Bruce Variety Opening Delayed
Owners said the reopening of the much-talked about crafts store in its new Woodmont Triangle location was supposed to come March 1. The opening may not come for at least another two weeks, according to a store employee. The store was selling snow shovels and sleds yesterday in front of its new digs, the former Creative Parties Ltd. house at 8011 Woodmont Ave. Employees on Wednesday were stocking shelves, which have been installed for a look similar to Bruce Variety's space of more than 60 years in Bradley Shopping Center. Owners Linda Ridenour and Richard Dimock's decision to close that location because of what they complained was an exorbitant rent led to an outpouring of support from the community, extensive media coverage and even a petition with more than 2,900 signatures asking the owner of Bradley Shopping Center to renegotiate the lease. Creative Parties Ltd. owner and President Tracy Bloom Schwartz said she decided to move her event planning and wedding invitation store out of the blue and green house because of uncertainty with the property. Chevy Chase-based developer JBG intended to make the property part of a joint project with Montgomery County to build a new 2nd District Police Station and apartment complex before that deal fell through. Instead of signing another five-year lease at a location where redevelopment might be on the horizon, Bloom Schwartz moved across the street to the first floor of the Landow Building.