Category: Business

The Old Bar May Become a Restaurant and Art Space

The now closed bar, Barking Dog on Route 1, may turn into a place for a new restaurant and art place, the Diamondback has recently reported. College Park’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is expected to provide performances, while a PA based firm will provide food for the restaurant. The new business may start as […]

Monday February 9th, 2015 in Business | No Comments »

Target Express to Open Neighborhood Market in College Park

At last night’s worksession, staff told us that the chain store Target will open its smaller “express” version in the  Landmark development (formerly the Book Exchange) in College Park. According to this report, the discount retailer, which opened its first TargetExpress store last July on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis, and was planning to open […]

Wednesday February 4th, 2015 in Business, Development | No Comments »

UMD Taps Ulman to Transform College Park into the ‘Next Silicone Valley’

Yesterday, the University of Maryland has recruited former Howard County Executive Ken Ulman to transform College Park into a hub of high tech start-ups and business incubators, the Washington Post reports. Mr. Ulman is also a 1997 University of Maryland alumnus. Mr. Ulman has recently formed a consulting firm Margrave Strategies LLC, and the new […]

Tuesday December 23rd, 2014 in Business | No Comments »

Small Business Saturday – This Saturday

Small Business Saturday was created in 2010 to promote independently-owned businesses and the City of College Park is announcing its support and participation in the event. Please see this press release for more information. Additionally, a list of College Park’s independent businesses can be found through this link on the Shop College Park website.

Tuesday November 25th, 2014 in Announcements, Business | No Comments »

Mundo Latino Safety Update

Yesterday I met with a Hollywood resident, who was at the store during the time of robbery. Even though he was with his wife and 5 year old son at the time, he took the risk of quickly hiding behind the shelves and calling 911 emergency number. I think we should all be proud of […]

Sunday August 24th, 2014 in Business, Public Safety | No Comments »

College Park Restaurant Week Begins Next Week

With 20 participating restaurants College Park Restaurant Week is back and bigger than ever. Each local business is offering a special menu or discount, so it’s a great opportunity to visit a family favorite or sample a more recent addition. Restaurant Week runs from Monday, August 18th to Sunday, August 24th. For visitors choosing Downtown […]

Thursday August 14th, 2014 in Announcements, Business | No Comments »

Tax-Free Shopping Week starts TODAY!

The second Sunday of August to the following Saturday is designated as Shop Maryland tax-free Week each year. That means qualifying apparel and footwear $100 or less, per item, are exempt from the state sales tax. Accessory items are not included. The tax-free week for 2014 starts today Sunday, August 10, and will end today, […]

Sunday August 10th, 2014 in Business | No Comments »

Roundtable Discussion Aims to Create College Park’s Next Great Neighborhood

On June 27, Friday, at 8:30 am to 11:30 am, City’s annual real estate forum returns with a focus on efforts to create a new neighborhood in the area adjacent to the College Park-UMD Metro Station, which is home to the College Park Airport and M Square Research Park. The vision for the area includes […]

Wednesday June 18th, 2014 in Business, Development | No Comments »

Free Saturday Parking Starts Today

Heading Downtown on a Saturday this summer? Starting today, the City is covering the parking meters in the Downtown parking garage for the third year in a row, so take advantage of the opportunity to visit your favorite restaurant or try one of our newest additions. Two years ago, the Council authorized a pilot project […]

Saturday May 31st, 2014 in Announcements, Business | No Comments »

Book Exchange Moves to Knox Road

The longtime Route 1 fixture has found a temporary home as construction of the mixed-use development on its former site progresses. The new location opened on January 24th and is significantly smaller than the previous store. With the reduced space, the bookstore has less merchandise on hand but the usual selection can be found on […]

Friday February 14th, 2014 in Business | No Comments »

College Park Restaurant Week Ends Tomorrow

College Park Restaurant Week is back in full swing with 16 locally-owned restaurants participating in this edition. Specials include multi-course meals for a nice evening out or individually-discounted items to grab on your lunch break. CPRW runs through Sunday, January 26th, so we hope to see you around town trying one of the newer restaurants […]

Saturday January 25th, 2014 in Business | No Comments »

Bag Bill Comes Back To County Council

Prince George’s County Council is considering to vote on the disposable bag fee in their upcoming legislative session. The bill will allow retailers in the County to charge consumers 5 cents a bag (plastic or paper) as part of their retail sales. The bill failed 3 times in the past, but Council Woman Mary Lehamn […]

Monday December 30th, 2013 in Business, County, Environment | No Comments »

Restaurant Week Returns Next Month

Following the success of the inaugural restaurant week in August, the City is again working with local restaurants to offer a variety of specials for diners. The City is anticipating for more than 20 participants, but a full list of restaurants will be available in early January on the Shop College Park site ( The […]

Friday December 27th, 2013 in Business | No Comments »

Group to Help Attract Local Businesses to City

In February of this year, Council initiated the Commercial Tenant Improvement Program, a matching grant program to attract new locally-owned businesses to the City by providing funds to prospective commercial tenants to build out the properties that they will be leasing. To initiate the program, the City decided to pursue an agreement with the Maryland […]

Monday November 25th, 2013 in Business | No Comments »

City Awards Tenant Improvement Grants to Seven Retail Businesses

The City of College Park recently announced a total of $25,000 in Retail Business Improvement Fund awards to seven locally-owned and independent businesses for tenant improvements to their buildings. The City received ten applications, this year’s seven awardees are Azteca Restaurant and Cantina, Bananas Hair Design, Cornerstone Grill & Loft, Fishnet, Hanami Japanese Restaurant, RJ […]

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Thursday November 21st, 2013 in Business | No Comments »