Suspended Brewing logo Credit: via Facebook

Suspended Brewing Co. lands Baltimore space

The brewing company that attempted to launch its business in Rockville for over a year, but was met with multiple permitting issues raised by the City of Rockville, has leased a 3,000-square-foot-space in Baltimore, according to The company plans to convert a former church in the city’s Pigtown neighborhood into a brewery and tap room and the owners say they’re excited.

“Not only are we surrounded by other creative businesses, we also have found the community to be exceptionally receptive and inviting of their new neighbors,” Suspended co-owner Josey Schwartz told the Baltimore blog. “We hope to bring a great community space to Pigtown.”

The business abandoned plans to open in Rockville in February after spending more than $50,000 attempting to open it at an industrial space on Lofstrand Lane in Rockville, according to Schwartz.


Famous actress, rock guitarist to appear in Montgomery County this month


Jamie Lee Curtis via Twitter

“Scream Queen” Jamie Lee Curtis of Halloween and Freaky Friday fame is scheduled to appear in Bethesda later this month. The actress who got her nickname for appearing in slasher horror films in the 1980s and 1990s is also a children’s book author. She’s scheduled to sign copies of her new children’s book This Is Me at the Bethesda Row Barnes & Noble at 5 p.m. Sept. 21.


Zakk Wylde, left, poses during a recent Guitar Center event. Via Zakk Wylde on Facebook 

If children’s books aren’t your thing, maybe guitars are. Heavy metal guitarist Zakk Wylde, who has toured with Ozzy Osbourne for the better part of the past 30 years, will appear at the Rockville Guitar Center at 6 p.m. Wednesday to meet with fans and play his new line of guitars. Fans who buy a guitar will have the opportunity to have it signed by Wylde, who made his debut with Ozzy in 1987. Wylde also founded the heavy metal band Black Label Society in 1999. The store is at 12401 Twinbrook Parkway.



PPD acquires Evidera and plans to move Rockville office to Bethesda

The Wilmington, North Carolina-based contract research organization Pharmaceutical Product Development announced last month it acquired the Bethesda-based drug evaluator Evidera. PPD plans to merge Evidera’s scientific research arm with its own to handle additional pharmaceutical consulting contracts. Evidera CEO Jon Williams said in an email PPD will maintain Evidera’s leadership team and no layoffs are planned as part of the acquisition. PPD plans to move its Rockville office to Evidera’s headquarters in Bethesda, Williams said. The deal closed last week, although the financial details of the transaction were not publicly released.