UPDATED BIZ NOTES: Tractor Supply, Real Fire, Antique Store, Gypsy Vintage and Chas and Frans
Tractor Supply Coming to Waysons Corner: Anne Arundel County Planning and Zoning has reached an agreement with Tractor Supply of Brentwood, Tennessee, to raze the old Triangle Tobacco Warehouse building in Wayson’s Corner and build a strip mall that will include a Tractor Supply store and room for another retail outlet. We wrote about neighborhood opposition to the project in March.
In that story, the neighbors to the west of the parcel, on Mt. Zion Marlboro Road, were opposed to the building, which, at that time, was slated to have the parking lot entry and exit onto Mt. Zion Marlboro Road. This two-lane road is all that separates what people from the community characterize as the commercial encroachment of Waysons Corner.
Back on March 25, County Councilman Jerry Walker (R-District 7) held a meeting with the developer and the community to get feedback on the project. The community didn’t want the project, but if it was going to be built, they wanted the egress off of Southern Maryland Boulevard, which is zoned commercial in that part of Wayson’s Corner.
Since that time, Larry Tom, officer at county Planning and Zoning, has been able to negotiate with the builder to move the egress off of Mt. Zion Marlboro Road and onto Southern Maryland Boulevard. We confirmed that with Tracy Reynolds, spokeswoman for the Anne Arundel County.
Tractor Supply sells tractor equipment, feed, equipment, clothing and footwear, fencing, heating, horse, hunting, and lawn and garden supplies.
Real Fire Brazilian Restaurant Closes. Real Fire Grill, a Brazilian-style eatery, closed its doors and shut down its website and Facebook page sometime after September 10. The business opened in April of this year, which we wrote about here. Since then, they suffered a few growing pains. In early summer, they closed for a few weeks to reorganize and go for their liquor license. That was approved and as of August, they were open and serving a full menu and bar.
Gypsy Vintage Moves, Becomes Gypsy Faire. Back in April, we profiled the owners of Gypsy Vingage, a furnishings and home decor store in Lothian. You can see that video here. The partners in that enterprise (Anne Kawecki and Melissa Gertz) have parted ways, but Kawecki and two of her Gypsy Vintage comrades—Patty Geiger and Marilyn DiMarco—have moved to a larger space and are reopening on Oct. 5 as Gypsy Faire.
Kawecki said that the old site, at Southern Maryland Boulevard at Bay Front Road, was too small and the parking was limited. She started looking for a new space several months ago with realtor Linda Perry of Long and Foster. The space that they have moved into, 1306 Mt. Zion Marlboro Road in Wayson’s Corner, is just three miles away. They had a big sale the first weekend in September, so they moved minimal inventory to the new space.
Kawecki said that she is excited about a few new things. First, that they are able to get rid of the tent that was in the back of the space at their old site. Next, that the new building is all on one floor—no stairs. And three, that they have gone from about 2400 square feet of space to about 4,000 square feet. Finally, the parking will be a huge relief for Kawecki, who said that they were always concerned about people leaving their cars along Bay Front Road or Southern Maryland Boulevard while they came in to shop.
The space they have moved into has an interesting history. It was most recently a church (Faith Assembly of God). Before that, it was the River Bend pool (billiards) and dance hall. Kawecki said that it was also a biker club for a time.
Kawecki said that a new website and Facebook page have been created. Be sure to Like their Facebook to get updates on their sale offerings. Kawecki said that they’ll be selling the same kinds of unique furnishings and up-cycled home goods as before. Check out their opening weekend at their new site on Oct. 5 starting at 8 a.m. They’ll be open Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Chas and Fran’s Breakfast Place.
Chas and Fran’s Place will officially open its doors on Monday, October 7. This time around, Fran and Chas will offer both sit down and take out. There is seating for 26. Fran said they will serve breakfast and lunch including pancakes, french toast, eggs, homefries, their famous reubens, meatball sandwiches, the Homestead and wraps. In addition, Frannie will bake her delicious pies, cupcakes, crumb cakes, candy and fudge. Fran said they will not be making pizzas.
Chas and Fran’s Place will be open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. The restaurant is located at 118 Mayo Road in Edgewater.
Fran said they are currently looking for a waitress. To apply stop by the store or call Fran at 410-956-2464.
“Eat Here or We’ll Both Starve,” says the sign out front of the old Carlson’s
Donuts/Mayo Thai Kitchen restaurant at 118 Mayo Road in Edgewater. Chas and Fran (Frannie) Thompson are the former proprietors of the Davidsonville Country Store. Back on Aug. 20, we broke the story that the Country Store was closing its doors, with no word at that time on where Frannie’s delicious pies and baked goods would turn up next. They’ve landed on their feet and will be opening soon. We’ll let you know when we have a firm date and a Facebook link for you.
At the Davidsonville Country Store, there is plenty going on. We spoke on the phone with the owner of the property, Bobby Neale, who told us that a petroleum services company was taking over and would be moving in shortly. We attempted to reach the new managers by phone, but could not get our call returned. We stopped by on Friday and were told that they were shooting for a reopening this coming week. They have completely redone the inside, with drywall ceilings, new doors and broad glass windows looking out to the pumps out front.
Davidsonville Antiques is closing at the end of October after two years in the Patuxent Shopping Center. Judy Rowe, the owner, opened her store in May of 2011 at the intersection of Patuxent River Road and Central Avenue in Davidsonville. She had previously owned antique stores including two at the Antique Center at Savage Mills in Laurel.
The antique store is not the first to fall in the shopping center. Jolie by Jackie hair salon, Curves fitness, a nail salon and others have pulled out. The remaining stores are doing well, according to owners. Those include the Davidsonville Cleaners, a dry cleaning and laundry company, the Spay and Neuter Nook, Maryland Clock Company, and Time for Travel, a travel services company.
Please be sure to continue to utilize these businesses. They count on community support to keep going!
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