Closings, other scheduling for holiday announced

Photo from Wikimedia Commons. Most public offices will be closed tomorrow for the Fourth of July holiday. All county offices and libraries will be closed, as will Montgomery County schools and administrative offices. State offices and courts also will be closed. The county’s liquor stores, however, will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be no trash or recycling pick up on the holiday. The schedule for pick up will shift one day—Tuesday pickup will take place on Wednesday, Wednesday’s on Thursday, etc. The Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station also will be closed. The...

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Bonjour Waffles opens in Downtown Silver Spring

Bonjour Waffles’ Berry Cheesecake Liège Waffle: Topped with blueberries & blackberries cooked in sweet syrup, and topped with confection sugar and a scoop of cream cheese. (David Lay/Source of the Spring) Bonjour Waffles opened for business at 7am today in Downtown Silver Spring. We previously reported that Bonjour Waffles, a food truck featuring Belgian Waffles, Crepes and Liège Waffles, would be opening at 8600 Georgia Avenue, in the space vacated by Fajita Sub Factory. Due to incorrect information regarding the permitting process, owner Irene Kinyoki-Adjeb had to delay opening by a week. Once the grand opening is over, she’ll operate...

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#SourceSunsets: East Silver Spring

Silver Spring Avenue. Photo by Mike Mowery. 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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#SourceSunsets: University & Williamsburg

University & Williamsburg in Four Corners. Photo by Sean Emerson. 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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County departments unveil “I Take It Personally” campaign

The program includes ads on busses. Montgomery County photo via Flickr. The Montgomery County Police Department and Department of Liquor Control, in partnership with Dryver and Lyft, this week unveiled the “I Take It Personally” campaign. The campaign is an effort to combat drunk driving and encourage residents not to over-consumer alcohol. It also targets establishments serving alcohol to remind them to avoid over-serving their customers. “The campaign will include messaging on busses, bus shelters, and within the 27 county liquor stores and private establishments serving alcohol over the summer months, through September 2017. “Police officer-themed fliers will also...

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Pollo Campero moving closer to July opening

Pollo Campero is approaching a mid-July opening. (David Lay/Source of the Spring) Pollo Campero is putting the finishing touches on its new location at 8666 Colesville Road, in the former DaMarco Grappa Bar. As we previously reported in April, Pollo Campero, which bills itself as “the world’s largest Latin chicken chain,” was originally planning for a mid-May opening. According to the construction foreman, the opening was pushed to the July 4th weekend, however they are now looking at opening in mid-July. Two factors are pushing back the opening. One is a delay in the delivery of new plate glass to...

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Silver Spring’s second brewery planned for Georgia Avenue

Astrolabe Brewing hopes to open in early 2018. Photo by Mike Diegel. Silver Spring’s second brewery, Astrolabe Brewing, is planned for the space formerly occupied by Joe’s Record Paradise at 8216 Georgia Ave. Co-owner Emma Whelan said she and partner Matt Cronin, who will be the head brewer, have been working on the concept and looking for a location for about two years. “There will be a lot of indoor-outdoor feel to it,” Whelan said, with space outside. What the brewery won’t have, contrary to earlier reports, is a rooftop terrace, as the building can’t support that weight, so...

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New coffee shop and café set to open Saturday

Ground, a new coffee shop from the owner of Balagger Ethiopian Restaurant & Bar, opens Saturday. Photo by Mike Mowery. Ground, a café and coffee boutique, is scheduled to open Saturday at the corner of Sligo Avenue and Selim Road in the space formerly occupied by Jackie’s Sidebar. Owner Malede Anteneh, who also owns and operates Balagger Ethiopian Restaurant & Bar next door, said the shop will offer coffee, tea and organic juices as well as beer and wine. The café will be open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week serving pastries, breakfast sandwiches, and lunch items...

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First medical marijuana dispensary in Silver Spring announced

Green Thumb Industries has proposed the former Banner Glass site as its first medical marijuana dispensary in Silver Spring. (David Lay/Source of the Spring) Silver Spring’s first medical marijuana dispensary has been revealed. Green Thumb Industries, the Chicago-based company that has former Ravens player Eugene Monroe as a partner, announced plans to open at 7900 Fenton Street. Banner Glass closed its location at the address in July of last year. According to Bethesda Beat, Monroe and GTI Director & CEO Pete Kadens gave a presentation in February, announcing their plans to build a location in Silver Spring. GTI was...

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Whole Foods Market debuts new venues in first phase of renovations

Whole Foods opened its new section this morning. Photo by David Lay. Whole Foods Market in Silver Spring unveiled its new venues in the first phase of a store renovation. Here are some photos of the new areas. (Photos by Mike Diegel) Paper Horse offers ramen, three types of Chinese burgers, noodles and bao, as well as side dishes. Watch your sushi be prepared while you wait. Or grab some sushi and go. The bakery is much larger. Behind that is the second phase of the renovation, which should open in August. There’s a new coffee, juice and smoothie...

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