News & Notes: August 2012 Edition

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Here’s the latest roundup from the Business Beat newsletter, published every two months by the City of College Park

Upcoming Events:

College Park Day
College Park Day 2012 will be on Saturday, October 27. If you’re interested in joining the planning committee, email cpdayevents at for more information.

General Announcements:

Buy Local and Independent Week:

The Mayor and City Council have proclaimed the week of August 12th to 18th as “Buy Local and Independent Week,” which coincides with the State of Maryland’s “Tax Free Week” for clothing and footwear. For this week, the City is encouraging residents to spend their dollars in College Park and particularly with independent businesses. City staff has compiled a list of deals for the week, which can be presented to a participating business by showing a printed certificate or smart phone version. The certificate is available here.

College Park Farmers’ Markets:

Returning for a second year, the Downtown Farmers Market at City Hall is open every Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. through November and features Miller Farms as the primary vendor. Miller Farms offers a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, while Bill’s Backyard Barbeque serves delicious eats including pulled pork, brisket and salmon. Additional part-time vendors include Heavenly Created Desserts, Honey Glow, and Shearer’s Mountain Veiw Farm.

The College Park Farmers Market at Wells Ice Rink/Linson Swimming Pool is open every Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to Noon through October. The market’s offerings include local produce, baked goods, flowers, and pottery.

A new option this year is The Farmers Market at Maryland, which is open on Wednesdays from Noon to 4:00 p.m. outside Cole Fieldhouse. Offerings include local produce, baked goods, meat products, and eggs among other items.

Shop College Park Website:

The City-run website, Shop College Park, is hosted through a cooperative effort between the City of College Park Department of Planning, Community and Economic Development and local merchants in an effort to market all that College Park has to offer. The website will undergo a redesign and upgrade in the next few months, so if you’d like to offer input on the current site please fill out this brief survey.

August 2012 Business Activity

New Businesses:

– College Park Barbers (Rt. 1 & Hartwick Rd, Terrapin Station)
– District Dumpling (Rt. 1 & Hartwick Rd, Terrapin Station)
Offering six types of potstickers along with dumplings and multiple side items, District Dumpling provides numerous options for a quick and casual dining experience under $10.  Featured in this Diamondback article.
– Campus Dollar Store (Rt 1 south of Navahoe St, Campus Village)
Metro SolarMatics (Rt 1, south of Berwyn Rd.)
–  Pho D’Lite (Rt 1 south of Navahoe St, Campus Village)
A new venture from the owners of Hanami Japanese Restaurant, Pho D’Lite is a unique Asian fusion concept that provides healthy options focused on Vietnamese soup and Southeast Asian delicacies.

Business Closings:

Expressions Salon (Lehigh Rd & Yale Ave)
Covered by Patch.
– Coed Beauty Supply (9929 Rhode Island Ave, north of Edgewood Rd.)

Coming Soon:


Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
Opening planned on October 3rd, former location of California Tortilla on Rt. 1.  Mexican grill that uses fresh, organic ingredients, with vegetarian, low carb & low fat options.  There’s already locations in DC, Clarendon & Pentagon City.

-Vegetarian Restaurant (to be named later):
Lease Signed: going into Terrapin Station.

– Terrapin Turf:
Expected to open in Fall 2012 at former location of Santa Fe Cafe.  The operator ran Saloun earlier, a bar featuring jazz, blues, and soul music, in Georgetown for many years until it closed in late 2011.  Live music along the lines of Saloun is expected to continue at Terrapin Turf.  Previously covered in Patch and the Diamondback.

Lower Midtown:

Roti Mediterranean Grill
Opening scheduled next week (Aug 22). Ground floor retail in Varsity Apartments.  Fast casual chain, offering Mediterranean fare.

Expected to open early 2013, located on Rt. 1 in former Varsity Grille building.  Covered by Patch.

– Newaabsaab Kabobs:
Expected to open in Fall 2012. Sharing the same location as Rita’s Italian Ice (8900 Baltimore Ave)

– Independent Coffee Shop (to be named later):
Expected to open late 2012.  Located on Berwyn Rd, next door to Fishnet. To be operated by Fishnet owner.  Covered by Patch.

– Johnny’s Carry Out:
Expected to open in Fall 2012, in the Hollywood Shopping Center (by MOM’s & REI).

– Pollo a La Brasa:
Lease signed, going into Hollywood Square (9925 Rhode Island Ave).