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Fruit bowl and smoothie café targeting mid-December for Potomac opening

Playa Bowls, a national chain of cafes serving fruit bowls, oatmeal parfaits and smoothies, plans to open in Potomac’s Cabin John Village shopping center.

The New Jersey-based chain has stores in 13 states and Puerto Rico. The only other store in Maryland is in College Park.

Lily Arena, the general manager of the Belmar, N.J., store said the Potomac location would be open in 30 to 45 days.

Playa Bowls’s planned opening was first reported by Store Reporter.

Alcoholic Beverage Services announces clearance sale through Thanksgiving


Montgomery County Alcoholic Beverage Services (ABS), the county’s alcohol sales and distribution arm, announced last week that it has started a month long clearance sale at its retail stores.

The department is discounting hundreds of items in each store to make way for new products that will be sold during the holidays, according to a press release. The clearance will include older bottles that are not likely to be reordered or have limited production. Discounts will not apply to online orders.

ABS also announced in the press release that it is rebranding 25 of its stores that will open in early 2020 and that a spirits-only store will open in Poolesville this winter.


Indian grocery store open in Montgomery Village

Patel Brothers, an Indian grocery store based in Illinois, recently opened its second Montgomery County location in Montgomery Village. The store is at 18270 Contour Road, in the space formerly occupied by Trader Joe’s. The grocery store also has a location in Gaithersburg.

Patel Brothers’s opening was first reported by The Moco Show.


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