Wednesday, August 29, 2018


It took very little effort to convince my car to detour off of Route 108 and make the turn into the parking lot at Kendall’s Hardware, where the snowball stand was issuing a siren song in yesterday’s afternoon’s heat and humidity.

I looked at the list of flavors but I already knew what I wanted: watermelon.

I noticed another sign while I was waiting. What could this mean? Is the beloved snowball stand on the verge of changing hands? Might it close forever if they don’t find an owner?

I guess we won’t know until next summer. The suspense is already killing me.

The Ruby Tuesday’s in the River Hill Village Center has closed. Folks are already chatting about their personal choices for a future replacement. Some suggestions: Cava, a real authentic diner, a Chinese restaurant, an IHOP and, most mentioned, Panera. No one seems to want: a bank, a nail salon, or a pizza place.

It will be interesting to see what happens with that space. What would you like to see?

Back in Oakland Mills, Dunkin Donuts has submitted plans for exterior changes to the Columbia Bank building and the general responses I have seen are along the lines of “looks great, bring on the donuts!” I really missing having my bank right there in our Village Center but I will do my best to assuage my sadness with donuts. It’s the least I can do.

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