Business Notes: Rubenstein To Quiz Bezos About Location of New Amazon H2Q; Silver Spring Car Dealership Launches Subscription Car Service
Plus: Bethesda business offers music and yoga classes for infants and toddlers in area retail stores
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Billionaire David Rubenstein, president of The Economic Club of Washington, D.C., plans to ask Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos whether the company has chosen a location for its second headquarters site during an interview Thursday night at the Washington Hilton. Montgomery County is among the 20 locations on the company’s short list for the new headquarters that’s expected to bring an estimated 50,000 high-paying jobs.
“He isn’t going to come to Washington, D.C., and interview in front of 1,600 or 1,700 people and not be prepared for that question,” Rubenstein told the Washington Business Journal, which first broke the news. “Either he will make some announcement before or know how to answer the question.”
The Journal also reported this week that Amazon joined the Washington, D.C., Chamber of Commerce in August.
Subscription car service offers monthly contracts
A Silver Spring car dealership has launched a subscription car service available through an app with a “Match your car to your life” motto.
The automotive startup, inride, will operate its first location out of Koons of Silver Spring at 3111 Automobile Blvd.
Co-founder Alex Perkikis says inride offers an alternative to traditional car ownership. Monthly subscription deals will allow customers to handpick a car to drive from multiple makes and models. “A lot of the cars are sourced through Koons, but not all,” an inride spokesperson said.
Insurance, maintenance, road-side services calls, cleaning and unlimited “flips” are included in the subscription. A concierge team delivers vehicles upon request.
“If you want to drive an Audi A6 during the work week, and then flip into a Jeep Wrangler for a beach weekend, that happens with a couple swipes of the app,” Perdikis said in a press release.
Music and yoga classes for infants and toddlers to start in September
Music and yoga classes designed to develop social and cognitive skills for children who range in age from infants to age 4 are coming to Bethesda-area retail stores starting Monday.
Baby Jam, a Bethesda-based company that launched earlier this year, will begin offering private classes at Gap, Hanna Andersson and Nordstrom on select weekdays at 9 a.m., before stores open to the public.
“Finding musical experiences for infants and toddlers is an important piece of a child’s development because they can express themselves and learn by watching in a very interactive, lively setting,” owner Josh Kligman said in a press release.
Children can sing and dance to acoustic guitar or discover flexibility and relaxation techniques through yoga. Classes will be 45 minutes in duration.
BabyJam will host music classes on Mondays at Hanna Andersson and Fridays at Nordstrom in the Westfield Montgomery mall.
On Tuesdays, a yoga class is offered at the Gap store in North Bethesda’s Pike & Rose development.