MRBA City Council Election Candidate Forum April 5

Mount Rainier Election Day is May 1 - join us April 5 to meet the candidates!

Beginning at 7pm, the candidates will speak about their priorities for Mount Rainier and will answer questions submitted by the audience. In order to provide equal time for each candidate, responses will be timed and questions will be vetted by a moderator.

Questions for the candidates may be submitted at the event on April 5 between 6:15 and 6:45pm.

Have questions about the event? Contact us!

Local Bakers Compete in Mount Rainier Business Assoc. Bake-off at Mount Rainier Day

Thanks to all the bakers who entered the first-ever Mount Rainier Business Assoc. Bake-Off at Mount Rainier Day and congratulations to the winners! Despite the rainy weather, there were 22 entries competing for cash prizes and gift certificates donated by local businesses.   

1st Place Cake - Tomato Spice Cake by Rajni Sood Laurent

2nd Place Cake - Rainbow Cake by Gabby Ritter & Esther Malaney

1st Place Cookie - Brown Sugar Cookies by Chelsea Davidson

2nd Place Cookie - Lemon Bars by Rajni Sood Laurent

1st Place Pie - Apple Crumble Pie by Matina Boddie

2nd Place Pie - Pecan Pie by Garrett Hubbard

Best in Show - Rainbow Berry Cake by Ashley Jones

And special thanks to our judges Lenny Robinson from Bird Kitchen & Cocktails, Timothy Park, Mount Rainier City Council Member Shivali Shah, Maryland State Delegate Jimmy Tarlau,and Jodi Beder.

In 2015, the housing market cooled in Montgomery while prices rose in Prince George’s

"While the District’s real estate market heated up in 2015, home sales cooled this year for most of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

Still, with recession recovery reaching a plateau in parts of Maryland, a few close-in suburbs have emerged as hot spots for development in both counties, according to RealEstate Business Intelligence, a subsidiary of Rockville-based multiple-listing service MRIS."

Read full article by Tim Savoy in the Washington Post by clicking here.

Menkiti Group to launch remake in Mount Rainier as first project in Prince George's

Daniel J. Sernovitz, Staff Reporter-Washington Business Journal

The Menkiti Group is gearing up to launch a mixed-use development in Mount Rainier, what's expected to be the first of many for the District-based firm in Prince George's County.

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My Two Cents: Nostalgia and good food live at Glut

BY SHAUNTRICE MARTIN — Beyond the store’s sometimes dusty shelves and laid back staff beats the heart of Mount Rainier — Glut Food Co-op. Glut is the neighborhood’s lone grocery store, and it’s the place where artists, church folk, Metro drivers, executives, and families come to stock up on affordable herbs, bulk items, cheeses, and freshly ground nut butters.

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The Best Washington Neighborhoods to Buy a Home in 2015

Taking the plunge into Washington’s real-estate market? Consider these on-the-rise areas where it’s not too late to get a deal.

By Marisa M. Kashino


Hyattsville (20781):

This Zip code includes Hyattsville’s arts district—with new residences, retail, and restaurants from developer EYA—and the historic district. The result, says Ward, is “that walkable lifestyle and neighborhood feel that I don’t think most buyers picture in the suburbs.” Whole Foods—the ultimate sign that an area has arrived—will land about a mile away in late 2015 as the anchor of a development in nearby Riverdale Park by Calvin Cafritz Enterprises.

Median sold price: $260,000 (up 23.8%).

Average sold price: $265,733 (up 20.4%).

$287,500 buys: A three-bedroom, three-bath Cape Cod in the historic district.

$480,825 buys: A new three-bedroom, four-bath townhouse.


Or try Mount Rainier (20712):

Though closer to the District, this Prince George’s neighborhood is less developed than Hyattsville. “The housing stock is more degraded, but it has lots of Arts and Crafts homes and bungalows,” says agent Kevin Wood of William Sawyer & Co. “And it’s right on the DC border.” In November, Menkiti Group announced plans for a development with Joe Englert as a tenant—he’s the guy whose hip bars helped revitalize Northwest DC’s U Street and Northeast’s H Street.

Median sold price: $260,000 (up 16.9%).

Average sold price: $254,514 (up 8.7%).

$220,000 buys: A two-bedroom, one-bath bungalow that needs work.

$339,900 buys: A renovated five-bedroom, three-bath bungalow.

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You're invited! MRBA Annual Meeting & Holiday Party

Mount Rainier Business Association

Annual Meeting & Holiday Party

December 10, 2014 from 6:30-8:30pm

FREE: Enjoy a taste of Mount Rainier food and beverages from local establishments.  Join local businesses to elect our board of directors and review our plans for 2015.

Mount Rainier City Hall Plaza
1 Municipal Pl, Mt Rainier, MD 20712



MRBA Welcomes The Waterhole

The Mount Rainier Business Association welcomes their newest member, The Waterhole, a brand new juice and smoothie shop located at 4004 34th St. Mt. Rainier, MD 20712. The Waterhole is a "healing space for like minds and people who are interested in health and creating a healthy lifestyle". They offer event catering and food educational services.

The Waterhole is owned and operated by Lisa Harris, an artist living at Mount Rainier Artist Lofts. She's been in Mount Rainier for the past 6 years and seeks to "heal the community through natural resources" and create "a space that supports good health." The Waterhole began when her father passed away from cancer in 2013, and she became inspired to pursue her dreams and passions around finding holistic natural health through the power of good food.

The Waterhole's menu includes organic juices and smoothies. The cafe location has wi-fi. The Waterhole is a rentable venue that offers Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Raw Catering, hosts small receptions, gallery showings and community events. More information can be found online:

D.C. Ice Cream Treats To Cool Down As Heat Wave Rolls On

WASHINGTON -- News flash: It's hot outside. Really, really hot.

Yesterday D.C. set a record high for April 10 as the thermometer hit 90 degrees at Reagan National Airport, the official weather observation station for Washington. It was our first 90 degree April day since 2010.

While there are plenty of ways you should cool down -- drink lots of water, stay out of the sun, exercise outside peak hours -- one of our favorite ways to beat the heat is eating plenty of ice cream.


Gateway Arts District breathes new life in Prince George's County

A portion of the Prince George’s County Route 1 Corridor is breathing new life thanks to the arts.

A unique community known as the Gateway Arts District formed in 2002 and now county leaders want to see even more growth. The Arts District includes the Mount Rainier, Brentwood, North Brentwood and Hyattsville neighborhoods. Together they offer shopping, entertainment and restaurants capped off with art studios and galleries.

County leaders want developers to take notice and begin investing.

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After more than a decade, some in Prince George’s still waiting for arts district boost

Survey under way to find out what is hindering business growth

     by       Staff writer Timothy Sandoval/ The Gazette

Carole Bernard, executive director of the Gateway Community Development Corp., said her nonprofit group has added more studio space for artists in the Gateway Arts and Entertainment District. Now her organization is looking to survey businesses to determine how to encourage business growth in the district .

When the Gateway Arts and Entertainment District was formed in 2001, officials hoped it would spark business growth in the four municipalities it encompassed.

Twelve years later, only one city in the district, Hyattsville, has experienced growth in retail, Gateway officials said, while the other three — Brentwood, North Brentwood and Mount Rainier — lag behind.

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Mount Rainier businesses to get an artistic makeover

Intisar Haamid, owner of Circle Deli in Mount Rainier, wants her business to stand out, but she said the building’s beige exterior and small storefront sign make that difficult.

“It is extremely plain,” Haamid said. “I need something to focus attention on the building.”

Haamid said she would like to see some small murals and perhaps a larger landscape painting on the building. She might get her wish in the coming months as her building was chosen to be beautified by an artist as part of the third annual Better Block Project, an initiative spearheaded by nonprofit arts center Joe’s Movement Emporium to improve the look of the city.

The initiative is funded through a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for Joe’s Movement Emporium to run its Art Lives Here campaign, which includes the Better Block Project and other initiatives that pair artists with businesses in the city to reduce blight.

To read the rest of the article, please see:  Mount Rainier businesses to get an artistic makeover

Mount Rainier sees lowest number of crimes in a decade

Mount Rainier’s reported crimes have dropped to their lowest point in 10 years, according to data released earlier this month by the city’s police department.

From January through September of this year, the number of reported crimes in the city was 228 — the lowest total in nearly a decade. At its highest point in 2003, the total number of crimes was 475 at the end of September, with the number jumping to 648 by the end of the year, according to the police department.

Larceny, burglary and auto theft are the crimes that have decreased the most since last year, according to the data. Crimes such as assault and robbery were up slightly compared to the same time period last year.

The next lowest total was 272 at the end of September in 2009, with the number at 370 by the end of the year, according to police.

The figure is below the 10-year average of 357 crimes committed from January to September, police said.

“People should know that Mount Rainier is a safe city and they should not worry about relocating here and starting businesses here,” said Police Chief Michael Scott. “I am very proud of that.”

To read more, please see:  Mount Rainier sees lowest number of crimes in a decade