Bark Social dog park and lounge expected to open in October

From Bethesda Beat

Bark Social, a coffee bar and beer garden that welcomes humans and dogs, plans to open in Pike & Rose in late October.

The membership-based dog park and lounge will offer food and drinks for customers and their canines. In the morning, it will serve coffee and encourage patrons to work on their laptops.

The evening “Yappy Hour” will offer beer and stream sports games.

Co-founders Luke Silverman and Jeff Kurtzman secured a liquor license last week. On Monday, the business received its final building permits.

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Fast Growing Companies Call Montgomery County Home – Congratulations to the 49 Montgomery County companies that made the 2020 Inc. 5000 list—a compilation of the 5,000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America. The number of Montgomery County companies on the list grew by 20% over last year, and included North Bethesda’s mPower Financing.

Montgomery County One of Lowest Office Vacancy Rates in RegionCoStar, a leading resource for office inventory data, found Montgomery County compares well to neighboring counties. Of the six largest jurisdictions in the region, Montgomery County has one of the lowest office vacancy rates at 12.8%, second only to Washington D.C. (12.1%). This data is for the second quarter of 2020.

Streetsense & MCEDC Consumer Survey – Calling Montgomery County residents: we’d like your perspective as retail and restaurant customers. Your answers will inform a new initiative to help independently owned restaurants and retail establishments adapt to new public health requirements and changing consumer spending habits in light of COVID-19. Please fill out the survey here.

Picnic in the Park

Looking for a perfect picnic spot in Montgomery County, Maryland? Montgomery Parks and Visit Montgomery have partnered together so you now have even more opportunities to enjoy a picnic in the park. Search for a participating park in your area and find nearby restaurants. While at the park, find the official “Picnic in the Park” sign, take a picture of the QR code, and search for eateries offering delivery.

Our very own Wall Park is part of this MoCo Eats program, so grab a table and some food from a local restaurants, then enjoy a lovely socially-distanced meal with friends and family.

12th Annual Virtual UkeFest

Fri–Wed, Aug 14–19, 2020
Registration closes August 14 at noon

UkeFest is going virtual! Strathmore will miss seeing everyone in person this year, but they’re excited to make UkeFest 2020 an unforgettable experience. They have created a robust schedule of classes, jams, open mics, and more, so we can all be together even though we’re safely apart.

The program orientation and launch party will kick off Friday night, classes will be held on Saturday and Sunday, and there will be evening events on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Once you register, you will receive regular email updates about the event, including private links for you to join Zoom and YouTube sessions. Classes and other events will be recorded and available to UkeFest participants for one month after the event.

Celebrating their 12th year dedicated to this small but mighty music maker, UkeFest Artistic Directors Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer return along with extraordinary instructors Bryan Tolentino, Liz and Jim Beloff, Peter Luongo, Maureen Andary, Jess Eliot Myhre, and Chris Ousley for skill-based instruction, special topics classes, jams, open mics, and a faculty concert. For those looking for more intensive skill development, Strathmore’s UkeFest is the only program of its kind that offers an advanced track.

Good-bye, Lord & Taylor

Lord & Taylor’ and its parent company Le Tote announced yesterday that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Many stores, including the one at White Flint Mall, will be closing their doors. From an article in Forbes:

The Chevy Chase, Maryland location appears safe, for now, and is operating in a business-as-usual format. But its neighboring branches in Fair Oaks, Columbia, and White Flint are not as lucky. The White Flint, Maryland store has stoically remained in business even though the luxury shopping mall it helped anchor was demolished years ago. A lawsuit between Lord & Taylor and the property’s owner has kept White Flint defiantly in operation over the years.

This closing will no doubt cause many of you to ask, so what does this mean for redevelopment at the Mall? With the bankruptcy less than 24 hours old, a liquidation sale that may well continue through the holidays, an on-going pandemic, and a struggling economy, it may be awhile for things to sort themselves out.


Live from the Strathmore Mansion

In this week’s Live from the Mansion, we are joined by Elijah Jamal BalbedIsabelle De Leon, and Mark G. Meadows for a soulful set that is sure to make you move.

Live from the Mansion features host Christylez Bacon and fellow Strathmore Artist in Residence alums of varying genres each week for music and insightful conversation. Learn more at and tune into our Facebook page Wednesdays at 7:30pm!

Directed by T.L. Benton of Mecca Film Works
Strathmore’s Virtual Programming is supported by AARP Maryland

Pike District Provides Pop-Up Picnic Parks

Grab a seat, bring your lawn chair or lay down your picnic blanket, the Pike District launched a pop-up picnic park initiative aimed at giving local restaurants additional outdoor seating options for their customers.

As Montgomery County moves through its COVID-19 reopening phasing, the Pike District continues to support local restaurants and food vendors whose seating capacity has been limited by local regulations. Through the help of the Montgomery County Parks and Recreation, WMATA and the North Bethesda Marriott and Conference Center, the Pike District is now offering four temporary picnic parks in the area.

The four park locations are:

  • Market Street Park: At the corner of Market Street and Executive Boulevard (next to the Conference Center parking garage)
  • The Hill: at the corner of Rockville Pike and Old Georgetown Road
  • Wall Park: at the corner of Executive Boulevard and Nicholson Lane
  • The Patio: at the corner of Rockville Pike and Marinelli Road near the west side entrance to the White Flint Metro Station

Blanketed under a canopy of lights and flanked with colorful banners, the largest of the picnic parks is Market Street offering fourteen picnic tables and additional marked seating areas for a bring-your-own seated picnic. Areas are all positioned to be eight feet in diameter and six feet apart. A hand sanitizing station and cleaning supplies are available on site to provide additional safety measures. The three other parks also offer responsibly distanced picnic tables and additional space.

The pop-up picnic areas are expected to remain available through the fall. The number of persons in any one group may not exceed the Montgomery County COVID-19 regulations.

Picnickers are encouraged to order at local Pike District restaurants and bring their meals to the pop-up park to enjoy. Share your photos of your pop-up picnic in the Pike District using hashtag: #pikedistrictpicnic for a chance to win a $50 gift card to a local Pike District restaurant.

About Pike District
Pike District is North Bethesda’s urban core, bustling with dynamic shopping, dining and living experiences with access to world-class entertainment, arts, culture and recreation. For more information, please visit

Pike & Rose Farm Produces 20,000 pounds of produce


At 17,000 square feet, the Farm at Pike & Rose is the largest rooftop farm in the Washington Metro area and Mid-Atlantic region. Its first crops were planted in March. Most produce grown travels no more than a few blocks from farm to table.

The company turned the space into a productive agricultural site growing greens, root vegetables, herbs, tomatoes, peppers and more. Produce grown at the Farm at Pike & Rose is distributed through a Farm Membership Program.

Up Top Acres first partnered with Federal Realty on a 7,000-square-foot rooftop farm at Bethesda Row, bringing fresh produce to Jaleo Bethesda and other local restaurants. After two successful growing seasons, the company expanded this sustainability initiative to Pike & Rose.

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Dogs. Beer. Coffee. Pike & Rose.

Bark Social is coming to Pike & Rose in September! Grab a coffee or a beer while your dog enjoys an off-leash play date. With human and dog treats, really, what could be better?

Located where the Pike & Rose Beach used to be, the only dog bar in the mid-Atlantic will provide a private safe, clean, and monitored 25,000 sq. ft. dog park with comfortable seating. Starting with “Yappy Hour” in the late afternoon and late into the night, members will enjoy 20 rotating taps with a focus on local craft brews – all in a open air 2,500 sq ft covered patio and 1,500+ sq ft of covered space with tables, lounge couches, and Adirondack chairs. Stop by in the morning for some exercise, or any time you need a pick-me-up; they will be serving Ceremony Coffee all day.

Founding, annual, and monthly memberships are available.