Chevy Chase Businesses Could See Boost from Passage of Same-Sex Marriage Referendum
Cake shops, wedding venues and an online wedding website are some of the Chevy Chase businesses that may benefit from the marriage-equality provision voters approved.
Mark Yost, president of the Maryland Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, quoted research from UCLA's Williams Institute that there could be $3.6 million in sales and lodging tax revenue, and $21 million per year from wedding-related businesses.
A reporter for the Baltimore Business Journal spoke with Mary Alice Yetskey, the marketing director of Duff Goldman’s Charm City Cakes, who believes that her business will see a “much busier January” than normal.
The story also quotes Mark Scurti, an attorney specializing in LGBT issues at Towson’s Pessin Katz Law, discussing the need for lawyers who “understand the intricacies” of same-sex couple marriages.
Holding a wedding in or near Chevy Chase? Here are some Chevy Chase businesses that could be of help as you plan your special day:
- Frosting, A Cupcakery (1 Wisconsin Circle): Known for much more than just its delicious cupcakes, this bakeshop—a Patch Readers' Choice award winner—bakes up cakes and cupcakes for special occasions. Just be sure to place your order in advance. For more information, see the bakeshop's website.
- Chevy Chase Florist (5415 Friendship Blvd.): Visit the shop's website for more information on floral arrangements for the ceremony and reception, as well as for the wedding party's bouquets.
- WeddingWire (www.weddingwire.com, recently headquartered at 2 Wisconsin Circle): This business produces a wedding-central website where brides- and grooms-to-be can build their own wedding planners and websites and shop for wedding accouterments.
- Whyte House Monograms: Run by Chevy Chase resident Debbie Whyte out of her Kenwood home, this small business offers a variety of monogrammed items—bathrobes, tote bags, cosmetic cases, towels, etc.—great gifts for members of a wedding party.
- Saks Jandel (5510 Wisconsin Ave.): For wedding dresses.
- Saks Fifth Avenue Men's Store (Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave.): For the grooms.
- Woodend Sanctuary (8940 Jones Mill Rd.): Learn more about this ceremony and reception venue on the Audubon Naturalist Society's website.
What other Chevy Chase businesses could be helpful to a couple planning a wedding? Tell us in the comments.