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Go Brent Agent Spotlight: Debbie Gerald

Having spent most of her life in and around Silver Spring, Debbie Gerald definitely knows her go-to spots in the community. From local parks and coffee spots to farmers markets, get to know more about Debbie in this latest agent spotlight as she shares her favorite places in and around the area.

About Debbie:

“I grew up in Silver Spring and lived in Gaithersburg for awhile where I renovated and sold our home. I came back to Silver Spring to renovate and sell a home in Woodside Park, and then renovated and sold a home in Sligo Park Hills. I recently renovated and moved into a home in Silver Spring’s Cameron Heights neighborhood. (I’m sensing a pattern here!)

I think four renovations is enough for me, but I also said that after three. I am enjoying meeting my new neighbors and exploring my new neighborhood (even though I am pretty familiar because I grew up not too far away) and look forward to many happy years. I can say I am very happy that I moved back to Silver Spring years ago, always something interesting going on in the community.”

Woodmoor Pastry Shop

Where is your go-to spot for a nice dinner out with family and friends?

Love to go to Republic in Takoma Park. Great for dinner and they have a nice happy hour!

Do you have any favorite trails in your neighborhood?

My favorite is to take my dog Winston to Sligo Creek Park. My current home and my last home in are/were both walkable to the park.

Happy hour! Where do you recommend a good spot for a drink?

So happy that Locavino finally opened! I also enjoy Mrs. K’s wine cellar and bar.

Coffee is a must. Where is the best coffee in the area?

Kaldi’s hands down. Great vibe. AND…it does not hurt that our office is right next door.

Kaldi’s Social House
Evans Parkway Neighborhood Park
Forest Estates Farmers Market

Have a sweet tooth? What’s the best bakery in town?

Woodmoor Pastry.  I remember growing up my mother used to take me in.  I try to get the parker house and snowflake rolls for holidays. Remember to pre-order!

Favorite Farmers Markets?

DTSS! I always see so many neighbors and clients.  I also like Forest Estates Farmers Market.  They choose one farmer each year with the market held in Getty Park. 

What’s your favorite park to take a stroll in?

My new favorite is Evans Parkway Neighborhood Park, between Georgia and Dennis. 

The park was renovated and offers a playing field and open lawn areas along with a playground and paved area for wheeled play. There are tennis courts, basketball courts, and a picnic area. Plus walking trails, natural meadow areas, and shady woodland areas. It was one of the first pilot projects in the nation to be certified under the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) Rating System for sustainable site design, construction and maintenance.

If you haven’t been, go check it out!

Want to know more about Debbie? Check out her bio here.

12 Local Spots to Visit This Spring

Does winter have you in a rut? From local theaters to fantastic restaurants, here are a dozen ideas of places to check out in Silver Spring and Takoma Park this spring. Try something new and different! You won’t regret it!

1. AFI Silver Theatre

Whether you are looking for regular film showings, Silver Babies screenings or special events. AFI has something for everyone and the best movie popcorn around!

Upcoming features: The Muppet Movie, Environmental Film Festival, Kirk Douglas Centennial, and The Marx Brothers.

 Website: www.afi.com/silver

2. The Fillmore

Coming this spring: Wyclef Jean, The Pretenders, and Big Sean. You’ve likely seen the tour buses and lines.

Now head in and see a show!



3. Cultural Arts Center Montgomery College Takoma Park / Silver Spring

Located at Montgomery College, this venue features music, theatre, dance, cultural exhibitions, film, lectures, forums and cultural exhibitions. A wide variety of programs are planned for this spring.


4. Bump and Grind

Their tag line is Coffee. Music. Food.

Check out this local coffee shop and their calendar of recurring and special events.



5. Denizens Brewing Co.

Our local brewpub serves up more than great beer and food. Does live music, DJ events, karaoke & trivia nights interest you? Don’t miss out on their regularly scheduled events lineup.


6. Republic

As warmer weather returns, so too will live music on the back patio in Takoma Park.



7. Busboys and Poets

Think storytelling, book signings, and open mic nights.

Check out Takoma Park’s upcoming events.



8. McGinty’sPublic House

A downtown Silver Spring staple for over 10 years; head out for a night of acoustic music, pub trivia, or traditional Irish music sessions.



9. The Highwood Theatre

Located in Fenton Village, this non-profit promotes performing arts through community-produced theatre. They offer shows and regularly scheduled improv nights.



10. Silver Spring Stage

Now in its 49th season, Silver Spring Stage is a community theatre with a mission to present the best in contemporary plays. Located in the Woodmoor Shopping Center, their current season is underway.



11. Silver Spring Black Box Theatre

An intimate 140-seat venue, near Colesville Road and Georgia Avenue, with four resident companies and multiple outside groups performing year-round shows.

Website: www.silverspringblackbox.com


12. Maryland Youth Ballet

You’ve probably seen the students on Ellsworth in downtown Silver Spring but have you seen a performance? Their Spring Concert is held in April.

Website: www.marylandyouthballet.org