Edna's used furniture shop kept growing and growing Edna's Little Shop isn't so little anymore.
Now that Edna and Donald Goldberg have moved their vintage furniture shop from a tiny space in Fells Point up to a two-room storefront on Harford Road, the name doesn't quite fit.
"But it's a sentimental thing," Mrs. Goldberg explains. "My husband named the shop and then the children had a sign made for us. So we kept the same name."
The offerings at Edna's not-so-little little shop are good quality used furniture ("used not abused"), some antiques, framed prints and photographs, household goods, crystal and collectibles.
The Goldbergs started out, like many people who end up with a shop, by just buying things for themselves. "Anytime we saw the word 'sale,' we were there," Mrs. Goldberg says, laughing.
"But then every time you take something home, you have to move another piece of furniture to get the new one in the house and before you know it, you've got a garage full of furniture."
They not only filled their own garage but went on to rent and fill a second. Things were just about to get out of hand when they met someone who knew of a store for rent in Fells Point. They decided to turn their excess into a business.
Within months they were outgrowing that space and decided to move to a place that a friend was vacating on Harford Road. "We haven't even celebrated our first anniversary yet," Mrs. Goldberg says.
The entire Goldberg family is involved in the store. "Our two sons help out a lot and our three daughters help out," she says. "One son moved out of town but when he's home, we grab him, too. And then there are seven beautiful grandchildren but they're all too young to work in the shop."
At Edna's Little Shop, the Goldbergs also offer consignment and liquidation services.
The store is located at 6515 Harford Road. The hours are 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays. The telephone number is 254-4281. There's a new way to spy on the neighbors. The premiere issue of a new shelter magazine, Chesapeake Homes & Gardens, which covers the Baltimore-Washington-Richmond area, has just come onto the newsstands.
"It's an upscale magazine, glamorous. The idea is to show the best styles of the region, from high-tech to historical," said Tina Laver Coplan, editor of the new bimonthly.
The first issue includes articles on a Baltimore town house owned by four residents with a flair for design, a traditional home overlooking the bay, an architect's home in Richmond and stage settings designed by Zack Brown for the Washington Opera.
In each issue there will be a profile of a local artisan. In the current one, it's Frank Perra, topiary artist and head gardener at Ladew Gardens in Monkton.
There are also regular columns featuring shops, local excursions, gardening, exhibitions and events. "We want to show the talent represented in Maryland and Virginia," Ms. Coplan said. "There are a lot of riches right here that we'd like to show people."
The editorial offices of Chesapeake Homes & Gardens are in Chevy Chase but the magazine is published by Culler Publishing of Camden, S.C., which also publishes North Carolina Homes & Gardens as well as another periodical, Sporting Classics, and books on outdoor life.
According to advertising director Arlene Epstein, the company is looking to publish a series of regional home and garden magazines. "But with the economy being what it is," she said, "we're sitting tight for a little while."