December 2018 – From the Mayor

December 2018 - Around Town Journal

Aside from Safeway and Strosniders, when was the last time you shopped local? With a thriving business district, along with a new bakery (Metropolitan Avenue) and Knowles Station set to open in early 2019, we are very fortunate to have so many local shopping options.

In fact, if you have not had the chance to ‘Explore’ Kensington’s businesses of late, I would encourage all to attend Antique Row’s annual Holiday Open House on Friday, December 7th. Although still famous for antiques, Howard Avenue has become quite eclectic these last few years, encompassing women’s apparel, gifts, home décor and art, vintage clothes and furnishings, along with consignment and repurposed furniture. This would be a great opportunity to enjoy the business community’s warm hospitality this holiday season.

Our local businesses are not just along Howard Avenue, as great holiday gifts may be found at one of our newest shops, Tumbleweed, located within the Kensington Shopping Center; along with The Oak and La Maison de Laurette located on Metropolitan Avenue.

With many unique shopping, dining, and services right here in Kensington, please visit to see what our business community has to offer.

The Town’s annual Menorah Lighting will be held on Sunday, December 2nd, 5:00 pm. Music, cider, and cookies will be provided for all. In addition, the organizers of the event will be accepting donations this year for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), which helps place refugees from around the world.

The Town’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be held on Sunday, December 2nd, 7:00 pm. The Kensington Volunteer  Fire Department (KVFD), along with Santa Claus, will arrive at 7:15 pm. Music, cider, and cookies will be provided for all.