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Fall Home & Garden Solutions

Find help here for all your fall projects


Amish Structures for Work and Play

Enjoy the outdoors in Amish gazebos, pavilions and pergolas — with screens to keep the bugs out. Kids and grandchildren get in on the fun with Amish swing sets.
    Protect all your garden tools, from shovels to mowers, in an Amish storage shed. Two-story buildings double your storage space without taking up much room. Keep your cars, trucks and tractors out of the weather with an Amish garage. Chickens, goats, horses, sheep and rabbits give your kids a hobby; house your animals in an Amish shelter. Choose chickens, and you’ll have fresh eggs.

Amish Structures, Lothian: 410-741-0507;

Find Art in the Park at Stevensville

Historic Stevensville, now a Maryland State Arts and Entertainment District, will host again this year the Sixth Annual Art in the Park, Saturday, September 27, from 9am to 4 pm.
    Artists and artisans of all media from paintings to woodworking, photography to jewelry offer their original works. Musical entertainment and food sellers will also be present. All historical sites will be open to the public, as will restaurants and shops.
    Artists at Work Studios and Gallery has been in town 18 years, featuring the original art of Jeanne Noble along with works from 30 other local artists.
    Island Arts/My Little Studio is home to Joan McWilliams and 50 other artists.
    Paris Grey is a lovely cottage and chic shop that carries Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
    Trade Winds Exchange is an antique emporium owned by Patty McCool, who says “Kent Island really is Treasure Island.”
    Come see the treasures and enjoy your day at Art in the Park.

Artists at Work Studios and Gallery, Stevensville: 410-604-1230;

Equip Your Creative Self

If you enjoy old hardware stores, you’ll like Art Things. From screen-printing to gilding, from oil painting to fabric arts, from comic art to clay: We have the tools and materials. Do you have a favorite pen, pencil or journal that you love? Come check out our selection. Handmade papers from all over the world will dazzle you, and the Creative Kids department grows as we head towards the holiday season.
    New this fall: QOR (pronounced core) watercolors made by Golden, a modern formula that makes the pigments seem to glow. Check out the video:
    Founded in 1966 and owned and operated by people who love to help customers with their creative projects, Art Things features an impressive inventory showcasing a wide range of quality materials chosen with value in mind. Please be sure to ask for a frequent shopper ARTCARD.
    The greeting card selection is carefully curated and represents many local artists.
    You don’t have to think of yourself as an artist to find interesting and unique things in this shop: Browsers are welcome.

Art Things, West Annapolis: 410-268-3520;

Assuring All the ­Comforts of Home

Belair Engineering is a woman-owned and -managed heating and air conditioning, standby generator, gas fireplace and plumbing contractor. We’re celebrating our 53rd year of providing exceptional repair service and replacement installation for your furnace or heat pump heating system at great prices. All our technicians are drug-screened and mom-approved.
    We also provide you with a 100-percent satisfaction guarantee.
    Don’t miss our Gas Fireplace and Standby Generator Show Saturday, October 4, from 9am to 4pm at our award-winning showroom, 15881 Commerce Court, Upper Marlboro.
    Refreshments will be served, door prizes awarded and huge savings can be had on last year’s models while they last. Bring your firebox measurements and digital pictures.
    Don’t miss the show!

Belair Engineering & Service Company Inc.: 888-823-5247;

Tile Is Here to Stay

At Compass Stone & Tile Studio, we have the largest selection of porcelain, ceramic, stone and glass tile in the area.
    We offer complimentary design services to ensure that your vision comes to life. Our interior designers are here to guide you through our vast selection.
    Our advice is simple: Choose tile that you can live with for years. It’s easy to repaint a room; it’s easy to change an appliance; but tile is here to stay. Tile will add value to your home and should not be overlooked in your project.
    We encourage homeowners to come browse our showroom as there are so many new styles. Right now, the hot look is tile that looks like hardwood. Unlike wood, there is no maintenance of the finish, and there is no wear and tear. Tile is easy to maintain.
    With the explosion of stainless steel appliances, there are many beautiful backsplashes with a hint of metallic.
    We were voted by What’s Up Magazine as the Best Tile Store, and we will continue to work hard to provide the best selection and service to our community.

Compass Stone & Tile Studio, Annapolis: 410-224-0700;

High and Low, In and Out, We Wash It

Dr. Glass is a quality professional window-washing and power-washing service with professional men and women who have worked for our customers for many years. We guarantee your complete satisfaction with our work. We are responsible, punctual, careful and appreciative of all our client partners.

Dr. Glass, Annapolis: 703-628-0927;

We’re Your Garden’s Ecoasis

Ecoasis Garden Center is a traditional garden center offering eco-friendly alternatives, sustainable landscaping supplies and gardening products for growing in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Ecoasis sources most of our plants from local growers as well as shrub and tree growers from the Eastern Shore. The store is stocked with earth-friendly products, rain barrels, composters, eco-mats, bio-logs and much more. Also on site are chickens that produce eggs for sale and bees for local honey. We have other farm-to-table products from local growers. Our large garden produces wonderful as-local-as-it-gets vegetables and herbs, and we supplement our produce stand with vegetables from the Southern Maryland farmers’ auction.
    Ciminelli’s Landscape Services, our sister business, offers landscape and hardscape installation.
    Like us on Facebook and sign up for our monthly newsletter to receive great gardening and landscaping advice and special discounts.
    Visit our Apple Festival September 27 and 28 for free apple tastings, apple cider and apple butter as well as food tastings and a cooking demonstration Sunday from 11am-3pm. Don’t miss visiting our beautifully restored Amish barn full of local art, garden gifts and antiques.
    Find us on West Central Avenue in Bowie just one mile from Rt. 301 from the west and the Patuxent River from the east on the border of Anne Arundel County and Prince George’s County.

Ecoasis Garden Center, Bowie: 301-430-0870;
Ciminelli’s Landscape Services, Bowie: 410-741-9683;

Essex Bank: The Right Fit Between Big and Small

Right around the corner is the best little bank you may never have heard of, and it just may be the bank you need for your fall home projects.

Essex Bank’s innovative new office at the corner of West Street and Chinquapin Round Road in Annapolis.

    Essex Bank, with offices from Rockville across Maryland to the Bay, hits the sweet spot between small community banks and big impersonal institutions.
    What distinguishes Essex Bank from competitors is a sense of person-to-person responsiveness, whether the customer is a family or individual, a small business or a large corporation or municipality — each of which are current Essex Bank customers.
    Flexibility is also something customers find at Essex Bank, especially small-business owners who typically are ignored by large banks when it comes to funding needs.
    Homeowners in particular will be attracted to the availability of construction and lot loans, and single-closing construction-to-permanent mortgages, even for renovations and additions.
    Bay-area Essex Bank locations include Crofton, Arnold and a stunning new branch in Annapolis, at the corner of West Street and Chinquapin Round Road.
    Treat yourself to a totally new banking experience by visiting Essex Bank today.
    Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender.

Essex Bank, Annapolis: 800-443-5524;

Rejuvenate Your ­Landscape — Or Plant a New One

Fall is the new spring. It’s a great time of year to rejuvenate your landscape or plant a new one. Whether it’s dividing those overgrown iris, planting a new tree or a complete re-do, Greenstreet Gardens is here to help.