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.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver was born in Massachusetts in 1921. She was the younger sister of President John F. Kennedy and older sister of Senators Robert F. and Ted Kennedy.
She married Sagent Shriver in 1953. Sargent Shriver played an important role in the creation of the Peace Corps. He is also the founder of the Head Start program and Job Corps before becoming the Democratic Party’s nominee for Vice President in 1972.
In 1962, Eunice Shriver created a camp at her Potomac home for children with intellectual disabilities. She was inspired by her sister, Rosemary Kennedy, who was born with intellectual disabilities. Rosemary eventually underwent a frontal lobotomy that caused brain damage, leaving her permanently incapacitated.
At first, Camp Shriver was a day camp. The camp allowed children with intellectual disabilities to participate in athletic events. This led to Shriver promoting the concept of involvement in physical activity and other opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities as Camp Shriver evolved into the Special Olympics in 1968.
As she was working with Camp Shriver and The Special Olympics, she was also founder of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at NIH and played an import role in what eventually become the Americans with Disabilities Act.
In 1984 she was awarded the nation’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, due to her work on behalf of those with intellectual disabilities. In 1995, her portrait was placed on a commemorative silver dollar honoring the Special Olympics.
The Shrivers sold their Potomac home in 2008 after living there for over two decades. Eunice Shriver passed away on August 11, 2009, at the age of 88. Sargent Shriver passed away a year and a half later on January 18th, 2011 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda.
They had five children:
• Robert Sargent Shriver III (1954)
• Maria Owings Shriver (1956), married Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1986 and graduated from Stone Ridge in Bethesda.
• Timothy Perry Shriver (1959), resides in Chevy Chase.
• Mark Kennedy Shriver (1964), graduated from Georgetown Prep in North Bethesda.
• Anthony Paul Kennedy Shriver (1965), graduated from Georgetown Prep in North Bethesda.
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Sargent Shriver Aquatic Center in North Bethesda is name in honor of the couple and a MCPS elementary school in Silver Spring was named in honor of Sargent Shriver.
According to their website, “The National is D.C.’s PGA TOUR event. It delivers live PGA TOUR golf to your backyard every summer, bringing family, friends and colleagues together for world-class golf action in a lively social setting. It is the destination to join Tiger Woods and the PGA TOUR’s stars and witness the next memorable moment in The National history.”
Tiger Woods, a golfer many consider to be one of the best to ever play the game, has seen a bit of a resurgence as of late. You’ll have your chance to see him in a few months at TPC Potomac for The National.
In the mid-80s, Aris Mardirossian (currently Dan Snyder’s neighbor in Potomac), opened his convenience store named "6-Twelve," based on the worldwide chain 7-Eleven (7,400 stores in North America with hundreds more across the world at the time).
By 1990, his Gaithersburg-based chain grew to 20 stores and there were rumors that he would be purchasing 600 7-Eleven stores in the DMV (the rumors were denied by 7-Eleven executives).
The massive expansion didn't occur, but the chain hasn't disappeared–– there is still one affiliated store in MoCo in Darnestown. The 6-12 (spelled differently) on Snouffer School Rd. is not affiliated with Marrirossian’s 6-Twelve brand.
Owner, Aris Mardirossian, bought the Crown Farm property (Gaithersburg) in the mid-2000s. Part of it later became Downtown Crown and that part was sold in 2015 for just under $163 million. He was also the owner of the popular rt. 355 restaurant, The Flaming Pit.
Cabin John Shopping Center (now Cabin John Village) has been a mainstay in the community since 1967. Their Facebook page refers to the shopping center as “the go-to gathering place for the local Potomac community.”
Retail real estate developers, EDENS, purchased the shopping center in 2016 and has gotten the wheels turning on some pretty big changes.
Here are a few of the restaurants coming to Cabin John Village later this year, according to an EDENS press release from a couple months back:
Niche, a website that uses comprehensive data to create rankings for schools and neighborhoods, has released their 2018 ‘Best Places To Live In Maryland’ list.
The list is based on cost of living, school ratings, crime rates, job opportunities, and other data.
MoCo areas comprised 19 of the top 25 areas on the list.
1. North Bethesda
2. Garrett Park
3. North Potomac
5. South Kensington
12. Chevy Chase
13. Forest Glen
15. Takoma Park
20. Cabin John
21. Chevy Chase Village
22. Four Corners
23. Chevy Chase Town
The full list can be found here: www.niche.com/places-to-live/search/best-places-to-live/s/maryland/
Montgomery County has been home to many firsts, but here are ten you not have known about:
Cava opened their first fast-casual restaurant on Bethesda Avenue in Bethesda in 2011.
Curtis Pride, a Kennedy High School graduate, became the first deaf baseball player in the majors since 1945.
The first Toys R Us ever was on Rockville Pike in Rockville. It opened in 1957.
First Kid, Barron Trump, attends St. Andrews Episcopal School in Potomac.
The first Jerry’s opened in Wheaton in 1964.
Rockville native and Wootton High School graduate, Mack Hollins, caught his first touchdown against the Washington Redskins. He also won his first Super Bowl in his first season with the Eagles.
The Persian kabob chain started out in MoCo in 1989. Their first location was in Behesda.
Katie Ledecky is the first athlete from the D.C. metro area to win AP Female Athlete of the Year. She grew up and still lives in Bethesda when she’s not at school at Stanford.
The first California Tortilla opened on Cordell Avenue in Bethesda in 1995.
Jeff Halpern is the first MoCo (and D.C. area) player to play for the Caps. He attended Churchill High School in Potomac.