Planning Department Releases Study Recommending Ways to Strengthen Diverse Retailers

The county’s Planning Department has released a study that recommends a series of proposals that could strengthen diverse retailers in three areas. The Retail in Diverse Communities Study looked at three communities—Silver Spring, Takoma-Langley Crossroads, and Wheaton—where local businesses have faced recent challenges not only from the pandemic, but also from redevelopment (primarily Wheaton) and Purple Line construction.

Main Street Pearl to Hold Grand Opening Friday in Takoma Park

Main Street Pearl, which advertises itself as a bubbly bar, noshery and tuck shop, will have its grand opening from 3–7 p.m. Friday, March 12 at 7050 Carroll Ave. in Takoma Park. The women-owned space offers bubble tea, kombucha on tap, mocktails, sparkling wine, beer, hard cider and other drinks at the bubbly bar.