Maryland Real Estate News

Nov. 29, 2019

Small Business Saturday 2019 Recap

Thanksgiving is done and Christmas will be here before we know it, so let the holiday shopping commence!  Take a break from the shopping madness on Black Friday and save your energy for Small Business Saturday because there are plenty of small businesses to choose from in the Washington, DC area.  In fact, we have featured several of these establishments that we think you might enjoy visiting.  These businesses are the perfect places to find unique gifts for your friends, family, coworkers, kids’ teachers, etc., while supporting your local community.  

We have put together a list of some of our favorite small, local businesses in the Washington, DC area that we hope you’ll like too.  We have also included some of the businesses we have highlighted over the past several years in an effort to promote small businesses and stimulate the local economy.  We encourage you to keep some of these companies in mind during your holiday shopping, as well as throughout the rest of the year.  The relationships you’ll create with your neighborhood business owners are priceless and now is the time to start those connections. Happy holidays and have fun shopping!

 

2019 Featured Small Businesses

Old Towne Man Cave

Hidden Julles Cafe

Farm Station Café

The Farm Brewery

8000 Barber Shop

Rocklands Farm Winery

K9 Aquatic Center

Fresh Baguette

 

2017 Featured Small Businesses

Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard

The Big Board

The Codmother

Dangerously Delicious Pies

El Rey

Denizens Brewing Company

I. Gorman Jewelers

New Columbia Distillery

Howl to the Chief

Ivy and Coney

Labyrinth Games and Puzzles

Love & Carrots

Qualia Coffee

 

2016 Featured Small Businesses

Bits of Thread Sewing Studio

Event Farm

Finger Foods Culinary

Flying Dog Brewery

Founding Farmers MoCo

Gregario’s Trattoria

Hunter’s Bar and Grill

Normandie Farm

The North Potomac Times

Potomac Paddlesports

Stella’s PopKern

Vie de France

 

2015 Featured Small Businesses

Appliance Builders Wholesalers

Bagel Towne Deli

Bombay Bistro

Bradley Food & Beverage

Butler’s Orchard

Carmen’s

HomeVisit

Osman & Joe’s Steak’n Egg Kitchen

Pizza Palace

Protec Inspections

The Market at River Falls

Town & Country Movers

Yoyogi Sushi

Yummy in My Tummy

 

2014 Featured Small Businesses

Art & Frame Depot

Bella Bethesda

Cava Mezza

Continental Pizza

Gaver Farm

Guru Groceries & Chaat House

Inner Reaches Yoga & Health

Kicks Karate

Potomac Pizza

Renato’s Restaurant

Studio Ten83

Tastee Diner

 

2013 Featured Small Businesses

Allentuck Landscaping

Diana Nails

Elite Image, Inc

Glenvilah Vet Clinic

Milestone Cleaners

Pigtails and Crewcuts

Quench

Tami’s Table

The Original Pancake House

Nov. 29, 2019

8000 Barber Shop

This family friendly barber shop, located on Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda, Maryland, is a favorite among the locals, kids and adults alike. The customer service at 8000 Barber Shop is outstanding with welcoming and professional staff who know how to make their clientele happy.  Their friendly barbers are patient and will offer suggestions if you’re unsure of what you want.  Walk-ins are welcome at this clean and comfortable establishment, but keep in mind that they only accept cash.  However, with their affordable prices, this usually isn’t an issue.  

 

Some services offered at 8000 Barber Shop include men’s, women’s, and children’s haircuts, in addition to shaves.  They even offer a hot towel clean off, which is a nice touch many customers enjoy.  While you may not need a haircut or a nice, clean shave on Small Business Saturday, keep 8000 Barber Shop in mind next time you do.  Just be sure to leave some time to find parking if you visit on a weekday and bring cash!

 

Location:

 

8000 Wisconsin Ave

Bethesda, MD 20814

 

Phone:

301-986-1906

Website: 

 

https://m.facebook.com/8kbarbershop/

 

Hours:

 

Monday - Friday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Saturday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sunday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Nov. 28, 2019

Farm Station Cafe

The culinary team at this eatery, located in Vint Hill, Virginia, prides themselves on their deep love and passion for their work, which is built on bringing its customers responsibly sourced, bright-flavored food. The goal at Farm Station Café is to connect people to the food they eat, and they do this by using high quality ingredients that create nutritious food which also tastes delicious.  They want you to feel like you are at home in their establishment and enjoy the comfortable setting and company while you dine in their welcoming atmosphere.

 

The menu at Farm Station Café is focused on clean eating with fresh, healthy meals made from scratch.  They try to minimize their footprint in order to help sustain the environment, using local farmers, buying in season, and growing their own herbs and flowers.  There is a particular focus on the bee because they believe it is their responsibility as chefs to support higher biodiversity and better bee health.  Most (80%) of Farm Station Café’s ingredients are local, pasture-raised, organic, and are free of GMOs, antibiotics, pesticides, and chemicals.  Their menu consists of breakfast sandwiches, snacks, soups, salads, grill items, and more, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, and paleo dishes as well. With their plethora of options, you’re sure to find something to help get you going on Small Business Saturday or any time of year, so make sure you pay them a visit when you can!

 

Location:

 

7150 Farm Station Road,

Vint Hill, VA 20187

 

Phone:

540-680-FARM (3276)

Website: 

 

https://www.farmstationcafe.com/

 

E-mail: 

 

info@farmstationcafe.com

 

Hours:

 

Monday - Wednesday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Friday - Saturday: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm

Sunday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

 

Nov. 27, 2019

Hidden Julles Cafe

If you’re looking for a local, organic, and natural restaurant to start off your day, Hidden Julles Cafe may be just the spot for you.  It is a family-owned and operated cafe that was named after the owners’ mom, who had a major influence on so many lives and on the cafe itself, as well as the products they use.  In fact, their mom loved avocado oil and Himalayan pink salt so much, her four sons have committed to using these products in the dishes they create at Hidden Julles Cafe.

The menu at Hidden Julles Cafe includes pre-order items, as well as everyday dishes.  The pre-order menu is robust with bakery items, such as bagels, muffins, many different varieties of bread, pies, brownies, cupcakes, and more.  If you’re inclined to stay and eat, you can choose from coffee, kombucha, juice, or a wide-range of beverage options.

Food wise, they offer classic breakfast items like omelets and eggs benedict, as well as burritos, avocado toast, and a monte cristo sandwich. If you’re more in the mood for lunch, they feature sandwiches, wraps, and bowls, in meat lovers as well as vegan varieties.  There is something for everyone at Hidden Julles Cafe, so whether you visit on Small Business Saturday or not, it’s worth visiting next time you’re in the area!

 

Location:

14950 Washington Street
Haymarket, Virginia 20169

 

Phone:

(571)-248-2647

 

Website: 

https://www.hiddenjullescafe.com/

 

Hours:

Monday - Friday: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm

Saturday - Sunday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Nov. 26, 2019

K9 Aquatic Center

If you’re looking for a wellness center for dogs and you live in the Maryland, Washington, DC, or Northern Virginia area, K9 Aquatic Center is ready to serve you.  Their swim coaches welcome dogs of all ages and are there to help your dog have fun, get some exercise, or perhaps rehabilitate after surgery.  Post-surgery swimming is great for elbow or knee surgery, luxating patella surgery, hip replacement, back surgery, and more. They also provide exercise for dogs with mobility issues, to improve fitness and conditioning, and to release stress for working dogs such as K9 police and assistance dogs.

Additionally, K9 Aquatic Center now offers doggy daycare.  The daily schedule includes multiple walks, treadmill time, opportunities to swim, play time with other campers, use of interactive toys, tummy rubs, and treats are offered too.  Also, for those who are interested, they offer Reiki.  If you’re not familiar with this self-improvement method, it’s a Japanese stress reduction technique that promotes relaxation and healing.  Your pet will feel like they’re on vacation every time they visit!  Please visit their website or set up an appointment if you think your pooch could benefit from K9 Aquatic Center!

 

Location:

12948 Travilah Rd

Potomac, MD  20854

 

Phone:

240-683-1100

Website: 

http://k9aquaticcenter.com/

 

Hours (by appointment only):

Pools:

Monday – Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm 

Daycare:

Monday – Friday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Saturday - Sunday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Nov. 25, 2019

Rocklands Farm Winery

 

Rocklands is a family-owned winery and working farm, owned by Greg Sr. and Janis Glenn.  They opened in 2010 and take their responsibility as stewards of the land and caretakers of their historic buildings seriously.  The mission at Rocklands Farm Winery, which you’ll notice repeated throughout their website, is to feed, nourish, and engage the community. They have found success using a holistic management approach to balance social, economic, and environmental factors that not only benefits the business, but the greater community and ecosystem as well.

This winery is located on 34 breathtaking acres bordering Seneca Creek State Park, just 45 minutes northwest of Washington, DC.  The peaceful setting allows you to relax and unwind while enjoying a glass of wine with the company of family and friends.  They serve various red, white, rose, and sparkling wines and ciders, in addition to food made from 100% grass-fed and pasture-raised meats.  Furthermore, this winery hosts many events from live music and tours to wine camps. So if you aren’t able to hang out on Small Business Saturday, there are sure to be plenty of opportunities to enjoy Rocklands Farm Winery in the future.

 

Location:

14531 Montevideo Road

Poolesville, MD 20837

 

Phone:

301-825-8075

Website: 

https://www.rocklandsfarmmd.com/

 

E-mail: 

info@rocklandsfarmmd.com

 

Hours:

Monday – Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday - Thursday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Friday: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

Saturday - Sunday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Nov. 24, 2019

Old Town Man Cave

This full-service barber shop located in Manassas, Virginia, is set in an atmosphere that is meant to feel like your own personal man cave.  It is touted as a men’s spa that offers select services exclusively for men, while their customers are able to enjoy being treated like a king, kick back, watch some TV, and smoke a cigar, according to their website.

Some of the many services offered here include hand and foot maintenance, such as various “man-o-cures” and pedicures, as well as combinations of both. Their hair services range from haircuts and shampoos to head and beard shaves and trims.  You can also enjoy many different kinds of facials and massages, as well as waxing services while you’re visiting.  So if you’re a man in need of a day at the spa, or know someone who is, check out their website to make an appointment!

 

Location:

9070 Center St

Manassas, Virginia 20110

 

Phone:

(571)379-4312

 

Website: 

https://www.oldtownmancave.net/

 

E-mail:

theoldtownemancave@gmail.com

 

Hours:

Monday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Sunday: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

 

Nov. 23, 2019

The Farm Brewery

This rural brewery is nestled on six acres, which they call their Brewbarn, or beer garden, in Haymarket, Virginia.  They serve a diverse selection of ales and lagers, local homemade ciders, wine, and they even offer snacks and artisan dishes from their rotating food trucks.  It’s a great spot to celebrate special occasions from birthdays to weddings, and it’s kid and pet friendly too, with a playground and an outdoor pavilion!

The idea for The Farm Brewery began when Michelle and Bill Dewitt started brewing beer on their front porch as a hobby that they could share with friends.  They also had a love of agriculture that they were able to tie into their brewing as well. Their farm includes an apiary, raspberry and blueberry fields, a hop yard, a small vineyard, and even a flock of chickens!  The Dewitts founded The Farm Brewery to build community, create friendships, and allow family and friends to enjoy time together.  Other than alcohol, their menu consists of various “nibbles” and rotating food truck dishes, so come on in after a long day of shopping on Small Business Saturday to relax, enjoy a drink and bite to eat!

 

Location:

16015 John Marshall Hwy

Broad Run, VA 20137

 

Phone:

703-753-3548

Website: 

https://www.thefarmbreweryatbroadrun.com/

 

E-mail: 

info@thefarmbreweryatbroadrun.com

 

Hours:

Monday: 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tuesday - Wednesday: Private Events Only

Thursday: 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Friday - Saturday: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Sunday: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Nov. 22, 2019

Fresh Baguette

 

If you’re looking for an authentic French bakery in the Bethesda area, you need to give Fresh Baguette a try.  Their master bakers, pastry chefs, equipment, and recipes are imported from France, which results in outstanding, high quality, fresh baked goods that will make you think you’re in a bakery in the heart of France.  Chefs start at 2:00 am baking everything from scratch onsite, using prudently selected ingredients to create delectable breads, croissants, and pastries for their customers.

Some of their products include their signature traditional baguette, for which the bakery is named after.  It’s baked throughout the day so you should always be able to grab a fresh loaf. They also have a wide variety of other breads, such as raisin and walnut loafs and sesame or poppy baguettes, and stuffed rolls, like bacon and Swiss, olive, and chocolate chip.  Fresh Baguette prides itself on the care they take to bake their breads, starting with a cold dough process, homemade leaven, and a French oven with a stone based sole.  Whether you’re in the mood for a hearty meal or something to satisfy your sweet tooth, Fresh Baguette has it.  They offer sandwiches, fresh pastries, and sweets that you can order onsite or online.  Just make sure you bring your appetite!

 

Locations:

Bethesda

4919 Bethesda Ave

Bethesda, MD 20814

Phone: 301-656-0000

 

Georgetown

1737 Wisconsin Ave NW

Washington, DC 20007

Phone: 202-333-2598

 

Rockville

804 Hungerford Dr

Rockville, MD 20850

Phone: 301-417-8628

Website: 

http://www.freshbaguette.net/

 

Hours:

Sunday – Saturday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Nov. 21, 2019

Small Business Saturday 2019

It’s almost that time of year again when we all have an excuse to go shopping in support of small, local businesses.  Small Business Saturday was introduced for that very reason and it will be here before we know it.  It always falls on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, which means this year Small Business Saturday will take place on November 30th.  The idea behind this shopping day is to back small, local businesses by encouraging consumers to check out the shops within their community.  Therefore, we’ll be featuring several businesses in the Washington, DC area that we think are worth visiting on November 30th, as well as throughout the rest of the year.  It’s how we help our local economies and communities thrive and promote spirited, diverse neighborhoods where people want to live. 

Small Business Saturday was introduced by American Express in 2010.  The next year it became official when the U.S. Senate formally recognized the holiday along with support from President Obama.  All 50 states came on board and started participating as the holiday grew with assistance from elected officials across the country. With the help of free, personalized ads sponsored by American Express, small businesses were able to get the word out and promote their products and services.  Last year, an estimated 17.8 billion dollars were spent at small, independent businesses, and that number continues to grow every year with help from our local communities.

The Washington, DC area is home to so many small businesses, so it can be overwhelming to choose which ones to visit on Small Business Saturday.  As a way to help you get started, we’ve chosen several of our favorite small, local businesses in the area to spotlight.  We will include a brief review of the business and contact information for each merchant.  Be sure to check our website daily as we will post a blog a day leading up to Small Business Saturday.  Remember, the relationships you foster with your neighborhood vendors will far outweigh the treatment you'll receive at the big box stores.  Happy holidays and enjoy your shopping!

For more information on Small Business Saturday, you can visit the following website: https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/Shop-Small/