Wednesday, January 23, 2013
How would you feel if Clarksburg were to become Montgomery County’s “next major shopping destination?"
For Clarksburg residents, the promise of suburban life should include a placeholder for shopping malls. Retail developers are in negotiations to buy 40 acres of Clarksburg land from Adventist HealthCare, news outlets have reported. Or as The Washington Post put it: “The quiet community of Clarksburg has become ground zero in a battle to build Montgomery County’s next major shopping destination.” (And this from The Gazette: “First, Bennigan’s arrived in Clarksburg. Malls may be next.”) Simon Property Group, one of the former owners of Lakeforest Mall in Gaithersburg, would operate the retail complex, according to The Post. Where it gets sticky, according to The Post, is that it could compete with another developer’s 100-acre project planned…
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Study reveals we buy according to our age and life stage. But, for gifts, is cemetery lot maintenance really a crowd pleaser?
During the holiday season, many struggle with the anxiety of wondering if a recipient will really like his or her gift. Are you considering opera tickets for your great aunt? What about purchasing a photograph session for a person under 30? Or, maybe grabbing a game for granddad? If the data in a recent article on The Atlantic’s website is any indication, you may want to think foremost about a person's stage in life before purchasing. The article cites a report from HS Dent, an economic forecasting firm that looked at U.S. Census data regarding spending behavior by age groups. Some of the data is less that shocking – spending on hearing aids, prescription drugs and the upkeep of cemetery lots rises dramatically as we age. Expenditures on …
Saturday, November 24, 2012
The Senior Connection handles the task of grocery shopping for older residents who have trouble getting around.
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Saturday, November 24, 2012
Video and Reporting by Amanda Perez | Capital News Service Grocery shopping for many is just another necessary, time-consuming task. But for many seniors who have a little trouble getting around it can be impossible. But one local organization is stepping in to lend a helping hand. --- Related: Finding the Right Connection (Germantown Patch)
Friday, November 23, 2012
An increased police presence will provide extra security and pedestrian safety awareness in some of the county's busiest retail centers.
Black Friday shoppers might notice an increased police presence in some of the county’s busiest shopping areas. Beginning Friday through Dec. 23 the Montgomery County Police Department’s annual “Shop With a Cop” campaign will provide extra security in retail areas in all six county police districts. Officers also will distribute 9,000 reusable bright yellow shopping bags, county police Chief J. Thomas Manger said at a news conference on Tuesday in Rockville Town Square. The bags have a drawing of a pair of eyes above the slogan “Can you see me now?” and are part of a Montgomery County pedestrian safety campaign also announced Tuesday. Shop With a Cop is focused on making drivers aware of increased pedestrian holiday traffic in shopping …
Could you go cold turkey on consumerism for 24 hours?
Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Holiday Weekend Sales, Pre-Christmas Sales, Post-Hanukah Clearance Sales, and Kwanzaa Clearance Events—it’s enough to make you go crazy as a consumer. One organization, AdBusters, has a solution to help you retain your sanity—“Buy Nothing Day.” The group’s website touts that “the journey towards a sane sustainable future begins with a single step” and sees capping your consumption for an entire day as that step. AdBusters, which also publishes a monthly anti-consumerist magazine, is also a proponent of the Occupy movement, and offers online and printable ads to help spread the word. The website also features guides to organized protests like a Credit Card Cut Up, Zombie Walk and Whirl-Mart. AdBusters claims …
When people started lining up late Thanksgiving night to take advantage of door-buster deals in the wee hours Friday morning, were you there?
Love it or hate it, Black Friday is the super bowl of shopping and some people hatched “game plans”—what stores to hit and when after they've poured over the announced bargains various retailers have to offer—well before the big day arrived. There are those so keen on saving they set alarms to wake them up in the wee hours of the night. These folks line up early and some even camp out all night to be able to scoop up the deals they’re after. Are you one of those shoppers—if so, what was your big find? Or do you prefer to stay as far away as possible from stores the day after Thanksgiving?
Sunday, November 18, 2012
How will your finances affect your holiday spending?
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Employees of the retail giant hope to take advantage of one of the year's busiest shopping days.
Employees of DC-area Walmart and Sam's Club locations are joining a national strike effort this Black Friday to protest what they view as low wages, poor scheduling practices, and worker intimidation on the part of the retail giant. The campaign, organized by Making Change at Walmart and linked with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, is planning demonstrations outside dozens of stores nationwide on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. In the DC area, Nov. 23 protests are scheduled for Walmart and Sam's Club locations in Laurel, Hyattsville, Bowie, Gaithersburg, Woodlawn, Severn, Clinton, Abingdon, Alexandria, and Fairfax. (Both chains are owned by parent company Walmart Stores, Inc.) The strike action …
Monday, October 29, 2012
Regular hours at Giant, Safeway; Walmart closing at 10 p.m.
People stocking up on last-minute items may find several Germantown stores ready to accommodate them, despite the Hurricane. Here’s a list of the stores open Monday:
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Germantown Historical Society hosts monthly market
Germantown Historical Society hosts a flea market on the first Saturday of the month, through November. Hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Germantown MARC station parking lot, at Bowman Mill and Walter Johnson drives. Check the Historical Society’s website for rain dates. You’ll find similar events in Patch’s events calendar. Related: