Shop Talk

PEAS Artists Fundraise for Nourish Now

Positive Energy Art Studio (PEAS) artists sold clay bowls on Saturday, Dec. 17 to benefit Nourish Now. The bowls sold for $5 to $15 and raised more than $200 for the Rockville-based nonprofit that redistributes surplus food to those who need it. Nanette Horan, PEAS studio owner, said, “These young (artists) are learning the power artists can have to help others and create change in our world.”

The fundraiser was part of PEAS’ six-week Community Clay workshop. “First, our artists learned that all of us working together were a community,” Horan explained. “We created a community bowl of all of our hands cut out of slabs of clay. This was a symbol of our unity. We also made small clay imprint necklaces that identified us as a group of clay artists. Later we researched how other clay artists create community.”

Brett Meyers, executive director of Nourish Now and a neighbor, spoke to the artists about his non-profit. The group together decided to support Nourish Now with their fundraiser that sold approximately 25 pieces.

Wedding Venue to Hold Open House

Kentlands Mansion at 320 Kent Square, an example of the grandeur of the early 1900s, will hold an open house on Sunday, Jan. 8. Couples are invited to tour the wedding venue at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon. Reservations can be made by calling 301.258.6425.

Monsoon Kitchens Offers New Products for the New Year

Jyoti and Mike Bhatnagar, owners of Peppers Taco and Wine Bar in Market Square, also own and run Monsoon Kitchens to offer natural and fresh ethnic Indian cuisines. This January, Monsoon Kitchens that supplies local grocery stores is excited to offer new products. Look for assorted East Indian breads that are 100 percent natural with no artificial preservatives and color. The breads, available in different varieties, use only whole wheat flour and canola/olive oil, said Jyoti Bhatnagar. Also exciting are the new Namak Para, Methi Para and Shankar Para, sweet and savory light snacks perfect for between meals or with a coffee break.

Customers can purchase Monsoon Kitchens products locally at 251 Market St. West, Suite 200 or 216 Market St. West. To contact the Bhatnagars directly, call 240.888.1049. For more information, visit or

Fashion & Champagne to Benefit The Tree House

Fashion & Champagne organized by two local businesswomen—Sheena Saydam, managing partner of Keller Williams Capital Properties’ Saydam Properties Group, and Monique Raphaëlle Fabo, owner of Lipstick Lounge—benefits The Tree House, which provides critical services to abused and neglected kids in Montgomery County. Held at Main Street’s upscale consignment shop, Lipstick Lounge, on Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., Fashion & Champagne will feature mini-crepes and quiches, champagne and a mini-fashion show. Ten percent of all profits will go to The Tree House. Please RSVP at (search “Lipstick Lounge”). If you can’t make the 7:30 p.m. event, sales made between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Feb. 25 will also benefit The Tree House.

Firebirds Opens at The Spectrum

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill opened Dec. 27 at 390 Spectrum Ave. Firebirds specializes in hand-cut aged steaks, fresh seafood, chicken and ribs seared over an authentic wood-fired grill.

Expect a polished casual ambiance with an exhibition kitchen, indoor stone fireplace, cozy outdoor patio and a FIREBAR® that includes a waterfall display of colorful bottles. The FIREBAR® hosts a selection of private Firebirds label wines and specialty cocktails, such as the Double Black Diamond Martini® infused with fresh pineapple. For more information, visit