Author Archives: Ryan Teague Beckwith

Why Hyattsville Used to Be a Dry Town

Hyattsville started out as a dry town in part because Bladensburg wasn’t. As we noted recently, Hyattsville’s rebirth is being fueled by craft breweries, sales of beer and wine and even a new distillery, meadery, and a Belgian-inspired brewery. But the backstory … Continue reading

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What’s Behind Route 1’s Fitness Boom

Route 1 is having a fitness boom. A Gold’s Gym at Riverdale Park Station, opening this spring, will join CrossFit Hyattsville, an LA Fitness at Prince George’s Plaza (and another in Greenbelt), a Planet Fitness at the Mall at Prince George’s and an iLoveKickboxing … Continue reading

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Eat Your Heart Out at Pan Lourdes Bakery

From the outside, Pan Lourdes Bakery is unassuming. But step inside the Mount Rainier bakery and you’re instantly hit with the warm smells of pastries, cakes and cookies being made. Their motto: 100% Salvadoran Sweet Breads From Our Oven to … Continue reading

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The Story Behind a New Route 1 Sculpture

Riverdale Park, which has already seen three new pieces of public art added near the Whole Foods last year, has installed a new sculpture along East-West Highway. “Great Blue Herons” depicts three blue herons touching wingtips to form the international … Continue reading

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Riverdale Park Station Gets Even More Walkable

A key stretch of Route 1 between Riverdale Park Station and Calvert Hills will finally get a much-needed sidewalk. The developers of Riverdale Park Station and the city of College Park are helping add a sidewalk between Baltimore Avenue from Woodberry … Continue reading

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Here’s Why 2017 Was Such a Big Year for Route 1

You might say 2017 was the year of the Route 1 corridor’s rebirth and even more is set to come. Last year saw a number of major openings, decisions and changes to the corridor, bringing to fruition a years-long effort … Continue reading

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Why Hyattsville’s Santa Draws Visitors From Afar

Every mall has a Santa around Christmastime, but Hyattsville’s has some people willing to drive from several states away. As one of only two malls in the D.C. area with a black Santa and one of only a few nationally, the … Continue reading

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Inside the New Vigilante Coffee at College Park

Vigilante Coffee Company hopes to finish interior work on its new College Park location by the first quarter of 2018, possibly as early as January. Owner Chris Vigilante and chief financial officer Ashley Bodine took the Hyattsville Wire on a … Continue reading

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In Memory of Hyattsville Author Richard Morris

Richard Morris, a Vietnam veteran and home builder who had a second act as a socially conscious novelist, died in late November. Starting in 2007, the Hyattsville author wrote four novels touching on such major themes as the futility of … Continue reading

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Persian Food Hotspot Hidden in College Park

Moby Dick, one of D.C.’s hottest food chains, gained notice recently in Eater D.C. for opening its first restaurant in Baltimore. But you may not have realized that this chain has been in College Park for a while already. The … Continue reading

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