Spring Home & ­Garden Solutions

Come spring, it’s time to escape the cave. Throw off the blankets, open the drapes and let the sun shine in. But even the tidiest home looks a little dingy after a winter of hard living.
    It’s time to clean, paint or wallpaper, wash the windows, replace the drapes, rearrange the furniture, bring out the wicker, throw on new pillows, lighten the art and service the air-conditioning. Outdoors, there’s even more to be done to home and garden. Painting, planting and planning for outdoor living are have big plans for your spare time.
    Have we got the guide for you!
    In Bay Weekly’s annual Spring Home and Garden Guide, you’ll find inspiration and tips from the pros. And they’re ready to help with the big jobs so you can spend your time enjoying this paradise we call Chesapeake Country.

Accessorize affordably

    The Magnolia Shoppe is a retail boutique, offering unique furniture, home accents and beautiful personal accessories at fair prices.
    Recognizing that no two people are alike, we offer a wide variety of styles and products allow each customer to express their own unique style throughout their home and day-to-day personal fashion accessories.

    Each piece is carefully selected for style, functionality and cost.
    There is always something new to share with all who pass through their doors. Shoppe services include a gift registry, lay-away options, gift certificates and special orders.

The Magnolia Shoppe: 2 W. Friendship Rd., Friendship, 410-257-7510, [email protected]

Add art to your walls

    Empty walls are boring. Artwork you love adorns your walls and inspires you.
    Our art selection includes local artists such as Mary Lou Troutman, a watercolorist; Harry Richardson, a painter of the Chesapeake; Aubrey Bodine, the famous photographer of historical Maryland; and Paul McGehee, painter of historical landscapes. As well as limited edition prints, we have released Paul’s new painting of Chesapeake Beach. You might also enjoy Anne Hanley’s floral batiks and Rod Chase’s European images.
    Feeling crabby? Or shining like a starfish? Need a lighthouse or compass to help guide your way? Designed in Maryland and crafted by hand, see our jewelry collection by Heather Maertens. Inspired designs, quality craftsmanship and whimsical sophistication are trademarks of Penny James Jewelry Co
    Additionally, we show one-of-a-kind Christian Icons made in the USA and botanical tableware from Italy.
    Custom picture framing is our specialty, and our design skills are top notch. We also offer high-quality photo restoration on site.

    Whatever your needs, we make sure you always get more than you pay for as we treat every customer as family. Our business was started in 1968 by William and Annamaria Radosevic who, while well into their 80s, still come in to work and are an integral part of the success of Medart Galleries.

Medart Galleries: 10735 Town Center Blvd., Dunkirk, 301-855-4515, www.medartgalleries.com

Add color to your life with art

    McBride Gallery in downtown Annapolis is the fine arts center of Maryland’s capital city — showing the work of recognized local, regional and national artists; mounting a year-long schedule of themed exhibits; supporting collectors with art acquisition, appraisals, restoration and custom framing services.

McBride Gallery: 215 Main St., Annapolis, 410-267-7007, ­www.mcbridegallery.com

Bay-, community- and ­customer-centered ­landscaping

    We make it our business to provide you with quality landscape construction and maintenance as well as friendly and responsive customer service. Our goal is to meet your needs by enhancing and beautifying your home, as well as solving any existing landscape problems. We specialize in landscape renovation and construction with craftsmanship. Eco-landscaping techniques are used, incorporating environmentally sensitive solutions using rain gardens, storm-water management, green roofs, living walls, native plantings, permeable pavement and more.

    Matt Ciminelli was among the first in the nation to obtain the certification as a Green Roof Professional and became a Master Watershed Steward for Anne Arundel County in 2012.
    Ciminelli’s Landscape Services has more than 26 years of experience and will work with you to create a landscape that is beautiful, creative, functional and within your budget. As always, our work is guaranteed and your satisfaction is our goal.
    Visit our sister company, Ecoasis Garden Center for environmentally friendly landscaping and gardening supplies. We have many native trees and shrubs, rain barrels, composters , organic fertilizers, natural stone, bulk materials and pavers.

Ciminelli’s Landscape Services: 18301 Central Ave., Bowie, 410-741-9683, www.ciminellislandscape.com

Ecoasis Garden Center: 18301 Central Ave., Bowie, 301-430-0870, www.ecoasisgardencenter.com

Big bank opportunity with small bank services

    Right around the corner is the best little bank you may never have heard of, and it just may be the bank you need for your spring home projects.
    Essex Bank, with offices from Rockville across Maryland to the Bay, hits the sweet spot between small community banks and big impersonal institutions.
    What distinguishes Essex Bank from competitors is a sense of person-to-person responsiveness, whether the customer is a family or individual, a small business or a large corporation or municipality — each of which are current Essex Bank customers.
    Flexibility is also something customers find at Essex Bank, especially small-business owners who typically are ignored by large banks when it comes to funding needs.
    Bay-area Essex Bank locations include Annapolis, Arnold and Crofton.
    Treat yourself to a totally new banking experience by visiting Essex Bank today.
    Member FDIC, Equal housing lender.

Essex Bank: 800-443-5524, www.essexbank.com

Brighten your home ­outdoors and in

    Maryland Paint & Decorating is a customer-service oriented dealer in paint, wallpaper, window treatments and accessories.
    In paint, Pittsburgh Paints and Stains is our main line. We are now also a C2 Paint dealer. C2 is a favorite of designers due to its sophisticated palette and because it is a full-spectrum line of paints, meaning no black colorant is used, creating rich, multi-dimensional, vibrant colors.

    We have the largest selection of wallpaper in the area, including brands like Thibaut, Osborne and Little, and Schumacher.
    We are Annapolis’ premier dealer of Dash and Albert outdoor/indoor rugs and have an extensive selection of samples in our showroom. Clean up is simple, as they are bleach-safe and can be washed with your garden hose and a brush.
    We also carry the entire Hunter Douglas line of window treatments and offer professional measuring and installation.
    We offer both in-store and in-home color consultations, along with hourly design services with our interior designer, Alexandra Small, Allied ASID.
    We are happy to order samples and have them sent directly to your home.

Maryland Paint & Decorating: 209 Chinquapin Round Rd., Annapolis, 410-280-2225, www.mdpaint.com

Bring wildlife up close and personal

    I am a garden coach and a landscape designer who has helped clients create wildlife-friendly spaces for over 20 years. Unlike traditional landscape designers, I focus my business on helping clients attract wildlife to their properties. My designs utilize native plants that host birds, bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, squirrels and turtles. You’ll appreciate your wildlife-landscaped garden, too, for its vitality, beauty and addition to your leisure time. Most lawns are maintenance-intensive, so even a small reduction of lawn can have a large impact on resources, including your time.

Sybil Lucas, Habitat Gardens: 410-626-0710, [email protected]

Buy locally grown plants — and local knowledge

    Loch Less Farm is a plant place run by a grower with over 40 years’ knowledge of Maryland’s growing seasons.
    Every year at Loch Less, we grow thousands of vegetable, herb, annual and perennial plants. Come look us over – from our dozens of tomato varieties, both hybrid and heirloom, to our several dozen kinds of basil, to our bedding plants and to ‘Sir’ – the most photographed peacock in Calvert County.
    We grow most of our plants; we know our plants; we like our plants and if we do not believe the weather is right, we will not sell our plants.
    Is it time now to plant tomatoes? Not until the soil is warm to your toes.
    What is full sun? A full sun area needs five to six hours of HOT sun each day. Early morning sun does not count. We are happy to work with our customers o get the best plant for their particular spot.
    Give us a try – just follow the Loch Less monster signs off Rt. 260 at Horace Ward Road.

Loch Less Farm: 8233 Pushaw Station Rd., Owings, 410-257-7012

Cash in as you clean out the house

    Established in 2009, Second Wind offers an ever-changing inventory of furniture, decorating accessories, housewares, tools, garden décor, costume jewelry, books and collectibles. Our standards are high for consignments. Every item in our inventory is carefully selected and displayed with complimentary pieces to spark your creativity.
     At Second Wind, consigning is easy. Just call for an appointment to drop off your items. We’ll do the rest! At the end of each month, we settle all our accounts and mail out checks. We’ll go over the details when you sign your contract. It’s a great way to clean out the house and make some money to invest in new pieces for your home.
    Voted Best Consignment Shop by Bay Weekly readers for the past three years, Second Wind gives you confidence that your treasures are in good hands and your account will be handled in an accurate and professional manner.
     With great merchandise and a friendly staff, Second Wind will top your list of favorite shopping destinations.

Second Wind Consignments: 661 Deale Rd., Deale, 410-867-0480, ­secondwindconsignments.com

Chart your passages on your walls

    Maps help you remember favorite places and set your sights on new horizons.
    You’ll large inventory of historic maps of the world and of Anne Arundel County and Maryland at Wimsey Cove Framing & Art.
    Anything you want to mark your passage through life, including maps, can be framed or mounted to fit your decor.

    Wimsey Cove Framing & Art is a full service frame shop, offering high-quality conservation framing for artwork, memorabilia, diplomas and certificates. Owner and framing designer Elizabeth Ramirez is an artist with 22 years experience in the business. Our service is personal and turn-around fast.
    We have the largest offering of frames and mats in Southern Anne Arundel County and can handle any size or complexity. If your artwork is too large for your vehicle, we will pick up and deliver in Anne Arundel County.

Wimsey Cove Framing & Art: 3141 Solomon’s Island Rd., Edgewater, 410-956-7278, www.marylandframing.com

Collect local art at ­reasonable prices

    calvART Gallery is a co-op gallery of local artists, showcasing paintings, pottery and ceramics, glasswork, jewelry, woodwork and more. There is abundant fine art available at reasonable prices, and the gallery is changed monthly, with fresh new finds available. There are many items of decorative, functional, and wearable art to adorn your house, your garden, even you.
    Each month features a gallery reception (typically on the second Saturday from 5-8pm) with light fare, and many of our artists in attendance to chat with visitors.
    In addition, we are affiliated and share space with the Arts Council of Calvert County, and the work of budding artists from county schools, from the county’s youngest elementary school students to the College of Southern Maryland.

calvART Gallery: 110 South Solomon’s Island Rd., Prince Frederick, 410-535-9252, www.calvARTGallery.com

Decorate with history

    Family-owned and operated for 28 years, this unique store specializes in framing, gifts and objects you won’t find anywhere else, from frame moldings to antiques, art, furniture, gifts, home decor, jewelry and signs. Owners Barbara Daniels and Dawn Wilson and framer Stephanie Lavis, and new employee Jessica Wilson also restore photos and transfers videos to DVDs.

Side Street Framers & Gift Gallery: 558 Ritchie Hwy., ­Severna Park, 410-544-9050, www.sidestreetframers.com

Devote your second ­Saturday to destination shopping

    Set your treasure-hunting calendar for the second weekend of each month, when The Mermaid’s Cottage opens its doors. That’s when Barby Harms and her sister Peggy Denton release their newest creations, one-of-a-kind treasures they’ve refurbished to reveal its untold potential.
    The Mermaid’s Cottage has its own repurposing story to tell, as it is housed in a country store built over 100 years ago as Ogden’s Store

    Along with vintage finds and custom-built furniture, they also carry unique home goods, some with coastal flair, gift ideas, candles and bath scrubs and salts.
    Celebrating their first anniversary in April, they now have expanded their salvage room and are offering Dixie Belle paint for your DIY projects. Coming soon are paint technique classes.
    Barby and Peggy, along with Barby’s daughters, Julie and Laurie. love to talk about their experiences and are always glad to answer your questions about techniques and products.

The Mermaid’s Cottage: 2990 Parkers Creed Rd., Port Republic, 443-532-5981

Discover your piece of recycled history

    With 5,000 square feet of goods ranging from jewelry to vintage clothing and furniture to coins, currency and maps to war memorabilia, Then … & Again Antiques is a bargain hunter’s paradise. Over 35 dealers keep the “new” stock coming in on a daily basis. As you browse thousands of distinctive collectibles and repurposed items, you can expect friendly customer service and quality items at affordable prices. We hope you’ll be inspired when you find that very special item. As it once told the story of its original owner, this repurposed antique that can now tell your story.

Then and Again Antiques Mall: 2009 West St., ­Annapolis, 410-573-0313, www.thennagain.com

Equip your inner artist

    What creative projects do you have planned?
    Art Things in West Annapolis has been around for 50 years now to help you in your artistic endeavors. Whether it’s a mural in your child’s bedroom or a touch up on a picture frame, Art Things has got the materials you’ll need and the expertise to guide you — from oil painting to creative coloring, from stenciling to gold leafing. The helpful staff at Art Things is there to answer your questions about what art supplies to use. Are you doing calligraphy, or needing a beautiful journal or a sheet of handmade paper? Do the grandchildren need a break from technology? Art Things has activities to spark imagination. Uncommon greeting cards and inspiring, zany gifts, too.
    Come explore!

Art Things, Inc.: 2 Annapolis St., West Annapolis, 410-268-3520, www.ArtThingsInc.com

Find the machines you need for outdoor work

    Engines not starting in spring? Our shop can service your machines and get them in good running order for the spring and summer. Also, if you need a replacement, since we sell multiple brands we will be able to help you find the best fit for your needs.
    We service and repair most makes and models of outdoor power equipment.

LJ Elter and Son, Inc.: 410-535-0113, www.marylandlawnandgarden.com

Grow a garden to ­sustain the ecosystem

    Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm is a small self-sustaining farm that cares about the whole life cycle of our plants, animals and everything in our ecosystem. In business for 37 years, we farm in organic manner to keep the environment safe for future generations. When you purchase plants from our farm you are receiving something grown with love that has left a very small imprint on the earth.
    We’ll show you how to garden in almost no space, using inventive containers for decks and small yards along with miniature varieties of plants and flowers bred to pot size.
    For your high summer garden, visit us to choose your favorites from 33 varieties of tomatoes and 20 varieties of peppers.

Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm: 8109 Telegraph Rd., Severn, 410-551-2237, ­www.willowoakherbs.com

Guaranteed satisfaction on your home heating, cooling and plumbing

    Belair Engineering is a woman-owned and -managed air conditioning, heating, gas fireplace and plumbing contractor. Services for the upcoming season include installing air cleaners, cooling systems and backup generators. Belair Engineering is also a reliable source for plumbing fixtures and installation: commodes, hot water heaters, garbage disposals and kitchen and bathroom fixtures.”
    We’re celebrating our 55th year of providing exceptional repair service and replacement installation for your air conditioner and heat-pump cooling systems at great prices. All of our technicians are drug-screened and mom-approved. We also provide a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee for your added peace of mind.
    Call today!

Belair Engineering and Service Company, 888-8BELAIR (823-5247), www.BelAirEngineering.com

Providence Center’s team provides Bay plantings and lawn service, too

    Providence Center’s Horticulture Program produces and sells seasonal plants and perennials. It also provides landscaping for area residents, including those in Critical Areas.
    Providence Center’s specialty is native plants, including wetland grasses. Our plants have been used in numerous shoreline restoration and storm water management projects. Our landscaping team helps homeowners install Providence Center-grown native plants in critical areas of their property to help comply with state and county regulations.

    We also offer floating gardens that beautify the waterfront, help clean our rivers and provide habitat for wildlife.
    Our landscaping team offers complete lawn care services, from landscape design and installation, wetland restoration, lawn mowing, fertilization, pest management, weed control and pruning. We also handle leaf removal and junk hauling.
    Providence Center growers and landscapers are residents of Anne Arundel County who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. They are learning job skills as members of the horticulture team. Horticulture is one of many Providence Center programs that help empower nearly 450 people to live full, contributing lives in their communities. Every plant purchase and contract for services gives back to support our mission.
    Visit our greenhouses and gardens at 370 Shore Acres Road in Arnold or call Nathan Ullrich, horticulture manager at 443-275-5469.

Providence Center: 930 Point Pleasant Rd., Glen Burnie, 443-306-1885, www.providencecenter.com, Nathan Ullrich, horticulture manager: [email protected]

Houses sparkle with Cleaning Maid Easy

    We love cleaning! It’s what we are all about!
    The most common complaint we hear from potential clients is that they are fed up and frustrated with the cleanliness and look of their floors. Floor installers will tell you to use their costly products to clean floors. Rarely is this good advice. Many hardware stores will attempt to lure you in as they showcase cleaners with promises for renewal and rejuvenation. Don’t fall for it.
    We have learned that less is more. Using water and white distilled vinegar is a great way to wash hardwood floors. When mixed with water, the vinegar’s acidity is drastically lowered, and the solution cuts through dirt and grime, leaving a streak-free and naturally clean floor. We use a flat mop or rag to dry the floors afterwards for a safe and super-clean outcome.
    We know cleaning, and we take pride that we are building careers for our staff. But the real secret to our success is our open communication with our clients. Each of our clients has different needs and completely different desires. When walking through on estimates, we listen and ask questions to ensure that we have the best understanding of what you want for your home and your family. As we build a cleaning relationship, we adjust our cleanings to meet your changing needs.
    Communication and care are what sets us apart from other companies. We are the professionals who keep our word.

Cleaning Maid Easy, Inc.: 410-867-7773, ­www.cmeofmd.com

Keep your water flowing — not overflowing

    Poor water quality isn’t just a matter of taste or looks; it can also affect your health and finances. Improving water quality with water purification systems and water softeners can reduce your chance of illness and ensure your home appliances run more efficiently. Proper maintenance keeps your water treatment equipment effective.
    Hague Water of Maryland provides full-service home and office water treatment, including water filtration systems, water softeners, water coolers and more. We service water heaters and garbage disposals, maintenance well pumps and clean drains.
    Hague preventative and emergency services are performed by state-certified technicians and master plumbers
    We are proud to offer quality USA-made products in our plumbing services.
    We offer free water testing and plumbing estimates for individual solutions to every water problem. Call to set up a consultation to find the right solutions for your budget and needs.

Hague Quality Water of Maryland: 814 E. College Parkway, Annapolis, 410-757-2992, www.HagueWaterofMD.com

Lawn solutions to ­benefit you and nature

    As an avid outdoorsman, L.S.L. Lawn Service owner Larry Lathrop considers the best methods and solutions that benefit nature while taking care of his customers.
    One customer bought topsoil and seeded his lawn, but nothing would grow. After he called L.S.L. to help, we provided soil testing and found that the soil’s salt content was too high. We added soil amendments to correct the problem. Now he has a beautiful and healthy lawn.

    In addition, we use grass alternatives, such as wildflowers, to enhance a property. This helps to attract essential pollinators, like bees; while providing a low maintenance solution for the customer.
    With over 30 years experience in the lawn service industry serving southern Maryland residents and businesses, we know what it takes to keep a lawn healthy and thriving. We are certified in pesticide and fertilization application through the State of Maryland, and we adhere to all state and federal regulations. Customer service is our top priority.

L.S.L. Lawn Service Inc.: 301-274-3001, www.lsllawnservice.com

Let the light shine in with ­professionally cleaned windows

    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. Views are no longer obscured by dirty glass.
    Dr. Glass is the area’s best professional window cleaning service for the past 10 years. We are reliable, conscientious, careful and respectful of your time and property as we make your windows sparkle. 
    Call or e-mail Dr. Glass Window Washing for free estimate and to schedule an appointment for anytime in 2017.
    Bill, George, Joe, Demitri and Julio are your professional window-washing and power-washing experts.

Dr. Glass: [email protected], 410-626-0782

Locally owned, locally grown

    Greenstreet Gardens is locally owned, and we grow our own. Tomatoes, herbs, annuals, perennials — and our customer favorite, colorful hanging baskets — are grown in our Lothian greenhouses. No long truck rides and rough handling. Our plants are our babies, and they’re treated that way.
    We believe that SUCCESS GROWS HERE at Greenstreet Gardens. We regularly hear from customers that their plants have grown too big, too small, or they don’t flower like they should. Our knowledgeable staff will help you choose the right plant for the right spot. And we don’t stop there. We guide you on how to prepare the soil and choose a soil conditioner that’s right for your growing conditions, and then properly plant and care for your new landscape.

Greenstreet Gardens: 391 West Bay Front Road (Rt. 258), Lothian, 410-867-9500, www.greenstreetgardens.com

Make a memory — or create functional and food-safe art

    The Clay Bakers is the only pottery-painting and glass-fusing studio in Historic Annapolis. For seven years, we have been the go-to experts in Paint Your Own Pottery. Everything we use is food safe. Paints and glazes are water soluble, making clean up a breeze. Your finished masterpiece is safe for the microwave and dishwater.

    Our trained staff is here to help you make unique pieces and create a memory of your time at the studio.
    Choices start at $8, with the average of $16 to 20 per painter covering everything you need to complete your piece.
    Glass-fusing workshops and Ladies Night are monthly features; reservations ensure you a spot.
    ART-regious summer camp runs weekly for eight weeks, for young artists ages 6 and up.
    We are a walk-in studio, open seven days a week. No reservation needed to make a memory or create functional and food-safe art for all ages.

The Clay Bakers: 151 Main St., Annapolis, 410-990-0244, ­www.theclaybakers.com

A real estate professional who knows the market can help you avoid costly mistakes

    I pride myself on being that professional, bringing you integrity, in-depth community and market knowledge, marketing savvy, effective negotiation skills and a high-quality professional network.
    I strive to find ways to be your strongest possible advocate and to excel as a source of knowledge about the market and inventory to assist you in making the best investment decision. Providing the very best service means keeping myself accessible, being a good listener as well as a good communicator and responding quickly to your needs.
    This client first philosophy requires me to continually improve my skills and ways of doing business. In addition, I’ve found that the latest technologies are enabling me to do everything I’ve always done, only much more quickly and efficiently. They’ve also helped me to extend the range of services I provide.
    My specialties are Southern Maryland waterfront and water-access homes and condos, as well as working with relocation clients.

Barbara Raley, The McNelis Group: Solomons, 301-904-2172, www.barbararaley.com

Refresh, renew and ­renovate

    Come to the Home Improvement Expo for around-the-house ideas and expertise. Speak with two-dozen local professionals and learn about their services. Plus wine tasting, kids activities, door prizes and more. Sponsored by Crofton Village Pool & Recreation Association Saturday April 1 (9am-5pm and Sunday April 2 (10am-3pm) at Odenton Sport Center.
    Crofton Village Pool and Recreation Association: Bringing families together one event at a time …

www.facebook.com/CroftonVillagePooland, RecreationAssociation; Twitter @CVPRA1

Rely on the Best of The Bay to sell your home    

    Open seven days a week, Schwartz Realty is ever ready to assist you with purchasing a new home or putting your house on the market, renting, property management, even moving out of state.
    Schwartz has been a major fixture in Anne Arundel County since 1949 when Max C. and Bertie Schwartz and his wife established their first office in Deale. Today their son George G. Heine Jr. is the broker-president at Schwartz.
    Through hurricanes, recession, war and gas shortages, Schwartz has made Integrity, honesty and solid business practices the norm.
    Schwartz Realty agents take pride in knowing real estate laws and procedures, which change on a regular basis. Helping you to 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.

Schwartz Realty: 5801 Deale-Churchton Rd., Deale, 301-261-9700, 410-867-9700, www.schwartzrealty.com

Roof repair diagnosed and done

    We have over 25 years experience. When we look at your roof, we can tell you if you need a repair or need to replace the entire roof. Whatever the job, we use top-quality materials, and our prices are very competitive.

888-Roofers: 1-888-roofers; 888-Roofers.com

Stay real chill

    Keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter is our business. We sell and service air conditioning, gas and oil furnaces and heat pumps, air cleaners and humidifiers, pool and spa heaters.
    We pride ourselves on catering to the local community and providing reliable, honest, and affordable service. We use conductive reasoning to solve problems that customers may have had resolved for years. Our staff of reliable technicians all have eight-plus years of experience and have been with Real Chill for the majority of their careers.
    Do you suffer from allergies? We can discuss the benefits of an electronic air cleaner to help decrease the pollutants in your home. Costly repairs ruining your yearly budget? Let’s discuss how a maintenance plan could benefit you.

Real Chill Heating and Air Conditioning: 5865 Deale Churchton Rd., Deale, 410-867-3626, www.realchill.com

Take a trip off the beaten path for home decor

    At Vintage Stew, furniture, artworks, lighting and floor coverings are displayed in a warm and welcoming showroom. Our inventory reflects diverse interests ranging from primitives to modern fine art and furnishings.
    We bring a lifetime of knowledge of vintage and period design to Vintage Stew. For all the hours we spend searching and picking items for the store, we spend just as much time conducting research so that we can provide you with as much information about your purchase as possible.
    We offer private consultations to help you achieve a desired look for your home and can also provide guidance for downsizing options when liquidating a household.
    Separate from our retail showroom, Vintage Stew-dios creates one of a kind furniture and lighting from salvaged relics of the past. Let us work with you to make your imagined piece a reality.
    We pride ourselves in our array of knowledge and we enjoy sharing it with our customers.

Vintage Stew: 655 Deale Rd.,
Deale, 443-607-6601, Facebook.com/vintagestew

Time-tested service for antique clocks

    We repair antique American, French, German, English and Swiss clocks of all makes and models — including Grandfather, Grandmother, wall, cuckoo and mantle styles.
    We have been fixing clocks as a family since 1950. Our experience in the repair of your family heirlooms sets us apart from the rest. We also offer a one year warranty on all work performed.

Maryland Clock Company: 1251 W. Central Ave., ­Davidsonville, 301-262-5300, 410-798-6380, ­www.marylandclockco.com

Transform you lawn into a landscape

    In business for over 25 years, Cutting Edge Landscape Co. offers aeration and all types of landscaping services from small to large. We are a family-owned and -operated business. An owner does your estimate and oversees your project.
    We will landscape your entire yard and keep it up with our weekly maintenance program. By entire, we mean:
    Hardscapes: Retaining walls in stone or wood;
    Structures: Decks, sheds, pergolas and fences;
    Plantings: Trees, shrubs, flowerbeds and mulching;
     Maintenance: Scheduled according to your needs.
    We also specialize in drainage solutions and erosion control.

Cutting Edge Landscape Co., Inc.: 957 Central Ave. E., Edgewater, 410-956-6540, www.cuttingedgelandscapingnursery.com

Trees are a big issue we can make manageable

    Trees need care just like everything else in your homestead. They grow big pretty much on their own, but growing beautiful may take some help. 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. We can see your trees as they ought to be and prune them to that habit of growth with techniques tailored to the biology and habits of specific tree species of all sizes.
    For trees causing problems, like shading out grass, clogging gutters or blocking views, often there are other options than costly removal. Many trees can be saved and problems corrected with calculated and specific tree maintenance.
    Sometimes a tree has to come down. We can do the job efficiently, entirely — even to cleaning up the site and hauling away the wood — and more affordably than you might imagine.
    We also align our safety principles with those of the ISA to ensure safe work sites as well as healthy trees and happy property owners.

Independent Tree Care: Edgewater, 202-351-8293

Turn your yard into an extension of your home

    Homestead Gardens is more than a garden center. Homestead is a lifestyle center. You find an endless assortment of trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials to beautify your garden. You will also find everything you need for outdoor living— from relaxing to playing, grilling and dining, entertaining and beyond. From the foundation to the finishing touch, Homestead Gardens can help turn your yard into an extension of your home.
    Many homeowners are ready to tackle a project in the yard, but need a little help in figuring out where to start. Homestead Gardens’ Garden Coach will help you choose the right plants for your landscape taking into account shade, sun, moisture and more. Take it a step further with Homestead’s planting services. Or, for a full landscape design and installation, meet with a professional landscape designer in Homestead Gardens landscape division.

Homestead Gardens: 743 West Central Ave., ­Davidsonville, 410-798-5000; 522 Ritchie Hwy., Severna Park, 410-384-7966; www.HomesteadGardens.com

Use these questions to upgrade your insurance coverage

    Ask yourself these questions: Is my home limit at 100 percent replacement cost value? Should my personal liability limit be increased? Is water backup covered under my homeowner’s policy? Should I combine my home and auto coverage to take advantage of the home/auto discount, which can be 10 to 15 percent? Do I need umbrella coverage? Do I need life insurance, and is the limit adequate for the need?
    Marshall & Associates Insurance can help answer all these questions and more. We specialize in both commercial and residential insurance, including homes, businesses, farms and wineries.

Marshall & Associates Insurance: Prince Frederick, 410-586-2381, www.somdinsurance.com

We do windows — the right way

    Malibu has been serving Annapolis residents and businesses for over 10 years. We hope you’ll be our next customer.
    Our commercial properties include the U.S. Naval Academy, St Mary’s Catholic School, the Maryland Inns and Pyramid Builders.

Malibu Window Cleaning: 7 Old Riverview Ave., ­Annapolis, 410-263-1910, Annapoliswindowcleaning.com

Where to begin?

    Do you need a full house update? Is your kitchen and bath looking dated? Are your walls crying out for new paint colors?
    For de-cluttering and organizing, comprehensive next step design assessments, color consultations, staging, and senior transitional moves, start with an in-home consultation with Sharon O’Brien.
    Interior design has been her passion since she was a teenager allowed to decorate her own bedroom. She chose large graphic- print wallpaper in primary colors for one wall and sunny yellow paint for the other walls. A designer was born!
    She studied Interior Design at Kent State University and went on to work for full service design firms, furniture companies and wall-covering manufacturers. In 2014 she opened her own company and works with clients in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Delaware and Florida.

Inspired Interiors: Annapolis, 443-949-7878, www.inspiredinteriors.info