Wow in Wheaton!
Wheaton is a dynamic community bustling with change. The CVB spoke with Sidney Cooper from the Wheaton Urban District Office about all of the exciting things happening in downtown Wheaton.
CVB: What is something people may not know about downtown Wheaton?
Sidney: There are a lot of hidden gems in downtown Wheaton! We are, of course, known for our great ethnic restaurants. We also have these really unique shops that people from around the region come to visit. The Toy Exchange, which is a toy collectibles shop, is a sight to see—awesome antique toys wall to wall, top to bottom. If you are a serious toy collector, you have been there. Little Bitts Shop sells every baking/decorating supply you can think of AND they hold candy making and cake decorating classes too. If you knit or crochet, The Yarn Spot is up your alley…they sell all the yarn, fabrics and accessories you need and you can just go there to socialize/knit/crochet with others.
CVB: The Taste of Wheaton and the World of Montgomery are really exciting. How do these events bring the community together and what makes them different?
Sidney: Both of these events are community driven and a big draw for Wheaton. We get a lot of participation from both our local businesses and residents to help make them successful events. Wheaton is known for being a very ethnically diverse community and both of these events reflect that: The Taste of Wheaton highlights our ethnically diverse restaurants and The World of Montgomery Festival celebrates the cultural and ethnic diversity that exists in Montgomery County as a whole and Wheaton in particular.
CVB: With 120 restaurants in Wheaton, what are some of your favorites?
Sidney: I love Saigonese Restaurant and every dish I’ve had there is delicious. They have a really tasty Banh Mi sandwiches and their Pho is great too. The sushi is awesome at Moby Dick and I really love their plate presentation. I love diners, and Nick’s is my go to when I have comfort food cravings. I could go on and on. Wheaton has tons of great restaurants!
CVB: What are some new and exciting features of your updated website, www.wheatonmd.org?
Sidney: Our new logo makes the overall look and feel of the new website very exciting. We play around a lot with the logo using different icons or different themes, so you never know what you might see depending on the day you visit the website. We’ve added cool features like Yelp reviews by participating businesses, and a real time train schedule for the Wheaton metro station. Overall the website is a lot more engaging and user friendly.
Sidney Cooper is the Marketing & Events Manager for the Wheaton Urban District. For more information about downtown Wheaton, go to www.wheatonmd.org.