What’s New and What’s Coming Soon to Montgomery Mall (December 2022)

Below is a list of businesses that have recently opened or are coming soon to Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, as well as information on upcoming holiday themed events.
Now Open: Squishable
Squishable, a pop-up shop that sells hundreds of varieties of stuffed animals that are “cute giant balls of squishy love that are soft, huggable, cuddly, and all-around awesome,” is now open. According to their website, Squishable was started in 2007 by co-founders Aaron and Zoe. They didn’t know anything about toys, but they figured it out. Over the last decade and a half, we have released millions of Squishables to their new homes in the wild. Here at Squishy HQ in Soho, New York City, we’re creating things that help make the world a cuter place.”


Now Open: Jingle Lounge
The festive Jingle Lounge, located on the lower level next to Lego, opened on November 21st. “Westfield Montgomery invites guests for a full lineup of festive activities including live holiday music, complimentary cocktails with purchase popups prepared by Cocktail Curations, and holiday arts and crafts by the center’s new non-profit arts center, Creative Outlets and Lego.” Schedule of events below:
Sunday, December 4th from 11 am to 1 pm | Holiday Craft and build with Lego and Creative Outlets Arts Center
Friday, December 9th from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM | Holiday Music with the 42nd Street Carolers
Sunday, December 11th from 11 am to 1 pm | Holiday Craft and build with Lego and Creative Outlets Arts Center
Friday, December 16th from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM | Holiday Music with Keyboardist Jordan Mills
Saturday, December 17th from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Sip with Purchase event! Spend $75 at any Westfield Montgomery store and redeem for a complimentary holiday cocktail or mocktail.
Sunday, December 18th from 11 am to 1 pm | Holiday Craft and build with Lego and Creative Outlets Arts Center
Friday, December 23rd from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM | Holiday Music with the 42nd Street Carolers

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Now Open: Socks To Be You
Socks to Be You is now open on the upper level of Montgomery Mall.  The novelty sock stores sells socks printed with fun designs and characters.  According to their website, “Our socks are made from 80% cotton. They are really comfortable, 100% odor free and made with Earth Friendly materials.”

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Now Open: Creative Outlets Art Center
Westfield Montgomery  recently gave a retail space on the upper level of the mall to local community non-profit, Creative Outlets Art Center, to further their commitment to connect with the community. Zeina Davis, Marketing Director for Westfield Montgomery tells us, “we are so honored to have such a wonderful community resource in our center. Creative Outlet’s mission of providing art as a wellness tool is a meaningful addition and have already loved working closely with the arts center on engaging and exciting art programming for families.” Creative Outlets has already made a big impact on events and programming including providing complimentary holiday crafting classes through the holiday season at the mall’s pop-up “Jingle Lounge”. Click here to learn more about the art center and to see a list of upcoming events.

Coming Soon: Lovisa
Australian based jewelry chain Lovisa is coming to the lower level of Montgomery Mall. According to its website, “We are the fashionable on-trend jewelry specialist. See our latest styles & curated range for every occasion. From earrings, necklaces, rings & more.” Additional jewelry stores  in Montgomery Mall include Elite Jewelers, Francesca’s, Gold Palace, Icing, Jewelry Corner, Kay Jewelers, and Pandora. No opening date for Lovisa has been announced.

Now Open: Greek Aroma Grill
Greek Aroma Grill is now open in the Montgomery Mall food terrace. Menu items include dolma, gyros, kababs, salads, souvlaki, and baklava. Greek Aroma has an additional location at 177 D Thomas Johnson Dr. in Frederick, MD.  According to Greek Aroma, “every dish is created using only the freshest and finest ingredients. We serve only the finest meats, freshest vegetables, and desserts that are baked fresh daily. Our authentic menu and atmosphere create a truly enjoyable dining experience. Every dish is made to order.”

Coming Soon: Yolly Jolly Kids
The latest update on Jolly Yolly Kids is that it will be opening in early 2023, according to a team member at the Fairfax, VA location. The indoor playground will be located next to The Cheesecake Factory on the mall’s lower level.  The 8,000+ square ft. indoor play space will have playgrounds, party rental space, and an art studio. Per Jolly Yolly: “Jolly Yolly Kids is an indoor play and learning center for children aged 13 and under. The center has a play area of approximately 8,500 square feet, equipped with a multilevel premium indoor play structure for children aged 13 and under, tot lots for children from 2 to 7 years old, baby area for children aged 2 and under, and party rooms. The primary services offered will be children open-play and birthday parties. And our mission is to create an unmatchable experience in a Bright, Safe, Clean, Fun and Friendly environment.”

Now Open: Sheepskin Gifts & Alpaca Too

Seasonal business Sheepskin Gifts & Alpaca Too has returned to the mall for the upcoming holiday shopping season. The store offers items such as sheepskin steering wheel covers, boots, rugs, and throws.

 

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