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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.

Downtown College Park welcomes CB Chinese Grill

The owners and operators of College Park’s bustling Northwest Chinese Food has opened their second restaurant in College Park. The restaurant serves traditional Chinese food called Chun Bing, or “spring pancake,” a cuisine unique to the northern China as well. The spring pancakes are wrapped around traditionally seasoned veggies and meats. If you’ve enjoyed Northwest Chinese Food, be sure to check out this new restaurant.

Playa Bowls opens in College Park

Playa Bowls is College Park’s most recent addition to increasingly popular fast-casual açai bowl establishments. The founders were inspired to start the company after falling in love with the açai and pitaya bowls they encountered while surfing in Hawaii, California and Central America. The College Park location is their first in Maryland, and offers a variety of super-food bowls, smoothies and juices.

Taqueria Habanero

Taqueria Habanero, one of D.C.’s most beloved taquerias, is opening their first new restaurant in none other than College Park. The restaurant is renowned for its authentic Mexican cuisine, with its owners Mirna and Dio Montero having worked for acclaimed D.C. chef José Andrés before opening their first location in 2014. The College Park location will have an expanded menu, including new taco and entree options, as well as a weekend brunch menu.

CAVA OPENS ITS DOORS WITH FANFARE

After months of anticipation, Cava has finally opened its doors. Students and College Park residents gleefully waited in line hoping they would be one of the first 150 guests to receive a free meal. Those waiting in line were entertained by the UMD marching band, cheerleaders and even Testudo! Cava, founded in Rockville and now a nationwide chain, is the brainchild of three first-generation Greek Americans who wanted to bring authentic Mediterranean flavors with a modern twist to a wider audience. If you go to Cava, you’ll find a dizzying array of delicious menu items to build a customized healthy and flavorful meal at this “chef casual” restaurant.

Wings Over lands in College Park

The fast-food restaurant, Wings Over, offers fresh chicken wings, chicken tenders and sandwiches in more than 20 different flavors, and is one of three new restaurants to open in the Terrapin Row retail space.

The new restaurant features a menu in line with the regional chain’s latest rebranding effort; Wings Over currently sells dry-rubbed or sauce-covered wings, fried chicken sandwiches, waffle fries, and other snack favorites.