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The Best Beer, Band and Bluegrass in Bethesda!

When one of our favorite places combines with one of our favorite entertainers in the Bethesda area, we are compelled to share the news!

19th Street Band at the Irish Inn Wed Nights

19th Street Band at the Irish Inn Wed Nights

Tonight (and every other Wednesday night) the 19th Street Band is playing at The Irish Inn at Glen Echo beginning at 8 PM.  The 19th Street Band trio includes Caolaidhe on guitar, Meghan on the fiddle and Mike on the upright bass.  The three bring the house down at every performance with a variety of songs including popular country, Celtic, rock and even some bluegrass music!  They get the crowd on their feet and having fun with their impressive acoustic performances and engaging personalities.  You can’t help singing and smiling after attending one of their shows!

The Irish Inn adds the warm, inviting pub atmosphere to the experience and of course, the good beer!  My personal favorite is Kilkenny, an Irish cream beer that originated in Kilkenny, Ireland.  Another little “must have” at the Irish Inn at Glen Echo is their calamari, believe it or not.  It’s pretty fantastic – or at least I thought so last time I was there…of course I had consumed a couple beers and sang a few good songs with the band so the mood was highly elevated!

If you’re looking for a great way to relax, unwind and have some fun, I highly recommend a visit to The Irish Inn on any Wednesday night that the 19th Street Band is playing!  Perhaps we will see you there on the dance floor, clapping your hands and singing along!  Cheers!

Bethesda Real Estate is Hot!

As I am sure you may have heard on the news and read in the paper, real estate is back!  As professional agents, Brian and I are hearing comments from people that it must be a great time to be in real estate.  Well, the market has certainly surged again and it’s nice that we no longer have to comfort sellers who were unable to sell their homes for an acceptable price as we did during the dog days of the  Great Recession; however, now it’s the buyers that need comfort and encouragement!  It’s pretty tough to find a home right now in Bethesda…and when they do finally settle on one, they often find themselves in competition for the purchase.

A Bethesda Home selling in the $1.4 million range

A Bethesda Home selling in the $1.4 million range

Here is snapshot of the market today, May 13th, 2013 in Bethesda according to MRIS (Metropolitan Regional Information System) – our local MLS:

  1. There are 183 single family, detached homes available for sale.
  2. The average price is a whopping $1,695,732!  The median price is $1,375,000.
  3. Of the 183 homes for sale, there are only 54 priced below $1 million dollars right now!
  4. In April 2013, 62 homes sold or went under contract priced below $1 million.

See the picture?  We have less than one month of home sale inventory below $1 million.  That means more homes are currently selling in a month than are being listed in that price bracket.  In the range north of $1 million, we have about a 2-3 month’s supply of inventory, according to the multiple listing service.  Of course inventory is boosted in that range by builders who have come back into the market, actively removing old dilapidated homes from lots and rebuilding brand new homes, typically in the range of 5,000+ square feet in size.

If you’re thinking of selling a home in Bethesda, it’s definitely a great time to do so.  We offer a complimentary market analysis, at your request.  If you’re thinking of buying, let’s talk about a home buying strategy.  We have been helping clients buy homes that are not yet listed for sale where possible.  A pro-active plan is often the best approach!  With interest rates so low, it’s still a great time to buy even though inventory is tight.

Stay tuned for more real estate updates and in the meantime here is a list of the current homes for sale in Bethesda (updated daily):

  1. 5 beds, 3 baths
    Lot size: 7,495 sqft
    Year built: 1956
    Days on market: 1
  2. 5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,011 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Days on market: 1
  3. 6 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 6,100 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,313 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Days on market: 1
  4. 5 beds, 1 bath
    Lot size: 17,046 sqft
    Year built: 2018
    Days on market: 1
  5. 5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,350 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,802 sqft
    Year built: 1997
    Days on market: 2
  6. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,904 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,596 sqft
    Year built: 1961
    Days on market: 2
  7. 7 beds, 7 baths
    Lot size: 19,039 sqft
    Year built: 1965
    Days on market: 2
  8. 3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,636 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,129 sqft
    Year built: 1941
    Days on market: 3
  9. 5 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 4,744 sq ft
    Lot size: 26,964 sqft
    Year built: 1998
    Days on market: 3
  10. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 5,560 sq ft
    Lot size: 20,309 sqft
    Year built: 1964
    Days on market: 3
  11. 6 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 5,900 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,149 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Days on market: 3
  12. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,560 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,350 sqft
    Year built: 1956
    Days on market: 5
  13. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Lot size: 10,064 sqft
    Year built: 1947
    Days on market: 6
  14. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Lot size: 6,849 sqft
    Year built: 1952
    Days on market: 6
  15. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Lot size: 20,693 sqft
    Year built: 1979
    Days on market: 6

See all Detached Homes Bethesda.
(all data current as of 10/18/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

FREE Cone Day at Haagen-Dazs Bethesda!

Calling all ice cream lovers!  Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 14th is free cone day (4 oz.) at Haagen-Dazs Bethesda.  Yep, that’s right, you don’t have to pay for your little scoop of  ice cream, gelato, sorbet or frozen yogurt…but come prepared because you know you’ll want more!  The deal is limited to one per customer and is only available from 4 – 8 PM. Cheers!Haagen-Dazs Bethesda

Azalea Festival at Landon School May 3-5th, 2013

Azaleas in full bloom

Azaleas in full bloom

It’s the 60th Annual Azalea Garden Festival at Landon School this year!  The event is a time-honored tradition to help raise funds for student financial assistance and faculty enrichment at Landon School.

The festival runs from 10 AM – 5 PM each day, May 3rd – 5th, 2013 and is located at 6101 Wilson Lane.  Parking and general admission are free.  The event offers more than just gorgeous blooming plants.  You will also find entertainment in the form of music, art and even Funland for the kids!  Oh, and of course, yummy treats too.

60th Annual Azalea Garden Festival

60th Annual Azalea Garden Festival

Click here to check out the pictures and an article from our 2011 visit to Funland at the Azalea Festival.  Perfect for all ages, the festival is wonderful time for the whole family.

Here is a link to the 2013 Landon Azalea Festival Garden booklet for this year’s event details.

 

Certifikid! Bethesda’s Groupon Just for Kids

Summer will be here before you know it!  Have you signed your kids up for camp?  If not, where do you begin when so many Bethesda summer camps are already full?  What about entertainment for those hours outside of camp time?  Have you wanted to try something new with the kids this summer but you’re not sure what to do?  Your AFFORDABLE answer to all these questions lies at www.Certifikid.com, a sort of local Groupon deal just for kids.

Certifikid Logo

Certifikid Logo

Certifikid  founder and CEO Jamie Ratner, a local area resident and Mom, was recently featured in the May/June 2013 issue of Bethesda Magazine as an “Up and Comer.”  She began the Certifikid website just a few years ago and it has really caught on!  Certifikid is essentially a website offering discounts like Groupon yet it is focused solely on family-oriented activities, services and interests in the local area.  The daily deals include all kinds of things to do see and experience with your little folk in the Greater DMV area, including summer camps.  Incidentally, Certifikid also operates in several other metropolitan areas including Los Angeles, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Baltimore.

Brian and I met Jamie and her family last year when they sold their home in Green Acres with us.  We drove up to their house and my interest was piqued right away by her eye-catching van parked outside with the Certifikid logo on its side.  When Jamie humbly shared with me her scope of business and how it works, I was truly impressed.  The word “genius” is actually what came to mind!

You don’t have to have kids to take advantage of Certifikid (although it helps).  All you need is to be a kid at heart.  You’ll find great gift ideas there as well!  I know that the future for Jamie and Certifikid is not only bright but the sky’s the limit!

See for yourself.   Sign up to receive your daily Certifikid e-mail or check it out on Facebook or Twitter .  Perhaps all hope is not yet lost and you will find cool things for the kids to do this summer after all!

The Best Kept Cookie Secret in Bethesda

Potbelly Cookie Display...my mouth is watering

Potbelly Cookie Display

On occasion one can have a killer craving for good, soft chewy cookies and a tall glass of milk.  In Bethesda, my favorite cookie can be found not at a bakery nor at any sweet shop but rather at PotBelly Sandwich Shop located at 4731 Elm Street in Bethesda.

Sure you may all know that Potbelly is great for soups, sandwiches, chips and even milkshakes but did you know that their oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are to die for?!  I never could understand why someone would put a raisin in an oatmeal cookie when you can add a chip of something wonderfully chocolate into every bite.  To the Potbelly person who decided it would be better to add chocolate chips than raisins, I say “thank you!”

Potbelly is open until 10 PM on Fridays and Saturdays and until 8 PM Sundays – Thursdays to satisfy your cravings.  I cannot guarantee they will have any oatmeal chocolate chip cookies left because I may beat you to the punch!  But they also offer sugar cookies and chocolate brownie cookies too!

Earth Day Bethesda 2013

Reduce, reuse, recycle….  It sounds simple enough but I will be the first to admit to the occasional laziness of tossing a plastic bottle in the trash because there is no readily available recycle bin or running the water while I brush my teeth once in a while.  The little things we do or don’t do can seem to be just too small to matter in the grand scheme of things.  Yet, when you multiply your actions by the number of people in our town, let alone our country, the cumulative effects of these “small choices” obviously make a BIG daily impact.  Earth Day reminds us to be aware.  Be aware of the choices we make that together add up to something significant.

Montgomery County has a great resource available on their website to instruct the public about how to recycle or dispose of wastes like household batteries, paint, cell phones, fire extinguishers, appliances, scrap metal, old furniture and more.

Bethesda Green Logo

Bethesda Green Logo

The town of Bethesda has made a collective effort to become aware and make better choices by forming Bethesda Green.  You can read all about Bethesda Green in our featured article written in 2011, It Ain’t Easy Being Green or by visiting the Bethesda Green website.  Bethesda Green offers all kinds of  resources to “help educate yourself about the environment, your community, and how you can help.”

Today, for Earth Day in Bethesda, why not check out Bethesda Green?  Perhaps you will learn something new, find an organization in which you wish to participate or simply make a small donation to further their efforts to better our community.

 

Bethesda Real Estate Snapshot – March 20, 2013

Brian and Amy Maury

We know Bethesda Real Estate!

Spring is in the air!  Flowers are beginning to sprout up all over and so are homes for sale in Bethesda…well, not really.  Let me explain.

There has been a lot of talk in the news about the real estate market fueling some of our economic recovery and admittedly, we are seeing rapid-fire sales in our market place.  Lenders are lending again, buyers are definitely buying and homes are selling – quickly in some cases!

According to the Metropolitan Regional Information System (MRIS), Bethesda has experienced only a 0.1% increase in contracts signed in February 2013 versus February 2012.  However, the statistically interesting point is that there are 34.4% fewer homes actively listed for sale than last year.  The market is rapidly absorbing the available inventory of homes.  As a result, we are witnessing very quick sales, multiple offers and a vigorous real estate climate, especially for homes that show well and are priced appropriately.

Let’s look at things from another perspective.  In Bethesda, there have been 208 homes and condos listed for sale from the period of February 1, 2013 – March 20, 2013.  Since that time almost 50% of those 208 homes have received contracts and are either sold or they are currently pending settlement.  The homes that are under contract (86 of the 208) were listed for a median time period of only 9-10 days.  Like I said, the good ones are going fast!

There are 10 homes that have settled already.  Incredibly, the median amount of time they were on the market was 1 day (yes, ONE) day!  Six of those 10 sold homes were sold for at or above their asking price.

Some speculate that this strong market activity is a result of continued low interest rates.  Some say we have a housing shortage developing.  There are many other assumptions and speculations regarding the market surge.  Perhaps it’s simply that spring is in the air.  Let us know your thoughts on the matter.

If you live in or around Bethesda are thinking about selling, this is a great time to consider it.  If you’re buying a home, get loan pre-approval, get in touch with your favorite real estate agent(s) and go see homes as soon as they hit the market.  The best ones are selling quickly!  We have been helping some buyers secure homes that have not yet hit the open market.  If you’re interested in getting these notices, let us know by visiting our CONTACT page.

Here is a list of homes for sale in Bethesda:

  1. 5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,011 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Days on market: 1
  2. 5 beds, 1 bath
    Lot size: 17,046 sqft
    Year built: 2018
    Days on market: 1
  3. 6 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 6,100 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,313 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Days on market: 1
  4. 5 beds, 3 baths
    Lot size: 7,495 sqft
    Year built: 1956
    Days on market: 1
  5. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,830 sq ft
    Year built: 2007
    Days on market: 140
  6. 6 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 6,940 sq ft
    Lot size: 19,887 sqft
    Year built: 2007
    Days on market: 153
  7. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,020 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,500 sqft
    Year built: 1954
    Days on market: 51
  8. 1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 624 sq ft
    Year built: 1979
    Days on market: 1
  9. 7 beds, 7 baths
    Lot size: 19,039 sqft
    Year built: 1965
    Days on market: 2
  10. 3 beds, 4 baths
    Lot size: 7,463 sqft
    Year built: 1967
    Days on market: 13

See all Real estate in the city of Bethesda.
(all data current as of 10/18/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

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Falafelly Good at Roti Mediterranean Grill

Friendly staff at Roti in Bethesda

Friendly staff at Roti in Bethesda

Brian and I were lucky enough to have a sneak peek last week of the new Roti Mediterranean Grill located at 10321 Westlake Drive right next to Westfield Montgomery Mall.  The restaurant opened its first location in Chicago and now they have sprung up in New York, DC, Virginia and Maryland.  Although they have a video story on their website,  I wasn’t sure what “Roti” was all about when we drove up to the very crowded parking lot for this big sneak preview event on March 8th.  My interest was quickly piqued.

Roti Mediterranean Grill has a slogan, “Food that loves you back.”  While it seemed presumptuous of them to assume I would love it, I humbly confess…I love it!

Roti Mediterranean Grill Bethesda

Roti Mediterranean Grill Bethesda

Their focus is on serving freshly made food using healthy ingredients full of tasty spices and complimented with homemade sauces.  Their bread is baked daily and they incorporate things like fresh vegetables, house-made hummus, cous-cous, organic chickpeas and “naturally raised” chicken into their menu.  The flavors were unique and I am looking forward to trying all of their sauces – my favorite this first visit being the dill, yogurt and cucumber sauce.  For those who are embracing the gluten-free lifestyle, Roti has lots of options available for you too.

But what about taste?

Well, they knocked it out of the park for me on taste!  My favorite item was the fresh falafel made with organic chickpeas on their “Noshes” menu.  I always WANT to love falafel but have, in the past, been left with a dry mouth full of tasteless chickpeas.  Well, not at Roti.  Finally, I found moist, tasty falafel (my mouth is watering right now thinking about it).  I may just pop in for a falafel snack to-go on occasion!

Brian's kabobs smothered in yummy Red Pepper Aioli sauce

Brian’s kabobs smothered in yummy Red Pepper Aioli sauce

The entrees menu includes a choice of wrap or pita sandwiches, salads, rice plates or double chicken kabob plates.  Brian selected the kabob meal and really enjoyed it.  The sauces and spices were terrific as a compliment and we loved the side of flat bread – warm and fresh.  I sound like they are paying me to promote them but I promise you, it’s just my unsolicited opinion…I like the place a lot….ok, ok, I loved it!

What about the price?

We were pleasantly surprised.  The sandwiches were $6.75 and the rice plates and salad plates were $7.75.  Kabobs, $9.00 (check the website for current pricing: Roti Menu).  Not bad, especially for food I enjoyed that didn’t leaving me feeling like I got supersized by eating it!  Service was fabulous when we visited that day.  The staff were friendly, smiling and helpful.  We assume they will remain that way long after the Grand Opening.

One last insider tip: Brian suggests you add a cookie to your entree.  They were positively addicting and a perfect sweet compliment to a nicely spiced meal!

Step into History while you Enjoy a Sandwich

Wagshals Deli Spring Valley

Wagshals Deli Spring Valley

One of the great benefits of living in Bethesda is the proximity to Washington D.C. and all that the Metro area has to offer.  Today reminded me of that perk.  Brian and I were out touring homes for sale during Tuesday Broker’s Open Houses in Bethesda and afterward popped into Spring Valley for lunch.  We decided to grab a bite at Wagshal’s Delicatessen located at 4855 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20016.

Wagshal’s has been a staple in D.C. since 1925 when the founder, Sam Wagshal and his then 13-year-old son, Ben started their first shop.  Wagshal’s is woven into our history books as many a President, Supreme Court Justice and celebrity have become regular customers!  Presidents George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon and Dwight D. Eisenhower were Wagshal’s customers, among other famous names they list on the story board out front.  I loved to learn that Wagshal’s was the first to apply for a beer license in DC after prohibition.  That Mr. Wagshal knew his customers well and didn’t waste any time delivering just what they wanted!

Soup Bar at Wagshals

Other than its noteworthy clientele, the place is famous for its prepared foods, extensive wine selection (also noticed some nice whiskeys and brandys today), fresh sandwiches, pastries, and cakes.  They also offer outdoor tables so you can sit right down and enjoy your fares.  I indulged in the soup bar today which offers four different selections daily.  The cream of broccoli was delicious!  Brian met someone in line today who said they lost 60-pounds eating Wagshal’s chicken noodle soup every day!  Now there’s a testimonial for you!

The Jelly Belly Joint in Bethesda

The Jelly Belly dispenser!

The Jelly Belly dispenser!

So have you ever thought to yourself, “Now where would I go to get a good bag of jelly bellies in Bethesda?”  No?  Well, neither have I but hey, now you might be thinking that!

The answer is: Bradley Food and Beverage located at 6904 Arlington Ave.

I recently bagged some beans for my daughter who is away at college as a sweet treat from home.  Of course, I had to sample a few of my favorites!  The beans are paid for by the pound so you can select any combination of flavors you like.  I loved knowing that not a single bean would go to waste because I could bag only the best ones!  They also have some pre-made assortments too for those who would rather be surprised or who may find these types of decisions to be too daunting.

Bradley Food and Beverage is also a great stop for a fresh made sandwich or soup from the deli counter.  They have a great selection of wines, beer, snacks and offer catering services too.  They have a few tables in the back so if you’re stopping in for a quick bite you can sit right down and enjoy your snack…and perhaps a few Jelly Bellies too!  What’s your favorite flavor?

All Fired Up on our Anniversary!

Our Memento from All Fired Up

Our Memento from All Fired Up

Recently we celebrated our wedding anniversary.  While our plan had always been to escape the cold in February and seek sunny shores for our special day, it just wasn’t in the cards this year.  Instead, we ended up in our favorite town, Bethesda of course!  After a nice lunch at one of our local haunts that we affectionately call “The Pain Restaurant” (because we can’t actually pronounce it’s real name) we found ourselves on Elm Street loading into our car and wondering what else to do to make the day both enjoyable and memorable.  As I looked over my shoulder, I noticed “All Fired Up” the do-it-yourself ceramics shop.  I had an idea…let’s make something to commemorate the day.  Brian eagerly agreed (I love that about him) and we were off on a creative adventure.  After getting the instructions from the helpful staff about how the process worked, we rolled up our sleeves and began painting a serving dish we selected.

We learned a great deal about the ceramics process while there – about the paints and how drastically the colors change after firing – about the tricks for writing words with paint and giving things texture.  But one of the best things we learned about “All Fired Up” is that you can drink wine while you work!  Who knew?!  Sadly, we did not know until we were almost finished with our two-hour project but NEXT TIME, we come prepared!  We laughed and talked while we created our little artsy memento of our special day and it was the perfect way to celebrate…despite the parking ticket we received from Montgomery County.  Bummer.  We highly recommend All Fired Up for little or big people who like to create and want to share some time doing something a little different.  The dish we made was $22.  I can’t think of a better experience we could have had for $22 and we have something we will keep forever to remember it by.

All Fired Up in Bethesda is located at 4923 Elm Street conveniently located near the Metro Red Line (Bethesda Station).  Their phone number is: 301-654-3206.

Day 342: Voila! It's Vino Volo!

Vino Volo Bethesda Row

Vino Volo Bethesda Row

Voila!  There it is!  The perfect place in Bethesda to share some wine and good eating with friends.  Like Goldilocks seeking the perfect bed, I have sought the perfect place to tip a glass of red or white that doesn’t come with sports TV blaring in the background or in a cramped, standing-room-only wine shop.   Vino Volo is just right for any type of gathering.

Meeting a friend for happy hour and a small bite?  Perfect!  Try sampling their wine flights while seated at the bar.  Looking to create a wine tasting event for friends or special clients?  Vino Volo’s wine tasting room evokes the feeling of a rustic winery in the heart of Bethesda Row.  Meeting a small group of friends for lunch or a business meeting?  Look no further.  Vino Volo has plenty of room to seat your group comfortably in their restaurant and they offer a delectable menu to accompany their unique wine selections.

Tasting Room Bethesda

Tasting Room Bethesda

Vino Volo has won a place in the hearts of many a weary traveler who found solace in their airport retreats throughout the US.  In fact all of their other locations are situated on concourses.  Their airport wine bars offer an escape from the hustle and bustle of travel and a place to relax and refresh your spirits.

The new Bethesda location is their first departure from the gates of the airport halls.  Someone must have known that Bethesda was a safe bet for their first “baggage-free” location, as we are lovers of good food and drinks in this town.

The wine list at Vino Volo is quite unique -a refreshing change from the same ‘ole wine list I have noticed elsewhere.  The food choices are intriguing with menu options at this location that are more extensive than what their airport shops can offer.

Sample their creatively named wine flights during your visit or opt for wines by the glass or bottle.  The staff is helpful and friendly and the atmosphere is relaxed and warm.  Vino Volo is an exciting addition to our Bethesda restaurant and bar scene.  For more details about Vino Volo check out their website at www.vinovolobethesdarow.com.

Cheers,  Amy

Vino Volo Bethesda

Vino Volo Bethesda

Day 192: Free Summer Concerts at Glen Echo Park

Glen Echo Park

One of my favorite things to do in the Bethesda area is to visit Glen Echo Park.  A visit to the park is like taking a walk back in time to a simpler day and age.  The sights and sounds of the carousel and surrounding historic buildings such as the Bumper Car Pavilion and Spanish Ballroom are so unique.  Each one of them have so many stories to tell.  You can read all about the Park’s history which began in 1891, as well as current news and events, by visiting their website.  You can also check out our Day 162 blog of 2011 for a quick summary.

We recommend a visit to Glen Echo Park any time but this Thursday, July 12th, 2012 there will be something special going on – a FREE summer concert at 7:30 PM at the Bumper Car Pavilion.  “The UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND SINGING SERGEANTS will present the music of America to the people of the world, the chorus has appeared before millions of people in live performances and countless more on radio and television programs,” according to the Glen Echo Park’s recent Facebook post.  No matter the weather – rain or shine – the show will go on!  In addition to the concert, the carousel is scheduled to run from 7 to 9pm. Too fun!  It makes me feel like a kid again!    

Glen Echo Park is offering free summer concerts such as this one every other Thursday beginning June 14 through August 23.  They will also offer a Special Sunday Afternoon Concert on July 22: Family Jazz Day, starting at 3:00 pm.  All concerts are free and open to the public.  Come on down and make your family experience a part of the history of magical Glen Echo Park.  ~Amy

Day 137: Calling all Bethesda Fashionistas to The Front Row!

The Front Row May 17-19, 2012

I keep seeing signs all over the Bethesda Lane/Bethesda Avenue corridor about “The Front Row” coming May 17-19th.  Curiosity finally got the best of me and I looked it up.  Glad I did because you will either want to avoid the chaos downtown or seize the opportunity for what may be some great buys, good meal deals and a great time with friends over the next 3 days – your choice!

The Front Row will be held May 17-19, 2012 and offer 40+ fashion events plus special menus and happy hours at local restaurants, celebrity guests, family fun and other events.  Some of the highlights include the following:

THURSDAY –  Washingtonian Magazine fashion editor Kate Bennett hosts a special film screening at Landmark’s Bethesda Row Theater of the award-winning documentary God Save My Shoes.   There will be a Q&A session afterward with the film’s producer.  The event kicks off at 7:30pm at 7235 Woodmont Ave. and is first-come, first serve, although the  Bethesda Row web site lists an RSVP at: [email protected].  Jaleo, Mussel Bar, Assaggi and Mon Ami Gabi will have happy hour specials before the film.  PLUS there will be trunk shows and sales at Urban Chic, Urban Country and Ginger.  Top it all off with a shoe cupcake from Georgetown Cupcake. 

FRIDAY fashion fun continues with a runway show at 7:30pm.  The VIP guest, Andy Cohen (who is the host of Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live) will be there and has offered to sign his new book at Redwood Restaurant.  Cocktail specials are being offered at Redwood to make your time waiting in line a little less tedious. There will be extended hours on Bethesda Lane to shop the specials offered by local retailers until 9pm.

SATURDAY from 11 AM – 2 PM is a day all about your junior fashionistas with fashion trunk shows, sales and specials plus family fun including balloon animals, art projects, and cooking classes for the kids.  Equinox will also offer a free class EQ360 (no membership required) at 3 PM.  My advice is to get there early.

All the details for the three-day event can be found at the Bethesda Row website at: http://bethesdarow.com/events/specials 

Have fun either enjoying the events at The Front Row or avoiding downtown Bethesda and sticking around the back 40 for 3-days!

~Amy