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Oculus Realty Moves into Kentlands

Oculus Realty, a real estate company specializing in investment advising and real estate asset managing, has opened at 333 Main Street. Oculus Realty was founded by sole owner David Meit and had shared space on Shady Grove Road with management company The Donaldson Group since May 2010.

Oculus’s new office is upstairs above Stiles Dentistry. Meit had been looking for a space on and off for a year when the second floor Main Street space became available.

“[This] is one of the area’s best locations, and I jumped at the opportunity. We can’t wait to host clients and friends on the patio overlooking the green,” said Meit.

Meit said he chose Kentlands because he loves Main Street’s small town feel. A Lakelands resident, he added, “The four-minute commute isn’t bad either!”

Despite being a real estate broker and a member of the National Association of Realtors, Meit has never actually sold property. “I have been a property manager my entire career,” he said.

That career spans almost 25 years and includes work in New York City, as well as Washington, D.C., and its suburbs.

Oculus Realty uses cutting-edge technology to deliver its services, said Meit. “We have high service standards for [both] our clients and tenants.”

Overall, Meit is very excited about the new site of Oculus Realty and looks forward to working in what he believes is an exceptional community. “I have been doing business with venders [in and around the Kentlands/Lakelands area] for years,” Meit said. “Steve at Framer’s Choice has doing my work for well over a decade, and Henry at Batik has been feeding my family since they opened. We feel very fortunate to join such a close-knit group of [neighbors] who really care. [And now that] I have been appointed to the Gaithersburg Commission on Landlord-Tenant Affairs, I look forward to giving back.”

Meit lives with his wife Flo, an avid knitter who works at Woolwinders in King Farm, son Benjamin, 15, a freshman at Quince Orchard High School, and daughter Hannah, 11, a fifth grader at Rachel Carson Elementary School.

For more information on Oculus Realty, please visit http://www.oculusrealty.com.

Bits & Pieces

A Beatty Companies representative has confirmed that negotiations are underway with a potential tenant for the former 44 Sports Bar and Grill space in Kentlands Market Square. The company hopes to make an announcement later this month.

The site has been vacant since 44 Sports closed in June 2012. Since opening as The Last Mango in July 2005, a total of four restaurants have tried and failed to succeed at this location. (Zodiac Grill and Tony and James are the other two entities on the list.)

Here’s hoping 2013 will bring renovations, good food and strong service to a space the community would love to see succeed!

The Wine Harvest, a combination wine store/bar/gastro pub located at 114 Market Street, was recently honored by state. On Jan. 10, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot honored The Wine Harvest with a Certificate of Recognition as a local landmark and an exceptional business. The certificate, which now hangs on the wall over the bar next to several city of Gaithersburg “Golden Shovel Awards,” reads: “In recognition of providing a great neighborhood gathering place with a welcoming, friendly atmosphere, delicious food and an amazing wine selection to the greater Gaithersburg area. With special appreciation for your contributions to the community and gratitude for being a notable local landmark, best wishes for continued growth and success.”

The Kentlands location of The Wine Harvest has been in business for 13 years. Current owners Marty and Randy Meyrowitz took over the business 11 years ago. They opened a second Wine Harvest in Park Potomac in 2010.

“I think it’s a very nice gesture — a real nice recognition to a local establishment,” said General Manager Stanley Cohen. “We provide a public service, you know — we sell booze!”

Rockafellas Bar and Grill closed its doors for the last time after the Super Bowl on Feb. 3.

The Town Courier reported in January that, according to co-owner Bill Tempchin, Rockafellas was “doing great.” In the interview, he also said, “I have nothing I want to say about [the rumors] to my customers or to my employees.”

Tempchin has said the space will soon be occupied by a medical facility.

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will cease to deliver mail on Saturdays starting in August in an effort to cut costs. The announcement was made on Feb. 6 without permission of the U.S. Congress. However, the USPS has stated in the past that Congress would need to confirm such a measure before it could take effect. Despite this, and barring any congressional action that may take place between now and the end of the summer, expect mail delivery to change to a five-day-a-week basis.

The Kentlands Post Office will remain open for Saturday business hours, which are currently 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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