Monday, December 3, 2012
Montgomery County has got it going on when it comes to holiday shopping.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Patch has editors on the ground covering news all around Montgomery County. But even hard-nosed journalists have to stop to think about the holidays and what gifts to give their families and friends. Knowing the best places to shop might be seen as one of the side benefits of being a Montgomery County Patch editor who has the inside story on business and development. Plus, each Patch site has a business directory where you can find store hours, addresses, photos and user reviews. If you've made it through Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday with gifts still to buy, you've still got time left due to 2012's holiday shopping season of 32 days, perhaps the longest ever due to the way the calendar fell in 2012. We know the …
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Rockville business organizations encourage a "shop local" approach that benefits nonprofits.
Big name national retailers take the spotlight on Black Friday as their deep price cuts pull in shoppers in droves. What about those mom-and-pop businesses in and around Rockville that are the backbone of America’s economy? Just when do they get their day? That’s basically the question that was asked back in 2010 when the concept of Small Business Saturday was born. Small Business Saturday is “a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities,” the U.S. Small Business Administration explains on its website. American Express gets the credit for founding the shopping holiday, which got its official start on Nov. 27, 2010, according to the Small Business Saturday Facebook page. Celebrating its third year …
Thursday, November 22, 2012
For Black Friday and beyond, here's your guide to the shopping districts, the deals and the big dates for holiday shopping.
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett stood on East Montgomery Avenue in the heart of Rockville Town Center on Tuesday with the holiday shopping season on his mind. “I want to make sure everyone gets an opportunity to go out and shop in Montgomery County,” Leggett said at the close of a news conference to launch the county’s “Shop With a Cop” public safety initiative. “I’d add a little bit to the ‘Shop With a Cop,’” Leggett said. “I want you to shop ‘til you drop with a cop—in Montgomery County.” Today is Black Friday. If you’re looking to follow the county executive's advice and shop local this holiday season, be sure to check out Patch’s “Montgomery County Holiday Shopping Guide.” Get Rockville news in your inbox every morning. …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Get caught up with the latest in foodie news from Montgomery County and adjacent Washington, DC, neighborhoods.
Get caught up with the food scene in Montgomery County and adjacent Washington, DC, neighborhoods with "1 Meat, 3 Sides." This week, a pop-up concept at a Rockville cocktail bar takes center plate: One Meat: Quench, a destination cocktail bar in Rockville, is launching a new partnership program to host a series of pop-up restaurants within its walls on Sundays and Mondays to showcase new and upcoming chefs and culinary concepts. “We’re excited to let our space highlight the visions of other rising culinary stars in the area," said Michael Holstein, owner of Quench. "We started out thinking about the days the restaurant was closed, but it transformed into an opportunity to build some real fellowship with colleagues in the restaurant …
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development gave out more than $130 million in grants and loans, and $14 million in tax credits to life science companies.
Fiscal 2012 was a fruitful year for Maryland’s business environment—one that brought a groundbreaking state-university partnership to commercialize life sciences research, a pair of lucrative trade missions to Asia by Gov. Martin O’Malley, and national accolades for being at the forefront of innovation, according to the latest report from the state’s arm for spurring the state’s economy. The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development's annual report, published Wednesday, touts the state as a “trailblazer in the Innovation Economy” and highlights the department’s successes in financing, tax credits and business assistance. From July 2011 to July 2012, DBED: Those moves helped Maryland garner the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s …
Friday, November 16, 2012
The franchise owners of these popular chains are making big changes to offset costs of Obamacare, but it's causing some customers to rethink which businesses they'll support.
Several franchise owners of popular restaurant chains say that the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," will increase costs for small business owners—and in order to offset costs they are adding surcharges to bills, threatening layoffs and more. According to the Huffington Post, John Metz, a Florida-based Denny's franchise owner, is adding a 5 percent surcharge to customers' bills to offset costs for healthcare. Apple-Metro CEO Zane Tankel, who owns more than 40 Applebee's chains in the metro New York area, slammed Obamacare on Fox Business Network, Huffington Post reported, stating he would not hire any more employees and may cut the hours of current employees. But a Twitter campaign has already begun against Papa John's after…
Diamond sellers ask the community for help finding a lost family treasure.
Masha Mervis and her family have spent decades finding the right diamond ring for customers of their family business. Now, the family behind Mervis Diamond Importers is calling on the community to help their matriarch find a diamond ring of her own. Masha Mervis recently lost a ring that her late husband, Morris, gave her on their 50th wedding anniversary, said Jonathan Mervis, the couple’s grandson. “Our whole family is asking for the community to help out,” Jonathan Mervis said. Masha Mervis noticed that the ring was missing on the afternoon of Nov. 7 as she shopped at Comfort One Shoes on Rockville Pike. “That doesn’t mean she lost it there,” Jonathan Mervis said. She had it that morning. “So, it’s probably in Rockville somewhere,” …
Monday, November 12, 2012
Cake shops, wedding venues expect to see part of $90 million boost from referendum's passage.
- Ben Gross
Monday, November 12, 2012
With the passage of Question 6 approving same-sex marriage, some financial analysts say believe that Maryland’s economy could see as much as a $90 million boost, according to a recent article in The Gazette. Mark Yost, president of the Maryland Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, quoted research from UCLA's Williams Institute that there could be $3.6 million in sales and lodging tax revenue, and $21 million per year from wedding-related businesses. Baltimore Business Journal spoke with Mary Alice Yetskey, the marketing director of Duff Goldman’s Charm City Cakes, who believes that her business will see a “much busier January” than normal. The story also quotes Mark Scurti, an attorney specializing in LGBT issues at Towson’s Pessin Katz …