Category: Business

Local residents launch Source of the Spring

Two local residents today launched the Source of the Spring, a news site devoted to covering news and information from Silver Spring and Takoma Park. “For several years now, I’ve heard from a number of people about the lack of local news coverage in this area,” said co-founder Mike Diegel, who lives in Northwood/Four Corners. “Our aim is to fill that void and moreover, become a must-read for our neighbors.” “When I moved into the Columbia Heights/Petworth neighborhood down in Washington, D.C., over a decade ago, there was a ton of development happening and I was always curious as...

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What will the election mean for local housing prices?

Photo from Wikipedia Guest post by Dan Metcalf Less than two weeks from Election Day, do we have any idea what the aftermath of a rough campaign season will mean for our area? It’s appropriate that we think of the election’s effects on what for many of us is our largest asset, our homes. Fear not: While this election season has provided some distraction from our local real estate market these last few weeks, Silver Spring’s sound upward real estate trajectory should continue for the following reasons: 1) Nobody leaves: A common perception is that our region benefits from...

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Health, Beauty and Wellness Store Opens

Photo by Mike Diegel Your Whole Body, a nutrition and wellness retailer, has opened at 8646 Colesville Rd. next to Kao Thai in downtown Silver Spring. The store offers a variety of health, wellness, beauty products and seasonal clothing, featuring natural and organic products, including homeopathic...

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Coffee shop/café planned for downtown Takoma Park

Takoma Bev. Co. will open on Laurel Avenue. Photo by Mike Diegel. A pair of entrepreneurs are planning to open a specialty coffee shop/café early next year in downtown Takoma Park. Co-owners Chris Brown (general manager) and Seth Cook (coffee director) will operate Takoma Bev. Co., offering morning espresso drinks, coffees and teas along with a breakfast menu at 6917 Laurel Ave., according to the company website. Later in the day, they will transition to a place for people to hang out, perhaps do some work, with a menu of sandwiches, salads and snacks. In the evening, patrons can...

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Hotel, retail planned for 8600 Georgia Avenue

Plans for a hotel with retail space have been submitted for this corner of Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road in downtown Silver Spring. Photo by Mike Diegel A preliminary plan application has been submitted to the Montgomery County Planning Board for a 173-room hotel with about 4,200 square feet of ground-level retail at 8600 Georgia Ave., the corner of Georgia and Colesville Road currently occupied by a gas station. The hotel would include about 5,000 square feet of meeting space, dining and stand 130 feet tall, within the 145 feet allowed in that zone. One potential sticking point might...

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