REWILD, an indoor plant boutique, is now open at Cabin John Village (7937 Tuckerman Ln STE C). The MoCo connection is strong as two of three REWILD founders are graduates of Wootton High School in Rockville. The indoor plant boutique carries a wide selection of indoor plants, ranging from classic mainstays to rare and unusual specimens. They also stock pots and planters to outfit these plants in a variety that would suit any interior aesthetic. “One of our distinguishing features is that we repot plants for free with purchase of a plant or pot, meaning you can bring in your own empty pot and find a new plant for it, or you can bring in any plant and find a new pot for it!  We have a custom built potting bench that allows customers to watch the whole repotting process.” co-owner Lily Cox told us.
“We also offer an array of plant-related services, most exciting of which is our plant design consultation, which is a personal shopping experience outside store hours for $75, which is entirely credited toward the resulting purchase (basically making it a loaded gift certificate!).  Every plant purchase comes with a care card, so folks know exactly how to care for their plants when they bring them home. Basically, REWILD is here to make the difficult or messy parts of plant care way easier, so folks get to just enjoy their plants.  Our exceptional service and hospitality is something you’ll see mentioned in our google reviews for our other locations.  We expect to make updates to the shop over the first few weeks of its opening, so it will be an ever evolving space.  When paired with a frequent turnover of inventory, you can expect each visit to be a new experience!”
Cox told us that REWILD is also looking forward to bringing events and experiences to the space, such as workshops and pop up collaborations with other vendors.  They’ll be setting a date grand opening celebration late February, but opened to the public on Wednesday, February 1st. REWILD opened its first location in Shaw, DC in October 2018, then opened its second location in Virginia on the 2 year anniversary of the Shaw shop’s opening. The group went on to open the Gift Shop in the U.S. Botanic Garden, which they run in collaboration with the Friends of the USBG.  Last month, REWILD opened its 3rd location (second DC location) in Capitol Hill.
Cox said, “Two of our three founders are from Maryland and went to Wootton- and they have a fondness for the area.  We were very excited by the idea of opening at an Edens property, as we’re big fans of Union Market and Mosaic, and we’re thrilled to be joining an exceptional community of businesses at Cabin John Village! “

Cabin John Village, formerly known as the Cabin John shopping center and mall, is  named for the adjacent creek and regional park. It has been a pillar of the Potomac community since 1967 and was acquired by EDENS in 2016. Per EDENS: “EDENS has transformed the traditional shopping center experience into a welcoming communal environment that naturally fosters meaningful social interaction. Complementary retail options include a curated mix of home goods, dining, health and wellness and more outdoor greenspace welcomes the opportunity for community events.” Below you’ll see a list of some of the places coming soon to the shopping center:

Augie’s: Augie’s Mussel House and Beer Garden is coming to 7747 Tuckerman Ln (Cabin John Village), the former site of Lahinch Tavern. Augie’s currently has a location at 1106 King Street in Alexandria, VA. In addition to mussels, menu items include a 10-Day Cured & Smoked Brisket Sandwich, Chicken Pot Pie Empanada, Chicken & Waffles,  and Soft Shell Crab.  Opening information has not been announced.

According to their website, “Inspired by St. Augustine, the Patron Saint of Brewers, Augie’s Mussel House and Beer Garden in historic Old Town, Alexandria blends traditional Belgium cuisine with a modern twist. Our creative mussel offerings can be thoughtfully paired with one of our extensive Ale selections. Whether you are sampling one of our many brews on the festive patio, or enjoying a waffle and frites in our bespoke dining room, Augie’s has you covered!  We locally source the freshest and best ingredients to create our culinary offerings and our in-house beer Cicerones seek out both traditional and innovative brewers to provide a vast selection. The team at Augie’s is ready to take you on a culinary journey.”

Kema by Kenaki: Last summer we let you know that the folks who brought you Kenaki Sushi to the Kentlands neighborhood of Gaithersburg and Aki to The Roost food hall at Capitol Hill would be bringing Kema by Kenaki to Cabin Village in Potomac. Initially the hope was for a late winter/early spring 2022 opening, but we spoke with sibling founders Ken and Aki Ballogdajan, who told us that some additional work was needed on the space and that it won’t be delivered until later this spring. The most recent update was that the restaurant was hoping to open by the end of this year. We’ll have updates soon on the progress.

The almost 2,000 square foot restaurant will be very similar to what Kenaki in Kentlands offers, but will be more “fast paced,” in what will be a hybrid between Kenaki and Aki. Kenaki is a full-service restaurant while Aki is a sushi counter at a food hall. Kema will offer signature rolls from Kenaki/Aki such as the Black Magic roll- made with “forbidden rice”, spicy tuna, pickled jalapenos, and truffle oil, the Donkey Kong roll- made with eel, fried plantain, cream cheese, cucumber, tempura flakes, togarashi spice mayo, and sweet shoyu, among others.

Capo Italian Deli: The deli will be opening a new location in Cabin John Village in the storefront that was previously home to Goldberg’s New York Bagels. The Italian delicatessen was previously available for carryout and delivery in Montgomery County out of sister restaurant Brickside Food & Drink (4866 Cordell Ave) in Bethesda. The deli’s first location opened at 715 Florida Ave in NW, DC.  Using a a prohibition style speakeasy gimmick, the deli their old school Italian deli as a “front” to it’s back bar. Capo gained attention in the area in the summer of 2020 for their popular “Fauci Pouchy” carryout cocktails. The deli has since opened a Western Market location and has a Tyson’s Corner location coming soon. The menu includes Italian classics like Chicken Parmigiano, Hot Italian Beef, Prosciutto & Provolone, and more.

Colony Grill:  The popular Connecticut Pizza restaurant offering “bar pies”, is expanding into Maryland with its upcoming location at Cabin John Village in Potomac. Just under two years ago, the New England-style hot oil bar pizza spot opened a nearby location in Arlington (2800 Clarendon Blvd). We are told the menu is simple- Drinks on one side and pizza/toppings on the other. Pizzas range from $10.50 to $13.50, according to the Arlington location’s menu.

The Daily meal, a national food and drinks website, named Colony Grill one of ‘America’s 56 Greatest Old-School Pizzerias’. The pizza is described as a one-of-a-kind, thin-crust pizza that is best served with the signature “hot oil” topping (made with Serrano peppers). Additional toppings for the personal-sized pizzas include pepperoni, sausage, “stingers”, sweet peppers, mushrooms, meatballs, onions, anchovies, bacon, black olives, and cherry peppers.

Ever/Body: Ever/Body is a woman-led beauty and wellness company that recently announced $55.5 million in series C funding earlier this summer. It is opening it’s first Maryland location in Potomac’s Cabin John Village in the space that was home to Pet Valu. Ever/Body announced plans to expand into new markets, starting with the opening of six locations across the East Coast by the end of 2022. In addition to its three existing NYC locations, Ever/Body will open three new locations in the greater New York City area, and three in the DC Metro area (Logan Circle in D.C. and Arlington in addition to Cabin John Village). Plans for further nationwide expansion are on the horizon in the near future. We don’t have an expected opening date, but we were told last month that construction on the location will begin in the near future.

Recently Open: The Pretzel Bakery opened in April. Authentic French bakery, Boulangerie Christophe, opened in May. Stretch Zone opened in July. The Scoop ice cream shop opened in August.

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Sweetly Anchored Patisserie to Close Permanently this Friday, 10/30

Sweetly Anchored Patisserie announced on its social media that it will close after two years in Cabin John Mall.

Though they’ll be closing the storefront Sweetly Anchored will still be taking custom cake & pastry orders and plan to cook something up for the winter months as well, as they ask customers to stay tuned.

The message they shared earlier this month on social media can be seen below.

Featured photo courtesy of the Sweetly Anchored Facebook page.

“It is with great sadness, that we are here to announce the closure of our storefront location inside Cabin John Mall. This didn’t come as an easy decision but with such uncertainty, it must be done.

In the last 2 years that our storefront has been opened, we have enjoyed getting to know so many of you and your families. Not only have you become friends, but family as well! We enjoyed so many Saturdays filled with homemade hot chocolates, pastries and memories.

As most of you know I could be found at the counter most any time of day. This community has been so good to us. We will never forgot the moments within these walls.

BUT WAIT! We aren’t done. This doesn’t mean we can’t still help you celebrate those special occasions in life that still happen whether we are in Covid era or not. Sweetly Anchored will still be taking custom cake & pastry orders. We’ve also got some things in the works for the winter months as well. STAY TUNED!

So, we will be closing up our beach bungalow in Cabin John October 30th. We hope this space brought as much joy, fun & laughter as it did to us. Know this is not goodbye. We thank you for your continued support during these times, and can’t wait to continue to make memories with you and your families for years to come through our love a baking & pastries! <3”


Playa Bowls, an açaí and pitaya bowl shop that started about five years ago on the Jersey Shore, is opening in Cabin John Village (7733 Tuckerman Lane) this Saturday, 11/23 at 11am.

Free shirts and bowls to the first 50 people in line!

Now with over 65 stores nationwide, Playa Bowls will offer bowls with bases that include, açaí, pitaya, coconut, green, chia, banana, and oatmeal.

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Playa Bowls, an açaí and pitaya bowl shop that started about five years ago on the Jersey Shore, is coming to the Cabin John Shopping Center.

First reported earlier today by Robert Dyer, Playa Bowls will take over the old Robeks location at 7733 Tuckerman Lane next to Goldberg’s New York Bagels in the Cabin John Shopping Center.

Now with over 65 stores nationwide, including one in nearby College Park, Playa Bowls will offer bowls with bases that include, açaí, pitaya, coconut, green, chia, banana, and oatmeal.


Photo courtesy of the Shake Shack Facebook page.


Shake Shack in Cabin John Village (Potomac) will officially open this THURSDAY, 9/6/18 (I was just given new information by an employee regarding the grand opening being pushed back to Thursday).

This will be Shake Shack’s first Montgomery County location.

Montgomery County based Cava will open their 62nd location on Wednesday in Cabin John Village.

Cava is partnering with City Blossoms for their Community Day on Wednesday.  It will consist of tickets that can be redeemed for a free entree and juice for the first 150 people in line. Patrons will have the option to donate to City Blossoms when they redeem their free meal.

Last September we reported that MoCo would be getting its first Shake Shack when we found out the New York City based burger chain signed a lease in Cabin John Village (Potomac).

Earlier today I had the opportunity to check out some of the progress made and was informed that Cabin John Village is expecting the first MoCo Shake Shack to open this fall.

​Check out the other changes coming to Cabin John Village this fall.

Sweetly Anchored Patisserie opens tomorrow (5/7/18) at 8:00am in Cabin John Village.

They’ll have coffee, hot tea, and other drinks as well as breakfast pastries in the mornings. Later in the day they’ll have cheesecakes, tarts, pies, cookies, and much more!

The owners, Lindsay and Alan Miniaci, live in MoCo– just 7 minutes away from the shop. Lindsay obtained her degree in baking and pastry arts from the Culinary Institute of America before starting her career in New York City. She honed her skills at places such as: Craft New York, Eleven Madison Park, Equinox by Todd Gray, before realizing her true passion was for a bakery.

They seem very happy to be a part of the positive changes happening at Cabin John Village. Good luck Lindsay and Alan!
Cabin John Creek used to be known as Captain John’s Run. It was named after John Smith, who led two voyages in the Chesapeake Bay. English officials instructed Smith to map the area, claim land, find gold/other riches, and trade with the natives. Smith also played an important role in the establishment of the Jamestown colony (the first permanent English settlement in North America). He trained the first settlers to farm and work in 1607, ensuring the colony flourished.

Smith wrote of a situation that occurred in the same year, involving his capture by the Powhatan tribe. He was brought to meet the chief, but was released without harm when Pocahontas threw herself across his body– effectively saving his life. Smith’s account of the situation has been questioned by many historians, but was sensationalized in Disney’s 1995 animated film, Pocahontas.

Many believe that through the years, the name changed from Captain John to Cabin John.


Courtesy of the Cabin John Shopping Center Facebook page

Cabin John Shopping Center (now Cabin John Village) has been a mainstay in the community since 1967. Their Facebook page refers to the shopping center as “the go-to gathering place for the local Potomac community.”

Retail real estate developers, EDENS, purchased the shopping center in 2016 and has gotten the wheels turning on some pretty big changes.

Here are a few of the restaurants coming to Cabin John Village later this year, according to an EDENS press release from a couple months back:

  • Shake Shack (Fall/Winter 2018): Everyone’s favorite modern “roadside” burger stand will unveil their first Montgomery County location at the center. Serving American favorites in a friendly, communal atmosphere, they are set to become a new premier destination for local residents.
  • CAVA (Fall/Winter 2018): This Maryland-original concept was created from the love of Greek culture and a passion to share healthy Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. The fast-casual concept will bring flavorful and fresh ingredients that the entire family will love.
  • Le Pain Quotidien (Fall/Winter 2018): Providing simple, elegant boulangerie fare made with healthy, organic ingredients, dine among communal tables that foster a sense of community. LPQ will offer full-service breakfast, lunch and dinner options.
  • Sisters Thai (Fall/Winter 2018): Serving traditional Thai food, fun drinks and delicious desserts in a living room atmosphere, the husband and wife team behind Sister’s Thai will bring their top-notch dining concept to the Potomac community. An instant favorite at EDENS’ Mosaic in Fairfax County, VA, this location will be their first in Maryland.

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