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June 29, 2020 | Michelle Queen

SBN At-Home Features Commerce Secretary Schulz, Economic Development CEO Wu

Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly Schultz and Montgomery County Economic Development Corporations’s President and CEO Ben Wu joined Kelly Leonard for Montgomery Community Media’s third episode of Small Business Network At Home. The series of monthly morning sessions addresses topics of interest to small business owners in Montgomery County. Watch a video of their discussion recorded […]

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June 29, 2020 | Isabel Cleary

Montgomery County Minimum Wage Will Increase on July 1

The minimum wage in Montgomery County will increase on Wednesday, July 1. A bill signed into legislation on November 17, 2017, raises the minimum wage each July 1 until it reaches $15 per hour in 2022. The amount the minimum wage is raised is determined by the number of workers employed at a business. For […]

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June 26, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Chuck E. Cheese Files for Bankruptcy; Gaithersburg Location Closes Permanently

The Chuck E. Cheese in Gaithersburg has closed permanently. The news comes as Chuck E. Cheese’s parent company, CEC Entertainment, announced in a statement Thursday it was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy “in order to overcome the financial strain resulting from prolonged, COVID-19 related venue closures.” “The Company expects to use the time and legal […]

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June 26, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Shark Tank Contender ‘Cinnaholic’ Opens in Gaithersburg

The vegan bakery ‘Cinnaholic’ opened in Crown Gaithersburg on June 19. The founders introduced the franchise on the television show ‘Shark Tank’ in 2014.

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June 26, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Sarah’s Handmade Ice Cream Opening Second Location in Bethesda

Sarah’s Handmade Ice Cream will open at a second location in Bethesda. The locally-sourced ice cream shop is planned to open in the Wildwood Shopping Center between Le Pain Quotidien and Wildwood Family Cleaners late this summer, according to a statement emailed to MyMCMedia. The first location is on River Road in Bethesda.  To abide […]

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June 22, 2020 | Isabel Cleary

Montgomery County Malls Preparing to Welcome Back Shoppers

Malls are now allowed to open as Montgomery County enters Phase 2 of the coronavirus reopening plan. Some malls, such as the Clarksburg Outlets and the Lakeforest mall are already open, while others are planning on reopening this week. Hours and reopening dates, according to the mall’s websites, are listed here: Clarksburg Outlets: Monday – Saturday […]

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June 17, 2020 | Alex Argiris

Cardin Virtual Forum Will Address Small Business Relief in Wake of COVID-19

Senator Ben Cardin is holding a virtual forum on Thursday, June 18th to discuss relief for at risk small businesses. Cardin will be joined by Ashley Duckman, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, and Jamon Phenix, Coalition Manager of the Page 30 Coalition. The conversation will be focused on supporting […]

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June 13, 2020 | Joe Yasharoff

Bagel City in Rockville Appears to Have Closed for Good

All indications are that Bagel City in Rockville has gone out of business. For over 40 years, the popular deli has been serving up bagels at its familiar location at the Pike Center on Rockville Pike. MyMCMedia has not heard back from the owners for confirmation but all indications point to the shop being closed for […]

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June 10, 2020 | Shauneen Miranda

Starbucks’ Closure of 400 Stores in North America Could Impact Montgomery County

Starbucks will close 400 stores across the U.S. and Canada, while expanding more drive-thru, pick up and fully mobile-order locations, according to a company statement Wednesday.  The coronavirus pandemic forced Starbucks to close its inside services, creating a shift in the retail environment. Within the next 18 months, the company plans to increase convenient-led formats […]

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June 9, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Lakeforest Mall Opening for Outdoor Dining Starting Monday

Lakeforest Mall in Gaithersburg is still on its feet, even with the economic hardship brought by the coronavirus. On Twitter, Lakeforest announced it will be open for takeout and outdoor dining from food vendors like Pollo Campero, Charleys Philly Steaks and more starting June 15. It will remain open Monday through Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. […]

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