Thursday, January 10, 2013
It's time to place your 2013 cookie order!
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Ben Gross
Thursday, January 10
Since 1917, the Girl Scouts of the United States of America have been selling baked goods to raise funds to support local community service projects, maintain Girl Scout camps, develop programs and provide financial support to girls in need. Last year, in the Washington, DC, area alone, more than 4.5 million boxes of cookies were sold. While scouts still sell cookies door-to-door, the Girl Scouts have gone high-tech in the last few years, offering the "Cookie Club" website—which allows scouts to sell cookies via email—and launching the Girl Scout Cookie Locator app so that one is never more than a few clicks away from one's favorite cookies: So, we want to know, what is your favorite Girl Scout Cookie, and why?
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Let us know in comments.
Hi. I'm Ryan McDermott, the new College Park Patch editor. I spent the last two years editing the Takoma Park Patch so I'm new to College Park. So I want to know, what College Park issue is most important to you? Comment below and feel free to email me at email@example.com.
Monday, June 25, 2012
The salon is closing, according to its owners.
A College Park business will be closing its doors this Thursday, June 28. Co-owner Dona Mistichelli wrote to Patch over the weekend about their decision to close Expressions. The 20-year-old salon located on Lehigh Road is closing not due to economic reasons but because its owners are ready to move onto other things. "We know that, unfortunately and sadly, some businessess have been forced to close their doors in the last few years. But, we want to make sure that we let our clients and neighbors know that we are not closing for economic reasons, we are not a victim of the recession and downturn, we are just ready to have some free time," Mistichelli wrote. "We have loved having our business here in College Park, and will be sad to move on…
Friday, April 13, 2012
Winning entrepreneurs will receive a MacBook Air or an iPad.
Gov. Martin O'Malley has taken to Pinterest, the image-friendly social media site, to "highlight Maryland entrepreneurs and small business owners" throughout the state. Nominations can be pitched with 10 images on the governor's Pinterest page. Here is the Maryland Pinterest Business Pitch Contest board. “In Maryland, we have a rich history of fostering entrepreneurship. From our many incubators to our diverse centers and institutions of higher learning to our strategic tax credits, we encourage entrepreneurship at every level,” O’Malley said in a release. “Whether you’ve been in business for years or are just getting started, Maryland is the ideal place to do business and we encourage everyone to take advantage of this new contest.” …
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Do you own a small- or medium-sized business in College Park, hoping to get a loan or grant from the new Economic Development Incentive Fund? Tell us about it!
Businesses in the county could soon apply for loans and grants from the newly established Economic Development Incentive fund, The Gazette reported. The $50 million reserve will provide grants and loans to public and private sector businesses to spur economic development, job and business growth around developed areas and near transit lines, Patch reported last fall, when the plan was approved by the Prince George's County Council. David Iannucci, assistant deputy chief administrative officer for the county’s economic development team, told The Gazette that the $7 million allotted for the first fiscal year of the program won't be divvied on a first-come, first-served basis: “Priorities will be given to small businesses, companies …
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Christmas tree farms in the county are few and far between, and tree harvests are falling throughout the state.
If you’re looking for the charm of a Christmas tree farm this year when picking out your Douglas fir or spruce, you might have to do a bit of driving. Of the 15,000 Christmas tree farms in the U.S., Patch could only find three in Prince George’s, all in the southern part of the county. But they all offer that charm. Wander the grounds at Tanner’s Enchanted Forest and Pines Farm, both in Brandywine, and select a tree to cut down yourself. Both of those farms, and Miller Farms in Clinton offer a variety of holiday treats, either for sale or on the house, including wreathes, butter cookies, fudge, fruitcakes and hot cider. “During nice weather like this weekend people come out and have picnics,” said Lucretia Tanner of Tanner’s Enchanted …
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Here's your chance to help drive feet — and wallets — to your favorite independent business.
You might be one of those folks who slept on a cold sidewalk for the best Black Friday deals. Or maybe you're more digital in your shopping tastes and have been plotting out Internet deals for Cyber Monday. If neither of these styles fits you, there's — Small Business Saturday — on November 26. Conceived by American Express, it's a day that encourages shoppers not to bypass Main Street for the mega-mall. You can type your zip code in the Facebook Small Business Saturday page and get a listing of local small businesses. Or give one you know and love a shout out — and let others know why it tops your charts.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
The new seafood restaurant inside the former Berwyn Café focuses on the goodness of simple food.
Fishnet ain’t fancy. From the menu items to the plain pieces of paper they’re printed on, to the fishnet and seashell décor, the one obvious quality of the new seafood joint in Berwyn is simplicity. And that’s the way owner Ferhat Yalcin likes it. He said he learned that as the general manager at the fine dining restaurant, Corduroy in Washington, where he worked with Chef Tom Power. “His cooking is very simple. He uses five, six, seven ingredients,” Yalcin said. “His idea is let the food speak for itself.” The menu at Fishnet isn’t tricky. Step one: Pick a fish, grilled or fried: mahi mahi, wild salmon, blue fish, hake or calamari. Step two: Pick a sauce: lemon saffron aioli, spicy red aioli or classic tartar sauce. It’s served on a …
Fewer consumers plan to do holiday shopping at locally-owned businesses than in previous years, according to national study.
With Black Friday less than two weeks away, and holiday shopping suddenly on consumers' radar, several residents, students and visitors of College Park said they plan to do their holiday shopping online or with major retailers. Few said they'd turn to locally-owned businesses. That’s consistent with a recent survey from America’s Research Group (ARG), which said that fewer consumers plan to by gifts this season at small businesses than in previous years. “I think most people like to go to the mall because they give you more variety to choose from … and discounts,” said Julius Oyin, a Silver Spring resident visiting College Park Monday afternoon. “I think the big guys have the advantage there,” he said. The ARG study found that 37.4 percent…
Monday, November 7, 2011
University of Maryland Sneaker Cartel taught middle school students about the fundamental cornerstones of success.
Immediately after Hafie Yillah was robbed at gunpoint the summer before his senior year in high school, he had a choice to make: feel sorry for himself or channel his emotions into something more productive. Yillah chose to use the near-death experience as a springboard to launch energy into his sole passion: sneakers. “I realized that I had to get over it pretty quickly, so I looked to sneaker customization as an outlet,” Yillah said. “It’s so therapeutic, and it allowed me to convey my emotions.” That outlet evolved into something more substantial in August 2010 when Yillah founded the Sneaker Cartel at the University of Maryland — an entrepreneurial student organization designed around the love of “fresh” shoes. Yillah, 20, is now co-…