Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The annual Takoma Park Costume Contest and Parade took place Oct. 27 from 5-7 p.m.
Hundreds of residents of all ages gathered and showed off their best Halloween costumes for Takoma Park's annual Halloween Costume Contest and Parade Oct. 27 in Old Takoma. Participants lined up at the intersection of Laurel and Carroll Ave. for the parade, where a fire truck then guided them to Piney Branch Elementary School for refreshments and awards sponsored by the Takoma Park Lions Club.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
The Mark’s Kitchen staff reflects on the ever-evolving restaurant, which will turn 22 in December.
Since Mark’s Kitchen opened its doors on Dec. 19, 1990 in Old Town Takoma Park, it has endured power outages, language barriers, two recessions and competition from newer restaurants. But customers keep coming back because of the consistency of the staff and food, as well as the charm of being a neighborhood restaurant, according to assistant manager Gretchen Kapuscik. Its small atmosphere and quirky assortment of food—from Korean bibimbap and spinach tofu cakes, to milkshakes and burgers—have made Mark’s Kitchen a unique staple in Takoma Park. When Mark’s Kitchen first opened, its menu was only a page long. Today, the menu is 10 pages and continues to expand to include more vegetarian and gluten-free options. Almost 22 years later, some…
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
There will be two food truck locations Friday evening in Old Takoma.
This weekend wil be hopping in Old Takoma. From food trucks to sidewalk sales, there will be something to do for everyone throughout the weekend. Sept. 14 Food trucks will be serving meals in two locations in Old Takoma. Sept. 15 Old Takoma Sidewalk Sale Blessed Coffee One Year Anniversary Event Sept. 16 Old Takoma Sidewalk Sale
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
The event will be July 29 in Old Takoma.
Environmentalism and art will meet July 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Old Takoma Gazebo with Mayor Bruce Williams, Recycling Artist-in-Residence Renee Lachman and Public Works Director Daryl Braithwaite. There wil be a Trashy Art contest where anyone can submit an original 2 or 3 dimensional work of “trashy art” made of 100 percent trash or re-purposed materials. To participate, drop off your “trashy art” at the Gazebo in Old Takoma between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. on July 29. Panel of distinguished judges will announce the winners at 12:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by Takoma Park, the Takoma Park Arts and Humanities Commission in partnership with the Old Takoma Business Association.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Art Hop will be March 24 and 25.
Public art is set to invade Old Takoma this weekend. Main Street Takoma's annual Art Hop will transform Carroll Avenue into an open air salon March 24 and 25. The event will showcase a variety of art including photography, jewelry, sculpture, installations and collage and mixed media work from more than 30 artists in shops throughout Old Takoma. Below is a list of artists and where they are showing.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The new businesses tend to be regional and have an upscale feel, according to the Washington Post story.
New independent businesses in Old Takoma are keeping the small-town feel, according to a story in The Washington Post. While some newer businesses are upscale and trendy, they still fit the mold, according to the story. Bread & Chocolate is set to open this spring and it represents, along with other new stores like Trohv, the shift from local business to regional business that still perpetuate the hometown feel. According to the Washington Post story: It’s part of a transformation Urciolo and others hope brings new life and new customers to Takoma Park’s Old Takoma business district, where 12 new businesses have opened in the past two years, said Roz Grigsby, executive director of the Old Takoma Business Association.
Friday, January 27, 2012
The development will include ground floor retail space.
Just across the border in Takoma, residents will see a new mixed-use development built in a vacant lot at Carroll Avenue and Maple Street, according to a report in The Gazette. The four-story, $36 million project will have feature 156 apartments and 8,000 square feet of ground floor retail space. Ward 1 Councilman Seth Grimes said he’s encouraged because the building will include environmentally friendly features, and he doesn't think the retail space will hurt Old Takoma businesses, according to the Gazette story.