City of College Park-American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

as of April 26, 2022

In March 2021, The U.S. Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). ARPA provides funding for many programs and services to citizens and small businesses of College Park. The Graph below will illustrate some of the uses and positive impact of ARPA funding in our community.

College Park based Families, Individuals, and Businesses can apply for ARPA Assistance at www.collegeparkmd.gov/arpa

College Park Welcomes Shop Made in Maryland

The new City Hall building in downtown College Park will feature retailer Shop Made in Maryland. This company showcases local made products. The City of College Park contributed a grant of $75,000 towards the construction buildout of the ground floor space.

The Maryland shop will include a small dining area serving Cameo Coffee and space to host events and classes for local merchants and artisans. There are plans to serve locally produced beer and wine.  Any local based makers and artists who want to sell their goods at the store should apply at shopmadeinmd.net.

Thus far, The Shop Made venture has had a tremendous impact in their partnering communities:

  • $4 million dollars directly back to local makers
  • 423 Makers served: 231 Makers and their products
  • 10% of Makers now have their storefronts
  • 98% of Makers saw a growth in business: 60% saw growth of more than 25%
  • 20% of Makers shifted from part time to full time
  • 43% of Makers have hired staff
  • 87% of Makers are women
  • 35% of Makers are people of color

Stacey Price, Co-founder of Shop Made In, concept was named the Washington Business Journal’s Small Business Owner of the Year in 2020 for her work.

The College Park shop will be the eighth store in the chain of Shop Made In. Shop Made also has an ecommerce site for local goods. 

Any questions, please email: economicdevelopment@collegeparkmd.gov.

DIRECTORY OF OPEN BUSINESSES DURING COVID-19 OUTBREAK

A listing of essential businesses still operating in College Park can be found here: https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/312/COVID-19-City-Updates#openbusinesses

Welcome to College Park Lidl!

Lidl, a grocery store company based in Germany, opened one of its first locations in the U.S. in College Park. The company (pronounced “leedle”) prides itself on its high quality products, low prices, and its efficient and enjoyable shopping experience. This is no cookie-cutter grocery store – it is designed to help customers get in an out quickly and easily. It also offers more than just food, including small appliances or kitchen gadgets, to stylish gear for the whole family, to toys and power tools, to home décor and gardening supplies, and much more. Lidl also manages to partner with local and regional farms and suppliers, while also offering new favorites and flavors from all over the world.

Gong Cha opens under terrapin row

Gong Cha teas can be blended with a variety of fruits, toppings and creative mixes. Gong Cha prides itself on offering fresh tea and toppings to our customer’s everyday by keeping their tea and tapioca pearls are fresh every four hours. Bubble tea is their specialty and they are excited to have their customers enjoy a great cup of tea with Gong Cha.

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