Cartoonist Leila Cabib’s craft is to tell a joke without using words

The cartoonist’s job entails more than just eliciting a chuckle at a humorous punchline. The best cartoonists are not only — or merely — funny. They dig into political and social issues; point out...

Sophia Watkins: Lavender Land Steward

Sophia Watkins is a third-generation Latino farm owner in the Montgomery County Agriculture Reserve. She owns Soleado Lavender Farm, a 30-acre refuge for pollinators. “It’s something I started because I wanted to continue a legacy...

The Faster Pastor

The Rev. Christine Dunn’s day job sees her preaching up at the pulpit in Bethesda’s Trinity Lutheran Church, calling on the congregation to exemplify what it means to be members of a community. Yet,...

Thai hot that you can cool down with a cocktail

Walking into Rockville’s Thai Chef, one might mistakenly think they have been transported almost 9,000 miles across the globe to a festive night market in Bangkok, Thailand. Between the vibrant neon chandelier in the dining...

Silver Spring is the epicenter of a thriving Ethiopian diaspora

On most mornings you’ll find Abeba Tsegaye behind the counter at Kefa Café on Bonifant Street, serving a local clientele. After college in Ohio, and a year at a brokerage firm in Indiana, she...

Not Your Childhood Treehouses

By Eric D. Goodman We weren’t sure quite what to expect when we were invited to stay a weekend at a treehouse resort. Sure, I’d spent some time in treehouses as a child, but we...

Then and Now: Old Town Gaithersburg

Diamond Avenue, where it crosses Summit Avenue, as it was in 1914. Shopping options, from left: Belt’s Store, (sign) Charlie Foo’s Laundry, Nicholl’s Harness Shop, Etchison’s Drug Store (more recently Diamond Drugs, now OTC...

Frances Shefter: A Fighter for Families

By Jarrad Saffren Growing up, Frances Shefter sympathized with special education students. She thought they weren’t getting the help they needed. Shefter felt this way about the education system in general. She thought she was...

Farrow & Ball

The U.K.-based paint and wallpaper brand, which has operated since 1946, is getting ready to open up a new location at Federal Realty’s Bethesda Row in December 2022. The showroom will offer color consultations,...

Oak & Barrel

Montgomery County’s Alcohol Beverage Services (ABS) is rebranding its Montrose store to the Oak & Barrel retail line. ABS is the county’s wholesaler of beer, wine and spirits and manages alcohol licensing in the...

Robin Henoch: Advocate for Senior Adults

By Sasha Rogelberg Robin Henoch started Always Best Care Senior Services in mid-Montgomery County nine years ago, having always valued the wellbeing of the elderly. After she lost her job in finance, Henoch began to volunteer...

Katie Hecklinger: Art to Help the Whole Person

By Jarrad Saffren In June 2019, Katie Hecklinger was an assistant principal at Chevy Chase Elementary School. After working in the Montgomery County Public Schools for more than 20 years, she was a step away...