Friday, January 4, 2013
One of Chevy Chase's newest businesses brings a sporty edge to Friendship Heights' lineup of elite boutiques.
Chevy Chase's lineup of luxury clothing shops has a new, sporty arrival: DJ Bennett, an appointment-only, high-end sportswear boutique. Located in the newly renovated Chevy Chase Pavilion, the store, "which opened its doors in September, specializes in luxury athletic wear and equipment ranging from snowboarding goggles with built-in GPS capabilities ($450) to neoprene surf suits ($650)," The Washington Post reported. Owner Dawn Bennett, a former competitive swimmer, "has assembled a roster of sporting experts and professional athletes to help guide shoppers through the company’s inventory, which includes items from such brands as Ghurka, Louis Vuitton and Beretta," The Post added. "My whole life I’ve actually been shopping for something …
Friday, November 30, 2012
The Bethesda Lane storefront served as a temporary location for the menswear guideshop, which will re-locate to Washington, DC after the holidays.
As quickly as it came, Bethesda Row’s newest menswear store Bonobos is on its way out. Bonobos opened its guideshop in early November, taking the spot of the recently departed Urban Chic on Bethesda Lane. When it opened, the company intended for the Bethesda Lane storefront to serve as a temporary location for the shop before relocating it to Washington, DC, according to the store’s senior public relations manager, Gina DiPietro. The guideshop will remain in that location for one more month -- until Dec. 25 -- before moving to its new location in DC. “The Bethesda Guideshop will be open through the holidays -- end of December -- and then will relocate to a DC location in January,” DiPietro told Patch in an email. “Exact location is to be …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Some toys on store shelves this holiday season could cause choking, have toxic components or damage children’s ears.
Monday, November 26, 2012
By Maria-Pia Negro, Capital News Service Some toys on store shelves this holiday season could cause choking, have toxic components or damage children’s ears, according to the annual report of the Maryland Public Interest Research Group, a consumer advocacy organization. “Choking toys are still the most prominent (hazardous toys) in the market this holiday season,” said Jenny Levin, an advocate for Maryland Public Interest Research Group, at an annual press conference. According to the group’s research, choking—on small toy parts, on small balls and on balloons—is still the leading cause of toy-related deaths and injuries. Between 1990 and 2011, more than 200 children died from choking incidents, the group reported. The report also …
Friday, November 23, 2012
Could you go cold turkey on consumerism for 24 hours?
Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Holiday Weekend Sales, Pre-Christmas Sales, Post-Hanukah Clearance Sales, and Kwanzaa Clearance Events—it’s enough to make you go crazy as a consumer. One organization, AdBusters, has a solution to help you retain your sanity—“Buy Nothing Day.” The group’s website touts that “the journey towards a sane sustainable future begins with a single step” and sees capping your consumption for an entire day as that step. AdBusters, which also publishes a monthly anti-consumerist magazine, is also a proponent of the Occupy movement, and offers online and printable ads to help spread the word. The website also features guides to organized protests like a Credit Card Cut Up, Zombie Walk and Whirl-Mart. AdBusters claims …
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Holiday shoppers have much to choose from in Chevy Chase.
The holiday shopping season is here, and Chevy Chase—with its wide variety of stores—is a great place to find gifts for everyone on your list. Here's a list of some of Chevy Chase's businesses, organized by category: Gifts: Art: For the kids: For the chefs: For the bookworms: Clothing: Top shelf: Restaurants (for gift certificates):
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Extra staff, extra security and even some refreshments are all part of getting ready for a busy shopping day.
- Ben Gross
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
With retailers vying for your holiday dollars, stores and malls are pulling out all the stops to lure you into their establishments for Black Friday. Patch spoke with local businesses and malls in the area to find out what you can expect if you decide to brave the crowds on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Mall at Prince George’s marketing director Victoria Clark, who has overseen six previous Black Friday sales at the mall, expects that this year will be different from previous years because stores are opening earlier than ever. “With the early opening of Target (on Thanksgiving night), I expect we’ll be busy at midnight, but we’re ready.” Clark mentioned that for the rest of the mall’s stores, full security and customer …
Friday, November 16, 2012
Current Boutique will host a Black Friday event Nov. 23.
Holiday shoppers can get a peek at the haul from fashionable Bethesda closets for a discounted price at the Current Boutique Black Friday event Nov. 23. When Current Boutique opened its doors on Wisconsin Avenue storeowner Carmen Lopez says she knew Bethesda was a perfect fit for the fourth location of her locally popular consignment shop. “I love the area,” Lopez said. “It’s bustling with young professionals—classic, modern, polished—it’s perfect for our demographic.” Current Boutique opened in Bethesda early this fall—the first location in Maryland of a group of boutiques opened in DC-proper and the Virginia suburbs. Lopez opened her first shop in Arlington in 2007 and since then has expanded to Alexandria, Logan Circle and now Bethesda…
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Employees of the retail giant hope to take advantage of one of the year's busiest shopping days.
Employees of DC-area Walmart and Sam's Club locations are joining a national strike effort this Black Friday to protest what they view as low wages, poor scheduling practices, and worker intimidation on the part of the retail giant. The campaign, organized by Making Change at Walmart and linked with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, is planning demonstrations outside dozens of stores nationwide on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. In the DC area, Nov. 23 protests are scheduled for Walmart and Sam's Club locations in Laurel, Hyattsville, Bowie, Gaithersburg, Woodlawn, Severn, Clinton, Abingdon, Alexandria, and Fairfax. (Both chains are owned by parent company Walmart Stores, Inc.) The strike action …
It's one of several new businesses at Montgomery Mall.
Urban Outfitters opened Friday at Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda. The latest addition to the mall is located on the lower level of the shopping center near the Nordstorm entrance. For more information on new businesses heading to the Westfield Montgomery Mall, check out our listings here. Have you visited the Urban Outfitters location? What would you like to see come to the mall next?
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Bonobos opens on Bethesda Lane today.
Bonobos, a by-appointment men’s wear shop, opened today, taking the spot of recently departed Urban Chic on Bethesda Lane. The store originally launched as an e-commerce site, advertising a clothing line fitting men with more athletic builds. Since its launch, Bonobos has opened guide stores in several major cities, including New York and Boston. According to Jamie Johnson, a fit-guide with the brand headquarters in New York, the Bethesda location will primarily take appointments, but will welcome drop-in customers more typical of heavy Bethesda Row foot traffic. Johnson says that store fit guides will walk customers through the brand process, including trying on clothes and finding a correct fit, before helping a customer order …