Category: Business

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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Matchbox Officially Opens in Former Hen Quarter Space

Matchbox Silver Spring officially opened today (April 5) at 919 Ellsworth Dr. in the space formerly occupied by Hen Quarter. The menu features the company’s legacy wood-fired pizzas, mini-burgers and salads—“our historical fan favorites,” as Jim Drost, the company’s culinary director put it—alongside new additions. “I wanted to make sure those [favorites] were still available, but with the new items, I was trying to hit a couple of spots where I thought there was a space for us to get something into the menu that was a little bit different and unique, “ he continued. One example is the...

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Bowser, Residents, Target Officials Cut Ribbon on Shepherd Park Store

Mayor Muriel Bowser, Councilmember Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) and local residents joined Target employees last night for a ceremonial ribbon cutting and soft opening of a new store at Georgia and Eastern avenues. The official opening for the outlet at 7828 Georgia Ave. N.W. is 8 a.m. Sunday, April 7 for what Target officials said is a small-format store geared to serve the local residents. “This store has a special mission,” said store director Steve Periconi. “We’re a neighborhood store. We’re your neighborhood Target.” The new outlet, which was announced last May, is about 31,000 square feet and carries...

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Discovery Ghosts Loom Over Downtown Silver Spring

The ghost of founder John Hendricks appears to loom over Wayne Avenue outside Discovery headquarters. The picture, which actually is a Hendricks cutout, was taken by Stephanie Powers about 6 p.m. Friday, the day she said was the last for most employees. The model dinosaur and other lobby displays were also taken out last week. Look for more information on the plans for this building by the new owners, coming...

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Company’s Coming

We learned we were having six guests, a family spanning three generations, come to stay and visit the history within D.C. back in January. That’s when it started. We had two months to get things in shape as well as figure out where people were going to sleep. You probably have experienced the same and that’s when your eyes open to spots on the walls, cabinets that need to be organized, the yard’s a wreck and you have dirty windows. But it doesn’t stop there. Then the towels you use every day look down trodden, couch pillows slouched and...

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