April 5, 2011

Day 94: The Pines of Rome in Bethesda

“Where can we go for some good pizza in Bethesda?” the young couple asked their handsome real estate agent (that’s me) after a long afternoon looking for houses.  What immediately came to mind was The Pines of Rome, located at 4709 Hampden Lane.  The Pines of Rome is named after a trio of symphonic poems written by the Italian violinist turned composer Ottorino Respighi.  Each symphony depicts the pine trees […]
March 27, 2011

Day 85: Cherry Jubilee in DC and Bethesda

Each year, a fleeting but spectacular indicator of spring occurs in our local area with the blooming of the cherry trees with their delicate pink blossoms and soft floral scents.  It all began in 1912 when the people of Japan sent a gift of friendship, 3,020 cherry trees, to Washington DC.  The first two trees were planted by First Lady Taft and the wife of the Japanese Ambassador.  There is a fascinating and moving […]
March 21, 2011

Day 80: Horses sweat and so do I. My introduction to Yoga.

“Hey Brian,” she said innocently enough.  “Wanna join my husband and me at a Yoga class tonight?” my friend Liz asked.  I had never taken a yoga class so I was intrigued, having heard a chorus of people tell me how good Yoga is for you.  I met my friends at Down Dog Yoga located at 4733 Elm Street and Woodmont Avenue, ironically above the Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream store (when […]
March 19, 2011

Day 78: Benihana Teppanyaki

When I was 10 years old my parents took me out to a “special” dinner in Bethesda.  The restaurant was Benihana, a Japanese hibachi steakhouse, and it used to be located in the basement of the Air Rights Center building on Wisconsin Avenue.  Years later I used to put on an ill-fitting suit and take my homecoming dates out to dinner there with my friends.  The main reason was not […]
March 12, 2011

Day 71: The Western Market

As a real estate broker I spend a fair portion of my life behind the wheel driving to client’s homes or businesses, looking at the latest listings that come on the market (“previewing”), and driving our clients to houses they are considering purchasing.  One of my favorite “pit-stops” is the Western Market located at 4840 Western Avenue in the Crestview neighborhood.  Old local markets like these are few and far […]
March 9, 2011

Day 68: Bethesda's Boundary Stones

Bethesda is an unincorporated town and as such has no official boundaries.  The U.S. Census Bureau defines Bethesda as a Census Designated Place, or CDP, with a southern boundary where Maryland meets the District of Columbia.  This border with the District of Columbia is an interesting story and the subject of today’s blog. The early history of the United States is one filled with controversy and upheaval.  The location of […]
March 8, 2011

Day 67: 'The Real Thing' – Honest Tea!

Barry Nalebuff and Seth Goldman co-founded Honest Tea in Bethesda in early 1998.  Barry, an MBA professor at the Yale School of Management, and Seth Goldman, one of Barry’s students, had worked on a case study on the beverage industry when Seth was earning his MBA degree. The two recognized that there was a missing market segment in the beverage industry between water and super sugary soft drinks.  Fast forward […]
March 6, 2011

Day 65: "My Day" by Eleanor Roosevelt

The date is December 12, 1938 and Eleanor Roosevelt has spent some time thinking about the Bethesda Post Office – at least so she writes in her “blog.”  You can see her notes at the White House Historical Association website.  Eleanor visited the Treasury Department’s Procurement Division that day to take a look at the murals that were being done for the Bethesda Post Office.  There was a competition for the work and […]
March 4, 2011

Day 63: The Little Farm Women that Could

“In Bethesda, Maryland, in the fringe of Washington, stands an institution as distinctively American as the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, but it is not included in the list of sights worth seeing in the Capital. Yet thousands of Washingtonians visit it every week and hold it in warm regard.”  This statement was published in the October 1937 issue of “Women’s Home Companion” referring to The Montgomery Farm Women’s Cooperative Market, now more […]