Pizza Hut, Burger King, and Subway have all closed in Damascus.
We’re hearing that an auto parts store will be taking over the Burger King location and that the Subway is expected to re-open in the Safeway shopping center in the coming months.
Tom & Ray’s will be re-opening in Damascus this December!
Last November it was announced the the restaurant would be opening in February of 2018, but after jumping through every necessary hoop, the restaurant has announced they’ll be opening next month.
It’ll be located in the shopping center that’s home to Safeway on Main Street.
The Damascus Rite Aid and Pharmacy (9840 Main St.) will be closing permanently on October 21st (Pharmacy will close on October 8th), according to Everything Damascus.
”Nobody goes there.” was the response I was given by three different Damascus residents when I informed them of the news.
Quincy’s Bar & Grille will open a new location in Damascus at 9813 Main Street (next to Tokyo Fire and Advance Auto Parts).
The new location will be known as “Quincy’s Uptown” and is currently expected to open this summer, according to a server at their Gaithersburg location (they also have a North Bethesda location– Quincy’s South).
The Damascus restaurant will have a pretty big back patio (pictured below) and rumor has it they will be serving crabs on the patio in the summer!
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By Peggy Montella
MoCo residents out walking in their neighborhoods this spring may be surprised to find painted rocks with inspirational sayings and beautiful designs hidden near walkways, lakes, and trees. I first came across a painted stone hidden on a fence while walking with my dogs in Montgomery Village. I joined the Montgomery Village ❤ Rocks (MV Rocks) Facebook page to see what this growing trend is all about and found that it is not just happening locally. The Kindness Rocks Project, founded by Megan Murphy of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, has inspired many groups to form. Kindness Rocks Damascus and Olney Rocks have also been busy spreading kindness and happiness in their communities.
Julia Naoui founded MV Rocks in July 2017 with members of her walking group. The group’s plans for the day were cancelled due to bad weather so they stayed inside and painted rocks instead. Since then, the group has grown to 345 members with new members being added daily. Kristen Nelson started Olney Rocks in June 2017 after seeing Kindness Rocks posts on her timeline and realizing that Olney did not yet have a group. Nelson said that performing random acts of kindness is very important to her family and it was easy to start the group with friends and neighbors. Olney Rocks now has over 750 members and has helped spread the movement to other local organizations including elementary schools and Girl Scout troops. According to its Facebook page, Kindness Rocks Damascus has 691members.
The common purpose of these groups is to bring joy to their communities. “Fostering happiness and kindness” is one of Olney Rocks’ goals, according to Nelson. She said it has been a very positive experience and the best part is “the happiness that it brings to our community.” The Montgomery Village Rockspage describes the group as a “way to connect our community, encourage art, and promote random acts of kindness.” Kindness Rocks Damascus believes “pictures and inspirational quotes can bring a smile to someone looking or to that lucky someone who stumbles upon a beautifully painted rock.”
Some rocks are intricate works of art representing the seasons as well as containing upbeat messages. I was assured that anyone of any age and level of artistic talent can participate and it is an activity that parents and kids of all ages can enjoy together. Julia Naoui even hosts monthly potluck painting sessions where beginners can get a start. Naoui said that people come to the event “as strangers and leave as friends.”
And it’s not just the fun of painting the rocks that gives this movement its joy. It’s also the thrill of seeing someone else’s delight when they find your rock. It is the icing on the cake, as MV Rocks co-admin Lori Guthrie describes it. Although they aren’t obligated to do so, many people post photos of the rocks they’ve found and either leave them where they are or hide them for someone else to find. Some people keep their favorites. It is entirely up to the finder. Naoui said she believes “rocks come to you for a reason” and encourages people to keep the first rock they find. She said many people are so pleased to find a rock that they are inspired to paint and place some of their own. All of the groups’ Facebook pages list helpful suggestions on how to get started and guidelines for placing the rocks safely in public places. The goal is to keep the positivity going and make MoCo a better community, one rock at a time.
I grew up in Gaithersburg, not too far from Damascus, yet one of the only things I knew about Damascus was the existence of Jimmie Cone. Since then, I've learned plenty more about the wonderful, tight-knit community, but one thing's for certain...I still love Jimmie Cone.
Jimmor Cone has been serving soft serve ice cream and frozen yogurt in Damascus since 1962 (that's 56 years!). They close when the weather gets colder in the late Fall, but don't worry...March 17th marked the first day of the 2018 Jimmie Cone season.
Below is their official announcement, via their Facebook page.
We sifted through the hundreds of MoCo facts we’ve come across and chose these ten to share with you today.
Tell us your favorite Fun MoCo fact that wasn’t on this list, and you may see it on one of our future lists!
1. Brookeville was the United States capital for a day on August 26th, 1814 after the British troops burned down the White House during the War of 1812.
2. Though MoCo was named after Richard Montgomery, it was Thomas Wootton that founded the county by introducing a bill that divided Frederick into three counties in 1776 (one was Montgomery County).
3. The robin is the official bird of MoCo and the Dogwood is the official tree.
4. Damascus was originally known as “The Pleasant Plains of Damascus.”
5. The Montgomery Village symbol is not trees. It's 2 stick figures reaching toward the heavens in a gesture of friendship and peace.
6. From 1987-2004 Northwood was not its own high school (it was used to hold students from other high schools during renovations).
7. The hit 90s series, Beverly Hills 90210, was originally going to be set in MoCo and called Potomac 20854.
8. Gaithersburg’s original name was Logtown. It officially took on the Gaithersburg name in 1878.
9. The inventor of the first home television set, C. Francis Jenkins, lived in Wheaton, at Windham Ln and Georgia Ave.
10. Wheaton was known as Leesborough until being renamed Wheaton in 1869.
HazMat and EMS evaluated 10 people for carbon monoxide poisoning on the 9800 block of Main Street in Damascus this evening. This is the shopping center that contains Dollar Tree, Hair Cuttery, etc.
According to Montgomery County Fire & Rescue PIO, Pete Piringer, a propane floor scrubber was to blame. All 10 people evaluated are ok.
See Pete Piringer’s tweets below.
In a setting similar to Damascus High School’s regional final against Walkersville earlier this year, the undefeated Swarmin’ Hornets (25-0) had to face another undefeated team, this time in the state finals, in order to take home the championship.
Damascus defeated previously undefeated Glenelg (23-1), 46-19, to win their sixth straight state title.
In previous years, there was one 3A/4A champion and one 1A/2A champion, but a change was made to allow each classification to crown their own champion. Damascus, previously classified in 3A, was moved to 2A prior to this school year.
Damascus High School has now won six straight wrestling state championships to go alone with their three consecutive state football titles.