Shop Talk

Photo | Sonya Burke

Joe Aflalo of Salon Red leads the vocals for Platform Soul outside the Star Diner.

Music Notes

Live music has been plentiful in downtown Kentlands with bands booked every Friday and Saturday nights on the plaza adjacent to the Star Diner. There’s also the new Main Street Music Festival every Wednesday night on the city green, which is attracting lots of attention. City Councilman Michael Sesma had a front row seat in July. “Delightful evening. Excellent music, good crowd that grew until 8:30 p.m.,” he said. “We sat outside Main Street Cafe and had a great view while dining.”

Photo | Phil Fabrizio

The Main Street Music Festival is attracting crowds to downtown Kentlands every Wednesday night.

Latin Dance Party

Two Left Feet Dance Studio, located at 217 Market Street West, is hosting a Latin Dance Party from 7 – 11 p.m. on July 24. It is beginner friendly and will get you moving and grooving. Admission is $20 per person before 9 p.m. and $10 after 9 p.m. For more information, call 240.632.2345 or e-mail

Changes at the Square

There are lots of storefront changes at the Kentlands Square Shopping Center. Blockbuster and Chicken Out are two of the latest businesses packing up and moving out. Still no word on who may be filling the former Score retail space either. Giant Food Store recently installed new signs on the outside of its building, and Bark, a natural pet store, is planning to open later this summer.

Kentlands 5K Registration

Registration is now open for the 17th Annual Kentlands/Lakelands 5K Run, Walk and Kids’ Fun Runs, scheduled for Saturday, September 4. The event, which has grown to be the largest 5K race event in Montgomery County, is hosted by the nonprofit Kentlands Community Foundation in partnership with the city of Gaithersburg.

The 5K race has grown in size consistently each year, raising concerns from the race committee about the race outgrowing the course. This has forced the committee to limit registration. “Our number one concern is to create a safe race for all involved, and with the nature of our ‘looped,’ narrow course, we felt strongly that too many people on the course at once could compromise our participant’s safety. We registered over 100 5K participants in the first few days of open registration, so it will be interesting to see if we sell out this year,” said Steve Solbeck, race director for the event.  

Business Sponsors Sought

The Kentlands Community Foundation’s 5K Race Committee is now seeking sponsorship donations from local businesses who would like to participate in this fall’s Kentlands/Lakelands 5K Race. All race proceeds go to charity, and the race is the Foundation’s largest fundraising event each year, with half of the proceeds donated to several other local charities (yet to be named). There are several sponsorship levels. Local businesses in particular are encouraged to support the 5K race by participating as sponsors. Both the kids’ fun runs and the 5K race start and finish on Main Street behind Market Square Plaza. All sponsors are given promotional value for sponsoring the race, including targeted mail campaigns, promotion in the participant’s goody bags, signage opportunities depending on level of sponsorship and the chance to be a part of the post-Race Expo in Market Square Plaza. Businesses can register to be a sponsor by going to

Volunteers Needed

The Kentlands/Lakelands 5K Race requires nearly 200 volunteers to make it a success. All volunteers receive t-shirts, students earn SSL hours, and every volunteer is invited to a “5K Volunteer Thank You” Party each fall. To volunteer, go to

KDP Meeting

The next Kentlands Downtown Partnership (KDP) meeting is scheduled for July 13. President Paula Ross reports that memberships continue to increase. For more information,