Montgomery County Executive Elrich, Council President Katz and Business Leaders Announce COVID Economic Recovery Roadmap

You can read the full announcement here, but here’s a quick summary of the Economic Advisory Group’s four key objectives as the foundation for this long-term strategic effort for the County:

  • Developing and retaining a skilled talent pipeline for businesses, including offering retraining opportunities.
  • Reimagining economic development to compete in the future through improved governmental processes that support business growth and expansion, development and transportation infrastructure growth and expanding housing at all income levels.
  • Addressing awareness of, access to and availability of capital to help existing enterprises succeed and attract new business investment.
  • Supporting key industry sectors that are critical to the County’s economy and quality of life, including restaurants, entertainment and hospitality.

It was great to see White Flint mentioned in the announcement:

“The EAG made important recommendations, including ones to replace impact taxes with development districts and to create a postgraduate research center at White Flint. Work on the research center has already started. The report also acknowledges that the County’s greatest housing needs are for people earning below the median income. One of the immediate actions recommended in the roadmap is a four-week “Bio Boot camp” that is designed to help retrain out-of-work residents and provide businesses with the workforce they need. 

Latest on Lord & Taylor

From Store Reporter

The endless going-out-of-business sale

Lord & Taylor has been going out of business since August, but the White Flint store is still fully stocked with discounted clothes, shoes, jewelry, bedding and gifts. In fact, we’ve see quite a few items that you wouldn’t expect to find at Lord & Taylor: shirts from J.Crew and Talbot’s, a case full of used designer handbags, even a newly opened rug gallery. That’s because a third-party company is running Lord & Taylor’s liquidation sales and filling all the empty floor space with outside merchandise. There are definitely bargains to be had, but all sales are final — so make sure to do your homework before you buy. For a look at what’s in stock, check out Store Reporter on Facebook and Instagram.

Forbes also did a nice article about the demise of Lord & Taylor.

Pop-Up Beer Garden Coming To Pike District: Reserve Your Spot Now!

A pop-up beer garden is coming to the Pike District!

The outdoor dining experience on Bethesda North Marriott’s front lawn will feature live music and local brews and eats. Reservations are required to enter the beer garden, which will be open to the public:

  • Friday, Nov. 13, 4-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 14, 12-8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 15, 12-6 p.m.

Reservations will be provided in two-hour increments to no more than six people in a group. Masks are required.

Click here to purchase tickets.

White Flint is a targeted area for the 3R Initiative Restaurant & Retail Grant program to support locally-owned businesses.

Now through November 5, restaurants and retailers can apply to MCEDC for up to $5,000 to pay for expenses related to adapting business operations during the pandemic, including e-commerce expenses and delivery fees.

While any locally-owned retailer or restauranteur with fewer than 100 employees is welcome to apply for funding and technical assistance, the 3R Initiative Restaurant & Retail Grant will prioritize businesses in ten target areas: Burtonsville/Briggs Chaney, White Oak, Wheaton/Glenmont, Aspen Hill, Germantown, Damascus, Takoma-Langley, Four Corners, Montgomery Hills, and Twinbrook/White Flint.

Find the application and FAQs here, as well as information on the Reopen Montgomery program, which may reimburse your business for purchases like outdoor seating and air filtration.

Please reach out to MCEDC at with any questions.

Drive-in movies and trick-or-treat fun in the Pike District

Drive-in Movies

There are two series of drive-in movies in the Pike District — but sadly, if you haven’t already signed up they are pretty much sold out. This does show the eagerness of folks to do something socially-distanced and fun, and it’s great to see the Pike District community try to meet this need.

Willco is hosting movies at 6110 Executive Blvd. You can see the schedule of movies here, and while they literally sold out in one day, there might be plans to extend it through November.

The Pike District is sponsoring drive-in movies at White Flint Plaza this weekend. They just added Thursday and Sunday nights to the sold-out Friday and Saturday nights. Learn more at


This Halloween join Willco for the first ever drive through Trick or Treat Spooktober. This safe and socially distanced extravaganza is sure to save Halloween for ghosts of all ages.

Take a drive through their spooktacular village with plenty of stops for treats (and tricks) along the way. We’re bringing the thrill to the whole family, with excitement and scares to delight all spook levels. Their 4-step “Public Safety” plan ensures the safest possible distribution of treats while guests remain in their cars.

Purchase a “treat” ticket for all individuals in the car that would like candy, and/or purchase a “trick” ticket for all individuals who are just along for the spook of it. EVERYONE in the car must have a ticket. Tickets purchased for either date will be honored both days

​Gates are open from 5pm-10pm on Friday, October 30th and 4pm-11pm on Saturday, October 31st. Please join them at any time during those hours for your Trick or Treat adventure.

Now there are Two Free Yoga Classes at NoBe Market on Saturday

Join NoBe Market this Saturday, October 3rd for week three of our Socially Distant Outdoor Yoga Series with ExtendYoga!

Focus on linking conscious breath while awakening your strength, energy, and flexibility with FREE*  yoga classes!

8:30am Rise & Shine Yoga (45 min)

Get moving and wake up your body and mind for the day ahead. Flow from one pose to the next using the breath. We’ll gently stretch out the body and focus the mind, finishing with some energising poses to lift energy levels.

Reserve 8:30 Class

9:30am Flow Yoga (60 min)

Get in the flow of your body and day! Focus on linking conscious breath with somewhat vigorous and mindful movement. Students will awaken their strength, energy, and flexibility in a fun and safe atmosphere.

Reserve 9:30 Class

Safety Measures:

Each yogi will receive a hand sanitizer, reusable face mask, and sports towel.

Social Distancing between mats will also be enforced and expected.

Limited class size to safely fit yogis in the plaza.

Only 20 Yogis in our expansive plaza.

Tickets do not guarantee a spot, but only ticketed participants will be given a spot on the day of the class. First come, first served.

Yoga flow is open to all levels and ages with a valid Eventbrite ticket. Check-in begins at 8:15am sharp.

*Eventbrite ticket required to attend. Spots will be given on a first come first serve basis once check-in opens at 8:15am. Capacity is set to 20 people in the plaza. Ticket does not guarantee a spot. If spots are available at 8:30am, walk-ins will be granted access.

Picnic in Wall Park — Now With Booze as Well as Food

If you’ve found yourself enjoying parks across the county but suddenly feel the need to leave to find food, look no further! Parks has teamed up with Visit Montgomery and MoCo Eats to offer our new Picnic in the Park program. And now you can legally consume alcohol in designated areas within 9 parks selected for the pilot.  

Our local park – Wall Local Park — is part of the Picnic in the Park program.

Picnic in the Park brings your favorite foods and drinks to you – simply find the designated signs in the following parks and take a photo of the QR code to be shown all the available restaurants to deliver food right to you in the park! Each park comes with a designated delivery zone, along with multiple picnic circles that are physically distanced to make sure you can enjoy your meal safely.

Picnic in the Park locations are:

Randolph Hills Shopping Center — the perfect place to order food for your Rosh Hashanah dinner

Discover the hidden gems within the Randolph Hills Shopping Center including a kosher market, bakery, deli and pizza restaurant for the upcoming High Holy Days, despite the COVID restrictions.

Goldberg’s NY Bagels
Goldberg’s, which earned Top Nosh award by the Washington Post and Best Bagel by Jewish Weekly, will be offering simcha bagel packages and customized platters. 301.816.9229.

Siena’s Vegetarian Pizzeria
Siena’s offers kosher vegetarian pizza with yashan flour crust, as well as gluten-free and vegan options for a vegetarian and Italian experience. 301.770.7474.

Moti’s Market
Moti’s Market is the premier supermarket and wine store for Kosher, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean needs. Perfect for grabbing you need for high holiday meals. 301.468.0400.

Al Ha’esh
Kosher Israeli grill that features grilled skewers, hummus, and other Mediterranean options. Features a lot of gluten-free options, as well as wine and beer. 301.231.0839.