Fionnuala Fox can't explain exactly what draws her to an antique. But there's a moment when she comes across something in a dusty basement and knows instantly it must be hers.
"Something just pops out at you," explains Ms. Fox, 26, co-owner of Fox & Fox Antiques. "I love anything and everything that's unusual and beautiful."
Four years ago, she and her mother fulfilled a lifelong dream, buying a shop on Howard Street together. "At the beginning, I was wondering if we would survive," she says.
Today, they have not only survived, but thrive -- counting an oil painting they bought for $25 and sold for $1,500 among their coups.
Ms. Fox's personal taste runs toward the eclectic, with her Roland Park home featuring a melange of styles from French Provincial to modern. Yet there is one unifying element: paintings by local artist Tom Everhart, who happens to be her fiance.
The two met through a friend several years ago and got engaged recently while vacationing in Los Angeles. "It was ridiculously perfect -- a full moon, roses everywhere," says Ms. Fox, who has a 6-year-old daughter, Fionnuala, from a previous marriage.
Although the couple hasn't set a date, they are resolute about one thing: staying in town. "I've always loved Baltimore," she says. "It's not overwhelming or underwhelming. It's cute." As a kid in West Baltimore, Elijah Saunders had one dream: to become a doctor.
Decades later, he has gone on to become Maryland's first black cardiologist and one of the country's foremost authorities on hypertension, particularly in African- Americans.
His work has brought him numerous awards, the latest of which will come Saturday when the Maryland chapter of the American Heart Association honors him at the Heart Ball at the Stouffer Harborplace Hotel.
"I can't think of any honor I'd cherish more than this one," says Dr. Saunders, 55, who lives in the Greenspring Valley. "It was a shock, but a very pleasant one."
The financial road to becoming a doctor wasn't always as pleasant. But that mattered little once he found his niche: cardiology.
As Provident Hospital's first cardiologist, he directed his energies to combat hypertension and helped form the Association of Black Cardiologists.
Since 1984, he has been head of the hypertension division at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Despite a hectic career, he makes it a point to relax by playing tennis with several other doctors. But coordinating their schedules can sometimes be as challenging as diagnosing a patient. To remain a foursome, the men have discovered only one time they can all agree on: 9 p.m.
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