2021 | Business

Business Notes: Furniture store adds pop-up concept in Bethesda Row

Plus: Brooks Brothers reopens in Chevy Chase

Photo courtesy of Sue-Jean Kang

Furniture store adds pop-up concept in Bethesda Row

Sweet Clover, an antique furniture store in Frederick, is launching a pop-up concept in Bethesda Row starting Friday. It will be in the space formerly occupied by Lou Lou Boutiques at 7126 Bethesda Lane, according to a press release.

Sweet Clover is a “vintage home décor and artisan marketplace” that was fashioned out of a 20th century dairy barn on Springdale Horse Farm in Frederic, the press release stated. The store partners with more than 30 dealers, artisans and consignors.

The Bethesda store will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, the press release stated. The pop-up runs through Mother’s Day, which is May 9.

Brooks Brothers reopens in Chevy Chase

The clothing store Brooks Brothers has reopened at 5504 Wisconsin Ave. in Chevy Chase after the property was put up for lease last year.

Brooks Brothers closed in October after the property was put up for lease, H&R retail, the brokerage firm that operates the property, said at the time.

The Chevy Chase store posted on its Facebook page March 18 that it had reopened.

Representatives from H&R retail could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.

Robert Dyer previously reported on Brooks Brothers’ return.

 Economic Corporation awards $96K to six life science companies

The Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) announced on Wednesday that it has awarded $96,430 in grants to six small life science companies in the county.

The grants were part of the MCEDC’s Bio Lab Pilot Project, launched two years ago to help companies increase their web lab and infrastructure needs, according to a press release.

Companies were eligible if they were building less than 5,000 square feet of web lab space. They could receive up to $30,000, according to the press release.

The companies receiving money were:

  • APCBio Innovations, a Rockville biopharmaceutical company that develops drug candidates to treat respiratory diseases
  • Applied Biomimetic, a Gaithersburg company that manufactures high-performance membranes using polymer and protein technology
  • BioInnovatise, a Rockville biotechnology company that provides contract biomolecular services related to DNA sequencing.
  • Codex BioSolutions, a Gaithersburg biotechnology company that produces assay kits, cell lines and products for toxicity studies
  • Neomics Pharmaceuticals, a Rockville company that does TCR-T cell therapy to treat solid tumors
  • Rise Therapeutics, a Rockville company that develops immunological oral therapies.

MCEDC President & CEO Ben Wu said in the press release that the grant money will help the companies grow and “create durable laboratory infrastructure.”

“As these companies prosper and move into larger spaces elsewhere, they can free up these labs for the next generation of biotech startups,” Wu said in the press release.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com