Shop Talk

Pritchard Music Academy Plans 10th Anniversary & Grand Opening Celebration

Pritchard Music Academy (PMA) will celebrate the grand opening of its bigger location at 221 Kentlands Boulevard on Saturday, Oct. 5—as well as its 10th anniversary. Come out to Kentlands Square noon to 4 p.m. for live music on a big stage.

Donuts for Dinner, Michael Angelo Batio, and Bad Influence will perform. Activities will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, an instrument petting zoo, giveaways and contests, as well as a five to 80 percent off sale on everything in the store.

The music school and retail establishment opened at 325 Main St. in November 2009. Owners Becky and Joe Pritchard—together with daughter Olivia—moved into the 2,700-square-foot store at 221 Kentlands Boulevard, right next to Grape Escape, on April 3. In addition to offering musical instruction for all instruments, ages and experience levels, Pritchard Music Academy is now a full-line music store with strings, brass, woodwind and fretted instruments, electric guitars and keyboards, drums and pro sound.

BobaPop Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

BobaPop recently celebrated its one-year anniversary at 312 Main St. with special Superman bottles full of BobaPop milk tea.

The Kentlands BobaPop was the first US location for the Vietnamese milk tea company that offers Taiwan’s most popular beverage. It is owned by Quince Orchard Park residents Sam and Susan Lin, who partnered with BobaPop founder William Tsai.

Foundry Fitness Organizes Shoe Drive

Foundry Fitness, 205 Market St. West, is collecting shoes for the Rukundo International Shoe Drive through Tuesday, Oct. 15. Foundry Fitness hopes to collect 350 pairs of shoes for underprivileged children and their families in Uganda. Please drop off shoes in any condition, style and size in the labeled steel containers outside the gym. To find out more about Rukundo International, visit

Occasions Gift Store Anticipates October Opening

Occasions Gift Store anticipates a mid-October opening for its second store location at 113 Market St. in Kentlands Market Square. From their Facebook page, “Our walls are painted, the Internet is getting installed soon, and fixtures are starting to come in!” The business, owned by local resident Stephanie Menick, also operates in Cabin John Village.

Artists on Market Active in Community

While Artists on Market firms up their new, nearby location after closing at 201 Market St. West at the end of August, member artists are still active in the community. Join them on Oct. 13 for this year’s Oktoberfest Plein Aire Paint Out. You can register in advance at on the day of the event. Registration and check-in is noon to 1 p.m. at the Arts Barn. Artists are invited to paint anywhere in the festival grounds from 1 to 3 p.m. and then exhibit their work at the Arts Barn from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

More Lakeforest Anchors Leave Mall

Sears will close its doors at Lakeforest Mall this December. The company plans to close some 100 stores by the end of the

RestoraPet Opens in Gaithersburg

Gaithersburg resident Brian Larsen is moving his fast-growing company RestoraPet from Silver Spring to a 6,000-square-foot facility in Gaithersburg this month. RestoraPet offers a blend of all-natural supplements and antioxidants designed to heal cellular degeneration associated with aging. The formula includes the proprietary super antioxidant Vitalitrol, which was developed over a decade and more than 10,000 hours of research. RestoraPet also offers a CBD product, RestoraPet Hemp, that features full-spectrum help to unleash a pet’s vitality while fighting discomfort and anxiety. It offers the health benefits of organic, plant-based ingredients without psychotropic side effects.

In addition to supplements for dogs, RestoraPet now has a new vet-approved line of supplements for feline and equine family members. Visit for more information.