Takoma Park coworking space holds grand opening

From left, Jonathan Griffin, Takowork partners Donna Victoria and Michelle Coyle, Mayor Kate Stewart and Laura Barclay of Main Street Takoma cut the ribbon on the new business. Photo by Mike Diegel. Takowork, a new coworking and event space at 7000 Carroll Ave., 2nd Floor in Takoma Park, held its grand opening Sept. 7. The flexible use space, formerly occupied by a law firm, was developed for remote workers and entrepreneurs by partners Michelle Coyle and Donna Victoria and will be available for community events in the evenings. The two took over the space on August 1 and set...

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Stand-up comedy comes back to Silver Spring theater

Graphic courtesy Improbable Comedy. Improbable Comedy brings its stand-up performances back to The Highwood Theatre with three comedians this Saturday at 8 p.m. The show, for 21 and over, will feature: Dominic Rivera, an Air Force vet, father, comic and podcaster. Franqi French, who has appeared at The DC Improv, Caroline’s on Broadway, The World Famous Comedy Store on Sunset Strip and TV One’s “Roland Martin Show.” Benjy Himmelfarb, a nationally touring comedian who has performed at the Kennedy Center and in comedy clubs, theaters, “and dive bars that smell like old cheese all over the country.” The Washington Post...

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County launches “Renters Have Rights” campaign to assist tenants

Image taken from Montgomery County graphic. County Executive Ike Leggett (D), joined by councilmembers and representatives of the Department of Housing and Community Affairs and the Housing Opportunities Commission, yesterday announced a new “Renters Have Rights” campaign of increased housing inspections and tenant outreach. “Due to our recently updated housing law [Bill 19-15], the Department of Housing and Community Affairs now has expanded responsibilities and resources to step up their housing inspections and tenant advocacy,” said Leggett in a press release. “I urge tenants to call 3-1-1 if they have any concerns so that our housing department can inspect...

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Fenton Street Market returns to Downtown Silver Spring on Sunday

Graphic courtesy Fenton Street Market. The first of three Second Sunday Markets from Fenton Street Market will kick off this Sunday, September 10 from 12-6 pm on Ellsworth Drive in Downtown Silver Spring. As we previously reported, Fenton Street Market makes its return this fall in a new location with a broader community of vendors and additional live programming. Two more markets will be open Oct. 8 and Nov. 12. Each market will be run from noon to 6 pm. Vendors confirmed for Sunday’s market include: Bespoke Not Broke Bon Bon Decor Butterfly Paper Design Crafts and More Habeebah’s Herbals in-jeen-yuhs JSquared Candle...

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Boutique fitness studios sign leases in Central

Rendering courtesy Grosvenor Americas. Two boutique fitness studios have signed leases for space in the Central residential community, the first two lessees in the property at 8455 Fenton St. Pure Barre will open a 1,200-square-foot studio while Orangetheory Fitness will occupy more than 3,800 square feet. Both studios are expected to open in early 2018, according to a press release from developer Grosvenor Americas. Pure Barre was founded by dancer, choreographer and fitness guru Carrie Rezabek Dorr in Birmingham, Mich. in 2001 and now has more than 375 studios across the country, including eight in Maryland. The workout uses...

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County warns against air duct cleaning coupon scams

Image by Alachua County on Flickr. The Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection has issued an alert about the ubiquitous mailed coupons offering air duct cleaning at what looks like a bargain price. “Most of these firms do not even disclose their business address on their coupons and receipts,” said OCP Director Eric Friedman in a press release. “The coupon-based air duct cleaning industry has been the subject of national and local television news hidden-camera reports, yet consumers continue to file complaints with our office year after year.” The OCP also released a Consumer Alert Air Duct Scams Video...

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Local restaurant week continues through Sunday

Photo courtesy Old Takoma Business Association. Silver Spring-Takoma Park Restaurant Week continues through Sunday at about three dozen local restaurants. Councilmember Tom Hucker (D-District 5), who spearheaded the local promotional effort in 2015, hosted a kickoff event Tuesday for this year’s week at Republic in Takoma Park. “Silver Spring-Takoma Park Restaurant Week is a six-day culinary celebration highlighting the variety of dining options in the area,” said Hucker in a press release. “The participating restaurants embody the diversity of our community and offer cuisines from America and around the world, including Mexico, Ethiopia, China, Korea, Cuba and the Middle East....

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Arts center offering creative camps for kids when schools are closed

Photo courtesy CREATE Arts Center. With area schools now in session, CREATE Arts Center in Silver Spring is once again offering parents a creative care alternative with “No School Day Camps” on days when schools are not open. The camps for 6- to 14-year-olds are scheduled for more than 20 days on holidays such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Veterans Day, as well as teacher conference days, professional development days and others. The camp schedule follows Montgomery County Public Schools and Washington D.C. Public Schools, along with several local private schools and a variety of charter schools. Parents...

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Upcoming Events Sept. 6-14

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, September 6 Silver Spring-Takoma Park Restaurant Week continues through Sept. 10 Historical Fiction: Its Past And Future—Conversation With Annamaria Alfieri, Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, September 7 Grand Opening Takowork shared space, 7000 Carroll Ave., 2nd Floor, 6:30-8 p.m. Meet Barry Wood, author, “Exploring New Europe: A Bicycle Journey,” Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., 7-8 p.m. Safe Silver Spring quarterly meeting with 3rd District Police, 1002 Milestone Dr., 7-10 p.m. Friday, September 8 Lunch with the Mayor, El Marinero Comida Lantina and Grill, 1319 University Blvd. E., Takoma Park,...

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Local restaurants raising funds for hurricane relief

Photo of Texas shake courtesy Lincoln’s Bar-B-Que. At least three restaurants in Silver Spring and Takoma Park are raising funds to help Hurricane Harvey victims this week. Black Restaurant Group, which includes Republic in Takoma Park, has added a hurricane donation line to each guest check to collect relief funds. Owner Jeff Black, a Houston native, told The Washington Post the funds would go to help hospitality industry employees in the Houston area, including those of Tacos A Go Go, a small taqueria chain in which he is a partner. Donations will be accepted through Sept. 14 and handled...

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