Shop Talk

MBT Begins First Year in New Home and Hires Executive Director

Metropolitan Ballet Theater’s Development and Marketing Director Paula Ross, a Lakelands resident, has recently transitioned into the role of executive director.

“Paula has been and will continue to be a wonderful advocate for MBT and our programs.  We expect her networking and organizational talent to serve MBT well for years to come.  We are proud to have her on our leadership team,” said Board of Directors Ex-Officio President Erica Hwang.

Ross’ appointment coincides with the MBT’s move to a new state-of-the-art location at 220 Perry Parkway in Gaithersburg after a 25-year history in Rockville. The original Rockville location was being demolished to make way for a Walgreens development. “It came at a really good time,” Ross said. “We would have had to move anyway in order to expand our programming.”

Ross said that the move will allow the MBT to expand its programming by enrolling more ballet students in its academy, expanding outreach programs to provide more free classes to local Title I schools and Boys and Girls clubs in the area, and hosting more professional performances for the public.

Birthday Bash at Blue Hearth

In celebration of its first birthday, The Blue Hearth at 19964 Fisher Ave. in Poolesville is holding an extra special Marketplace Weekend, Oct. 3, 4 and 5. In addition to all of the revitalized home furnishings and unique accessories, on top of the creative assortment of gift items, and beyond the usual decorating inspirations, you’ll find MAD BBQ, an inflatable bouncy house, face painting and live music from Gina’s Soul Party and The Souled Out Horns. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit

Kentlands Flowers and Bows Offering Flower Arranging Classes

Ever wonder if roses go with baby’s breath or whether you should do a vertical or triangular arrangement for your flowers? Kim Kelly, owner of Kentlands Flowers and Bows at 364 Main St., has heard these questions from her customers again and again and is doing a trial run of flower arranging classes in mid-October. The classes will run the gamut from flower arranging to wreath-making. “We’re all about the appreciation of flowers,” Kelly said. More details will be available at Kelly anticipates that classes will be small due to limited space.

Princess Elsa Comes to Kentlands

On Saturday, Oct. 18, 2 to 3 p.m., Princess Elsa from “Frozen” will pay a visit to Tipo’s Toybox, 724 Center Point Way. Rumor has it that Princess Elsa and her sister, Princess Anna, will be joining the Disney Princess lineup by the end of 2014. Even if they aren’t official yet, Elsa and Anna have been recognized by young girls the world over as the best princesses—and their opinions are the only ones that count.

Pepper’s Taco Bar Explores a Dollar Menu

The taco bar at 705 Center Point Way, behind the Star Diner, has become a popular after-school snack run for middle and high school students in the afternoons. “A question we always get from kids is ‘What do you have for a dollar?’” said Pepper’s owner Mike Bhatnagar. So to meet demand, Bhatnagar and his wife are exploring options to place on a dollar menu. Initial ideas include chicken wings, sliders, and burgers.

Bits and Pieces

Cava Mezze Grill representatives have confirmed an October opening date, but they were not able to be more specific. Stay tuned!