Shop Talk

Kentlands Lebanese Bistro Closes

Kentlands Lebanese Bistro closed after a year-and-a-half run on Nov. 18. The little restaurant has consistently received 5-star reviews on websites like and TripAdvisor, but owner Robert Jirikdjian said that while the cafe had good traffic flow on the weekends, it had trouble keeping business flowing during the weekdays. “It was a good experience and I had fun but … it wasn’t easy to continue financially.” Jirikdjian said that he was really grateful to the Kentlands community for supporting him. “It was so much fun to work with them, and I tried to give them everything I can. Hopefully they will find another Lebanese location.”

Spring Mill Bread Begins to Ship Holiday Goodies

For the 19th year in a row, Spring Mill Bread is quietly shipping out boxes of freshly baked bread, rolls, and festively themed cookies and pastries. Owner Hatib Joof said that many employers buy their boxes to share with their employees or parents buy boxes to send to kids away at college.

Joof said that the bakery offers assortments but clients can also customize their own gifts. Christmas goodies include gingerbread cookies, snowball cookies, stollen, and bourbon cakes, all freshly baked and packed. Customers order online or call in and place their orders over the phone, the old-fashioned way.

Persiano Gallery Opens New Permanent Location

After a bit of back and forth, Persiano Gallery signed a permanent lease with Beatty and Co. for the former Bally’s location at 188 Kentlands Blvd. Beatty had also been in talks with Pop Up Playzone for a temporary lease, but the company ultimately opted to go with a permanent tenant.

Persiano Gallery owner John Hashempour is very excited about the move. “Once we move out of the corner to a bigger space, we can have much more selection and more privacy.” Hashempour also said that the new location would be more conducive to the delivery trucks that often come to Persiano to drop off goods.

Persiano’s Market Street location will be officially closing on Jan. 1. Persiano Gallery has used the former Bally’s space for the last eight months as an overflow location. Hashempour said that the move will not be too difficult, but the chandeliers will be tricky because of their fragility. The solution? “We’ll be offering additional discounts on those chandeliers from now until the end of the year,” he said. “The less we have to move, the better.”

Yoga Bliss Welcomes New Local Yoga Teacher

Now in its third year, Yoga Bliss Studio at 404 Main St. recently welcomed a local yoga teacher from the Lakelands— Kevin Platt. Platt graduated from Salisbury University with a major in Exercise Science and a minor in Athletic Coaching and his 200-hour teacher training at Kripalu in Massachusetts.

“We’re very excited to have Kevin join,” said Yoga Bliss owner Sabina Grewal. Platt has been teaching an evening hot Vinyasa flow class as well as substituting for many of the early morning sunrise classes for Dorota, who is on maternity leave. “We have some loyal male students and male yogis, but it is a very female-dominated practice so it’s great to have him,” Grewal said.

Grewal also said that the studio was contemplating adding another morning class. “It’s such a nice way to begin the day,” she said. Her students agree. Her current 6:30 a.m. sunrise classes are generally packed.

Bits and Pieces

Bring friends and coats! The Bar Method is hosting a “bring a friend to class for free” event on Saturday, Dec. 6. Throughout the month of December, the studio is also hosting a coat drive to support the Interfaith Clothing Center in Rockville.

Leading cell phone repair and mobile accessories franchise ZAGG Phone Repair opened a location in Downtown Crown and had their grand opening on Nov. 19. To celebrate the opening, ZAGG raffled off an iPad Air. The national retailer is well known for its Invisible Shield screen protectors.