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Spices and Sauces Needed!

Help Shepherd’s Table by donating!

Drop-offs should be made at:

Shepherd’s Table – 8106 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910

  • Monday – Friday between 9:00 -11:30 AM, and 1:30 – 4:30 PM
  • Weekends and holidays between 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Items can be dropped off at the delivery door to the right of the main entrance. Ring the doorbell, and let the staff member know you’re with Silver Spring Cares.

Become A Holiday Helper!

Planning your holiday shopping? How about buying a few gifts for families in need. Spread some cheer this holiday season – sign up to be a Holiday Helper! All gifts must be ready for collection by December 12th.

Sign up HERE: https://forms.gle/mJaqHVDteQthsy988

Health & Hygiene Donations Needed!

Shepherd’s Table would love some help with travel-sized
health and hygiene items for their clients.

Bring what you have or order from our Amazon wishlist!

Drop-offs should be made at:

Shepherd’s Table
8106 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Monday – Friday: 8:30am to 11:00am and 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Weekends: 8:30am to 9:30am and 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Items can be dropped off at the delivery door to the right of the main entrance. Ring the doorbell, and let the staff member know you’re with Silver Spring Cares.

The Inventory Problem In Our Area…

Q: Is the national upward trend of inventory going to improve our housing crisis here?
A: No.

Owner/Broker Liz Brent explains.

Thinking of Leasing a Space for Your Business?

This $125 Registration Could Be the Difference Between
a Landlord Saying Yes or No

You’ve fine-tuned your business plan, hunted for a space, and finally you are ready to sign a lease–but the landlord says no, not without your SDAT. SDAT? What’s that?

Landlords have one go-to tool for getting a quick snapshot of whether or not a small business is legit: the State Department of Assessment and Taxation database. Every business operating in Maryland must register with the state and annually update their account. Setting it up costs $125 and is easy to do online. The Maryland Business Express site walks you through how. 

Skip this step in making your business official, and it could cost you the chance to rent the space you want. Registered businesses are ready for business. If the business name doesn’t show in the database, the landlord is taking a risk entering into a contract with a business that’s not real, legally speaking.

If you’ve followed all the filing instructions, up will pop the name of your business, when it was registered, applicable articles of incorporation, and best of all, one line in all caps, loud and clear:

“THIS BUSINESS IS IN GOOD STANDING.”

How About a Pop-Up?

Fleetwood Market Pop-Up Opens Today – January 7, 2022

by Hannah McCann, January 7, 2022


There can be a lot of questions before a new business and a landlord lock hands on a retail lease. Even when all signs point to yes, it can be easy for both the start-up and the landlord to second-guess a commitment that typically extends for three, five, or even more years. That’s how I found myself recently standing outside a vacant storefront on Sligo Avenue asking, “How about a pop-up?”

Business leaders across the country (and as nearby as Alexandria and Georgetown) have embraced short-term, or “pop-up,” leases as a way to reimagine vacant spaces. Typically open for one to three months, pop-up shops bring buzz to commercial blocks that have gone quiet, help market overlooked vacancies, and incubate followers for a new business. Still, it’s a tough sell for many landlords (and their agents) who are used to one-and-done long-term leases (and the fatter commissions that go with them). 

Fortunately for downtown Silver Spring, the landlord of a long-shuttered daycare at 629 Sligo Avenue responded differently when I floated the idea of a pop-up. “Interesting concept,” she said. We began a conversation. 

The result goes live today. The storefront at 629 Sligo comes alive as Fleetwood Market, a hip pop-up retail apparel shop. The brainchild of Silver Spring natives Julian Labarca and Lewis Andrews, the shop features a curated inventory of collectible sneakers and clothing and a flurry of giveaways and surprise promotions hyped by Fleetwood Market’s busy Instagram handle, @fleetwoodmarket. Stop by the pop-up shop any day between 12 and 6 PM today through January 23.

Julian and Lewis turned their sights on bringing their passion for collectible apparel to their hometown following graduation from Northwood High School, college, and budding careers in Fortune 500 companies. The buy/sell/trade collectible fashion market is a high-growth industry recently profiled in the New York Times and on CNBC that has exploded during the pandemic. Joining Home Court on nearby Philadelphia Avenue, Fleetwood Market makes this part of downtown Silver Spring a destination for today’s fashion collectors, similar to how the area’s record stores have drawn record collectors for the past decade. 

What’s next for Fleetwood Market and 629 Sligo Avenue? It’s too early to say. But one thing is sure: nap time is over at the former daycare, and a homegrown venture is off and running. 

  • What: Fleetwood Market
  • When: 12-6 PM every day, January 7-23, 2022
  • Where: 629 Sligo Avenue
  • More information: fleetwoodmarketdc@gmail.com

Interested in hosting a pop-up space in your property, or bringing your business concept to market with a short-term pop-up lease? Contact commercial agent Hannah McCann with Go Brent Realty at hannah@gobrentrealty.com or 301-787-6749.

Free Apple Cider Warm Up! November 20th

The Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade is Saturday, November 20th, and we’ll be out in front of our Silver Spring office serving hot apple cider to warm you up. Swing by and say hello! We’d love to see you.

Warm Clothing Drop Off! November 21st

On Sunday, November 21st (the day after our hot cider for parade goers) we’ll be collecting warm clothing donations for our partners at Linkages to Learning. 9AM-5PM.

We are accepting:

  • jackets
  • coats
  • hats
  • gloves
  • scarves

All styles, all sizes, in dignity condition, please!

Hope to see you there!