Shop Talk

Landon House Closer to Completion

The historic Landon House, at the corner of routes 355 and 80, is in the final phase of construction and is scheduled to open for business this summer.

“The property will offer 3,500 square feet of event space, including room for up to 200 guests in our historic Sabres and Roses Ballroom, or up to 300 in our upscale tent,” said Tara Stelley Franklin, event director for the Landon House.

The Silk Mill restaurant will feature upscale casual dining with a strong emphasis on locally grown foods, and will include a vegetable and herb garden on the property. The Boxing Horse Tavern will be in the basement of the historic house. Event amenities at the estate will include a luxurious bridal suite and groom’s quarters, a private conference or board room, flexible indoor and outdoor space and wireless internet and audio/video on site.

The facility can accommodate weddings, rehearsal dinners and farewell brunches on the same property. Reservations are now being taken. Future plans include bed and breakfast suites on site.

“A huge transformation will soon take place,” said Stelley Franklin. “Mature trees will be planted around the perimeter and a romantic garden will be created around a circular driveway, providing one of several beautiful photo opportunities for guests. We can’t wait to make this historic property come alive again!”

For more information, contact Stelley Franklin at 240.948.6074 or visit or the Landon House page on Facebook.

Community Spirit Award at Legal and General America

Ismael Brunache was a winner at the Chairman’s Community Award ceremony at Legal and General America (LGA). Brunache has worked in check processing for LGA for eight years, and received the Community Spirit Award for her work with Senior Connection in Silver Spring. Senior Connection provides transportation and support for local senior citizens and Brunache has volunteered with the organization twice a month for the past eight years.

Part of Legal and General Group in London, Legal and General America has several locations in the U.S., providing life insurance services through Banner Life in Urbana. For more information, visit

Shop Notes:

Urbana’s Chopstix restaurant, located in the Giant shopping center, is under new management. No information about menu and staffing changes were available at press time.

There are a number of new shops at the Francis Scott Key Mall. These include rue21, featuring fashion trends for young men and women; Torrid, a shop owned by the popular Hot Topic fashion shop; and Friendly Faces barbershop.


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