The Dirt May 2017

A second post this year. Your mind is blown. Shoot us news and tips at [email protected]. Thanks!

Guitar Center Silver Spring

Guitar Center (8661 Colesville Ave D-105 Level 4) has opened in Ellsworth Place. This is perfect for students of School of Rock across the street, as well as a great opportunity for me to practice Stairway to Heaven.

Meleket Restaurant

The demand for Ethiopian food in Silver Spring still clearly has not been satisfied as Meleket opens, touting a twist on a few Trumpisms? Meleket, however, is opening up Georgia from downtown in Montgomery Hills.

Sherwin Williams Silver Spring

The building that formerly housed Pyramid Atlantic has finally found a new tenant also in the art space: Sherwin Williams. The building was the center of controversy between Pyramid Atlantic and the Montgomery County council as the former needed to expand, and the latter wanted to redevelop the Ripley District. In the meantime, the ground floor and basement of the Silver Spring library are both still empty.

Staples Silver Spring

On May 6, 2017, Staples (9440 Georgia Avenue) closed. With the closing of Office Depot at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Wayne Avenue two years ago, Silver Spring downtown area is lacking a giant office supply store.

Victory Karate

Silver Spring is about to get a lot safer. Victory Karate (9332 Georgia Ave) is opening, also in Montgomery Hills. With an upcoming redevelopment of the Montgomery Hills area, one wonders how well these businesses will fare in the long term. In the short term, more roundhouse kicks is okay with me.

Pete Tan
A DC Native, people say I'm rude and abrasive; I say I'm passionate. I've been working in marketing since 2005. My brothers and I paid Geppi's rent through the 80s and 90s. My relief at an indoor wavepool never materializing in Silver Spring is balanced by my disappointment that City Place has dozens of shuttered storefronts. I love what you've done with your hair.

  • JP

    Isn’t there still an Office Max (or…something similar) on New Hampshire in Hillandale?

    1. Pete Tan

      That’s fair, although in my mind, I feel like that’s a bit of a hike from the CBD. But you are right.

  • lilkunta

    Any connection between the Regal Benjamin Paint store across the street closing and this Sherwin Williams opening ?

    1. Pete Tan


  • Mike

    Staples is being replaced by an Aldi supermarket, true?

    1. Pete Tan

      Unkonwn at this time. That would be full circle, since the building used to be a Safeway.

  • Lucia Proctor

    Sadly Club Wags, adjacent to the new Karate spot is closing.. actually, it might have already closed.
    Gonna have to Amazon the dog food now…

    1. Pete Tan

      Huh. The karate was so enthralling, I must have missed the closing of Club Wags. There’s always Big Bad Woof in Takoma Park.

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