- Bethany Meissner of Maryland is the first-place winner. She will receive a free photo session of her choice.
- Colleen Moriarty, also of Maryland, is the second place winner. Colleen will receive 50% off of a photo session of her choice.
I want to congratulate the winners and thank everyone who entered the contest. The dozens of responses received are a true testament to just how charmingly beautiful this community really is. Below is a small sampling of what neighbors and friends have to say about Silver Spring. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!
"I've lived here since 1985, and I love how so many different worlds come together in Silver Spring. You can find just about anything you're looking for and a lot of stuff you never knew you needed, just by walking by the restaurants, shops, barbers, auto body places, cafes, etc., that make up our retail universe, and meet all the diverse people who run and patronize those stores. There are still surprises in Silver Spring for me, 29 years later."
"I love the diversity, the community and the energy! I love the small businesses and tiny coffee shops, and (I may be biased) but I LOVE the Fenton Street Market! My weekly routine includes hitting up Kefa Cafe, Silver Spring Used Books, Plaza Art and Zed's Cafe! Then, vending at Fenton Street Market on Saturdays."
"Silver Spring has all the hipness without the ego. In fact, my partners and I love Silver Spring so much that we decided to open Third Space Wellness in the very heart of this great city. We even blogged about why we are choosing to live and work here! Here is an excerpt from it: "We have a symbiotic relationship with Silver Spring: this is where we do most of our working, living, shopping [yay local!], eating and playing. And it’s where we see our core values – community, education, accessibility and diversity – thriving." Silver Spring reflects who we are as people and we run into the very same people when we are out and about. Does it get better than that? We are grateful to be part of the Silver Spring community and we look forward to helping bring more and more incredible people together!"
"I love Silver Spring because when I get hungry, I can walk with my daughter, Miriam, and my wife, Adrienne, to all the great restaurants along Georgia Avenue and the side streets. It only takes 10 minutes from our condo on Eastern Avenue and then we can be on our way to filling out tummies. I also like the fact that there are 15 Ethiopian restaurants within a mile of our home. Miriam loves Ethiopian food and I do too!"
"The people. The people who work in our local businesses are some of the most friendly, welcoming and caring folks I've met. I moved here from FL and left everything and everyone behind and the people here have been instrumental in making me feel at home."