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Jessica Peay, the owner of Kiddie Academy located in Landon Crossing, looks forward to an early September opening.

Bussard Brothers Landscape Donates Mulch to UHS Athletics

The annual Urbana High stadium and fields cleanup on Aug. 19 was again given a heavy lift from Bussard Brothers Landscape Supply. The Monrovia-based company donated double mulch to the annual project, as they do every year. The UHS Athletic Boosters posted to social media, thanking them “for their generous donation and continued support of our Athletes and School.”

CasaBella Commons Nears Completion

CasaBella Commons, 3538 Urbana Pike near the former Urbana Elementary School, is reaching completion with a newly paved parking lot. Look for KYO Sushi, Sweet Babe’s Creamery, Sage Physical Therapy and Wellness and Jasmine Al-Sham restaurant to open next month. Other businesses coming to CasaBella Commons are Urbana Yoga Fitness, Urbana Advanced Aesthetics Skin Spa, and Pumpernickel + Rye.

The new center has 3300 square feet still available. This can be divided and is great for office space, according to CasaBella Commons spokesperson Susan Wolfe.

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Landon Crossing’s newest building, easily seen from Fingerboard Road near Royal Farms, will be home to Sage Cakery and Papa John’s Pizza.

Sage Cakery Homegrown

The sweet new business Sage Cakery, coming to Landon Crossing, is owned by Urbana native Nikkie Byrd. The business will open in building E, which overlooks Fingerboard Road near Royal Farms. Byrd said she loves the historic location and the “carriage house vibe” of the new building. “As long as all stays on schedule, we are hoping to be opening up early 2019,” she said.

Hyattstown Convenience Store Closes

The Food Plus Convenient Mart—known to many as the 6-12—closed on Aug. 22. Kamal Chowdhury owned and ran the 1896 Urbana Pike #4, Hyattstown convenience store for more than 25 years. The store sold a little bit of everything and for a long time offered a popular sandwich and deli counter. Locals relied on it for last-minute items, as well as beer and wine. Chowdhury said he will miss seeing his customers, and the friendships that he has enjoyed over the years. He remembers staying open late one night during a blizzard so a nearby resident could buy medicine to control her child’s 103-degree fever.

Metropolitan Ballet Theatre Opens Second Location

Longtime Gaithersburg dance academy Metropolitan Ballet Theatre is opening its new Clarksburg studio for classes on Sept. 4. The studio is located at 22530 Gateway Center Dr., Suite 200. Visit for more information.

Urbana Orthodontics Establishes ‘A Smile for Sally’ Program

Urbana Orthodontics, with the help of Rick and Scott Miller, recently launched the “A Smile for Sally” program, which will provide free orthodontic care for two people per year. Sally Miller was a receptionist at Urbana Orthodontics before she lost her battle with cancer in August 2017.

Urbana Orthodontics explained the inspiration for the program on its Facebook page: “Sally’s compassion for others has been inspirational. She was an advocate for the underdog; perhaps someone who is being bullied in school, has low self-esteem, or someone who needs some help with their smile, but it is not financially possible. With this in mind, we are pleased to announce a program named in her honor called ‘A Smile for Sally.’”

The program name is also in tribute to Sally Miller. “Her contagious laugh and natural ability to make others smile is what we will remember most about her,” according to the post.

Urbana Orthodontics is located at 3500 Campus Dr., Suite 104. For more information, visit

Pure Yoga Plans Open House

Launched this summer, Pure Yoga at 3510 Worthington Boulevard, Suite 210, will be holding an open house on Saturday, Sept. 22, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. You’ll find door prizes, raffles, Lululemon giveaways, two free classes, and information on new fall classes like Pure Kids (6 years to 12 years), Pea + Pod (for parent and child 18 months to 5 years) and Prenatal.

Arrive at 8:30 a.m. with your mat, water and towel for Hot Vinyasa. This free class starts at 9 a.m.
From 10:30 a.m. to noon, a reiki healer and massage therapist will offer free mini service offerings. You can also register for fall classes during this time.

Then at 12:30 p.m., save your space for the free Alignment Workshop, which starts at 1 p.m. This workshop is
designed for those new to yoga or the more experienced who are looking for a refresher.

For more information, visit

Modern Beauty Lounge Now Open

Modern Beauty Lounge at 3566 Worthington Boulevard, Suite 101, opened this month. The lounge offers facials, waxing, lashes extension, Jane Iredale mineral makeup and Dermalogica skin care.

Giant Food A+ School Rewards Program

If you are Giant shopper, please take the time to sign up for the Giant Food A+ School Rewards program this month. Since 1989, Giant has donated more than $96 million to participating schools in DC, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware. You must register for your school to receive donations. Every dollar you spend at Giant represents a point that then gets converted into actual cash for your school. Is it worth it? Last year the top earning school in this program received close to $30,000 from the Giant A+ Rewards Program.


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