Marketing campaign underway to aid Fenton Village businesses

A development from Fairfield Residential is the largest project currently disrupting Fenton Village. Photo by Mike Diegel. An ongoing marketing campaign is underway to raise awareness of the number and variety of businesses in Fenton Village, many of whom are being affected by projects in the area. “Several recent developments in Fenton Village have brought a lot of problems for neighborhood businesses,” said Pete Tan, marketing specialist and owner of Silver Spring Inc., who created and manages the campaign on behalf of Fenton Village Inc., the nonprofit in the area that has put on a number of promotions such...

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A Wider Circle to welcome Santa at its North Pole

Photo of the North Pole and volunteers courtesy A Wider Circle Santa Claus will visit Silver Spring’s version of the North Pole at A Wider Circle this Saturday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The North Pole, which opened Dec. 4, is a place where the organization’s clients, including children, can shop and pick out presents for free. The shop is part of the group’s holiday giving program, which accepts donations of new toys, books, clothes, art supplies, gift cards and more for kids ages 1-18 to keep the center stocked with presents throughout the month. The North Pole,...

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Councilmember Riemer elected council president

Photo courtesy Council President Riemer Councilmember Hans Riemer (D-At Large) has been unanimously elected as president of the County Council for a one-year term. Riemer, who previously served as vice president, succeeds Councilmember Roger Berliner (D-District 1). Traditionally, the vice president is elevated to the presidency after serving a one-year term. Riemer, who is entering his eighth year on the council, is the council’s lead member for digital government on the Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee and on the Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee. He has been a strong advocate for funding public education and public transportation,...

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Upcoming Events, Dec. 6-14

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, December 6 Planning Department Winter Speaker Series, “The Economic Future of the Suburbs: Infill, Commerce, Placemaking,” 8787 Georgia Ave., 6-7:30 p.m. “The Economic Future of the Suburbs: Infill, Commerce, Placemaking,” Session 1: Infill, Planning Headquarters, 8787 Georgia Ave., 6-7:30 p.m. “Poverty and Our Shared Humanity,”
 Dr. Mark Bergel, Founder, A Wider Circle, Silver Spring
Civic Building, Pot luck dinner 
6:30 p.m., program 7 p.m. RSVP Thursday, December 7 “Building Community Celebration,” Montgomery County Renters Alliance Inc., Denizens Brewing Co., 1115 East-West Highway, $25-$175, 6-9 p.m. Friday, December 8 Seabury at Springvale Terrace Craft and Vendor...

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Two new businesses under construction in Silver Spring

Photo by Mike Diegel Two new businesses are under construction in downtown Silver Spring south of Wayne Avenue. Walgreen’s will open a location at 1015 Ripley St. in a new space next to Silver Cycles. According to a worker on the site, this will be a pharmacy-only store. The target date for opening the pharmacy is March, the workman said. At the same time, the former Benjamin Moore store at 8213 Georgia Ave. has been gutted and the interior will be rebuilt for Palisades Lounge. Other than the application for a Class B license to sell beer, wine and...

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UP hosts benefit for Shepherd’s Table

UP co-owner Erin McNamara (left) chats with Mary Duke Smith. Photo by Mike Diegel. More than 50 people attended a benefit for Shepherd’s Table Friday at UP—Healing, Wellness, Adventure, with contributions from vendor and ticket sales of more than $500 and counting going to the organization that serves the homeless. UP will continue to display artwork for sale from Marylou Katherine Hartman and Janet Wheeler, with all proceeds from the sales going to Shepherd’s Table. Note: Source of the Spring was the media sponsor of this event. Here are a few photos from Friday’s event, all by Mike Diegel....

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#SourceSunsets: Woodmoor

Woodmoor. Photo by Amy Stacy. If you have a Silver Spring sunset photo you’d like to share, please submit through our News Tips form, or send an email to info[at] Please include #SourceSunsets in the subject, along with your name and where the photo was...

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PJ’s Coffee plans to open outlet on Georgia Avenue

Photo by David Lay. PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans plans to open an outlet on the ground floor of Core apartments at 8621 Georgia Ave., its first in Maryland. The company was founded in 1978 by Phyllis Jordan and uses only 100 percent Arabica beans sourced from fourteen countries, according its website. Its outlets offer a wide variety of coffee and tea drinks, including cold-brewed coffee, “a process pioneered by our founder,” the site says. Customers can also order smoothies, hot or frozen chocolate drinks, lemonade and granitas, as well as breakfast items. PJ’s, which has 90 outlets primarily...

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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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UPDATED: Third dockless bikeshare company coming next week

Photo by Mike Mowery A third dockless bikeshare company is scheduled to begin operating in a demonstration area beginning Dec. 7, according to a press release. Spin, founded in San Francisco in 2016, will join Limebike and Ofo to offer riders the chance to pick one of 100 Spin-branded bikes, ride it to a destination and park it on public space for the next user. The county has also designated specific areas to park shared bikes on Ellsworth Street next to Veterans Plaza and on Ripley Street behind the Silver Spring Transit Center. Dockless bikeshare companies do not rely...

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