorite Local Businesses

It’s #SourceSaturday, which is our weekly reminder to shop our local businesses here in the area. We’ve featured numerous local businesses in the past year: Silver Strings (upcoming), Velatis Caramels, Skincando, Koiner Farm, and Bonjour Waffles are just a few examples. What are your favorite local businesses? What is your favorite place that we should feature next? Let us know in the comments....

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Developers review project plans for 8787 Georgia Ave. with residents

Site plan rendering courtesy Bozzuto Development. About a dozen people attended a meeting last night to review project plans for the site at 8787 Georgia Ave. (currently occupied by Park and Planning Headquarters) prior to the submission of the Preliminary Plan and Site Plan. The project, a joint venture between Bozzuto Development and StonebridgeCarras LLC, calls for a mixed-use development with up to 400 apartments and about 32,000 square feet of non-residential use, primarily retail. The new construction will consist of two connected buildings that will face Georgia Avenue and Spring Street. One of the principal changes from the...

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Santa stops in Silver Spring during benefit ride

Photo by Mike Diegel Santa and Mrs. Claus stopped their Harley-Davidsons in Silver Spring yesterday during the Montgomery County Police Department’s annual Santa Ride to benefit The Children’s Inn at NIH.  About 30 motorcycle officers escorted Motor Officer Robert Ladany and his wife, Jackie, who played the two holiday characters and visited with residents at stops throughout the county. Once at their Bethesda destination, Santa, Mrs. Claus and the officers shopped for gifts at the Inn’s gift shop, visited patients and their families, worked a face-painting station and made arts and crafts with the children. The Children’s Inn at...

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Takoma Park pop-up exhibit includes historic walking tour

One of three cyanotype/screenprints from the installation. Photo by Mike Diegel. A pair of Takoma Park artists has created an outdoor pop-up exhibit that includes a self-guided walking tour of several historic sites along Sligo Creek and near Takoma Junction. Water Works, the first of two planned exhibitions on this site, opened earlier this month and features cyanotype/screenprint installations by Marty Ittner and Gretchen Schermerhorn. The installation reproduces historic photographs in a structure, thought to be a former garage, on Hilltop Road between Maple and Geneva avenues. In addition, the artists matched a series of old photos from Historic Takoma to the...

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Upcoming Events, Dec. 13-21

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, December 13 Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment Advisory Committee meeting, Silver Spring Civic Building, 4-5:30 p.m. Friends of the Silver Spring Library All-Friends Meeting, Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., 7 p.m. What Is Going On (in the real estate development world) in Silver Spring?, Silver Spring Civic Building, 7 p.m. Thursday, December 14 Silver Spring Transportation Management District meeting, Discovery Communications, 8 a.m. Carpe Diem! Second Thursday Contra Dance, Silver Spring Civic Building, $5-$10, 7-10 p.m. Pre-Submission Community Meeting for 8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring Civic Building, Fenton Room, 7 p.m. Friday, December 15...

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Holiday news: Cheetos popcorn goes national in theaters

Graphic from Frito-Lay In holiday news you didn’t know you needed, Cheetos Popcorn will make its national debut Friday, Dec. 15 at participating Regal Cinemas. The snack features Cheetos-flavored popcorn mixed with Crunchy Cheetos. It has been available in other venues, such as ballparks, but this is the snack’s first national partnership. Billed as “the best thing to happen to popcorn since butter,” Cheetos Popcorn has already reportedly been seen in the wild at the Regal Majestic in downtown Silver Spring. It will be sold in 32-ounce cups, but no word on...

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Pawnshop to open in location of former bakery

Photo by Mike Diegel Famous Pawn Brokers will open a shop at 9443 Georgia Ave. in the space formerly occupied by New Yorker Bakery. The pawnshop is part of First Cash Financial Services, which operated more than 1,250 locations in 14 states, Mexico, El Salvador and Guatemala. The company was founded in 1988 and is based in Arlington, Texas. It operates stores under 14 different brands, including First Cast Pawn, King Pawn, and Valu+Pawn, among others. In 2016, First Cash Financial Services merged with Cash America International, forming FirstCash Inc., which then began trading on the New York Stock...

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Holidaze from Fenton Street Market draws crowds

Fenton Street Market co-owner Elizabeth Baer was interviewed by Hagerstown’s WDVM-TV. (Photo by Mike Diegel.) The chilly weather didn’t deter the shoppers roaming Ellsworth Drive looking for crafts and other holiday gifts at the Fenton Street Market Holidaze event. Here are some photos of the people and the products (all photos by Mike Diegel). Market co-owner (and Source co-founder) Mike Mowery, lower left, and friend. These pop-up cards were popular. Everything here was made from recycled materials. Books and cards for kids and pun lovers. There were several jewelry vendors. Pray or play? Or both? Merry Christmas to...

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