by BethesdaNow.com — January 4, 2013 at 3:45 pm 5 Comments

The Bethesda Community Store will be on the auction block on Tuesday, nearly 90 years since it opened at the corner of Old Georgetown Road and Greentree Road.

The property has been foreclosed upon and will be up for sale on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. The small cabin-like store, recognized as historic by the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission, has been selling goods since 1924 and is one of the few remaining commercial structures from the early 20th century in Bethesda.

It also includes a barbecue stand and patio. Store owner Arnie Fainman encountered resistance from the county and neighbors in 2001, when he tried to sell seafood at the store through a vendor who was forced to leave the NIH campus across the street because of Sept. 11 security restrictions.

Fainman won a court battle to to double the store’s space. The barbecue is a lunchtime favorite of workers at NIH and nearby Suburban Hospital.

Fainman said he couldn’t comment on the property’s sale because he is a tenant. The property is owned by Chevy Chase-based property management company the Jaffe Group. A representative did not respond to a request for comment.

“It’s out of my hands,” Fainman said.

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by BethesdaNow.com — January 4, 2013 at 2:35 pm 0

Editor’s Note: This weekly sponsored column is written by Arash Tafakor, owner of Georgetown Square Wine and Beer (10400 Old Georgetown Road).

For the next few weekends I’m going to be doing some cool local brewery tours that my colleagues have recommended. These tours are a great opportunity for any beer lover to see how beer is brewed and the process each beer goes through all the way to bottling.

Each brewery tour is different, some give only in-depth tours, some give lessons on brewing and some have their own restaurant and brew pub so you can wash down fresh brew with a great meal. This combination of small amounts of free beer and food make a perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Being in the D.C area we are lucky to be able to visit many breweries either inside or outside the Capital Beltway. Here are a few tours on my schedule for the next few weeks.

Flying Dog Brewery Frederick, MD

Originally brewed in Colorado, Flying Dog purchased Frederick Brewing Company in 2006 and moved its entire brewing operations right in our area. Flying Dog built a state of the art facility that can produce up to 100,000 barrels of beer a year. This is a must go to tour. Flying Dog has a number of different beers they brew every day. Known for their artistic labels and numerous styles of core beers Flying Dog is not only a local favorite but also a national powerhouse in the beer industry. Reservations are required.

Port City Brewing Company Alexandria, VA

This tour is also should be on the top of your to do list. Port City was originally formed from a Small Business Administration loan. Bill Butcher, owner and brew master of Port City, even spoke at the Democratic National Convention about how the loan got his brewery up and running. Politics aside, I’m a huge fan of this loan, because Port City makes great beers. Their equipment is state of the art and facilities are brand new. The tours are usually small and the guides encourage questions, making this a great learning experience. Reservations are not needed.

Heavy Seas Brewery Halethorpe, MD

Owner and brewmaster Huge Sisson is responsible for the legalization of brewpubs in the state of Maryland. After leaving his family owned brewpub in 1994, Sisson founded Clipper City Brewery to satisfy Baltimore beer lovers after National Bohemian relocated out of Baltimore. As the craft beer industry expanded Sisson introduced a high gravity line called Heavy Seas. The Heavy Seas line took off and eventually became the new brand of Clipper City. As for the tour itself, I’ve heard amazing things about how fun it is. They have excellent beers and great food to compliment. Reservations are recommended.

The views and opinions expressed in the column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of BethesdaNow.com.


by BethesdaNow.com — January 4, 2013 at 1:35 pm 0

A spa is taking over the former space of Urban Loft on Cordell Avenue in Woodmont Triangle.

The Bethesda Wellness Spa is in the works on the ground floor of 4715 Cordell Ave., where the luxury furniture store moved out late last year.

Workers were installing light fixtures and curtains this week, though it’s unclear when the business will open. The spa will join at least a dozen others in downtown Bethesda, including the Blush Med Institute (4915 Cordell Ave.) which opened last year a few blocks away.

by BethesdaNow.com — January 4, 2013 at 11:00 am 0


A resident at the Grosvenor recently found their car missing some very important parts.

Police say they received a call for a car up on cinder blocks on Wednesday afternoon in the 10400 block of Grosvenor Place.

The owner of the vehicle had already made a police report for stolen tires and rims. A tow truck took the car to a local repair shop.

Police are investigating when the tire theft took place, but New Year’s Day is known as one of the most busy holidays for car thieves. In 2011, more car thefts took place on New Year’s Day nationwide than any holiday other than Halloween. New Year’s Eve ranked fifth on the list.

About half a dozen Arlington residents had their tires stolen and cars placed on cinder blocks late last year.

by BethesdaNow.com — January 4, 2013 at 10:00 am 0

Bethesda-based EYA developers yesterday unveiled renderings for its planned 30-townhome community on the former site of the Betco cinder block plant near Little Falls Parkway.

EYA bought the property, which will be developed into Little Falls Place, from businessman and attorney Peter Hoyt. EYA won approval for the zoning change in July from the Montgomery County Planning Board and in September from the county’s Board of Appeals.

The 25 market rate townhomes will start at $1.4 million and back up to the Capital Crescent Trail. EYA will also build five moderate priced dwelling units (MPDUs) as part of the 1.8-acre development about 1,200 feet south of the intersection of Little Falls Parkway and River Road.

“What we’ve envisioned for Little Falls Place is a rare blend of vibrant city living in a peaceful, relaxing setting. There aren’t many places in Washington where you can achieve this level of access to world class shopping and dining, yet enjoy acres of nature preserves and onsite trail access,” EYA President Bob Youngentob said in a press release.

The Montgomery County Civic Federation and nearby resident Robert Dyer (author of the Robert Dyer @ Bethesda Row blog) opposed the project during the appeals process because the luxury townhomes would be incompatible with the surrounding industrial uses. Auto body shops line Butler Road leading up to the property.

But others, including the Little Falls Watershed Alliance, supported the project. A representative of the LFWA testified the change from block plant to townhome neighborhood would greatly improve water quality and reduce noise in the area.

The townhomes will be up for sale starting next month.

Renderings via EYA

by BethesdaNow.com — January 4, 2013 at 9:00 am 0

Defense Department Releases Final Grant Money For Walter Reed Intersections — Yesterday, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D) and Senators Ben Cardin (D) and Barbara Mikulski (D) announced the Defense Department released the final $12.6 million to the Maryland State Highway Administration for work on intersection improvement projects near Walter Reed. Included is work at the Wisconsin Avenue and West Cedar Lane intersection. [Chris Van Hollen]

Ratner Museum Opens New Exhibit Sunday — The Ratner Museum (10001 Old Georgetown Rd.) will debut its “Multiple Visions” photography exhibit on Sunday. A meet the artists reception is set for Sunday, Jan. 13. [The Gazette]

Frosh Wants to Stop Speed Camera Bounties — State Sen. Brian Frosh (D-Bethesda-Chevy Chase) says new laws will be introduced in the upcoming State Assembly to prevent counties and municipalities from issuing more speed camera tickets so speed camera vendors make more money. In Montgomery County, 40 percent of each $40 speeding camera ticket goes to the vendor. [WTOP]

Flickr photo by OnlyOneJK


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