Monthly archive - January 2013

CPNBA Discount Card? Is that some type of health care program?

It may not form a catchy acronym like SCUBA or SONAR, but the College Park Neighborhood Business Alliance hopes to grab the attention of local business owners and patrons. Incorporated in August 2011, the group’s mission is to create a more vibrant and healthy economy through support of Buy Local efforts, including cooperative promotion, advertising, and other activities. CPNBA currently has 10 member businesses and holds networking events, which are open to the public, every few months to provide a setting for local businesses to interact.

CPNBA works closely with the City of College Park, as evidenced by the recent release of a discount card. The cards allow patrons to access deals at a variety of independent businesses, which are then posted online and updated regularly. As of today, there are 12 participating businesses and many more are expected to add deals in the near future.

If you would like a card, which are free, please stop by City Hall, or one of the participating businesses later in the week.

What Does The Word Independent Mean To You?

Well for the Shop College Park website, “independent” refers to businesses that are locally owned and independently operated. In other words, these are the “mom and pop shops” that become synonymous with a community and create a unique atmosphere that chains and franchises fail to do in many cases. College Park is home to over 130 of these businesses from restaurants to clothing stores to hair salons. In order to enhance the visibility of these businesses and place an emphasis on the shop local movement, the new website includes several features meant to accomplish those goals.

The most notable addition is on the homepage, where a “Featured Independent Merchant” rotates every time the page is refreshed or revisited. When visitors enter the search page, they’ll notice the word “independent” in green next to businesses that fit the category. Additionally, you may filter results by tags, including one exclusively for independent businesses.On the page for every independent business, you’ll also notice a green tag with the word “independent.”


Fishnet Makes the Eater DC 38 Essential Washington Restaurant List… Again.

For the second consecutive month, Fishnet has been included in the list of 38 Essential Washington Restaurants by the folks over at Eater DC, a source for information on the hottest restaurants in the region. The Turkish-inspired seafood restaurant opened in late 2011 on Berwyn Road in the former Berwyn Cafe space.  Since then its been named one of the top 10 restaurant openings in the region by the Washingtonian and has garnered rave reviews from the Washington Post, Tasting Table, and the Gazette among others.

Fishnet’s menu includes fish tacos, fish sandwiches(grilled or fried), handmade french fries and fresh fish sticks that are nothing like those that Mom used to take out of the freezer. The restaurant uses the freshest ingredients, including never frozen seafood and handmade sauces.

In addition to operating Fishnet, the restaurant’s owners are currently exploring the possibility of opening a coffee shop in an adjacent vacant space.

Ovo Vegetarian Restaurant Opens in Downtown

Terrapin Station has quickly become the place to sample delicious asian cuisine in College Park over the past year. Joining long-term tenant Kiyoko Express within the past year have been Pho Thom, Ivy Noodles, and now Ovo Vegetarian Restaurant.

Ovo Vegetarian is a quick service restaurant focuses on innovative vegetarian dishes with an Asian influence. The owner, Derrick Chang, has over 9 years of restaurant experience and has traveled around the U.S. sampling a variety of vegetarian dishes. Through his travels Derrick found that many restaurants presented the same old vegetarian dishes at relatively high price points. At Ovo Vegetarian Derrick hopes to showcase the varying possibilities for healthy food beyond salad including unique desserts.

The restaurant’s carry-out packaging is 90% earth friendly, compostable type organic materials. It carries Oogave, an organic fountain soda, and a variety of other organic beverages along with different hot tea selections. To supplement their in-house creations, Ovo Vegetarian will sell an assortment of fresh Asian bakery items delivered daily from a nearby business.

Ovo Vegetarian is located at 7313-E Baltimore Avenue, between Pho Thom and T-Mobile. Parking is available in the Downtown Parking Garage at Knox Road and Yale Avenue.

Welcome to the New Shop College Park Website

After launching in July 2008, the Shop College Park website quickly became known as the place to find useful business information and the latest events around town. After nearly 5 years in operation and with over 10,000 visits per month, the City of College Park decided it was time to make major changes and provide a more user-friendly experience.

Designed by King Cow, the update includes a fresh look, a mobile site (coming very soon), integrated social media, improved maps, and the ability to filter shops by cuisine, district, happy hour, locally-owned & independent, and other options.

Let us know what you think of the redesign by taking our survey.