UPDATED TO REFLECT GRAND OPENING DAY IS THURSDAY, 9/6/18.
Shake Shack in Cabin John Village (Potomac) will officially open this THURSDAY, 9/6/18 (I was just given new information by an employee regarding the grand opening being pushed back to Thursday).
This will be Shake Shack’s first Montgomery County location.
Montgomery County based Cava will open their 62nd location on Wednesday in Cabin John Village.
Cava is partnering with City Blossoms for their Community Day on Wednesday. It will consist of tickets that can be redeemed for a free entree and juice for the first 150 people in line. Patrons will have the option to donate to City Blossoms when they redeem their free meal.
The next Girl Power event will be held on July 14th at Bethesda Crossing in Bethesda, MD.
This means two floors of:
• Free Food
• Free Wine
• Free Massages
• Free Beer
• Free Dessert
• Free Fitness activities (Yoga, Zumba, Kicktronix, Self Defense, and more)
and so much more!
Over 100 women-owned/operated vendors will be showing off and selling their products, so come prepared to shop and support our local women operated businesses.
There will be many free giveaways for everyone as well– including a free raffle with over 50 prizes that everyone in attendance can be a part of!
Girl Power started in in April of 2017, with over 1,000 women attending the first event at Clarksburg High School. In November of 2017, the second event was held at the Foulger-Pratt building in Park Potomac, with over 3,000 women in attendance.
There will be free food and drinks provided by:
• Cava Mezze
• Wing Stop
• Mamma Lucia
• Ruth’s Chris
• All Set
• Music Cafe
• Greene Growers
• Nothing Bundt Cake
• Urban Winery
Sponsors that have contributed over $5k each include:
• Montgomery County Police Department
• MoCo Fire Search & Rescue
• Miller and Long
• Ruppert Landscapes
• MicroComputer Solutions
• Greene Growlers Brewing
• King Sports Construction
• K-Sef Entertainment
The Facebook event page can be found here: Girl Power Facebook Event
A video of last year’s event can be found here:
Girl Power 2017
Tim Sweeney created Epic Games (then known as Potomac Computer Systems) while he was a mechanical engineering student at the University of Maryland, commuting between his dorm in College Park and his parents home in Potomac.
Sweeney was born and raised in Potomac, graduating from Winston Churchill High School in 1988. His first game, ZZT, was made on his computer at his parents home in Potomac, when he'd commute home on the weekends from College Park. It's considered responsible for the early growth of the company when it was made in 1991.
In 1992, the company name was changed to Epic MegaGames and Sweeney worked hard to grow from a one-person operation to a company with 50 employees by 1997. In 1999, they dropped the "Mega" and Epic Games relocated to Cary, North Carolina.
Since then, the company has created successful games like the Gears of War series and most recently, Fortnite.
Fortnite now has over 125 million users and has generated over $300 million worth of in-game sales.
Last September we reported that MoCo would be getting its first Shake Shack when we found out the New York City based burger chain signed a lease in Cabin John Village (Potomac).
Earlier today I had the opportunity to check out some of the progress made and was informed that Cabin John Village is expecting the first MoCo Shake Shack to open this fall.
Check out the other changes coming to Cabin John Village this fall.
A new ramen spot will be taking over the old Boardwalk Burgers & Fries (November 2016-December 2017) in between Panda Express and Sarku Japan in the food court.
Viva Japanese Steakhouse will take over the location across from the movie theater. They’ll feature hibachi as well as a variety of Asian food (including Japanese, Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese).
Zero Degree, a Thai ice cream spot, will be taking over the recently vacated Menchie’s location in the Sears wing. Zero Degrees freezes and prepares their ice cream to-order right in front of you; it doesn't get fresher than that.
Sweetly Anchored Patisserie opens tomorrow (5/7/18) at 8:00am in Cabin John Village.
They’ll have coffee, hot tea, and other drinks as well as breakfast pastries in the mornings. Later in the day they’ll have cheesecakes, tarts, pies, cookies, and much more!
The owners, Lindsay and Alan Miniaci, live in MoCo– just 7 minutes away from the shop. Lindsay obtained her degree in baking and pastry arts from the Culinary Institute of America before starting her career in New York City. She honed her skills at places such as: Craft New York, Eleven Madison Park, Equinox by Todd Gray, before realizing her true passion was for a bakery.
They seem very happy to be a part of the positive changes happening at Cabin John Village. Good luck Lindsay and Alan!
Cabin John Creek used to be known as Captain John’s Run.
It was named after John Smith, who led two voyages in the Chesapeake Bay. English officials instructed Smith to map the area, claim land, find gold/other riches, and trade with the natives.
Smith also played an important role in the establishment of the Jamestown colony (the first permanent English settlement in North America). He trained the first settlers to farm and work in 1607, ensuring the colony flourished.
Smith wrote of a situation that occurred in the same year, involving his capture by the Powhatan tribe. He was brought to meet the chief, but was released without harm when Pocahontas threw herself across his body– effectively saving his life.
Smith’s account of the situation has been questioned by many historians, but was sensationalized in Disney’s 1995 animated film, Pocahontas.
Many believe that through the years, the name changed from Captain John to Cabin John.
Paul Palmer has been named to the 2018 class of the College Football Hall of Fame. He will join Kerry Collins (Penn State), Charles Woodson (Michigan), Calvin Johnson (Georgia Tech), and Ed Reed (Miami) among others when he inducted on December 4th in New York.
Paul “Boo Boo” Palmer graduated from Churchill in the early 80s and went on to lead the nation in rushing yards his senior year at Temple University with 1,866 yards. In the same season, he broke Marcus Allen’s NCAA record for all-purpose yards with 2,633. He rushed for nearly 5,000 yards in his 4-year college football career.
Palmer went on to become the Kansas City Chiefs first round draft pick in 1987, drafted 19th overall. After two years with the Chiefs, he went on to play for the Lions and Cowboys, gaining over 1,000 career rushing yards in the NFL.
Former Temple Owls and Arizona Cardinals Head Coach, Bruce Arians, referred to Palmer as “pound for pound, the best player I’ve ever coached.”
Congratulations to MoCo native, Paul Palmer!
Farah Diba married Shah Mohammed Reza to become the Queen of Iran in 1959.
In her early years as queen, she limited herself to a ceremonial role, but her fascination with the French culture led to a friendship with Andre Malraux, then the French culture minister. Due to this friendship, she arranged for the trade and exchange of cultural artifacts between Iran and France. The relationship between the Iranian and French museums and art galleries lasted until the Islamic revolution in 1979.
As time went on, Farah Pahlavi became more involved in government affairs. She was very instrumental in securing the attention of the Shah and securing funding for women’s rights and cultural development in Iran. She also focused on general cultural and social matters, as well as health and education issues.
She is credited with helping Pahlavi University (now Shiraz University) become the first American style university in Iran. Her work within the university was just one of the ways she attempted to improve the education of Iranian women.
Farah Pahlavi and Shah Reza Mohammed had four children.
Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi (10/31/1960)
Princess Farahnaz Pahlavi (3/12/1963)
Prince Ali Reza Pahlavi (4/28/1966 - 1/4/2011)
A memorial that was attended by thousands was held at The Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda on January 23, 2011.
Princess Leila Pahlavi (3/27/1970 - 6/10/2001)
In 1979, dissatisfaction with the Imperial government had come to a boil. With riots, discontent, and unrest becoming more pronounced, the government enacted martial law in most major Iranian cities.
Farah Pahlavi and Reza Mohammed decided to leave the country in January of 1979 for Egypt. Soon after, the Revolutionary Government had ordered for the arrest and death of both the Shah and the Empress. They left Egypt and went to Morocco, followed by a few months in the Bahamas and Mexico City.
The couple came to the United States so that the Shah, who was battling non-Hodgkins lymphoma, could receive treatment. Due to hostile conditions between the United States and Iran, the family left after the Shah received treatment since many viewed their stay in the United States as ultimately leading to the Iran hostage crisis (the United States did not give the family permission to stay).
After some time in Panama, the family returned to Egypt, where the Shah passed away in July of 1980. The Empress stayed until October of 1981 when President Ronald Reagan welcomed the family to the United States.
After time in Massachusetts and Connecticut, the Empress moved to Potomac in 2001, where her son Reza Pahlavi lived with his children.
Reza Pahlavi is the Crown Prince of Iran. He is the oldest child of Mohammed Reza Pahlavi and Farah Pahlavi and left Iran at the age of 17, in 1977, two years before the Iranian Revolution to attend training at Reese Air Force Base in Texas, where he completed the United States Air Force’s Undergraduate Pilot Training Program.
He then attended Williams College in Massachusetts for three years prior to being forced to leave due to the conflict between the United States and Iran. Pahlavi obtained his political science degree by correspondence from USC.
Reza Pahlavi married Yasmine Etemad-Amini in 1986. They have three daughters:
Noor Pahlavi, born 4/3/1992
Graduated from The Bullis School in Potomac
Iman Pahlavi, born 9/12/1993
Graduated from The Bullis School in Potomac
Farah Pahlavi, born 4/17/2004
Reza and Yasmine Pahlavi are very vocal supporters of the democracy movement in Iran. According to Iranian writer, Reza Bayegan, the Crown Prince is deeply attached to his Shi’a Muslim faith. When interviewed about religion, Pahlavi said, "That's a private matter; but if you must know, I am, of course, by education and by conviction, a Shia Muslim. I am very much a man of faith.”
Their daughters, Noor and Iman Pahlavi, were raised in MoCo. After graduating from The Bullis School (in 2010 and 2011) Noor attended Georgetown University, where she graduated in 2014. Iman graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015. Both currently live and work in New York. Youngest daughter, Farah, still lives with the family in Potomac.
Below you’ll see Noor and Iman Pahlavi giving their mother, Yasmine Pahlavi, a kiss from Noor’s public Instagram account.