Category: Business Profiles

Long-standing Business to Close Silver Spring Location, Go Virtual

A long-standing Silver Spring business will shut its physical location at 914 Silver Spring Ave. and go virtual in partnership with another operation, according to President & CEO Charles Atwell. Atwell founded Innovative Business Interiors in 1990. At the time, the company was located on Brookville Road and its primary customer base was the U.S. government. “Post-911, it was much more difficult and much more expensive to both do sales calls as well as installations at government sites,” Atwell said, adding that it also became more difficult to win contracts due to the government tightening certain procurement requirements. Now,...

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Mobile Bike Shop Saves Bicyclists an Awkward Trip

Ray Heinsman of The Bike Shop works on a client’s bike. Photo by Mike Diegel. Area bicyclists no longer have to deal with the awkwardness of loading their bike in a vehicle and driving it somewhere for service. The Bike Shop will come to you. “The whole idea is you don’t have to bring your bike somewhere,” said Ray Heinsman, who founded the company, “which is a difficult thing for families to do, especially with multiple bikes for multiple kids. I saw a need, and it turns out it really is something that people do need.” For now at...

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Second medical marijuana dispensary planned near transit center

Graphic courtesy HerbaFi Wellness. Silver Spring will get a second medical marijuana dispensary when HerbaFi Wellness opens at 8413 Ramsey Ave. across from the transit center. Founder Zeina Frayha, who will handle the financial end of the business, and her husband, Terry Saad, who will be director of operations, lead the family-run operation. Frayha’s father is a rheumatologist and will serve the company as its medical director. The two were motivated to apply for a license by what they’ve experienced with family and friends. “”We both have a lot of physicians on both sides of our family, and everybody...

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Silver Spring is home of one of area’s oldest businesses

Owner Amy Servais behind the counter at Velatis Caramels. Photo by Mike Diegel. One of Washington D.C.’s oldest continually operating businesses is in an unassuming location in downtown Silver Spring. Velatis Caramels opened in Washington at 620 Ninth St. N.W. in 1866, more than 150 years ago, serving handmade caramels and other treats. Many of displays in the current store tell some of the company’s history through old ads, different candy box designs and so forth. “The company first started in Richmond,” said owner Amy Servais. “And at the end of the Civil War, when Richmond burned, their shop...

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Silver Spring Gems: Koiner Farm

Koiner Farm, at the corner of Easley & Grove Streets in Downtown Silver Spring, is an Urban Farm hidden in plain sight. (David Lay/Source of the Spring) For 30-plus years, Charlie Koiner and his daughter, Lynn, have grown over 20 types of produce in a one-acre plot behind the house that the Koiner family has owned since the 1930s.  Called ‘the only working farm in Downtown Silver Spring’ on its Facebook page, it’s an urban farm hidden in plain sight at 737 Easley Street, just blocks from the Silver Spring Library. They offer tours of the gardens, especially for children. Groups are also welcome. In...

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