The ridesharing company Lyft announced it has partnered with 53 breweries, distilleries and wineries throughout the state and Maryland’s three alcohol industry associations—the Brewers Association of Maryland, the Maryland Distillers Guild and the Maryland Wineries Association—in an effort to increase responsible ride alternatives to and from venues that serve alcoholic beverages.

To kick off the new initiative, Lyft is offering a free ride worth up to $10 to the first 3,000 people who enter the promo code RIDESMARTMD2 in their Lyft app Friday through Sunday.

The ride promotion, which will be available starting Friday, is for any of the state’s 53 partner venues. In Montgomery County, 7 Locks Brewing in Rockville, Olney Winery, Rocklands Farm Winery in Poolesville, True Respite Brewing Co. in Derwood and Waredeca Brewing in Gaithersburg are participating in the Lyft partnership.

“We are welcoming more members in to the program,” Lyft spokesperson Jessica Fast said. “There is no fee to join and there are no requirements.”

After the initial weekend promotion, servers at partnering venues will be able to distribute Lyft ride credits to customers based on their discretion and discount rates will be available to all new users, the company said.

Fast-casual Flower Child to host job fair prior to November opening in Rockville


Flower Child, a fast-casual restaurant devoted to healthy eating, will host a job fair at its new Travilah Square location prior to opening in November.

The company, which has locations across the U.S.—including in Atlanta, Dallas, Phoenix and Santa Monica—is looking to fill 80 positions for both the front of the house and the back of the house, according to a press release.

The job fair will take place at the new location at 10072 Darnestown Road in Rockville from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Oct. 20 and Oct. 22 to 27.


“Flower Child has brought the best, fast-casual, healthy food into the world,” the release said. “We’ve developed an entire menu devoted to veggies, grains, fruits and healthy proteins.”

Jeff’s Best Soft Serve Ice Cream comes to Bethesda

Jeff’s Best Soft Serve Ice Cream—an automated ice cream vending machine that dispenses cups of ice cream with selected toppings—has come to Bethesda.


The machine’s owner, Chevy Chase resident Jeff Eden, opened Jeff’s Best in August at 8004 Norfolk Ave. Eden said the small retail space, measuring 300 square feet, housing the machine is hard to find, but it’s all he needs. Eden also has a Jeff’s Best shop on Wisconsin Avenue in Friendship Heights.

Customers can choose from three flavors of ice cream supplied by Turkey Hill Dairy in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and four toppings. The machine accepts cash, credit cards and touchless payment systems, and the site is essentially unattended, according to a press release. Customers who want to sit down will find a couple of tables and chairs inside the location and a bench on the sidewalk.

Hours of operation are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The location is closed on Monday.