News & Notes: June 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

General Announcements:

College Park Farmers’ Markets:

Summer is here and all of the City’s farmers markets are now open.  Returning for a second year, the Downtown Farmers Market at City Hall is steadily expanding with new vendors and increased patronage.  The market is open every Sunday from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM 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.  Live music is now a staple of the market and usually takes place from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.   In the next few weeks look out for new farmers market banners on Route 1 in Downtown that include a unique design we hope everyone will enjoy.

The College Park Farmers Market at Wells Ice Rink/Linson Swimming Pool is open every Saturday from 7:00 AM 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 PM outside the UMD Cole Fieldhouse.  Offerings include local produce, baked goods, meat products, and eggs among other items.

College Park Marketing Campaign:

The City is embarking on a marketing campaign that will produce a City logo, slogan, and marketing plan.  The City received proposals from several impressive companies, and eventually selected idfive LLC out of Baltimore to manage the campaign.  As part of their work, idfive will hold several focus groups over the next month or two to conduct research that will help identify the City’s attributes and marketing position.  We anticipate the focus groups will include residents, University of Maryland faculty and staff, residential realtors, business owners, developers, commercial brokers, and University of Maryland students.  If you are in any of these categories and would like to take part in the focus groups please contact Michael Stiefvater in the Economic Development Department for more information.

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.

Downtown Chess Set:

The City recently purchased an oversized outdoor chess set that is available for check out from the Planning Department, which is located on the lower level of City Hall. There is no charge to borrow the set and it is currently available Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

Channel 7 News (WJLA) did a feature on the chess set last month.

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 for more information.

 June 2012 Business Activity

New Businesses:

Aroy Thai (College Ave, east of Rt. 1; former location of Yami Yami Bubble Tea)
Big Play Sports Grill (Rt. 1 & Hartwick Rd, Terrapin Station)
Former location of Vito’s Pizzeria.  Operated by a UMD graduate; well-designed space offering traditional bar food and plenty of beverage options. Covered in the Diamondback.
The Frame Mender (Varsity apartments, ground floor retail)
Offering over 35 years of eyeglass repair experience; moved from their former Berwyn Heights location.
– Yo Love Frozen Yogurt (Varsity apartments, ground floor retail)
– Chipotle (Rt. 1, north of IKEA)

Business Closings:

– College Park Convenience (College Ave, east of Rt. 1)
Yami Yami Bubble Tea (College Ave, east of Rt. 1)
Mosaic Cafe (Campus Village)
– Chris’ Critters (Rt 1 by Erie St, close to College Park Diner)
Covered by Patch.

Coming Soon:


– District Dumplings
Scheduled to open later in June.  Will offer a menu mostly devoted to the Asian delicacy.

– College Park Barbers
Scheduled to open in July.

Note that these two (along with Big Play Grill) are both going into Terrapin Station, which has seen more than its share of business turnover over the years.

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
Planning to open this summer, 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.

– Terrapin Turf
Lease signed: former location of Santa Fe Cafe, in the process of obtaining a liquor license.  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.

More info about several of these businesses can be found in this Diamondback article from several months ago.

Lower Midtown:

Roti Mediterranean Grill
Expected to open in August. Ground floor retail in Varsity Apartments.  Fast casual chain, offering Mediterranean fare.

Lease signed, expected to open in Late 2012.  The College Park location of “America’s Diner” will be on Rt. 1 in former Varsity Grille building.  Covered in Patch.

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

Going into Campus Village:
Pho D’Lite:
Opening in July.  New venture from the owners of Hanami Japanese Restaurant.

– Campus Dollar Store
Lease signed: no opening date yet.

– 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.

Two new businesses with signed leases — still no opening dates.

– Johnny’s Carry Out:
Going into Hollywood Shopping Center (by MOM’s & REI).

– Pollo a La Brasa:
Going into Hollywood Square (9925 Rhode Island Ave).  

One thought on “News & Notes: June 2012 Edition”

  1. Awesome write-up. Really excited about Lime Fresh, Roti Mediterranean, Newaabsaab Kabobs, Aroy Thai, Terrapin Turf and Big Play

    College Park keeps getting better…

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