Zen Out at Yoga Bliss

Photo | Mac Kennedy

Alison Friedman offers guided meditation at Yoga Bliss Studio on Main Street.

In distressing times, Alison Friedman is poised to help with de-stressing. The Lakelands resident has a solution for “stressed out, burned out, over-medicated, sleep-deprived people” who may have difficulty coping with the “accelerated speed” of contemporary life. To that end,…

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MISC. Distillery Hosts Grand Opening MISCellaneous Distillery, founded by Kentlands native Meg MacWhirter and partner Dan McNeill, is the first distillery to open in Carroll County since Prohibition. The distillery will host a grand opening celebration on Saturday, March 18,…

In Harmony: Arts Barn Coordinator Plays Many Roles

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Monica Harwood took over as the Arts on the Green community arts program coordinator for the Arts Barn in December 2016.

Monica Harwood enjoys the challenges of a complex professional life. The City of Gaithersburg’s Arts on the Green community arts program coordinator for the Arts Barn has two other jobs. Since 2009, she has been Poolesville Presbyterian Church’s music director…

Kimco Pursues Incremental Change

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This conceptual rendering shows the paseo opening onto Market Street.

Approximately 125 residents packed theater 10 at the Paragon Kentlands Monday night to hear about Kimco’s plans to upgrade and redevelop Kentlands Market Square. A 15-minute presentation by Caren Garfield, director of development with Kimco (owner of the property since…

Kentlands Boulevard Commercial District in Transit

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The initial phase of the Kentlands Boulevard Commercial District redevelopment will affect the 12 acres closest to the anticipated CCT transit station on Great Seneca Highway.

Saul Centers, Inc., owners of Kentlands Place and Kentlands Square, is requesting city approval for a sketch plan outlining the initial phase of redevelopment for the Kentlands Square property. Envisioned is a mixed-use community—retail, high-density residential, and office—oriented toward the…

EuPHOria Brings Authentic Vietnamese

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(L to R) Eric Nguyen and his mother, Diana Le, are part of the team at EuPHOria Kitchen.

A new restaurant has been added to the Kentlands’ ethnic mix. Not only does the community boast Indian, Mediterranean, Moroccan, Italian and Columbian fare, but with the opening of the EuPHOria Kitchen, the Asian variety expands from Chinese and Thai…

Digging Up Retail History

Photo | Sharon Allen Gilder

Mike Watkins, former Kentlands town architect, shared his knowledge of the history of retail in the community as part of the Kentlands Community Foundation’s new urbanist lecture series organized by Ruthzaly Weich.

Mike Watkins knows the origins of Kentlands and Lakelands from the ground up. The Kentlands resident and founder and principal of Michael Watkins Architect, LLC, located on Firehouse Lane, was a member of the original design charrette—the intensive planning session…

New Chop Shop Is a Cut Above

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John and Nelcy Grande recently opened The Chop Shop Neighborhood Butchery in the Safeway Shopping Center on Darnestown Road.

The Chop Shop Neighborhood Butchery opened Jan. 25 in the Safeway Shopping Center across Darnestown Road from Quince Orchard High School. Customers are already posting to Yelp with great reviews, but one from Bill P. made owner John Grande especially…

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Fleet Feet Running for Good With the support of its community of runners and walkers, Fleet Feet Gaithersburg raised and donated $13,700 to charities in 2016. Funds helped the MIB for Osteosarcoma research, Girls on the Run of Montgomery County,…