Updated at 10:21pm to reflect that 18 of the top 25 places are in MoCo (including Somerset at #16).
Niche has released their 2019 ‘Best Places to Live’ lists and 18 of the top 25 ‘Best Places to Live in Maryland’ are in MoCo!
Making the top 25 are the following places in MoCo:
1. North Potomac
2. North Bethesda
3. Garrett Park
4. South Kensington
8. Chevy Chase
12. Forest Glen
17. Takoma Park
25. Four Corners
North Potomac also came in at #13 nationwide in their ‘Best Suburb to Raise a Family in America’ list.
The full list from Niche is available here and the Niche website explains where their grades come from and how they calculate rankings.
Knowles Station Wine & Co is set to open this Wednesday, March 13 in Kensington (10414 Detrick Ave).
They will offer a hand picked selection of fine, small-batch, and affordable wines from around the world. They’ll host wine tastings and educational classes to enable wine drinkers at all levels to better understand and enjoy their favorite selections.
In addition to retail wine, they’ll offer a selection of tapas-style dishes, salads, sandwiches, cheese/charcuterie boards, and seasonal plates for you to enjoy at the bar/restaurant.
Not a wine drinker? No problem. In addition to their wine selection, Knowles Station will offer craft beer. They will focus on small production breweries, including foreign brews and popular local drafts.
Knowles Station Wine & Co is already earning rave reviews after their soft opening this past weekend.
We Are a Community is located at Quince Orchard Plaza in Gaithersburg, MD, and joins a number of other public works of art at Federal Realty properties in Montgomery County, including Pike & Rose, Rockville Town Center, Congressional Plaza, Bethesda Row, and Wildwood Shopping Center.
The artist, Katie Giganti, who was hired through the organization Artists Circle Fine Art, grew up in Gaithersburg, MD, and frequented Quince Orchard Plaza during her youth to purchase art supplies. Her inspiration for the mural stemmed from the evolution of Quince Orchard to become the hub of diversity it is today, emphasizing the present and future while reflecting on its past. The mural features blossoming quince flowers, a map of the surrounding area and represents the future potential for growth in this community-centric destination.
“My early visits to Quince Orchard Plaza for art supplies and tools fueled the career I love as an artist,” said Katie Giganti. “I was honored to have been selected by Federal Realty to share my talents in a community that means so much to me.”
Her mural was introduced last week on International Women’s Day.
Spicelife Indian Fare has opened in Downtown Crown (128 Ellington Blvd.).
Located in the former home of Venti Tre, Soicelife offers authentic Indian cuisine, including traditional Indian appetizers, hearty and delectable entrees, and a variety of breads. Spicelife balances classic Indian dishes with an elegant fast casual dining atmosphere.
Almost all entrees range between $12.95 and $14.95, and they are running a Grand Opening Special that gives you 20% off for the entire month of March.
Urban Plates is now open in Montgomery Mall.
The Southern California-based assembly line style fast casual restaurant has taken over the Naples Ristorante location in the mall’s food court.
According to Eater DC, the restaurant offers “assorted salads (Caesar; mixed beet; grilled chicken), sandwiches (portobello mushroom with pesto goat cheese; grass fed steak with chimichurri aioli), and build-your-own entrees composed of core offerings (habanero-mango ribs: baked salmon with honey-mustard sauce; turkey meatloaf with barbecue sauce). Carry-out family meals designed to serve four people (starting at $48) include one main, two large sides, and grilled bread.”
Yesterday we received reports that employees were notified that Little Dipper Hot Pot would not be opening on Wednesday, March 6th. After a reader sent in a report of the lights being off and locked doors, we made a couple phone calls and were able to confirm that the restaurant closed their Rockville Town Square location.
The restaurant, which served fondue-style Asian noodles that are cooked on the table in a variety of broths with your choice of meat and vegetables, recently switched over to the popular all-you-can-eat version of hot pot.
Little Dipper opened their Rockville location just over two years ago at 101 Gibbs St Unit A in Rockville Town Square. They have another location in Falls Church.
Yamachan started over a decade ago as a Japanese raw noodle manufacturer that is operated under Japanese management in Northern California. They have restaurants in California as well as the Tidewater area of Virginia, and opened this summer in Rockville Town Center.
Their Rockville restaurant, located at 201 E. Middle Lane in Rockville Town Center, is now known as Sushi King and will offer made-to-order, all-you-can-eat sushi. Lunch will cost $16.99 and dinner will cost $22.99.The restaurant will still offer ramen.
The attached Pearl Lady Tea remains unchanged.
Pearl Lady has operated in Japan since 2009 and refers to themselves as "Japan's #1 Bubble Tea."
Monkey Joe’s, a 12,000 square foot indoor inflatable party and play center for kids, has closed permanently.
Monkey Joe’s took over the old Hard Times location in the Germantown Commons Shopping Center in 2016.
They left the following message on their Facebook page:
“We are sorry to inform you that Monkey Joe's Germantown is closed, effective immediately. We apologize for any inconvenience to our loyal fans and those with plans to visit in the near futur http://ow.ly/d/8fQp e.
We have enjoyed being part of the community and helping you and your families play, have fun and celebrate birthdays. Unfortunately, we are unable to continue operating.
For those with pre-scheduled bookings, including parties and events, we will be contacting you individually to offer a full refund and offer our sincerest apologies. We appreciate your business and hope you will continue to support Monkey Joe's. If you have any concerns, please contact email@example.com to discuss.”
Lab Cafe, a bubble tea cafe in Rockville Town Square, has closed permanently.
The cafe last almost two years after opening in the summer of 2017 at 101 Gibbs Street.
The location has now been home to Lab Cafe, Ev & Maddy’s, No. 82 Steak Out, and Tippy’s Taco House since 2012.
This news was relayed to us by reader, Alex Chan, and confirmed by The MoCoShow today.
On Thursday JCPenney announced that they would be closing 18 stores nationwide.
Among the closings will be the Lakeforest Mall location, which is one of two MoCo JCPenney locations (the Wheaton Mall location is not currently scheduled to close).
I just got off the phone with the Lakeforest JCPenney and was told they would be closing on July 5th.
Since the start of 2019, Lakeforest has either closed or announced the future closing of McDonald’s, Starbucks, and now JCPenney.