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Local Business Guide

Meet the people behind the shops, stops and services that bring you Bay Weekly

AFC Urgent Care

Providing the best patient experience possible, when you need it most

American Family Care Urgent Care is a well-established full-service urgent care center located in Edgewater. Owners Ginni and Rick Morani opened the center in January 2012 to bring accessible, quality healthcare to people living in and travelling through this centrally located community.
    AFC Urgent Care Edgewater is dedicated to quality care and patient satisfaction, so you can live life uninterrupted. The center is open seven days a week with extended hours. There’s no need to make an appointment, and walk-ins are welcome. A visit to AFC is only a fraction of the cost of an emergency room trip, making it the smart alternative to the ER in non-life-threatening situations. Most insurance is accepted.
    Physicians, medical assistants and x-ray technologists work together to provide you with the best possible patient experience. AFC Urgent Care is a one-stop shop, providing lab and digital x-ray services on site. After your visit, staff will follow up with a phone call to ensure treatment was successful and that you are satisfied. Your visit records will also be sent to your primary physician.
    In addition to urgent care services, AFC Urgent Care Edgewater provides flu vaccinations, immigration physicals, occupational health services for local businesses, physicals for camps, schools and sports and a travel medicine program for globetrotters.
    “Our mission is to provide the best healthcare possible, in a kind and caring environment,” Ginni says. A trip to the hospital can be lengthy and intrusive, so AFC Urgent Care hopes to provide this care “while respecting the rights of all patients,” adds Ginni.

AFC Urgent Care: Full-service urgent care center provides walk-in medical care for all non-emergency illnesses and injuries; plus flu vaccines, school and sports physicals. 3059 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater; 410-921-3835; www.AFCUrgentCareEdgewater.com

American Bus & Sprinter Van Sales

The bus and Sprinter professionals

American Bus & Sprinter Van grew out of an interest in all aspects of vehicle transportation and in taking great products to that market in particular.
    “We take pride in representing top manufacturers, including Daimler and ElDorado-REV buses,” says owner Jack Leonard.
    “We’re as interested in our customers as in buses and vans. Our goal is to partner with our customers to solve their transportation needs with the vehicles we sell and the solutions we provide for safe and efficient operation.”
    The American staff is a group of true individuals who accomplish great things as a team. Setting aside modesty, they are recognized by manufacturers as a top-performing company that does things right.
    “Our business philosophy is to always be moving forward with a vision to the future,” Jack says.
    They believe in being environmentally and socially responsible. The American Bus & Sprinter Van office building and shop are covered with solar panels, and they extensively engage in recycling.
    A visit to the building isn’t complete without checking out the mural in the two-story service stairwell. It begins in western Maryland with Wisp in the winter and works its way around to Ocean City in the summer. The entire staff got involved with picking the points of interest to include: Wisp, western Maryland farms and waterfalls, Cumberland, Frederick, Antietam, Camp David, Great Falls, Washington, the University of Maryland, Goddard, Annapolis, the U.S. Naval Academy, their facility, Baltimore, Fort McHenry, Pimlico, the Bay Bridge, Thomas Point Lighthouse, Patuxent Naval Station, Ocean City and Assateague Island.
    “It’s great. Stop by and see it,” Jack says.

American Bus & Sprinter Van Sales: The area’s most trusted source of school and commercial buses in all sizes plus Sprinter cargo, cab, chassis and passenger vans. 195 Defense Hwy., Annapolis; 800-888-5466; www.american-bus.com

Anchored Inn at Hidden Harbor Marina and The Boathouse

Relaxing luxury with a down-home touch

Owner Jim Weaver bought Hidden Harbor Marina about four years ago when it was just a small old house. His plan was to tear down the house and build something that the surrounding community seemed to need: a welcoming hotel.
    This pet-friendly hotel is located in Deale on Rockhold Creek and includes an outdoor pool, 16 guest rooms and two bars, one indoor and the ever-popular outdoor space known as The Boathouse.
    “We pride ourselves on great customer service, and we’ve even won awards from travel sites such as hotels.com and booking.com,” says general manager Kelly Dunlap.
    Choose from a king room for two guests or a deluxe double for up to four. At Anchored Inn, your room includes such amenities as a 42-inch, flat-screen HD TV with all the channels you crave, pillow-top mattresses, private balconies, Keurig coffee makers complete with Starbucks brews, luxury bath items, bathrobes and high-thread-count sheets. It’s luxury that may surprise you.   
    Order your drinks from the outdoor Southern Belle boat bar — yes, it’s a boat — and savor the breeze in this completely open-air restaurant with a fire pit for those cooler evenings. The Boathouse will take you back in time with the historic boat remnants and seats made from pieces of timeworn ships.
    Whether you come by boat or by car, you can try paddleboarding, charter fishing and crabbing or rent a pontoon boat for the day.
    Anchored Inn “gives you that old, small family feel” as it offers guests a welcoming hotel environment, adds Kelly.

Anchored Inn at Hidden Harbor Marina & The Boathouse: A relaxing upscale getaway with outdoor pool, unique bar and waterfront views. 604 Cabana Blvd., Deale; 410-867-9668; www.anchoredinndeale.com

Anne Arundel County Farmers Market

A one-stop shop for everything local and ­handmade

You’ll find top-quality local produce and products at the Anne Arundel County Farmers Market. Friendly farmers and producers here are happy to share their knowledge and answer your questions.
    The Farmers Market was organized in 1981 by the county, state, Farm Bureau and Co-operative Extension Service. Today many of the original farm families are among the 100-plus vendors selling year-round at the market.
    Unchanged in the 30-plus years is the producers’ pride in bringing you the freshest and best that Anne Arundel County and Maryland have to offer.
    Shop for an array of fresh-grown vegetables from more than 15 farmers, plus fruits, flowers, plants and herbs. You’ll also find cheese, eggs, honey and meats. Local producers bring baked goods, coffee and jams plus usables like beeswax candles, jewelry, pottery and much more.
    “We are a producer-only market, which means we grow or make what we sell,” says Deana Tice, secretary of the Anne Arundel County Farmers Market.
    These producers are intimately involved in everything they bring to market, and they like to talk about their wares. “Stop by the market to ask us any questions you have about growing or making things,” Deana says.
 

Anne Arundel County Farmers Market: Farmers and producers sell gifts, produce, art and more at the open-air market. Sundays 10am-1pm (year-round), Tuesdays 7am-noon (May-Sept.) Saturdays 7am-noon (April-Dec.) Harry S. Truman Pkwy. at Riva Rd., Annapolis; 410-349-0317; www.aacofarmersmarket.com

Art Things

Wanted: A new owner to lead Art Things into the lives of more generations

Art Things is both proud and fortunate to have served creative people in ­Annapolis and beyond for 51 years, providing both value and a unique experience to our local community.
    Fifty years ago, when Lydia Nolan was taking a sculpture class at the home of an Annapolis artist, there was no place in town to buy the materials she needed. With encouragement from her husband, Lydia opened Art Things, Inc., in West Annapolis in the fall of 1966. Annapolis Street had just been zoned light commercial, and an entrepreneurial real-estate woman bought the building at 12 Annapolis Street. The shared space attracted several women-owned businesses: a yarn shop, an embroidery shop, a dress shop and, in the tiny back sunroom, Art Things.
    “We thank our customers so much for the support and encouragement you have given us. We could not have built this wonderful art institution without you,” says Laurie Nolan, who took over the business from her mother. Art Things has prospered under Nolan family ownership for more than five decades.
    Now, Laurie has decided to retire from retail. “Kim Eshleman, who hopes to remain a part of the new Art Things, and I are working to identify the right new owner,” she says.
    Art Things’ new owner should be someone who loves art, art materials and artists … who enjoys serving others and wants to provide a fun, quality experience to shoppers … who is energetic and wants to be their own boss … who welcomes everyone into an inspiring and safe place … and, most of all, someone who has great patience and likes to solve problems.
    Art Things’ foundation is strong, with room for significant growth. The current business model could be improved, for example, by computerizing systems, actively engaging social media and offering workshops.
    Perhaps you’re the one to lead Art Things into the lives of even more generations? Contact Laurie Nolan by email at [email protected]

Art Things, Inc.: Supplying all the tools your inner artist needs in a friendly, helpful environment. 2 Annapolis St., Annapolis; 410-268-3520;www.ArtThingsInc.com

Bay Country Crabbing

Keeping a Bay tradition alive

Dan Mallonee, the owner of Bay Country Crabbing Supply, has been crabbing the waters of the Chesapeake for more than 25 years. From the Severn River to the Eastern Shore and as far down as the Potomac River, he has been going out on the water since he was a small boy, joining his father and grandfather to catch Atlantic blue crabs.
    “My grandfather used to work on the water. This is the only thing I have left of him when he passed in 1998,” says Dan. “I like helping my customers and being there for them and delivering reliable products and excellent service.”
    Dan says “everybody should be out fishing and crabbing and not having to run to the bank all the time to spend money on overpriced tackle.”
    Bay Country Crabbing Supply offers everything you need to fill your crab pot, including the pots. Find trotlines and accessories, topless crab traps and commercial crab traps and accessories. For fishing, Bay Country Crabbing sells G-Eye jigs, trolling lures, shad darts, bucktails and more. They even design custom lures. You’ll also find the steamers and spices for your feast. In the winter, find oyster shafts and tongs there, too.
    “We believe in good customer service and quality-built supplies,” Dan says. “We offer unique things that other tackle stores don’t carry — and our prices are better.”
    When you are on the water, you want and need quality equipment that is dependable. Bay Country Crabbing Supply stands behind their equipment and their service.
    “We love being on and around the water and all aspects of crabbing,” Dan says. “The best part of course, is catching your limit, heading home to steam and enjoy what so many of us love. A little thing called the blue crab. With our products you do just that.”

Bay Country Crabbing Supply: Your one-stop shop for everything to crab and fish the Chesapeake Bay.
214 Mayo Rd., Edgewater; 410-956-0300; ­www.baycountrycrabbingsupply.com

Belair Engineering

Keeping your home and family comfortable since 1962

Blizzards and heat waves belong outside. As seasons change, you can depend on the experts at Belair Engineering to help control your indoor climate.
    Services extend to installing and servicing air cleaners and conditioners, heat pumps, gas furnaces and logs, humidifiers and standby generators. Belair Engineering is also your reliable source for installed commodes, water heaters, garbage disposals and kitchen or bathroom fixtures. A full-service air-conditioning, gas-fireplace and heating contractor serving Maryland for 56 years, Belair Engineering has earned its reputation for reliability and quality craftsmanship.
    Woman-owned and -managed, Belair Engineering won the Small Business of the Year award from the Prince George’s County Board of Trade. Owner Debbie Risher is one of the few women ever nominated to serve on the executive board for the Air Conditioning Contractors of America.
    All of their technicians are drug-screened and mom-approved. A 100% satisfaction guarantee is provided for your added peace of mind.
    Visit the office, and you’ll see another side of this down-to-business company. Partner Don Risher decorates for every holiday.
    “It’s purely for the fun of it,” he says of his seasonal labor. “It raises office spirit: Co­workers and the customers who come in dig it.”

Belair Engineering: Assuring indoor comfort, in temperature and convenience. 15881 Commerce Court, Upper Marlboro; 301-249-0300; BelairEngineering.com

Blue Drop

Bloom turns waste into garden riches

Devoted fans of Bay Weekly’s The Bay Gardener, Dr. Francis Gouin, have read his whole-hearted endorsement of the biosolid-based soil amendment called Bloom. Now, Chesapeake Country gardeners can try it for themselves.
    Bloom is a sustainable, renewable, powerful and cost-effective source of both nutrients and organic matter. Gardens get the benefits of compost and fertilizer in a single product. Bloom is weed-seed free, the nutrients are slow-release and it provides humic acid and a suite of micronutrients as well.
    The nonprofit Blue Drop was created by DC Water and directly supplies Bloom to larger commercial customers, including farms, nurseries and garden centers. Home gardeners can purchase bags of Bloom at fine garden centers around the area, including Homestead Gardens in Davidsonville.
    “Bloom is an excellent source of nutrients and organic matter,” says Blue Drop’s business development program manager Saul Kinter.
    The product is made from Class Exceptional Quality bio-solids, extracted during the wastewater treatment process and loaded with organic matter and nutrients vital to our environment.
    “Blue Drop is a young, small, nimble startup, created in late 2016 to market and sell DC Water’s products and services,” Saul says. Sales are on track to double in 2018, their second year, mostly due to the success of Bloom.
    Bloom provides greater crop yields and better drought resistance. It’s also great for the home garden and lawn care.
    We love that Bloom is sustainable,” says director of operations Francesca Valente. “Bloom helps capture carbon and prevents it from being released into the atmosphere. Using Bloom also reduces demand for commercial petroleum-based fertilizers and the energy used to manufacture them.”

Bloom: 202-765-3292; www.bloomsoil.com; Sold locally at Homestead Gardens in Davidsonville

Bowen’s Grocery

Old-fashioned good food to cook and carry out

A Southern Maryland landmark since 1929, Bowen’s Grocery sells high-quality meats, poultry, seafood, grocery and gifts with personal service. The deli offers homemade soups, salads, desserts, sandwiches and subs, wraps, hot breakfast sandwiches, rotisserie chicken and freshly baked rolls.
    Depending on the season, the hot daily specials include baked turkey, homemade meatloaf, country fried chicken, steak and hot roast beef — all served with mashed potatoes, gravy and vegetables.
    The Bowens were born and raised in the business. The store was originally owned by Gordon Bowen’s grandparents. He and wife Gracie bought the store from them in 1964.
    “We’ve kept the old-style values we inherited, but we’ve made some changes,” says Gordon. “Since 1986, we’ve advertised our butcher business with a bigger-than-life model of a bull on our roof. It was stolen once but recovered nine months later from the roof of a high school in the suburbs of Washington.”
    Bowens recently celebrated 89 years of being a family-owned and -operated business in the same location.

Bowen’s Grocery: Full-service deli, grocery, meat, seafood, produce and prepared-foods market.
4300 Hunting Creek Rd., Huntingtown; 410-257-2222;
410-535-1304; www.bowensgrocery.com

Bread & Butter Kitchen

Waterfront café hosts pirates, kids and ­surprising menu items

Located right on the water, Bread and Butter Kitchen is tucked into a corner of an office building in charming Eastport and, some might say, easy to miss. But step inside and you’ll wonder why you never knew about this delightful café.
    Let’s start with the stunning views. From a long window with eight stools facing the water, you watch sailboats bob and sway in their slips. The cafe is situated across from the Naval Academy and downtown Annapolis, so you’ll catch all of the activity along the Severn; from sailboats to stand up paddle boarders, there’s much to see.
    The cafe shares a parking lot with the Annapolis Boatyard, so you might get to watch workers move gigantic boats through the parking lot, never once bumping a car. Perhaps even more entertaining is the frequent appearance of pirates in the cafe. Yes, pirates. Located around the corner from Pirate Adventures, Bread and Butter Kitchen is the go-to eatery for pirates and families alike.
    While the views may pull you in, it’s the food that will keep you coming back. Start with a scone, made from scratch each morning, buttery, moist and bursting with flavor. Pair it with a cup of the locally roasted Open Seas Coffee, and you’ll be in heaven.
    The menu features local ingredients and a variety of breakfast and lunch options to please every palate. As well as classics, you’ll find such interesting tastes as the Salsa de Huevos for breakfast and the Banh Mi burger for lunch. The menu also offers gluten-free and vegetarian items, and the kitchen is always willing to accommodate dietary needs.
    Chef and owner Monica Alvarado started Bread and Butter Kitchen in 2016 at the Anne Arundel County Farmers market; making and selling prepared meals-to-go using farm fresh ingredients. She opened the cafe in 2017 and has been smiling ever since.
    “I love what I do and I love my team,” says Monica. “I get to come to work every day in a beautiful location, work with the most amazing, talented, and hard-working women, and feed my amazing customers. We have created such a special place here and I am so very proud.”
 

Bread and Butter Kitchen: Serving creative and classic breakfast and lunch dishes, homemade soups and specials, including kid-friendly, vegetarian and gluten-free choices: Daily 7:30am-3pm. 303 Second St., Eastport;
410-202-8680; www.breadandbutterkitchen.com

Bulldog Bikes and Floats

Need a bike? Call Mike!

Thirty years ago, Mike Prager owned Easton Cycle and Sport, a bike shop on the Eastern Shore. After he retired, he found himself wanting to go back to having fun. A new shop in Severna Park filled that need.
    Bulldog Bikes and Floats is a small, family-owned and -operated shop that sells, services and rents bikes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, accessories and field hockey equipment.
    “As a boat owner, I enjoy seeing people having fun with their families,” Mike says. “Kayaking and paddle boarding is a great way to do that.”
    “We offer service with a smile, loads of free parking, plus free delivery within five miles and free lifetime adjustments on bikes purchased through us,” Mike says.
    Bulldog Bikes and Floats is a member of GSPCC, PCC and NAACC. Stocked are CranBarry, CSB, Giant, Ocean Kayak, Old Town, Pau Hana, Pop, Scott Burke and STX brands.
    “We also carry the Alibi by Specialized,” he adds. “It has no-flat tires, starting at $475. Never change a flat again!”
    Bulldog Bikes prides itself on being a local business, with profits staying in the community. Plus, Mike likes getting to know his customers and seeing them leave the shop satisfied.
    “We share our shop with Huffy, our bulldog,” says Mike. “She is bullish on quality workmanship — No bull!”

Bulldog Bikes and Floats: Sells, services and rents bikes, kayaks SUPs, accessories and field hockey equipment. Need a bike? Call Mike: 410-544-MIKE. 405 Ritchie Hwy., Severna Park; ­www.bulldogbikesandfloats.com

Carol Cook, Realtor

A Real Estate Advantage

Realtor Carol Cook specializes in working with you in one of life’s most important and financially significant decisions: buying or selling your home.
    “If you are a seller,” Carol says, “it is my job to get you the highest and best value for your property. I’ll tell you what you have to do to get there — though you might not want to or be able to do it. It’s pretty simple: clean up the clutter and paint the front door.
    One client was selling his home of 28 years after losing his significant other. The house was lovely but, after so many years, extremely dated. It appraised for $550,000. Carol had it renoated at a cost of $100,000 to the client. “Now,” she says, “he’ll get $900,000.”
    For buyers, Carol’s job is to listen to their needs and wants and get them the best home for the best value.
    “I’m very, very good at what I do,” says the former owner of a large real estate, title and property management company in Prince George’s County. “And I’ve been doing it for 100 years.”

Carol Cook of A Real Estate Advantage specializes in selling and buying residential properties, including new homes and land and lots for development in Southern Maryland. She provides clients with referrals to mortgage and title companies, and she offers property management services. A committed professional and a caring member of our community, she donates $100 for every transaction to Wounded Warriors, Calvert County Humane Society and Charlotte Hall Veterans Home.
1759 Horace Ward Rd., Owings; 301-706-7553

Catalina Pool Builders

Create your own oasis

Beat the Maryland heat and humidity with a backyard oasis from Catalina Pools. With more than 35 years of experience, Catalina’s designers can create a custom-made, in-ground, concrete pool to give you a vacation site in your own backyard.
    Catalina Pools is a family-owned and run business that started with the goal of building quality pools at reasonable prices. Your alternative to franchise pool companies and cookie-cutter pool designs, Catalina provides one-on-one personalized service from the initial project consultation to the completion of your pool.
    Catalina also renovates older pools, making them look like new. Whether it’s a new pool or an older one brought up to date, you will get a beautiful space to relax or play. Designs are custom-made for each yard and owner, ensuring that the pool will be enjoyed for years and years.

Catalina Pool Builders: Creating custom in-ground pools and renovating older pools. 836 Ritchie Hwy., Severna Park; 410-647-7665; www.catalinapoolbuilders.com

Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa

Spectacular Bay views, sandy beaches and memorable moments

Variety is what sets Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa apart. With two restaurants, a salon and spa, game rooms, two marinas, event and wedding rentals and live concerts, there really is something for everyone — all within one property.
    Settle in for a great meal or to take a chance with Lady Luck in the game room. Unwind with a relaxing massage or sip a drink accompanied by live music and a sunset. The Resort, situated right by the Bay, offers sandy beaches and a gorgeous view of the horizon.
    This family-owned resort is newly revamped. The project included updating existing hotel rooms and adding a new bridal suite. The renovations continue and will offer a new atrium, more gaming space, additional restaurants and hotel suites and a parking structure.
    Looking for a place to say I do? This Calvert County resort is a destination for weddings. The staff at Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa will ensure your wedding is all you dreamed, with big Bay views, event design, customized menus and discounted room blocks for guests and a complimentary suite for the bride and groom. Your stay in the newly renovated hotel is a relaxing way to end a special day.
    Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa was born in 2004. “Inspired by a history of hospitality, we built an entire resort around a family-owned restaurant started in 1946,” says Marketing Coordinator Megan Bennett. “For over 70 years, the service and cuisine at Rod N’ Reel have earned the restaurant a reputation as one of the most loved restaurants on the Bay.”

Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa: A family-owned full-service resort and spa. Call today to book a restaurant reservation, room, salon visit or inquire about a ­special event. 4165 Mears Ave., Chesapeake Beach; 410-257-5596; www.chesapeakbeachresortspa.com

Chesapeake Health & Fitness / Body & Soul Spa

We support you on your journey to fitness or relaxation

When Linda Strohecker opened Chesapeake Health and Fitness in 2010, she accomplished her dream of creating a state-of-the-art health club with world-class expertise and a small-town feel.
    The classes are frequent to meet your schedule. Classes are small, so the professional trainers in each class spend the time with each person for maximum results. You will not be lost in the crowd.
    Group classes include Body Pump, cardio dance, kickboxing, Pilates, spin, step and yoga. A newer and extremely popular class is Extreme Water Rowing, which promises to burn calories and tone muscles. Or you can choose private classes in cardiovascular endurance, nutrition and weight training.
    Body & Soul Spa also offers facials, massages, spray tanning and waxing, plus henna tattoos so you can make a statement without permanent commitment.

Chesapeake Health and Fitness Club Offers a wide range of private and group classes, all professionally designed and led, to target your unique needs. 624 E. Bay Front Rd., Deale; 410-867-7440; chesfitclub.com

Cindy Bateman Antiques and Decoration

A destination design shop

Cindy Bateman Antiques and Decoration offers elegant, timeless antiques, vintage and mid-century furniture and decorative accessories for the distinguished home.
    “We are happy to assist you with any level of design project to meet your specific requirement,” says owner Cindy Bateman. “From furniture placement in your home to paint color consultation, fabric selection or a full home design project, we can help.”
    With over 20 years of experience, Cindy prides herself on the best custom decorative finishes for furniture and lighting. “We also carry many fine fabrics; Schumacher, Thibaut, Anna French, Charlotte, Greenhouse, and our upholsterer can customize your favorite chair/sofa,” says Cindy.
    Surprises are also always in store. “There’s always a new treasure to be found from our many hunting trips throughout the year,” Cindy promises.

Cindy Bateman Antiques and Decoration. Turning antique treasures into decorate art for your living spaces, open WThF 11am-5pm, Sa 11am-3pm, and available for home visits MTu. 540 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park; 540-222-4969; [email protected]

Cleaning Maid Easy

Experience the excellence

It’s very simple at Criswell: There’s no pressure. Strictly a used car store, Criswell Used Car Superstore has been an Edgewater addition for several years now.
    Come in, meander and browse at your leisure. If you need more assistance, Criswell’s friendly staff is always ready to talk with you about your car needs.
    Exceptional customer service sets Criswell apart. The business model is straightforward: Make people happy. “It’s nice to come to work and know that you’re going to tell the truth every day and give people good service,” says Bob Shutta, manager at Criswell. That’s what Bob and his staff like most about their work.
    The atmosphere of the Criswell Used Car Superstore is relaxed. “Buying a car is supposed to be fun,” Bob says. “We work hard to make that happen here.”
    The Criswell team prides itself on being down to earth. You’ll know you’re getting a fair deal with their great pricing, nice used cars and efficient financing. In contrast to many car shops, there’s no game playing.
    Stop in for your next car and some good conversation.

Criswell: Used cars, fair prices and a friendly atmosphere. 2972 Solomon’s Island Rd., Edgewater; 410-956-6100; www.criswellusedcarsuperstore.com/index.shtml

Criswell Used Car Superstore

Experience the excellence

It’s very simple at Criswell: There’s no pressure. Strictly a used car store, Criswell Used Car Superstore has been an Edgewater addition for several years now.
    Come in, meander and browse at your leisure. If you need more assistance, Criswell’s friendly staff is always ready to talk with you about your car needs.
    Exceptional customer service sets Criswell apart. The business model is straightforward: Make people happy. “It’s nice to come to work and know that you’re going to tell the truth every day and give people good service,” says Bob Shutta, manager at Criswell. That’s what Bob and his staff like most about their work.
    The atmosphere of the Criswell Used Car Superstore is relaxed. “Buying a car is supposed to be fun,” Bob says. “We work hard to make that happen here.”
    The Criswell team prides itself on being down to earth. You’ll know you’re getting a fair deal with their great pricing, nice used cars and efficient financing. In contrast to many car shops, there’s no game playing.
    Stop in for your next car and some good conversation.

Criswell: Used cars, fair prices and a friendly atmosphere. 2972 Solomon’s Island Rd., Edgewater; 410-956-6100; www.criswellusedcarsuperstore.com/index.shtml

Dave Wright: ­Champion Realty

Make the Wright choice

“I’ve worked to develop the résumé I bring to your home search,” says Dave Wright of Champion Realty.
    An associate broker with Champion Realty, Dave was president of the local Association of Realtors in 2006 and a co-owner of Manis & Wright Realty from 1989 to 1994. His depth of experience and longevity in the business set him apart from the competition.
    What’s more, Dave is a homegrown Annapolitan with the local information, key contacts and first-hand knowledge of the people and places that make this county special.
    His father, the late well-known local attorney John B. Wright, encouraged him in the business. He had a keen eye for real estate and acquired unimproved buildable tax sale lots in areas of Annapolis that had, or were about to receive, public sewage. “I sold the lots to local builders who often hired me to sell the new homes on these affordable lots,” Dave says.
    Since entering the real estate industry in 1976, Dave has survived and thrived through three recessions. “I attribute my success to serving customers and clients with honesty, integrity and professionalism,” Dave says.
    Dave doesn’t see his job as just selling homes. He solves problems to help you achieve your dreams, whether it’s purchasing your first home or selling a home to move on.

Dave Wright, Champion Realty, Inc.: Look to Wright and wife Laury for the experienced, proven professional realty team to help you sell, or find, your dream home. 410-353-1040; www.thewrightteamhomesofannapolis.com

D. Miller Associates

Providing you with the best in hardware, software, service and support

D. Miller Associates in Deale has been providing computer products and services to homes and businesses for 30 years.
    They are your full-service computer company: selling new computers and laptops, and servicing or repairing all brands of desktops and laptops. They also provide professional virus and malware removal, cloud-based backup services, network troubleshooting and setup and much more.
    “Computers can be difficult and frustrating to deal with,” says David Miller, company president. “We do everything in our power to make it easier for you. We speak using language you can understand, and never try to upsell parts or services that you really don’t need.”
    When you have a problem with a computer, you need someone who understands your needs and who will patiently and respectfully help you deal with the issue. You also need a company that will provide you outstanding service and support when you need it.
    Almost three decades ago, when computers became affordable for even small businesses, David saw a need for someone to help them take advantage of technology. Later, as the technology matured and prices continued to fall, he began providing these same products and services to consumers and home users. Now D. Miller services almost 2,000 homes and businesses in this area.
    “Sometimes a first-time customer will approach us deeply frustrated with their computer, or concerned about the safety and integrity of the information stored on the computer,” David says. “Being able to solve these problems, make them whole again, and show them how to prevent similar issues from occurring in the future is extremely gratifying.”
    D. Miller now offers a Fast Support tool, providing remote services to clients. “This tool is incredibly beneficial,” says David. “Often we’re able to solve even serious problems using this tool, saving customers money and sometimes a trip to our store.”

D. Miller Associates: A full-service computer company that sells, services, repairs, upgrades and refurbishes computers of every size, for personal, business and retail clients. 5720-C Deale-Churchton Rd., Deale;
301-261-5989; www.dmillerassociates.com

Deale Pharmacy

Competitive pricing and ace-level customer care

As a small, independent retail pharmacy, Deale Pharmacy hopes to improve the health and well-being of its community. You can expect services such as generic meds planning, medication therapy management, prescription refills, over-the-counter products and a line of medical supplies.
    “We help people understand their problem, their health issue,” says owner Surinder Singal. “We are very prompt in our reply, we give straight answers to health questions and we guide people on how to properly take their medicine.”
    Deale Pharmacy works hard to make sure you are more than just a number at their store.
    Surinder, an independent pharmacy owner for 30 years, started Deale Pharmacy six years ago. He saw that bigger stores weren’t providing people the service they needed, so he personally works to ensure that people in the community are getting personal service.
    Surinder and Deale Pharmacy staff make sure customers are greeted right away, engaged in friendly conversation and counseled with the help they need.
    “We have relationships with our customers,” Surinder says. “We have personal service,” which sets Deale Pharmacy apart.
    They go the extra mile with pharmacist consultation so you can be guided in complying with your prescribed medication regimen. If needed, they can coordinate the prescription management with your physician in terms of refill requests, transfer of prescriptions and other transactions.
    Deale Pharmacy’s mission is to be the community’s one-stop source for high-quality prescriptions, over the counter medicines, durable medical equipment and other pharmaceutical services. They are committed to delivering customer services that will improve the quality of life in the community through affordable medicines and medical supplies.
    All staff at Deale Pharmacy are accredited and licensed in the state. They have maintained annual renewal of their license to operate and comply with all standards as a business, reflecting their objective to consistently remain fit to practice. Products pass stringent quality assurance procedures before being display on shelves.

Deale Pharmacy: An independent retail pharmacy offering consultations, refills, medication management and over-the-counter products. 5809 Deale-Churchton Rd., Deale; 410-867-2455; www.dealepharmacy.com

Dr. Glass

Clean windows let the light in

Washing windows is a daylong chore or more for weekend warriors. Dr. Glass pros can do the task in just a few hours.
    High-quality, streak-free window cleaning can increase natural light inside your home by 25 to 30 percent.
    Dr. Glass is the area’s best professional window cleaning service for the past 10 years. Dr. Glass and staff are reliable, conscientious, careful and respectful of your time and property and will make your windows sparkle.
    Bill, George and Joe are your professional window-washing and power-washing specialists.

Call or e-mail Dr. Glass Window Washing for a free estimate and to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Glass: [email protected]; 410-626-0782

Dunkirk Vision

Helping people see better one person at a time

In these times of corporate consolidation in healthcare, Doctors Perry Lucente and Rose Susel-Lucente wanted to continue caring for their patients in and surrounding the Calvert County area. To do that, the two of them, both optometrists, opened Dunkirk Vision as an independent eye care practice in 2013.
    Dunkirk Vision is focused on providing excellence in all aspects of patient care through the latest in premium products, staff education and technology.
    The doctors’ motivation is providing excellent service to their patients. “We love our patients, and that’s why we invest our time and energy in building this practice,” Dr. Rose Susel-Lucente says.
    Dunkirk Vision has grown quickly, and the practice attributes that success to putting patients first and listening to their feedback.
    “Most often, we hear how our staff provides a friendly, warm atmosphere. Patients can tell that we strive to provide an excellent experience for them,” Dr. Perry Lucente says.

Dunkirk Vision: Vision improvement with glasses, contact lenses and surgical co-management for cataracts and Lasik. Offering detection and management for eye conditions such as computer vision syndrome, dry eyes, myopia control, and other eye diseases. 10335 Southern Maryland Blvd., Dunkirk; 443-964-6730; www.dunkirkvision.com

En-Tice-Ment Farms & Stables

A fourth-generation family farm diversified to modern tastes

On two farms just 10 miles south of Annapolis, the Tice family continues a four-generation tradition on 440 combined acres.
    At En-Tice-Ment Farm-Raised Meats, animals graze on 90 green acres. Down the road, En-Tice-Ment Stables at Obligation Farms provides 350 acres of riding grounds.
    En-Tice-Ment Farm is home to free-range beef cows, broiler chickens, laying hens, lambs and pigs, naturally raised — no drugs or hormones — to yield high-quality meat.
    The Tice family bought En-Tice-Ment Farm in Harwood in 1974. When Deana and Joey married in 1986, they went to work on the farm together. Now teenage sons Josh, Cody and Justin manage the pigs and 250 laying hens.
    En-Tice-Ment is also a part of 4H, the national club for kids ages 8 to 18 who raise and show livestock at fairs.
    The 350-acre Obligation Farms is home to 75 horses. Deana, daughter of a horse trainer and blacksmith, runs the stables on this leased farm as a training ground for riders of all skill levels.
    Joey, Deana, Josh, Cody and Justin Tice are carrying on their family traditions, and they wouldn’t have it any other way.
    For your En-Tice-Ment meats, visit the farm Tuesday thru Friday 3-6pm or Saturday 8am-noon or at the Anne Arundel County Farmers Market in Annapolis on Saturdays and Sundays, where En-Tice-Ment breakfast sandwiches are favorites.

En-Tice-Ment Farms: Beef, lamb and pork, plus broiler chickens. All meat is butchered under U.S. Department of Agriculture standards and immediately frozen. 231 Polling House Rd., Harwood; 443-336-8492; ­www.enticementfarmraisedmeats.com
En-Tice-Ment Stables at Obligation Farm: Training in horse care and riding for beginners to experts. 4016 Solomons Island Rd., Harwood; 410-798-4980; www.enticementstables.com

Evelyn’s

Good eating from locals for locals

At Evelyn’s, the food is so local that some of the best ingredients are grown by their customers!
    In its first year, Evelyn’s has grown into the bright place that Brandon Stalker, the owner, hoped to create.
    “Working in restaurants when I was younger showed me the joy brought to customers by food made with fresh ingredients and love,” Brandon says.
    He found the right place to bring that “joy” to West Annapolis.
    “We transformed the space with lots of light and stainless steel and kept it small and intimate,” he says.
    Named for his daughter, Evelyn’s breakfast and lunch café serves you food made from organic, locally sourced ingredients from farms in Anne Arundel County and the Tri-State area — plus organic herbs and spices from the restaurant’s garden. Service is friendly, parking is free and outdoor seating is available and dog-friendly.

Evelyn’s: An organic locally sourced breakfast and lunch café. 26 Annpolis St., West Annapolis; 410-263-4794; www.evelynsannapolis.com

Family Auto Care Specialists

Allow our family to serve your family

Dwayne Crawford treats you — and your car — like part of his family. That treatment is the reason he named his business Family Auto Care.
    “We are a family-owned and -operated Mercedes-Benz and BMW service center offering a superior automotive service experience for our VIPs,” Dwayne says. “We started back in 1995 with a select few private clients at our home garage and built our first commercial location here in Calvert County in March of 2003.”
    Family Auto Care prides itself on its honesty and integrity, building relationships with every client and providing personal time and attention.
    Dwayne believes that “when you are here, you are family.” That care extends to your vehicle, as Dwayne and his staff teach and guide you in making informed vehicle maintenance and repair decisions.
    “We were seeing good old honest auto care and premium customer-service relationships dwindling away at the hands of the big corporate companies who were out buying up all the mom-and-pop dealerships,” Dwayne says.
    “We did not want to be part of that just-a-number business relationship,” he decided. “So we built our own business using tried-and-true customer relationship methods that great people such as Mercedes dealership owner George Benson and our high school auto shop teacher Charles ‘Daddy Shoe’ Shoemaker taught us.
    “Here we are now all these years later still learning and growing together,” Dwayne says.
    As well as old-fashioned values, Family Auto believes in modern technology.
    “Gone are the days of the uneducated grease monkey turning wrenches,” says Dwayne. “Today’s technicians need to know not only how to use their hands but also their minds. The modern car is equipped with a dozen or more computers we work on every day, too. There is always something new and exciting going on in the automotive world, and we attend regular training to stay on top of it all.”
    Dwayne says that his customers are the best part of his business, along with the satisfaction of a job well done.
    “We are ready for the future and look forward to growing with our clients.”

Family Auto Mercedes BMW Specialist: 7657 Binnacle Lane, Owings; 410-257-7009; www.FamilyAutoMd.com

Happy Harbor

Comfort center for locals and sightseers from far and wide

Come to Happy Harbor for comfort food, fresh seafood, a good strong Crush or Bloody Mary or a cold beer and an up-close waterfront view.
    Come to hang out with the gang. Dress casual and relax. Watch sports on 14 TVs, or sit all afternoon with friends. And as long as the weather holds, you can do it outdoors, with your dogs.
    Come to eat heartily and happily. Happy Harbor serves the best burger around, all Angus beef — and specially priced at $5 on Mondays. With lunch and dinner specials every day, Happy Harbor’s food ranges from rich and comfortable — biscuits and gravy or meatloaf — to fresh and local. When the moon is right, you can have soft-shell crab many ways, including Benedict.
    Come to Happy Harbor to get happy and check out the new menu for yourself.

Happy Harbor: Casual, waterfront restaurant and dock bar. 533 Deale Rd., Deale; 410-867-0949; ­www.happyharbordeale.com

Harbour Cove Marina

Home for your boat, vacation for you

What better way to enjoy the Chesapeake Bay than on a boat? You get to feel the sun kiss your face, enjoy water sports and spot tons of wildlife. When it’s time to go home after a long day on the boat, consider putting your boat up at Harbour Cove Marina.
    Harbour Cove is a true weekend home for you, your family, your friends and your boat. Boats are berthed in one of over 185 high-and-dry boatel spaces — a unique offering in the area — or 62 wet slips. The full-service marina offers mid-grade fuel, pump-out service, hauling with a 25,000-pound forklift and a 15-ton travel lift, maintenance and winter protection. Harbour Cove is also a certified Mercury Outboard dealer and can help you with all of your repowering needs. Harbour Cove’s Maryland Clean Marina certification assures you that this marina is as friendly to the environment as it is to you.
    With your boat safe, you and your family and friends can enjoy Harbour Cove’s amenities including a swimming pool, a barbecue and picnic area and a beautiful clubhouse stocked with activities like billiards, foosball, table tennis, TV and wireless internet — plus a play area just for the kids. The property is gated and monitored by state-of-the-art security that allows members 24/7 access to the marina.
    Spring and fall fishing tournaments keep the competition hot. There are also fish-cleaning stations by the docks.
    Harbour Cove is fun as well as clean and secure. Step into some of the cleanest restrooms in the industry, offering laundry, lockers, showers and toiletries. Within walking distance of the marina, you’ll find coffee shops, restaurants, tennis courts and more.
    Harbour Cove works hard to provide everything you need at your home away from home. The marina is dedicated to providing you and your family with the best boating experience in a clean, fun, family-oriented environment.

Harbour Cove Marina: 5910 Vacation Ln., Deale;
301-261-9500; www.harbourcove.com

Helly Hansen

Helping folks feel alive in the outdoors and ocean since 1877

Outfitting active people since 1877, Helly Hansen is one of the oldest and most respected brands in the outdoor industry. The active Annapolis sailing community brought Helly Hansen here a decade ago. The Annapolis store remains the only marine-based corporate Helly Hansen Flagship store in the U.S., says store manager Cameron Kennedy.
    “So far in 2018, we have opened two new corporate retail locations: Park City, Utah, and Seattle, Wash.,” Cameron says. “There are several more new flagship locations opening in the next two years. It is a very exciting time for Helly Hansen Retail North America,” Cameron says.
    In May, Cameron traveled to Newport, Rhode Island, to support Helly Hansen’s partnership with MAPFRE in the Volvo Ocean Race. MAPFRE won the leg from Itajai, Brazil, to Newport.
    “It is extremely exciting to work for a brand that has such an active involvement with professional athletes, such as those in the Volvo Ocean Race,” says Cameron.
    Helly Hansen releases a new fall collection in October and is preparing for the 2018 U.S. Boat Shows as well. “We are looking forward to seeing our amazing customers sometime soon on Main St.,” says Cameron.

Helly Hansen: Head-to-toe gear worn and trusted by professionals on oceans, mountains and worksites.
132 Main St., Annapolis; 410-990-4359; ­www.hellyhansen.com

Independent Tree Care

Dedicated to saving trees

It’s not always true that a leaning tree is either dangerous or dying and must be removed. Before removing a tree, call in a Tree Risk Assessment Qualified expert. Find that expert, Steven Graham, at Independent Tree Care.
    Independent Tree Care balances the needs of customers with proper pruning techniques tailored to the biology and habits of specific tree species of all sizes.
    “Our approach to tree pruning is rooted in evidence-based science, supported by the International Society of Arboriculture, and reinforced by consistent training and classroom study to ensure the most current and applicable pruning techniques are performed,” Steve says. “We also align our safety principles with those of the ISA to ensure not only healthy trees and happy property owners, but safe work sites for everyone involved.”    
    Steve recommends that property owners consult with an ISA Certified Arborist on a regular basis to ensure all trees on the property are healthy, structurally sound and not in need of any type of specific treatment.
    Properly maintained trees can have astonishing effects on you, your property and the community environment in which you live such as energy cost savings, ambient noise reduction, increased property values, storm water retention, erosion control, and healthier air pollution levels.
    “Often times, I am asked for a quote to remove perfectly healthy trees due to some problem the tree is causing, such as not being able to grow grass around the tree, leaves clogging gutters and visibility problems. While sometimes trees do have to be removed, many times an issue can be corrected with a calculated and specific pruning or treatment to target the issue or point of conflict, rather than targeting the tree as a whole.”

Steven Graham of Independent Tree Care, LLC is a Maryland Licensed tree expert and an International Society of Arboriculture certified arborist. In addition to assessing trees, he offers pruning and planting services. When deemed necessary, he will also remove trees. 202-351-8293, [email protected]

Jalapeños

Add a little spice to your life

Change your state of mind in Jalapeños, where décor and service lead you to believe you’ve just stepped out of the zocalo into a cool, timeless restaurant. You could be in Spain or in Mexico, and Jalapeños’ dishes will satisfy either taste.
    Both styles are authentic to Jalapeños. Owner Gonzalo Fernandez comes from Spain, and owner Alberto Serrano comes from the Mexican state of Oaxaca, the source of many of Mexico’s richest moles. Chef Obed Serrano, also from Oaxaca, studied his art in Spain.
    Create your meal to your taste by ordering from the menu of tapas, the original small plates. Four dozen choices include fish, calamari, mussels, salmon, scallop, shrimp, meat and vegetables.
    Gonzalo’s favorite is Gambas al Ajillo: large shrimp sautéed in olive oil, garlic, herbs and tomato finished with dry sherry. It is also served as one of two-dozen large plates, many accompanied with beans and rice.
    Made-to-order guacamole and a margarita or sangria are good starters as you browse the menu that includes, as you’d expect, wide choices of burritos, enchiladas, fajitas and tacos.
    Quarterly Flamenco dinners with live dancers, a singer and guitarist are so popular that shows sell out. Watch Jalapeños’ ads for the dates and reserve early.

Jalapeños: Spanish and Mexican cuisine for lunch, ­dinner and happy hour. 85 Forest Plaza, Annapolis;
410-266-7580; www.jalapenosonline.com

Little Treasury Jewelers

Pieces that set you apart, with attentive, personal and prompt service

Family-owned Little Treasury leads a double life. Celebrating its 22th anniversary, Little Treasury is the Gambrills community’s full-service jeweler. In that aspect, Little Treasury offers fine and popular jewelry lines, custom jewelry design and creation, in-house jewelry repair, watch repair and appraisal.
    Founder Linda Hammalain oversees a jewelry selection that ranges from carefully curated collections of designer jewelry to accessible, affordable and attractive lines.
    In its other life, Little Treasury is a center for fine watches. With over 23 brands ranging from Ball to the newest and most exclusive line, Ateliers de Monaco, the Gambrills’ jeweler offers what is arguably the most extensive collection of boutique timepieces in the DMV region.
    Little Treasury’s stock in trade is “post-mass market luxury watches,” Linda says, “watches connoisseurs think about after they’ve gotten over Rolex or Tag Heuer or Breitling and start wanting something to set themselves apart.
    “For that business, we’re on the map nationally.”
    They come to their shared enterprise from diverse backgrounds.
    Emigrating from Shanghai in the mid-1990s and seeking a survival skill, Linda learned the trade in New York and started out selling silver jewelry from pushcarts in local malls. By 2002, her determination, work ethic and attention to detail led her to the new Village at Waugh Chapel and the Little Treasury.
    Her partner in the Little Treasury from the beginning, husband Steve claims a “checkered past.” He’s been a college professor of linguistics, worked in publishing in New York and the environmental industry for 22 years, including a stint as COO of a publically traded company.
    “This is my retirement project,” he says, “working harder than ever in my most intriguing job ever, with customers from all over and the very interesting people who design and make watches — with lots of travel for work in between, recently. Switzerland, England and the America’s Cup Kickoff in Bermuda for watches.”
    Little Treasury serves thousands of customers locally, regionally and throughout the U.S. When you’re looking for the unusual piece to set you apart and for attentive, personal and prompt service, Little Treasury is the place to go. This summer, Little Treasury is remodeling its showroom and invites customers to its Grand Re-Opening in Mid-September. In the meantime, the store remains open with fabulous deals to pass along to customers. Check website for updates.

Little Treasury Jewelers: sellers of designer jewelry, fine timepieces and creators of custom made pieces. 2506 New Market Ln., Gambrills; 410-721-7100; ­www.littletreasury.com

Luna Blu

Your neighborhood restaurant in Annapolis

Owner Erin Dryden is excited to celebrate Luna Blu’s 16th year of business this year.
    “After many years of working in different aspects of the restaurant business, I came to work at Luna Blu when it opened,” Erin says. She bought out her partners over 12 years ago and has kept a lot of the original charm, adding a bit of her own style along the way.
    “I’m very proud to be the place people pop into on a Wednesday night to enjoy a half-price bottle of wine and a mid-week break from cooking,” Erin says. She loves when guests come in for anniversary dinners and choose the front window table looking out at West Street.
    “We have so many wonderful local customers who support the restaurant, and word of mouth has been a huge part of our success,” Erin says. The small, intimate atmosphere sets Luna Blu apart, along with the friendly staff and accommodating menu options. All dishes are made to order and can be customized. Luna Blu also bakes fresh bread and prepares homemade desserts every day.
    The restaurant’s monthly charity wine dinners have become a huge success. Erin was looking for a way to give back, so she started the dinners about six years ago. “I choose a different local charity each month and donate a portion of the sales along with a cash wine raffle,” Erin says. “We raise $500 to $600 at each dinner.” The five-course dinner is the last Sunday of each month at 5pm, paired with wines and a speaker to discuss the different wineries and pairings.
    “We have such a wonderful group of business owners on inner West Street who have a passion for food and our community,” Erin says. “I’m very proud to be a part of it, and I look forward to our continued growth.”

Luna Blu: An authentic Italian restaurant in the historic district of downtown Annapolis. 36 West St., Annapolis; 410-267-9950; www.lunabluofannapolis.com

Magnolia Shoppe

Great style does not have to equate to big dollars

The Magnolia Shoppe is a retail boutique offering an ever-changing selection of personal fashion accessories, unique furniture and beautiful home accessories. It is a great place to gather inspiration and find your new favorite things. Patrons enjoy the colors, scents and textiles of each season. Magnolia Shoppe’s services include gift certificates, a gift registry, lay-away and special orders.
    Pamela Whitlow, the owner of Magnolia Shoppe, is thrilled to be celebrating her 15th anniversary in October.
    “Owning a business in the community in which I live sets the bar high,” Pamela says. “It is a pleasure and joy to support our local schools, organizations and the U.S. Armed Forces.”

Magnolia Shoppe: A home­-furnishings and accents boutique, offering unique furniture and beautiful home accessories at fair prices, changing with the season, including lamps, mirrors, pictures and table-top accents; sterling silver jewelry, handbags and fashion accessories. 2 W. Friendship Rd., Friendship; 410-257-7510; [email protected]

Malibu Window Cleaning

Clean windows open your eyes to the beauty of your world

“You can’t say Malibu without putting a smile on your face,” says Charlie Olson, “And that sums up my entire company philosophy.”
    Charlie is the man with the big beard and big personality behind Malibu Window Cleaning. He believes clean windows change your outlook on life and he knows that doing good begins at home.
    “I employ entirely local residents,” Charlie says.
    Malibu Window Cleaning prides itself on employing local college students and recently retired Annapolitans in this uniquely old-fashioned small business set apart by workmanship, pride and quality.
    When Charlie is not cleaning windows, he is giving back through fundraisers and playing Santa for a worthy cause. “I believe in being involved, hands-on, with charity work,” he says.
    “Personality sets us apart from the competition,” Charlie says. “We are the guys who wash windows for an 80-year-old grandma, give her a wink, and tell her it’s on us. We are everything that makes Annapolis special,” says Charlie, a longtime member of the Rotary Club of Annapolis.
    Looking at other people’s view of the world is one of the advantages of Charlie’s work. Your dirty windows could be blocking a view you never knew you had. Call Malibu Window Cleaning and discover what you’re missing.
    “I promise that a sparkling window is great for adding years to your window’s life and maybe adding years to your own life by letting you look out on this wonderful world.”

Malibu Window Cleaning: Residential window cleaning service with tons of personality. 410-263-1910; www.annapoliswindowcleaning.com

Mamma Lucia

Three options for Italian food in Calvert County

Mamma Lucia is Little Italy for Calvert County. In 1997, Sal and Maria Lubrano pioneered real Italian cuisine when they opened in Dunkirk. In 2007, their second restaurant opened in Prince Frederick. On August 21, 2017, Chesapeake Beach welcomed the opening of their third restaurant: Mamma Lucia by the Bay.
    Bay Weekly readers have repeatedly voted Mamma Lucia the Best Italian Restaurant, and 2017 brought more awards: Best New Bar, Best New Restaurant and Best New Business to Mamma Lucia By The Bay.
    Bay Weekly readers are not the only ones to recognize Mamma Lucia’s authentic Italian cuisine. In 2016, Sal and Maria traveled to New York City, where they became part of an elite group of Italian Restaurant owners who received Ospitalita Italian, an award presented by the Italian Chamber of Commerce to restaurants that distinguish themselves with true Italian food.
    Ambiance is part of the Mamma Lucia recipe for success. The Chesapeake Beach location offers seasonal roof-top and patio dining, a tiki bar and the same exceptional service and exquisite cuisine that you have become accustomed to at the other two locations. If you want wood-fired brick-oven pizza made with authentic Italian ingredients in the Old World Italian tradition, you will have to visit the Chesapeake Beach location.
    The menu at all three locations offers authentic Italian cuisine: antipasti, delize dal mare, polo, vitelli and an extensive wine list. Don’t forget — because Italians love sweets — dolci and espresso to complete your dining experience and put you in a bellavita mood.
    You’ll find a romantic spot for two and big tables for tutta la famiglia. Mamma Lucia is also the region’s favorite Italian caterer.

Find dinner specials and events including live music and wine tasting dinners on Facebook or www.mammaluciarestaurant.com.
Mamma Lucia: www.mammaluciarestaurant.com
• 862 Costley Way, Prince Frederick; 443-486-4701
• 10136 Southern Maryland Blvd., Dunkirk; 301-812-1240
• 8323 Bayside Rd., Chesapeake Beach; 410-257-7700

Maryland Clock Company

We keep your clocks running

For Doris Graham, who works on clocks dating from 1700 to 2018, every day is an adventure. “After 49 years, we still enjoy seeing different clocks come into the shop for repairs,” says Doris, owner of Maryland Clock Company. The endless variety is astounding.
    “I wish clocks could talk,” Doris says. “They were privy to every conversation in every home, office and government building since time began to be recorded.”
    That enthusiasm about clocks is a good part of the reason Doris and husband Rick have kept their small mom-and-pop business going since 1950.
    Clockwork is their heritage and history. Rick began working in his father’s clock repair shop at the age of 16. The couple started on their own in Washington, D.C. Today’s storefront in Davidsonville, halfway between D.C. and Annapolis, makes them convenient to customers in the whole region.
    “As much as we love clocks, we love working with our clients,” Doris says. “Many clients are older — like their clocks — but we’re seeing more young people.” Some come in to restore clocks that belonged to parents, grandparents or great-grandparents. Others have bought or inherited clocks that they must learn how to care for.
    “It’s an honor for us to be trusted with our clients’ family heirlooms, Doris says. “We love making people happy by bringing their clock memories back to life.”

Maryland Clock Company: Professional clock repair, from minor to complete restorations, Mon.-Fri. 10am-4pm, Sat. 10am-2pm. 1251 West Central Ave., ­Davidsonville; 410-798-6380; www.marylandclockco.com

McBride Gallery

Beauty is all around us. Artists see it and paint it. Come visit and enjoy the beauty!

Cynthia McBride wasn’t a big city girl; she was a Minnesota farm girl. While she helped her father work the farm, her mother managed the house and painted in her home studio.
    “I did not have her talent — though my daughter Abigail does — but I enjoyed art and artists, which led me into the gallery end of the art business,” Cynthia says. Her art gallery was a business she could sell and start again anywhere, as her husband’s career moved them around the country. It kept her close to art and gave her a career of her own. The business also gave work to many other women, as the staff in her business were often family women who thrived on part-time work.
    After a move to Anne Arundel County, Cynthia set up her third gallery, The Annapolis Marine Art Gallery. The gallery opened on Dock Street in October of 1978, just in time for the boat shows. She sold it two years later, but she wasn’t done. In June of 1980, she opened McBride Gallery at 215 Main Street. It was a time of change with many new merchants coming to Main Street. New restaurants, gift shops, and bookstores popped up, bringing more people — and more culture — to our capital city.
    Needing more space for framing, Cynthia opened Benfield Gallery in Severna Park in February of 1984 to offer framing services and gallery show space to local and regional artists.
    Cynthia enjoys working with people who want to add art to their homes or offices. Galleries bring together both artists and people who want to have the beauty of art in their surroundings. “I’ve tried to make McBride Gallery a local center for learning what’s happening in the art world locally, regionally and nationally,” Cynthia says.
    Promoting artists and their creations is work she loves. At the same time, Cynthia enjoys giving back to the community through volunteer work. She was the first woman president of the Rotary Club of Annapolis 1998-99, less than a decade after women were allowed to join the Rotary.
    “My mother taught me to look at art another way, too: as a way to make your life bigger than the everyday world you can see and touch,” Cynthia says. “I hope you’ll come in and see the art we have to offer; I hope you’ll introduce yourself.”

McBride Gallery: Paintings, sculpture, ceramics, museum-quality custom framing, art appraisals, art and frame restoration services  and juried regional and national art exhibitions. 215 Main St., Annapolis; 410-267-7077; www.mcbridegallery.com

Meadow Hill Wellness

Live, love, heal

Meadow Hill Wellness is a beautiful wellness center where highly trained health professionals help people get well with acupuncture and other holistic health care services. Dr. Sara Poldmae started Meadow Hill Wellness with the goal of empowering and educating the Annapolis community about drug- and surgery-free natural solutions for health issues. Over 13 years, Meadow Hill Wellness has grown to one of the area’s largest acupuncture practices.
    Meadow Hill is constantly working to improve the services offered to you. Sara Poldmae recently became a doctor in her field. Acupuncturists Lindsey Fox and Molly Harbour Hutto are currently working towards their doctoral degrees as well.
    Dr. Poldmae and her associates work closely with physicians and other medical professionals to ensure that you receive high-quality, safe and effective health care. Acupuncture is a covered benefit under many health insurance plans; Meadow Hill Wellness is a network provider with most major insurance carriers.
 

Meadow Hill Wellness: 53 Old Solomons Island Rd., Annapolis; 410-263-0411; www.meadowhillwellness.com

Medart Galleries

Showcasing art for home and gifts since 1968

Stationed at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization headquarters in Naples, Italy, over half a century ago, William Radosevic found his wife, Annamaria, and his future. Traveling throughout Europe, the couple met many artists and began collecting original works of art.
    Back in the States, William and old shipmate Jim Fletcher planned how to turn their shared hobby of art collecting into a career. Jim returned to Italy, selling art to American forces stationed there and exporting oil paintings back to William and ­Annamaria. Thus Medart was born.
    Medart began as a wholesaler of Italian oil paintings to art galleries. William and Annamaria’s children, Frank and Teresa, grew up in the business, traveling up and down the East Coast with their parents. In 1979, when Medart’s first retail location opened on Andrews Air Force Base, the whole family was involved. The kids helped their parents tend the shop after school, a tradition that continued when Medart moved to Owings in 1985. Frank became a skilled custom framer, and Teresa developed an eye for color and design.
    This year the Medart family celebrates their fiftieth year in business. The business has expanded to include original art and objet d’art by renowned artists both local and international. You can still find original oil paintings in Medart, plus handcrafted Christian icons and the occasional original botanical tableware imported from Tuscany. Custom framing and photo restorations are additional specialties.

Medart Galleries: Helping the community with custom framing, pottery, jewelry and a full art gallery. 10735 Town Center Blvd., Dunkirk; 410-257-6616; ­www.medartgalleries.com

Mellomar Golf Course

Relax over tee time

Looking for a laid-back way to de-stress, enjoy some fresh air and get active this summer? Dust off your golf clubs and head down to the quiet green hills at Mellomar Golf Course in Calvert County.
    This privately owned golf park started in July of 1994 as a single driving range. A little metal box sat on the green for golfers to pay for their time based on an honor code.
    “I had never even been to a driving range and now I was running one,” says Doc Grace, owner.
    Now Mellomar boasts a large driving range and two courses, a Regulation Nine and a Par Three. And Doc says he is flirting with the idea of adding a miniature golf course for kids and families.
    “I got the golf itch early on,” says Doc. “I went to a private boys school in Georgia in the 60s, and I was failing high school chemistry so badly that it was deplorable. Then my chemistry teacher announced he was looking for a left-handed student to be his caddy, so I raised my hand. After carrying his bag two or three times a week, my chemistry grade started to improve, and I realized that there was something to this golf business,” he says.
    Mellomar helps scratch that itch to play — and does so quickly. “My wife, Peggy, and I used to play all the time, but by hole 12 or 13, we were ready to stop and have a cold drink. So we think a nine-hole course fits that need. Plus, golf relieves stress,” says Doc. “Bring a friend and play a quick nine holes.”
    Starting as a beginner, or need to practice? The Par 3 course is smaller and takes about an hour to complete, perfect for working on your putting. For more experienced golfers, Mellomar’s Regulation Nine course takes about two hours to complete and requires more skill.
    With no required tee time and affordable pricing, the atmosphere at Mellomar is relaxing and avoids the congestion you may experience at other courses. Children of all ages are encouraged to learn here, with one-on-one lessons with experienced golfers.
    Above all, Mellomar prides itself on being a family owned and operated business. Family members mow the greens, and Doc himself repairs the golf carts.
    “We know we are a bit of a dinosaur in this industry,” says Doc. “I may not have advanced degrees in agronomy or golf course design and management, but I have learned from one of the best teachers: experience.”

Mellomar Golf: Family-owned and -operated nine-hole golf courses and driving range. Open daily 8am to dark. 6215 Scaggs Rd., Owings; 443-532-2460; ­www.mellomargolfpark.com

Memories-Annapolis

Your favorite photos need someone to speak for them

As cameras and smartphones have gotten better, there’s been an explosion in the number of photographs taken. Frank Brennan’s business grew from his frustration at looking at small images on friends’ phones and tablets. “I asked people, What are you going to do with those photos? and they gave me quizzical looks and said not much. I said to myself, There has to be a better way.”
    Your favorite photos need better display. Frank’s company, Memories-Annapolis.com, will help you find the way.
    “We take digital photos from anniversaries, birthdays, vacations, weddings, youth sports and other special events and turn them into professional slide shows with music and custom effects,” Frank says. “You can put the show on Facebook, YouTube or any other social media platform for friends and family anywhere. And they work perfectly on smart TVs or in DVD recorders.”
    People love to look at photographs, but they want to do it in an interesting way — not sitting with you going through image after image on a small screen. That’s where Memories-Annapolis comes in.
    “We have a desire to do something extra with all your images, be they digital or traditional prints,” says Frank.
    Memories-Annapolis offers custom software and personalization, with fast turnaround times even on short notice.
    “Your images will be lost for future generations if they simply remain on computers, smartphones or tablets,” he says. “Plus, those pictures make great four- to nine-minute shows for your family and friend get-togethers.”
    Memories-Annapolis puts affordable magic into your special events and brings your memories to life.

Memories Annapolis produces high-quality video slideshows using your photos and prints.
801 Chesapeake Ave., Annapolis; 443-534-4668;
www.Memories-Annapolis.com

Old Stein Inn and Bier Bar

Zum Wohl!

Leave Bay country behind when you step into the Old Stein Inn. With traditional cuisine, decor and music, this authentic German restaurant will transport you to the fatherland.
    Celebrating 35 years this August, the Old Stein is the place to go in Chesapeake Country when you’re craving the comfort of German food, beer, wine and gemutlichkeit.
    The Old Stein was established in 1983 by German immigrants Karl and Ursula Selinger, who had dreamed for 20 years of opening an authentic German restaurant in their new home. The Old Stein has recreated Germany so all could enjoy the Selingers’ country firsthand. Karl and Ursula’s son Mike Selinger took over the family business in 1994, mixing modern business savvy with his parents’ old-country tradition.
    Mike doubled the Old Stein’s appeal by adding an outdoor Bier Bar behind the restaurant, transplanting al fresco dining from Europe, as well as creating a lighter summer menu with modern small plates, craft beer and cocktails and a Pint Night every Thursday from 6 to 9pm. In addition to the summer menu, there is a new menu every month, including salads with ingredients from local farms and non-German food, like burgers and steaks.
    These additions have been met with wide approval from new and loyal patrons alike; every weekend the Bier Bar is filled. Enjoying it without reservations is almost impossible.
    Speaking of reservations, get your lederhosen and your dirndls ready for the always-popular Oktoberfest. From September 16 to the end of October, enjoy German music Friday through Sunday as you drink and eat the best of Germany. Every first Sunday of Oktoberfest, Old Stein hosts a Pig Roast, called Spanferkel.
    Even with all the updates, manager Mike Pearson’s favorite part remains unchanged. “The best part of the job is interacting with guests on a daily basis to make sure that everyone has the best experience possible,” he says.

Old Stein Inn and Bier Bar: A family-owned eatery serving German fare and seasonal or limited-release craft beers. 1143 East Central Ave., Edgewater; 410-798-6807; www.oldstein-inn.com

Owensville Primary Care

No neighbor shall go without needed health care

Owensville Primary Care has helped keep Southern Anne Arundel and neighboring counties healthy for over 40 years. As a Community Health Center, Owensville Primary Care pledges quality medical services in a patient-centered medical environment at a reasonable cost to all who seek help here. Services range from internal and family medicine to care management to behavioral health to guidance in insurance eligibility and enrollment.
    As a nonprofit organization, Owensville Primary Care returns financial gains to under-served patients through free or discounted services. Partnership with Johns Hopkins Health Systems — through Maryland Community Health Systems with Priority Partners Managed Care Organization — means state-of-the art medicine is practiced here.
    Staff is committed to delivering services to each person in a compassionate, caring, confidential and professional environment. Standards of care are under constant review for quality improvement. Fifty-one percent of the Center’s Board of Directors use its services, and all members of the volunteer board are dedicated to the mission and vision of care for all.

Owensville Primary Care: Offering affordable premium healthcare to a wide variety of patients in a community setting. Owensville Primary Care is honored to be one of eight federally qualified community health centers that make up the Priority Partners Managed Care Organization through a partnership with the Johns Hopkins Health Systems. 134 Owensville Rd., West River; 410-867-4700; www.owensvillepc.com

Park Pharmacy

Old-fashioned customer service

Park Pharmacy puts customers first.   
    As the independent, retail pharmacy enters its 31st year in business, Park Pharmacy continues to provide excellent customer service to the Severna Park area.
    The manager of Park Pharmacy, Jo Green, knows that consistency is key. “We aren’t a huge chain store,” Jo says. “We are an old-fashioned drug store that caters to our customers’ medical needs.”
    The drug store was created with the neighborhood in mind. To better serve the community, Park Pharmacy offers free delivery to those who are unable to visit the store in person. “It’s nice to just be here when someone needs us,” Jo says.
    Park Pharmacy will soon offer a new service to its customers: a notification system. The system will remind patients when prescriptions are filled and when refills are due. “It’s an interactive system,” Jo says. “We think our customers will like it.”

Park Pharmacy: An independent drugstore helping ­customers with prescriptions and refills, generic drugs, orthopedic, diabetic and compression supplies.
580 Ritchie Hwy., Severna Park; 410-544-7750

Petie Greens

Where customers become friends

You may drive by this small local spot several times before you go in. Once you do — and discover great food, great music and great service — you’ll wonder why you waited so long.
    Locally owned and welcoming families, the friendly bar and grill is becoming a favorite spot for locals and travelers in Deale.
    Come for lunch or dinner to enjoy appetizers, soups and salads, hand-helds and appetizers — plus a kids’ menu — focused on fresh local seafood in a comfortable setting. Pop in for a drink and choose from the beer and wine list, or go for a new cocktail. Happy Hour runs from 3-6pm.
    “We love to see people come in for the first time, then come back again with family and friends,” says Chris Rollins, manager at Petie Greens. “We’re a small business and we appreciate when our clientele become friends.”
    Enjoy live music with your meal on Thursday nights from 6 to 8 pm.

Petie Greens: A casual dining bar and grill. 6103 Drum Point Rd., Deale; 410-867-1488; www.petiegreens.com

Pipe Dreams

Where expertise and Zen merge

Calvert County’s largest medical marijuana accessories shop celebrates its fourth anniversary this July.
    You can’t beat the prices at Pipe Dreams.
    “People come in to our shop for the prices,” says Ric Taylor, owner of Pipe Dreams. “But they tend to come back to the shop because of our staff.”
    The Pipe Dreams team offers knowledgeable suggestions in an easy-going atmosphere. It’s the Pipe Dreams mission to make everyone feel as welcome as possible, whether you’re new to medical marijuana accessories, or more experienced.
    The shop now proudly offers Cannabidiol products to help customers get relief from pain in a more natural way.
    Enter the Pipe Dreams raffle and win big. For every $10 you spend, you can enter one ticket into the raffle. First and second place winners can win up to $200.
    Now, by popular demand, Pipe Dreams is open Monday through Saturday. Hours remain noon to 7pm Tuesday through Friday, and are noon to 6pm Monday and Saturday.

Pipe Dreams: Calvert’s largest medical marijuana ­accessories store, carrying all major brands and CBD supplies for pain management. 3 Oxford Way, ­Huntingtown; 443-486-7967; www.pipedreams-llc.com

Pirates Cove

It’s all in the experience

Pirates Cove, situated on the scenic West River, celebrated its three-year anniversary on April 15 under owners Michael Galway and Anthony Clarke.
    Michael and Anthony continue to keep the direction and the energy of the time-honored restaurant and dock bar going in a positive fashion, focusing on great food and wonderful customer service. Following their five year plan to complete renovations and improvements over the winter and spring each year, this year they added new sliding doors in the lounge and bar area, new kitchen equipment, restaurant furniture and a rebuilt outdoor bar.
    Pirates Cove Executive Chef Steve Hardison works hard at producing wonderful fresh food for you and your guests, whether you’re there for a dinner for two or a rehearsal dinner for 75. Menus continually change to showcase local seafood and produce where possible.
    Pirates Cove’s extensive selection of lunch and dinner packages include local seafood, the best crab cakes on the Bay and premium steak options, which can all be customized to fit any budget and taste. All the dressings, sauces and, of course, the famous cream of crab soup are made from scratch under the watchful eye of Chef Billy, who has worked at Pirates Cove since he was a wee lad.
    Sunday Brunch is a popular choice for guests. With live music at the dock bar on Sunday afternoons, Pirates Cove is a great place to be on a summer’s day.
    Pirates Cove’s community outreach grows each year, with multiple fundraisers for the West Riverkeeper. The Galesville restaurant also hosts fundraisers for local schools and churches, including South River and Southern high schools. On June 23, the Cove hosts a new charity, Horses Help Heroes, a fundraiser to help disabled veterans and families who have lost loved ones while serving on active duty.
    “Our commitment to the community and environment is a constant,” Michael says. Each year, Michael and Anthony challenge themselves to find out what they can do to improve within the industry. “This year we will commit to reducing our landfill footprint by no longer offering straws in our drinks,” Michael says. “Years ago we replaced our Styrofoam to-go containers, which we were delighted to see the Anne Arundel County Council had banned — before the county executive’s veto.”
    Michael and Anthony look forward to another year and hope to see you at Pirates Cove restaurant and dock bar in Galesville by land or by water. Come in and enjoy a crab cake or a cocktail on the deck or listen to the music and watch the sun set. There’s live music Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the dock bar and inside on Fridays and Saturdays.
    Pirates Cove is accessible by water through an adjacent marina on the West River. To get there, board a boat, head out on the West River and look for palm trees. Call Pat the Dockmaster to reserve your slip.

Pirates Cove: A waterfront eatery specializing in local seafood with indoor and outdoor seating and tiki bar. Please support Horses Help Heroes by attending the Pirates Cove fundraiser or donating online at www.horseshelpheroes.org. 4817 Riverside Dr., Galesville; 410-867-2300; www.piratescovemd.com

Response Senior Care LLC

Helping realize your desire to live in your own home

“We’re lucky to live to grow older,” says Response Senior Care founder Gary Franklin. “Yet as age advances, we lose some of our youthful agility and independence.”
    But old age doesn’t mean it’s time to check into the nursing home. This in-between stage of life calls for a companion who can check on you when your family can’t, drive you where you want to go and help around the house. When you need assistance to continue to live at home, what you need is Response Senior Care.
    Response Senior Care’s mission is to provide the highest level of non-medical in-home care for adults. Response caregivers are competent, well trained and ready to provide friendly care to meet your individual needs. Caregivers help you realize your desire to live in your own home.
    Response Senior Care is locally owned and operated with a staff that has a combined 50 years of experience in administration, clinical social work, direct care and registered nursing. Quality service is undertaken seriously to support you and ensure your health and safety. Every day, you will be treated with respect and care.
    Gary Franklin, MSW, LCSW-C, founded Response Senior Care in 2004. After 35 years in geriatric work, Gary saw a local need for a home care agency to help seniors remain at home safely rather than leave their familiar, beloved spaces to move into an assisted living home or nursing home. His satisfaction is assisting you in being comfortable living in your own home.

Response Senior Care LLC: A family owned and operated senior home care provider since 2004 — offering affordable and non-medical home care services to adults and elders at your residence, assisted-living ­community, hospital, rehab facility or senior care services. 1831 Forest Dr., Annapolis; 410-571-2744;
www.response-seniorcare.com

Schwartz Realty

Voted Best of the Bay by Bay Weekly readers five years in a row

Schwartz Realty has been a mover and shaker in Anne Arundel County since 1949 when Max C. Schwartz and wife Bertie established their first office in Deale.
    Through gas shortages, hurricanes, recessions and war, Max made honesty, integrity and solid business practices the norm. Max and Bertie passed those qualities on to their son George and encouraged him to establish a career in real estate. Today George G. Heine Jr. is the broker-president at Schwartz.
    Schwartz Realty agents take pride in their knowledge of real estate laws and procedures, which change on a regular basis. Helping the homebuyer understand the transactions eliminates unnecessary stress.
    Want to be the first to know what just came on the market? Schwartz Realty agents invite you to stop in and see all that Schwartz has to offer — and experience hometown hospitality.
    “It is so rewarding to hand a buyer the keys to their first home and to be a part of the American dream of home ownership,” says George. “We help people achieve their goals.”

Schwartz Realty: Real estate professionals, ready to assist you with their local home-town approach.
5801 Deale-Churchton Rd., Deale; 301-261-9700,
410-867-9700; www.schwartzrealty.com

Second Wind ­Consignments

Something different every day

Since 2009, Second Wind Consignments has been a favorite stop for customers who enjoy a unique shopping experience. Customers often comment on the interesting displays and organization of the shop. From decorating accessories and home furnishings, house wares and tools, to costume jewelry, the store has something for everyone.
    “Quality and variety are key to a great consignment shop, and we are very mindful of that when we select items for consignment,” says Teri Wilson, owner of Second Wind. “We want each customer to anticipate their next visit knowing they will see something new and exciting every time.”
    The possibilities are limitless. Second Wind receives between 500 and 700 new items every week, provided by consignors not only locally but also from St. Mary’s County, Washington D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
    Consignors come from afar because they know Second Wind’s staff will treat them fairly and professionally. Interested in consigning? Give the shop a call to make an appointment. Teri and her crew will be happy to fill you in on all the details.

Second Wind Consignments: Your old favorites get a second lease on life. Hunt for treasures in home furnishings, hard-to-find collectibles and marine paraphernalia, all affordably priced. 661 Deale Rd., Deale; 410-867-0480; www.secondwindconsignments.com

The Shops at Ogden’s Commons

See you next month with all new wares in the same old store

“Our business is all about giving new life to old objects, down to the old country story we’ve made our home,” says Barby Harms, owner of The Shops at Ogden’s Commons. “We are keeping a piece of the community alive by creating a new chapter in its life of the Ogden Store, built in 1890.”
    As a Calvert County native and former interior decorator, Barby was drawn to this wonderful old building with the dream of creating a one-of-a-kind shopping destination that would be open once a month and present a brand new experience each time.
    With the help of permanent and guest vendors, The Shops have a steady supply of new and unique items. The eclectic and affordable mix of goods ranges from restored farmhouse furniture to classic vintage décor.
    “All of our furniture is one of a kind,” Barby says. “We have lots and lots of new home goods and accessories, including a full line of Dixie Belle paints.”
    Unique shops fill each room with coastal, farmhouse, industrial, romantic, rustic and vintage furniture and home goods. Each month, vendors show off new creations.
    “We have a line of man cave items,” Barby adds. “And a line of pet accessories.”

The Shops at Ogden’s Commons: Calvert County’s newest destination of choice for savvy home décor shoppers looking for unique and vintage items inspired by the region’s coastal, farming and industrial heritage. Open the second weekend of each month: Fri. 3-7pm, Sat. 9-5pm, Sun. 10am-3pm. 2990 Parkers Creek Rd., Port Republic;
443-532-5981; Facebook, The Shops at Ogden’s Commons

Side Street Framers

Preserving and displaying your cherished memories

Where can you find custom picture-framing, hand-crafted local gifts, jewelry, art, home décor and furniture? Side Street Framers & Gift Gallery.
    This unique store offers custom picture framing, photo restoration and transfers videos to DVDs. Their store carries an array of handcrafted gifts, art, furniture, home décor and jewelry. Every time you visit, Side Street Framers has something different to offer. You never know what treasures you’ll find.
    This family-owned and -operated business has been open for nearly 30 years, keeping prices reasonable and merchandise beautiful. Barbara Daniels, daughter Dawn Wilson and granddaughter Jessica help run the shop with framer Stephanie Lavis and are all lovers of art and interior design.
    “Our family has always been very artistic. We all have a passion for art, design and home décor,” says owner Barbara Wilson. “With such natural resources, I invited my three daughters — Sandy, Dawn and Donna — to join in a family business that would allow us to work together, be creative together and offer a great service to our community.
    “Our family liked the idea, and 30 years later we are still here enjoying what we do and doing it together.”
    “We’re nourished by the community we’ve helped create,” says Dawn. “We have had a hand in creating annual community events such as the Shop Local Fun Festival, First Fridays at Park Plaza (June thru October), which are free outdoor movies that begin with a community gathering together enjoying music, food, art, demonstrations and family games. We also helped in bringing Santa and Mrs. Claus to Park Plaza.”
    Side Street’s creativity is continually challenged and refreshed by the interesting projects people bring them. They love helping choose the right colors and frames and finding solutions for three-dimensional items. They not only offer custom framing, but sell gifts created by local artisans, offer photo restoration, media transfer services and printing on a variety of surfaces.
    “We continue to add new services, including printing on Plexiglas and aluminum. Send us an electronic file of the image you want printed, and we can turn it into an amazing piece to hang on your walls.”

Side Street Frames & Gift Gallery: A unique store restoring photos and transferring videos to DVDs, as well as selling custom frames, art, furniture, home décor, gifts, jewelry, signs and antiques. 558 Ritchie Hwy., Severna Park; 410-544-9050; www.sidestreetframers.com

Silk Road Antiques

Not your average antique shop

Reza Akbari was often teased during his Air Force career. While his buddies headed out to drink at local bars and nightclubs, “I would tell the cab driver to take me to the local antique stores,” he recalls.
    Reza traveled the world in search of unique treasures. Now he shares those treasures with the rest of us at Silk Road Antiques in Edgewater.
    “I have always been attracted to antiques and collectibles. I remember being stationed in Turkey and visiting all the shops off base. I was intrigued by all the handmade carpets that looked similar but were priced very differently.”
    Reza learned that older carpets carried a special story and therefore a higher value. “Some carpets were 10 times the price of the others because they were over a hundred years old, they were made with vegetable dyes, which had settled versus brighter synthetic dyes in newer carpets,” he explained. “That knowledge immediately piqued my interest.”
    Silk Road Antiques brings that experience to Chesapeake Country. Find fine arts, China, handmade rugs, furniture and unusual finds from across the globe.
    “Every time I challenge myself to find a great piece and then try to outdo myself the next time — rearranging, redecorating, whatever it takes to make customers feel a sense of enjoyment when they visit the store and make it pleasing to the eye,” says Reza. “All while being something above-average. This store has always been my dream; I’ve always wanted my own antique store. Many of my customers tell me that my store is the best they’ve ever seen and it is a great addition to the Edgewater community. That’s what keeps me motivated to share my passion and these treasures.”

Silk Road Antiques sells high quality antique furniture, rugs and home accessories. They also offer gift certificates, free delivery within a five-mile radius and appraisals. 97 Mayo Rd., Edgewater; 410-919-2080; ­Facebook, Silk Road Antiques

Sisk Auto Body

Keeping your car’s body in shape is our family business

Doug Sisk grew up hanging out in his best friend’s parents’ auto body shop. While holding down a day job, he spent evenings and weekends working on cars for his friends and their mothers.
    “Young guys like cars,” he says. “I remember one of the first cars I fixed. The workmanship was good, but” — he shakes his head — “it didn’t shine. Everything else was perfect. You learn from mistakes.”
    Doug’s parents ran their own small business, Sisk Mailing Service, which inspired him. His father warned him that running a business wouldn’t be easy, citing national small business failure rates. “But he instilled a work ethic in me,” Doug says. “You have to stick with it. You have to be there.”
    When Doug and wife Terri opened Sisk Auto Body in 1981, they stuck with it.
    Terri’s plans to stay home with their children ended when the new business needed four hands rather than two. “I was hanging sheetrock and building a spray booth when I was pregnant with Muffy,” she says.
    Their devotion to the business was not always appreciated by their children, Barbara Chase and Muffy Revel.
    “When you’re working, time gets away from you,” says now-adult Muffy, remembering the times she spent waiting at the Dash-In across Route 260 when her mother forget to pick her up after school. “I still don’t like going to Dash-In because I was traumatized when she didn’t show up.”
    Experiences like that have not stopped Doug and Terri’s children from following in their footsteps.
    Neither Barbara nor Muffy longed to spend life in a body shop. But one step led to another, and before they knew it, they’d joined the family business.
    Now almost four decades later, the tables have turned, and the second Sisk generation is in charge, with a new generation of children growing up in the shop.
    But Doug and Terri can’t seem to stay away. “Mom and dad said they were going to retire, but they are back,” Muffy reports. “Other than that news, we are still your favorite family-run auto shop.”

Sisk Auto Body: Repairs from dings to disasters.
167 Thomas Ave., Owings; 301-855-5525; ­www.siskautobody.com

Smyth Jewelers

Where Maryland gets engaged

In 1914, Albert Smyth founded Smyth Jewelers on a very simple principle: offer the best product and service possible.
    This foundation provided Smyth with loyal customers for life and has served as a testament to the long-standing Maryland business that lives by those same principles today.
    As the largest jewelry store on the East Coast, Smyth brings together the best of the biggest and smallest jewelry retailers. Smyth’s extensive selection boasts one of the largest collections of engagement rings in Chesapeake Country.
    Enjoy all the personality, heritage, charm and personalized attention of a specialty, local, boutique retailer. On-site jewelry consultants are friendly and knowledgeable, always ready to answer questions.
    Rounding into their 104th year in business, Smyth Jewelers is still family-owned and -operated.
    When Tom Smyth, co-president at Smyth Jewelers, joined the family business, it was a fairly small, mostly wholesale operation. Over the years, Tom Smyth and his team grew Smyth Jewelers through conscientious customer service and quality.
    Today, the company has more than 130 employees in three locations. Besides being the place Where Maryland gets engaged, Smyth Jewelers offers a wide range of services, including fine jewelry repair, watch repair, pearl stringing and engraving.
    “From a best-kept secret in the 1970s,” Smyth says, “We’ve grown to be one of the largest independently operated jewelry stores in the nation.”

Smyth Jewelers: Your go-to source for a large selection of fine jewelry, on-site engraving, watch repair, gold and silver buying and routine ring maintenance. 1915 Towne Centre Blvd., Annapolis; 443-321-0300; www.smythjewelers.com

Somewhere In Time

Bridging the old and the new

For the unusual in decorations, gifts and browsing, be sure to visit Somewhere in Time.
    Somewhere in Time is an all-around store selling a little bit of everything. Selections range from quality furniture to uncommon items like an antique fire hose cart, a cowboy bathtub or a Harley Davidson refrigerator.
    Shop owner Amanda Sturgell takes pride in the quality of her merchandise and the fairness of her prices.
    “One of my favorite things about my store is the uniqueness of the items that we sell,” Amanda says. “We sell some very different pieces here.”
    The shop gets new inventory weekly, so stop by and check out the new goods.

Somewhere in Time: A new shop specializing in ­collectibles, home décor, antiques and gifts.
536 Deale Rd., Deale; 301-867-2266; ­www.facebook.com/somewhereintimedeale

Tara’s Gifts & Parties of Distinction

Find one-of-a-kind gifts for holidays and occasions

With a newly expanded gift shop, Tara’s Gifts offers a wide range of unique, one-of-a-kind gifts that you won’t find in any other stores.
    “We sell gift items for ladies such as jewelry, handbags, scarves, etc.,” says owner Lynne Sherlock. The store also has items for babies, children, nautical items, home décor, wedding, holiday presents and so much more.
    In the spring, Tara’s Gifts blossomed out with new lines of purses, scarves and jewelry for ladies and girls. Select a delicate scarf to match your bag, weave it into the strap or add gleaming hardware and step out in style.
    In the children’s room, you will find sweet little lambs for baby to cuddle in soft pink and white fur. A new seasonal room glitters with Christmas sparkle and other festive regalia for each holiday.
    The tea parties that were so well known are gone, but the same flair still reigns in this room for every season.
    The store has “new products coming in all the time,” says Lynne, and now there is now even more room for the wide selection of gift items.

Tara’s Gifts & Parties of Distinction: Retail store for home décor, purses, jewelry, accessories, children’s gifts and holiday items. 10 Annapolis St., Annapolis;
410-295-5157; www.tarasgifts.com

Thursday’s

Good times, good food

Each week has only one Thursday, but Chesapeake Country has two: Thursday’s Steak and Crab House on the water in Galesville and Thursday’s Bar and Grill on Rt. 260 at the gateway to Calvert County’s Twin Beaches. Both Thursday’s mean good times and good food.
    Thursday’s Bar and Grill has been a Calvert County gathering spot for 18 years, in the Paris Oaks Shopping Center for the last five. Locals gather for the long happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 to 7pm. The sports bar plays every NFL game, pleasing both Redskins and Ravens fans. Crabs are standard summer fare, replaced by local oysters as the weather cools.
    Thursday’s Steak and Crab House opened in 2004. Situated over the water in Galesville, it offers both indoor and outdoor eating, accommodating more than 100 people on the deck. With 24 slips reserved for customers — and two floating docks for jet skiers and kayakers — it’s a favorite spot for boaters. Happy hour at the Tiki Bar runs Monday through Friday from 3 to 7pm.
    Depending on what day it is, you are sure to hit upon an amazing special. Mondays are fried chicken nights, Tuesdays are for all-you-can-eat mussels, Wednesdays are all-you-can-eat shrimp nights. Managers report the local crabs are great any night of the week.
    Staff at both locations are local, knowledgeable and friendly, knowing customers by their first names. They’re also loyal and upwardly mobile. Mitch LeFevre started at Thursdays Bar as a 16-year-old dishwasher. He worked his way up to lead line cook, then a manager. Six years ago he was promoted to general manager; now he shares ownership. Joey Curtin has recently moved from kitchen to management. At the Galesville location, Monique Morgan has come out from behind the bar to join the management team.
    “My favorite part of this job has to be the people who express their gratitude,” says Monique. “They come up and thank us for their great food and service, and you know you made their day that much better — just by feeding them.”
    Owner Dave Hysan decided in college that he didn’t want a 9-to-5 sit-down job. He was intrigued by the excitement of the restaurant business. Now, more than 30 years later, he’s still doing what he loves.
    “Every day is different,” Dave says. “Customers change, but daily challenges are the same.”
    Both Thursday’s are open every day of the week, year round, for lunch and dinner.

Thursday’s Bar and Grill: 1751 Horace Ward Rd., Owings; 410-286-8800
Thursday’s Steak and Crab House: 4851 Riverside Dr., Galesville; 410-867-7200

Top of the Hill Babes Boys Tavern

Your hometown restaurant at the top of the hill

PJ and Debbie Wilson enjoy the hometown Cheers feel of their Top of the Hill Babes Boys Tavern in Upper Marlboro.
    That feeling was besieged last year.
    “Top of the Hill has gone through a lot of change since Oct. 24, 2017,” Debbie Wilson says. That was the date of a tragic accident when a car plowed into the restaurant, injuring seven people and killing one.
    “It took seven months for us to complete our repairs, but we are happy to announce that our doors are now open again,” says Debbie.
    “We are so happy to be open and want to thank all our employees and customers for their help and support. It was hard work, and everyone pitched in to get us reopened and back to a normal life again.”
    Top of the Hill serves up a wide range of seafood, steak, burgers and tavern-style eats, plus specials Monday through Friday and a daily homemade soup. The specialization is homemade comfort food made from local ingredients: fried, steamed and tempura-style jumbo shrimp, half-pound burgers, fresh seafood and steaks, cream of crab soup and the best chicken quesadillas in town.
    Daily specials include soups, barbecue, fish tacos, fried oysters, meatloaf with mashed potatoes, fried liver and onions topped with bacon and served with mashed potatoes and gravy.
    Top of the Hill treats customers with a hoping-to-see-you-again attitude. “We are a welcoming family, and we love to see new people,” Debbie says.
    Named for PJ’s father, a baseball player for the Boston Red Sox in the 1940s, Top of the Hill Babes Boys is cozy, casual and friendly. Sports is always a big ingredient at this Top of the Hill tavern; you can watch your favorites on one of four widescreen TVs.
    “Our customers are part of the gang, playing a very special part in making Top of the Hill a place you want to be,” says Debbie.

Top of the Hill Babes Boys Tavern: Hometown comfort food tavern with daily specials and seasonal events; open daily for lunch and dinner. 15903 Marlboro Pike, Upper Marlboro; 301-627-2012; www.babesboystavernattop.com

Trey’s Crabs

FishMermaniac Charters

It’s that time of year again in Chesapeake Country — crab season.
    To get the best for your Old Bay, take the family crabbing with Captain Trey Plumb. Capt. Trey has over 30 years experience navigating and fishing the Chesapeake, Hatteras and in Ocean City.
    Coming from a long line of watermen, Captain Trey turned his love for the water and fishing into a career. He brings great attitude, vast fishing knowledge and dedication to giving you the best Bay experience possible.
    Book your crabbing charters now for the best dates. Plan your day with Trey’s FishMermaniac Charters for great family fun and entertainment.

Trey’s Crabs: The full Chesapeake experience with custom charters gives you a taste of everything the Bay has to offer; plus Chesapeake Bay blue crabs for sale, live or steamed. 5507 Brooks Woods Rd., Lothian; 240-882-5926; www.fishmermaniac.com

Umai Sushi House

An American success story with Korean and Japanese flavors

Umai Sushi House is a success story.   
    It’s a success for Korean-born owner Chang Hee Park, who saw opportunity rather than obstacles as an immigrant to the United States. Now she’s the proprietor of a thriving restaurant that combines authentic Korean and Japanese cuisine with Chesapeake charm.
    Friendliness comes natural to Chang. She greets you with a big smile, often an embrace, gathers you in, serves you a hot treat. Walls display local children’s drawings alongside Japanese waves and fishes.
    Beauty is a drive for Chang. “I formerly ran a restaurant in Washington but sought beautiful surroundings near water with plenty of space for flowers,” she says. She’s made a garden in the center of Deale, filling the asphalt parking lot that fronts her restaurant with flowering trees and vines taller than she is. Eating outside under an umbrella in this garden patio is a pleasure.
    “For many years, people hungry for Korean or Japanese dishes had to go to Annapolis, Bowie or Prince Frederick,” Chang says. “In 2011, I filled the gap with Deale Umai Sushi House.”
    Korean is a rarity in Chesapeake Country, with no competition within 40-plus miles. Umai satisfies that appetite with such dishes as Bulgogi, marinated beef and vegetable stew; Jap Chae, a beef and vegetables with sweet-potato noodles; and vegetarian Bibimbap, rice with a sunny-side-up egg and Korean vegetables.
    On the Japanese side are sushi, sashimi and rolls, tempura, teriyaki and bento boxes.
    Whatever you choose will be umai: That’s Japanese for delicious.

Umai Sushi House: 657 Deale Rd., Deale; 410-867-4433

A Vintage Deale

Bring home a piece of the past

A Vintage Deale is a shop full of ideas. Co-owners Jane Walter and Paula Tanis, both well established vintage and antique dealers, collect and curate objects from the past, showcasing them in inspired ways to enhance the homes of today. These imaginative entrepreneurs find many of their treasures on shopping trips to English antique markets.
    “We enjoy offering our customers creative ways to use these pieces of the past,” says Jane. “We like to collect and arrange vintage items in ever changing vignettes throughout the shop,” Paula adds.
    Jane and Paula, together with several other dealers, moved from Annapolis to a corner shop in Deale that better displays their furniture, lighting and artwork. The shop’s two large display windows invite you in with new themes every month, highlighting one-of-a-kind items to give you new opportunities to browse and imagine.

A Vintage Deale: An eclectic, hand-picked mix of furniture, jewelry, fine linens, clothing and art work to add a taste of the past to your home. 655 Deale Rd., Deale: 443-203-6157; www.facebook.com/avintagedeale

Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm

Offering you the beauty of flowers and knowledge

Willow Oak’s is a love story.   
    Maria Price-Nowakowski started Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm after falling in love with herb farms in New England.
    Thirty-seven years later, the farm is sustainable in many ways. Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm is enrolled in the Severn River Land Trust, so it will always remain a farm.
    “We’re also sustainable over three generations,” says Heather Carr, a second-generation partner of the farm. “I started working the farm with my mother, Maria, who is now retiring. Starting the plants from seeds, you get to watch them grow into something that we can use to make people happy.”
    Part of this continuing love story is the family’s love of sharing their eco-friendly place and knowledge with visitors. Check out the gardens and you’ll find flowers for your yard, home and events — including weddings. You’ll also find ideas and inspiration to create beauty in your gardens.
    Willow Oak Farm also offers classes and events to help you learn the best techniques and tips for all aspects of gardening. A new garden pavilion adds more space for classes and events and more flower-arranging classes. Fresh cut flowers are great this time of year, and you can cut from the fields and create beautiful arrangements with a little guidance. The farm has lots of dried flowers great for wreaths.
    “Right now, we’re harvesting to make our tea blends and spices,” Heather says.
    Willow Oak is particularly good at helping you celebrate the holidays, with flower arranging classes for autumn, as well as Fall Harvest Day.
    For Christmas, a talking reindeer and many new Christmas ideas and decorations enrich the Holiday Trail to the North Pole.

Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm: A small family farm dedicated to helping you find the beauty in nature through gardening, cut flowers and healing herbs. 8109 Telegraph Rd., Severn; 410-551-2237;
www.willowoakherbs.com

Wimsey Cove Framing and Fine Art Printing

Connecting art with frames, artists with ­opportunity

At Wimsey Cove, owner Elizabeth Ramirez knows what you need. With her artist’s eye and quick insight into character, she envisions how the treasures you bring her for framing will look their best in your home — even to taking them apart and rebuilding them.
    When Elizabeth earned her Bachelor of Arts in painting, she wondered what to do with “her starving artist degree.” Because she loved art and helping other artists, she took a job at Michael’s arts and crafts store in the framing section. On the porch of her grandmother’s Weem’s Creek home, she set up her own business. In 2007, Elizabeth opened her own store, naming it Wimsey Cove after her grandmother’s house.
    Framing has become her art.
    She enjoys the novelty of her work, which ranges from framing a sports uniform to a collection of bird pictures deconstructed from a calendar.
    Building relationships is Elizabeth’s parallel satisfaction as a business owner. She loves working with customers, often knowing your vision before you do.
    She’s also a connector, drawing everybody she meets into a community of artists.
    Her connections also serve the three local organizations on whose boards she serves. She is president of the Annapolis Arts Alliance, co-vice president of the Creative and Performing Arts of South County and secretary of the Four Rivers Heritage Area board. “I’m so excited to be down to three boards from six,” says Elizabeth, who delights in connecting people with opportunity.
    As the year turned, opportunity came to Wimsey Cove in the form of a new studio. Three times the old space makes room for new features, including a gallery, classes and expanded scanning and printing services for images up to 44 inches. The process can be as easy as handing over your phone. With many choices of printing paper, Elizabeth will guide your choice. Wimsey Cove also offers canvas gallery wraps and canvas museum wraps, along with many other options to protect your piece once it’s
printed.
    To preserve a thing of beauty or a memory, Wimsey Cove is the right place.

Wimsey Cove Framing and Fine Art Printing: This ­custom framing and printing shop specializes in shadow boxes, historical maps and limited-edition artist prints. 209 Chinquapin Round Rd., Annapolis; 410-956-7278; www.marylandframing.com