Thrift store opens on Rhode Island Avenue

February 8, 2012

BY SUSIE CURRIE — Can we ever have too many thrift stores? (Don’t answer that.) Caroline Sirri, a vendor at the Saturday flea market at Northwestern High School, has opened Fecosasa Consignment & Thrift Store at 4806 Rhode Island Avenue. Actually, at the moment it’s a thrift store only; [read more]

The Wild Onion is latest UTC restaurant to close

February 8, 2012

BY SUSIE CURRIE — On January 28, The Wild Onion eatery became the latest vacancy at University Town Center, where it had been since July 9, 2008. Catering is still available, though; call owner Rasheed Abdurrahman at 240.476.5054. In other restaurant news, it seems that rumors of the death of [read more]

Whole Foods moves closer to reality with county zoning approval

February 8, 2012

BY PAULA MINAERT — On February 2, the Prince George’s County Planning Board unanimously approved a rezoning request for a 37-acre wooded property in Riverdale Park. The approval opens the way for the land, owned by the Cafritz family, to be turned into a mixed-use development that [read more]

Safeway to close February 4

January 10, 2012

Ending months of speculation, Safeway executives confirmed that the long-neglected Hamilton Street store will close after 30 years. For the first time since 1928, Safeway will not have a presence in Hyattsville. Like the chain’s former Adelphi branch, on Riggs Road, this building will become a [read more]

The lost art of independent pharmacies

January 10, 2012

BY SCARLETT SALEM — The pharmacy landscape has changed drastically over the past few decades. Once a personalized service provided by independent retailers, it is now dominated by chain stores. They offer a one-stop shopping experience: buy your groceries, pick up your prescription and – in [read more]

County finds unexpected place to make cuts

January 10, 2012

Now you see them, now you don’t: Queens Chapel Town Center before (top) and after Prince George’s County Department of Public Works clear-cut 35 trees. Only about half of them were on the County right-of-way, with the rest split between city- and state-managed roads. BY CHRIS CURRIE [read more]

Book on Riverdale Park history released

December 11, 2011

BY SUSIE CURRIE — Congratulations to the Historical Association of Riverdale Park on Images of America: Riverdale Park, the latest in a series by Arcadia Publishing. (Hyattsville’s, you may remember, was published in 2008). Donald Lynch, Tom Alderson and Melissa Avery co-authored the [read more]

Stakeholders discuss how to revitalize East-West corridor

November 11, 2011

BY SUSIE CURRIE — On November 1, the Prince George’s County Council unanimously passed County Executive Rushern Baker’s signature initiative, the $50 million Economic Development Incentive Fund. It was designed to attract and spur development in the county over the next five years. Having [read more]

Bakery replaces Rhode Island Reds

October 11, 2011

BY PAULA MINAERT — If you’ve traveled down Rhode Island Avenue lately, you’ve probably noticed that the much-loved Rhode Island Reds is now the Shortcake Bakery & Café. Cheryl Harrington will open Shortcake Bakery in the Route 1 storefront recently vacated by Rhode Island Reds. Photo [read more]
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