Press Release: Bark Social

Bark Social – Washington Region’s First “Dog Bar” – Coming to North Bethesda’s Pike & Rose September 2020

Dogs. Beer. Coffee – The experiential retail concept for dog enthusiasts will feature an indoor/outdoor craft beer and coffee bar and off-leash dog park.

Rockville, MD, Federal Realty (NYSE:FRT) will welcome Bark Social, the first “dog bar” in the Mid-Atlantic region, at North Bethesda’s Pike & Rose, in September with a 25,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor craft beer and coffee bar, and a professionally monitored (Bark Rangers) off-leash dog park, Bark Social (935 Prose Street, North Bethesda, MD 20852) will be located adjacent to Rose Park, next to Julii and Jinya.

“Pike and Rose is the perfect location to launch Bark Social because it offers the best in class mixed-use experience in the Washington region,” said Luke Silverman of Bark Social. “We look forward to bringing our unique concept to the neighborhood and making new two- and four-legged friends.”

Bark Social is the culmination of more than two years of research and refinement from founders Luke Silverman and Jeff Kurtzman. Silverman, an entrepreneur and former reality TV producer with credits including American Idol and The Bachelor, and Kurtzman is a seasoned entrepreneur who’s past experience includes co-founder of Better World Books and CEO of Aid Through Trade, both socially responsible ventures.

More than a dog park, the year around venue offers beer and coffee, a climate-controlled “clubhouse” with TVs and Wi-Fi, in addition to a “dog treat bar” (pupsicles and puppy ice cream), dog boutique and dog wash stations. Bark Social has partnered with local coffee roaster, Ceremony Coffee for the  morning program and will complement this with a rotation of local and national craft brews and wines for a “beer garden” like atmosphere in the afternoons and evenings.

The Pike & Rose location will offer an array of events such as: Doga (dog yoga), daily Yappy Hours, a Halloween dog costume contest, singles nights and even dog birthday parties. The venue will be the place to watch college and local DC sports and premieres of major reality shows such as the and “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” for the non-sports fans.

To kick off Bark Social’s launch, they’re offering “Founding Members” discounted annual memberships (Bark Social Memberships), in addition to discounted memberships for Frontline Workers, Active and Retired Veterans, Government Employees and Corporate Discounts.

“Federal Realty is always searching for new and innovative concepts like Bark Social which will complement the dynamic and vibrant experience our customers seek at Pike & Rose,” said Stuart Biel, Senior Vice President, Federal Realty Investment Trust. “All of our residential space at Pike & Rose is pet friendly and the local dogs know which stores offer free treats. Bark Social will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood.” 

Giving back to the local community and dog non-profits is a critical part of Bark Social’s mission. To honor it’s launch, Bark Social has launched a T-shirt fundraiser to support four local dog nonprofit organizations; Montgomery County Humane Society, Humane Rescue Alliance, Lucky Dog Animal Rescue, Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation, and one national organization, Tails of Valor Paws of Honor, a Veteran organization providing social interaction and human/canine bonding resulting in trained services dogs able to assist with the post-combat physical and psychological issues affecting Veterans and their families. Bark Social will donate $5 from each T-shirt sold to its non-profit partners.

“Our goal is to offer the Pike & Rose neighborhood a social experience unlike any other,” said Biel of Federal Realty. “Whether you are in need of a place for your dog to run, a morning cup of coffee or an evening beer or wine, Bark Social will be an enjoyable destination.”

Photos and Renderings of Bark Social are available BarkSocial.com   

About Pike & Rose, a Federal Realty neighborhood

Since its opening in 2014, the transit-oriented neighborhood has grown to 391,000 square feet, including over 40 tenants of thoughtfully merchandized retail space. The selection of restaurants (including Summer House Santa Monica, Fogo de Chao, &pizza, sweetgreen and Julii), retailers (including REI, Sephora, Uniqlo, L.L.Bean and Sur La Table), a state-of-the-art Porsche dealership, and unique entertainment offerings (iPic Theaters, Pinstripes and AMP by Strathmore) have created a one-of-a-kind retail environment. The neighborhood is fully enhanced by the offerings of 99 luxury condominiums and penthouses uniquely positioned above Canopy by Hilton, a 177-key boutique hotel; 80,000 square feet of fully leased best-in-class office space; 765 luxury apartments; and a 17,000-square-foot rooftop farm. Upon completion of Phase III, total investment at Pike & Rose will be approximately $700 Million.  Pike & Rose is part of the Federal Realty Row properties, which also include Santana Row, located in San Jose, California, and Assembly Row, located in Somerville, Massachusetts. For additional information about Pike & Rose, visit www.pikeandrose.com.

About Federal Realty

Federal Realty is a recognized leader in the ownership, operation and redevelopment of high-quality retail based properties located primarily in major coastal markets from Washington, D.C. to Boston as well as San Francisco and Los Angeles. Founded in 1962, Federal Realty’s mission is to deliver long term, sustainable growth through investing in densely populated, affluent communities where retail demand exceeds supply. Its expertise includes creating urban, mixed-use neighborhoods like Santana Row in San Jose, California, Pike & Rose in North Bethesda, Maryland and Assembly Row in Somerville, Massachusetts. These unique and vibrant environments that combine shopping, dining, living and working provide a destination experience valued by their respective communities. Federal Realty's 104 properties include approximately 3,000 tenants, in 24 million square feet, and over 2,600 residential units. 

Federal Realty has increased its quarterly dividends to its shareholders for 52 consecutive years, the longest record in the REIT industry. Federal Realty is an S&P 500 index member and its shares are traded on the NYSE under the symbol FRT. For additional information about Federal Realty and its properties, visit www.FederalRealty.com.

Press Release: Bark Social