2021 | Business

Thrift store to open in downtown Bethesda

Plus: Montgomery County unemployment rate continues to fall

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New thrift store coming to downtown Bethesda

New 4 You, a thrift store run by senior citizens, will soon open in Bethesda.

The store is set to open on July 31, according to Xan Raskin, whose mother, Miriam, chairs the board. The store has signed a lease and is accepting clothing and accessories donations, she wrote in an email to Bethesda Beat.

The new store will be at 4909 Cordell Ave., and will donate all profits to local charities starting with sales on opening day according to a press release. Profits will initially go to Shepherd’s Table, which provides food and other services to resources to Montgomery County residents in need.

Miriam Raskin formerly worked at the Montgomery County Thrift Shop on Wisconsin Avenue, which closed last year during the COVID-19 pandemic, Xan wrote.

Raskin and other senior citizens who volunteered at the old thrift shop stayed in touch during the pandemic and organized the effort to open a new thrift shop, Xan wrote.

Donations are currently being accepted, according to a press release.

Anyone who wishes to bring donations to the store may do so at the front entrance to the building on Cordell Avenue or the back entrance on Del Ray Avenue. Donation hours are 5 to 7 p.m. on Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m. on Mondays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. Donors are asked to ring the doorbell and give their items to a volunteer, but not to leave anything outside the shop.

Accounting firm relocates headquarters in Bethesda

The accounting firm Ryan & Wetmore has moved its headquarters to 3 Bethesda Metro Center.

The headquarters had been at 7700 Old Georgetown Road.

The new location increases the office’s space by almost 4,000 square feet, according to the firm’s June 28 announcement.

It features 12 individual offices, a conference room and “collaborative spaces.” There are also “Zoom Rooms,” in which employees can conduct virtual meetings.

Accounting firm relocates headquarters in Bethesda

The accounting firm Ryan & Wetmore has moved its headquarters to 3 Bethesda Metro Center.

The headquarters had been at 7700 Old Georgetown Road.

The new location increases the office’s space by almost 4,000 square feet, according to the firm’s June 28 announcement.

It features 12 individual offices, a conference room and “collaborative spaces.” There are also “Zoom Rooms,” in which employees can conduct virtual meetings.

Ryan & Wetmore also has offices in Frederick, Md., and Vienna, Va. Those locations will remain, according to the company’s announcement.

Montgomery County unemployment rate continues to fall

Montgomery County’s unemployment rate fell to 5.6% in May, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The unemployment rate in the county rose quickly to 8.6% in May 2020 during the first two months of the COVID-19 pandemic, after being at 3.1% in March 2020, according to BLS data.

Over the past year, the rate has fallen slightly, although not to pre-pandemic levels.

According to BLS data, the county’s highest unemployment rate in the past 30 years prior to the pandemic was 6.4% in June 2009, during the Great Recession.

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