Category: Business

Local entrepreneurs plan brewery, beer garden in Silver Spring

Parallel World Brewing Co. will transform portions of this plaza into a beer garden. Photo by Mike Diegel. Two local entrepreneurs have signed a letter of intent to lease 10,000 square feet of space for a brewery in downtown Silver Spring at 8401 Colesville Rd. Christian Layke and Brett A. Robison plan to open Parallel World Brewing Co., which will include a taproom, production facilities and an outdoor beer garden on the plaza level of the building. Both men have been inspired by their experiences drinking in Europe and have adopted the taglines “Explore your World/Experience Gemütlichkeit” for their brewery....

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Community kitchen to give small entrepreneurs a boost

Nancia Sical, owner of Nancia’s Antojitos, roasting tomatoes and tomatillos and doing other prep for her chicken tamales. Photo by Mike Diegel.  The Takoma Park Silver Spring Community Kitchen will hold its grand opening this weekend, bringing a new production facility to local, small-scale food entrepreneurs. The venture grew out of the Crossroads Farmers Market, which was the reason the Crossroads Community Food Network was founded, said Executive Director Christie Balch. The group discovered that a number of customers wanted to start a food business of their own and sell at the market. “We had to say ‘no’ to everyone...

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Council to hold hearing tonight on short-term rentals

Graphic from Wikimedia Commons. The County Council will hold a public hearing tonight on changes to the zoning code affecting short-term rentals under services such as Airbnb, Home Away and others. The hearing on Zoning Text Amendment 17-03, Accessory Residential Uses–Short-term Rentals, will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Seventh Floor Council Hearing Room of the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville. According to the council’s staff report, ZTA 17-03 would permit short-term rentals under these conditions: Allowed only on sites without either a farm tenant dwelling or an accessory apartment Allowed only if the site...

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Fenton Street Market returns to Silver Spring

Photo by Mike Diegel. The Fenton Street Market returned in a new location on Ellsworth Drive in downtown Silver Spring yesterday, eight years after its inception as a craft, cultural and community marketplace. Here is a gallery of photos from yesterday’s event. The next market will be held Oct. 8 from noon-6 p.m. (Note: Source of the Spring co-founder Mike Mowery is a partner in the Fenton Street Market.) All photos by Mike Diegel. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge. UP provided a free yoga session. We don’t think the pup got a tasting. Cooking with Gas played two sets...

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Source Neighborhoods real estate section debuts today

Guest post by Dan Metcalf. Over the next several months, we’ll be rolling out a new feature, “Source Neighborhoods,” which will unpack the communities in which we live, outlining their boundaries, community resources, and, in particular, local real estate markets. Beginning in a week or two, we’ll start bopping from neighborhood to neighborhood, looking at what makes each pocket of our community unique and the sorts of opportunities for housing and recreation they offer. Today we’ll be looking at our market generally—look forward to a more granular level of detail in the weeks to come! In the anything-but-normal year...

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