Kenaki Sushi Counter in the Kentlands will open for lunch only starting Tuesday, 9/18.
The 1,800 foot restaurant is located at 706 Center Point Way, next to Starbucks. It was formerly home to another sushi restaurant, Hakuba.
The restaurant is owned by longtime Raku chef, Ken Ballogdajan, and his sister, Aki Ballogdajan.
A few weeks back I ran into a former student who suffered from alopecia. I hadn’t seen him in nearly a decade, but one of the first things he did was ask me if I liked his hair.
He told me that he recently went to a place in Bethesda that was able to use a procedure called SMP (scalp micropigmentation) to make it appear as though he had a full head of hair.
It looked great, and I could tell how happy and excited he was. He told me the place was called Scalp Allure and I knew I had to check it out.
I called Scalp Allure and spoke with owner, Daniel Yerenburg. We set up a time for me to stop by and see what this was all about.
Scalp Allure is located in a quiet office building in Bethesda (10411 Motor City Drive, just behind Montgomery Mall). Daniel has been there for 5 years. In that time, he has completed over 5,000 procedures and claims a 100% satisfaction rate.
He moved to the United States with his family when he was just a kid, back in 1989. In the early 90s his family moved to Gaithersburg and Daniel has been there ever since (he’s a 1997 graduate of Gaithersburg High School).
Daniel began his battle with hair loss when he was just 18. He even joined the hair club for men, but didn’t know if having to worry about a hair piece was any better than being bald, so he shaved his head completely.
He ended up finding out about scalp micropigmentation online and went to a local tattoo artist. It was a big mistake. Daniel ended up with a blue head filled with massive dots. He later got this fixed in New York, but he knew he found something he was passionate about and wanted to change lives the same way his was changed.
After being trained in New York he came back to the area and began performing the scalp micropigmentation procedures himself.
Of his 5,000 procedures have been, approximately 85% have been men, but he has worked on hundreds of women as well. In addition to clients with thinning hair, he’s executed procedures on clients with alopecia, scars from injuries, surgical scars, cancer patients, and almost any type of hair loss you can think of.
Daniel prides himself on being able to complete these procedures with minimal pain. He says the feeling is more of a slight discomfort than pain and that he’s never had to stop a procedure due to pain.
The procedures are semi-permanent and require touch-ups every five years or so. Without any touch-ups, he estimates the procedures would last about a decade or longer.
His patients have included over a dozen doctors, CIA agents, dancers, teachers, mma fighters, and a lot more.
More than anything, he loves being able to give people the confidence that hair loss has caused them.www.instagram.com/danielyerenburg
You can check out the official Scalp Allure website, or join one of his many followers on Instagram where he highlights hundreds of his procedures.
I’m told a plan has been submitted to convert 8019 Snouffer School Rd. to a new Checker’s location.
A preliminary plan has been approved and Checkers is now awaiting final approval for a restaurant that will be specifically designed for the property (previously a bank).
This location would have a drive-thru and many of the design features found at a typical Checkers restaurant, but will also provide outdoor seating and amenities that would make it a destination dining location.
They’re still in the early stages of planning, so it may take a while for final approval...assuming it happens. This would be the second Checkers location in MoCo (the first location is also in Gaithersburg, on Shady Grove Rd.).
BoBaPop Tea Bar (312 Main Street) will host their Grand Opening event this Friday, 9/7/18, and will celebrate by offering 50% off of their signature teas (Friday only)!
The celebration continues Saturday when BoBaPop will offer a free thermos with the purchase of any two drinks, and on Sunday when they offer a free logo coaster with the purchase of any two drinks.
The Vietnamese based company has over 140 stores worldwide, but the Kentlands location will be their first in the United States.
It will be locally franchised and operated by Gaithersburg resident Sam Lin and his wife Susan Hsu.
I was able to sample their Kumquat Winter Melon, a flavor combination that was brand new to me, and loved it. It’s a tangy/sweet drink that makes for a perfect dessert. I also tried the Matcha (without red beans...just a personal preference). It has a creamier taste than other Matcha drinks I’ve had before. I loved this one as well, but make sure you’ve tried matcha before ordering it. It’s not a taste for everyone.
Though the sweeter drinks are my preference, you’re able to adjust your sugar and ice levels for lost drinks (30, 50, 70, and 100%).
Photos of my drinks and the establishment below.
Nestle Toll House Cafe is Expected to open soon at 11 Arch Place in the Colonnade complex in the Kentlands.
The cafe will serve coffee, cookies, “savories,” ice cream, and more. It will join the Westfield Wheaton location to make it the second Nestle Toll House Cafe In MoCo.
Each week, Dogfish Head Alehouse in Gaithersburg offers a ‘Burger of the Week.’ For just a couple more days, go try the gyro burger! A half pound lamb burger with lettuce, tomato, onion and tzatziki sauce on pita bread; served with beach fries.
I spoke with an employee at Trader Joe’s Gaithersburg earlier this evening and was told that their last day in business will be Thursday, September 6th.
The new Rockville location (Travilah Square Shopping Center) will open the following day on Friday, September 7th.
Lululemon athletica, a Canadian athletic apparel retailer, will be opening a store in Downtown Crown in Gaithersburg.
According to Wikipedia, “Lululemon is a self-described yoga-inspired athletic apparel company for women and men. The company makes a variety of types of athletic wear, including performance shirts, shorts, and pants, as well as lifestyle apparel and yoga accessories.”
Crown resident Seth Lessans informed of the news based on his conversation with someone that was doing construction in the building (next to Sephora across from Coastal Flats). An employee at the Bethesda Row location told me they expect the store to open in late December, but that can always be pushed back to early 2019.
There are currently two other Lululemon locations in MoCo, both in Bethesda (Bethesda Tow and Montgomery Mall).
A Halloween store is moving in to the old Dress Barn location in the Kentlands (801 Center Point Way). It’ll likely open in September and last until just after Halloween.
Halloween stores are almost always temporary tenants, but this one is interesting with Party City just across the street. There was also a temporary location a couple miles up the street in Rio last year, but for now it doesn’t look to be coming back.
Yoyogi Sushi will close for two weeks from September 4th until September 18th for their annual vacation.
The restaurant recently moved a couple hundred feet down the street to 317 Main St.
8:20 UPDATE: After a quick repair to a hot water tank, Taco Bar is back in business.
3:55PM UPDATE: An employee informed me that the location was closed due to a hot water tank needing repair. They may re-open as early as later today.
Taco Bar in Rio (10003 Fields Rd.) has been closed by the MoCo Department of Health and Human Services.
The sign was placed there today and states that the restaurant will remain closed until further notice. The Beer & Wine portion of the store remains open.
Taco Bar has a second Gaithersburg location at 3 Russell Avenue that remains open.