Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Hoamgar and women's shop Free People will take over the former American Apparel space in May.
A women's fashion boutique chain based in Asia is set to open its doors at the Westfield Montgomery Mall in May. Hoamgar, which sells women's apparel in cities including Beijing, China, and Singapore, Taiwan, will take over the space formerly occupied by the recently-closed American Apparel near the mall's Nordstrom entrance. While it's not clear why the hipster fashion hub closed its doors, Hoamgar will likely be a more sophisticated replacement. The line doesn't appear to have a US-based website, but the Marina Bay Sands shopping center in Singapore describes the clothing as "fresh, elegant yet casual style, ideal for the professional woman." An announcement at its future Westfield location calls the line "exclusive high fashion." Next …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
What new changes are happening to the Bethesda Row shopping scene?
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
What new changes are happening to the Bethesda Row shopping scene?
The ever-evolving line up at Bethesda Row is in for a few more changes this spring, with recently vacated businesses making way for new ones. The game of merry go-round includes two location switches and one new business – buckle in for this whirlwind before you go spring shopping, unless you want to find yourself entirely confused: Don’t forget that fashionable moms can expect a new family store, Make Meaning, to open on Bethesda Avenue this spring. By our count, all these switches leave at least one opening on Bethesda Row for a new business or restaurant. What would you like to see come into Bethesda Row?
Friday, January 25, 2013
A fee of up to 4 percent of a credit card purchase could be added to your bill come Sunday.
Think twice when you pull out your credit card to pay for brunch this weekend. A controversial federal court ruling last year has given retailers the go-ahead to tack bank surcharges for credit card purchases on customer bills—starting Sunday. Bank fees between 2 and 4 percent of a credit card purchase had traditionally been covered by retailers making the sales, but smaller businesses without the backing of major corporations usually felt the brunt of these charges. Ten states prohibit passing fees on to credit card users, but Maryland isn't one of them, according to an announcement issued by the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center. Customers can avoid the charges by paying with debit cards or prepaid cards. According to a Time…
Friday, January 18, 2013
Will you be heading to Bethesda Row to look for an inaugural ballgown?
Bethesda businesses are getting a boost from this year’s inauguration despite predictions of lower tourist numbers. Hotels in Bethesda, Chevy Chase and Silver Spring area already are filling up or have limited availability, The Gazette reported. “Our hotels are getting business this year as a result of the inauguration that they would not have gotten last year,” Kelly Groff, director of the Montgomery County Conference and Visitors Bureau, told The Gazette. “When there’s more people in our hotels, there’s more people in restaurants and shopping and taking cabs.” But local hotels and restaurants aren’t the only businesses making the most of inauguration hoopla. The expected reduction in tourism—only 800,000 visitors this year compared to …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
After 28 years in business the store will close by the end of the month, employees say.
A sign announcing the retirement of Pirjo Jaffe greets customers walking past the eponymously named high-end Bethesda Row boutique. “After 28 years Pirjo is retiring. It has been a great run. I thank all old and new customers for your loyal patronage over the years,” the sign reads. Pirjo carries numerous European brands, offering women's clothing including dresses, skirts, blouses, slacks, jackets, sunglasses, scarves, jewelry and handbags. The popular store has been featured in several best-of lists over the years, including the Washingtonian. According to employees the store will close by the end of the month, unless closing sales wipe the store's shelves and hangers clean before then.
Friday, January 4, 2013
One of Chevy Chase's newest businesses brings a sporty edge to Friendship Heights' lineup of elite boutiques.
Chevy Chase's lineup of luxury clothing shops has a new, sporty arrival: DJ Bennett, an appointment-only, high-end sportswear boutique. Located in the newly renovated Chevy Chase Pavilion, the store, "which opened its doors in September, specializes in luxury athletic wear and equipment ranging from snowboarding goggles with built-in GPS capabilities ($450) to neoprene surf suits ($650)," The Washington Post reported. Owner Dawn Bennett, a former competitive swimmer, "has assembled a roster of sporting experts and professional athletes to help guide shoppers through the company’s inventory, which includes items from such brands as Ghurka, Louis Vuitton and Beretta," The Post added. "My whole life I’ve actually been shopping for something …
Friday, November 30, 2012
The Bethesda Lane storefront served as a temporary location for the menswear guideshop, which will re-locate to Washington, DC after the holidays.
As quickly as it came, Bethesda Row’s newest menswear store Bonobos is on its way out. Bonobos opened its guideshop in early November, taking the spot of the recently departed Urban Chic on Bethesda Lane. When it opened, the company intended for the Bethesda Lane storefront to serve as a temporary location for the shop before relocating it to Washington, DC, according to the store’s senior public relations manager, Gina DiPietro. The guideshop will remain in that location for one more month -- until Dec. 25 -- before moving to its new location in DC. “The Bethesda Guideshop will be open through the holidays -- end of December -- and then will relocate to a DC location in January,” DiPietro told Patch in an email. “Exact location is to be …
Friday, November 23, 2012
Could you go cold turkey on consumerism for 24 hours?
Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Holiday Weekend Sales, Pre-Christmas Sales, Post-Hanukah Clearance Sales, and Kwanzaa Clearance Events—it’s enough to make you go crazy as a consumer. One organization, AdBusters, has a solution to help you retain your sanity—“Buy Nothing Day.” The group’s website touts that “the journey towards a sane sustainable future begins with a single step” and sees capping your consumption for an entire day as that step. AdBusters, which also publishes a monthly anti-consumerist magazine, is also a proponent of the Occupy movement, and offers online and printable ads to help spread the word. The website also features guides to organized protests like a Credit Card Cut Up, Zombie Walk and Whirl-Mart. AdBusters claims …
Friday, November 16, 2012
Current Boutique will host a Black Friday event Nov. 23.
Holiday shoppers can get a peek at the haul from fashionable Bethesda closets for a discounted price at the Current Boutique Black Friday event Nov. 23. When Current Boutique opened its doors on Wisconsin Avenue storeowner Carmen Lopez says she knew Bethesda was a perfect fit for the fourth location of her locally popular consignment shop. “I love the area,” Lopez said. “It’s bustling with young professionals—classic, modern, polished—it’s perfect for our demographic.” Current Boutique opened in Bethesda early this fall—the first location in Maryland of a group of boutiques opened in DC-proper and the Virginia suburbs. Lopez opened her first shop in Arlington in 2007 and since then has expanded to Alexandria, Logan Circle and now Bethesda…