Getting it together
Sharon Zorella makes a business of restoring memories. She takes and makes whole again everything from broken dolls to pottery to chipped cups to crystal, both for dealers and individuals. One of her most unusual jobs was to repair a 2,000-year-old water jug from the Mediterranean that was broken in 14 pieces.
You can call Zorella Ceramic Restoration at (410) 561-3257 for more information or to set up an appointment.
Sponging it up
A smelly kitchen sponge is one of the small unpleasant facts of life. The odor can be a sign your sponge is harboring potentially harmful bacteria like E. coli and salmonella.
But now 3M has introduced the O-Cel-O StayFresh sponge, with what the company calls "new anti-microbial technology" that kills germs and their odors. Its effectiveness is supposed to last through hundreds of uses. The price is right: Four- and six-count packages cost $1.29 and $1.59, respectively. You can find the StayFresh sponge at local stores such as Giant and Safeway.
From here and there
Ask Alyson Slavin what her new shop in Towson sells, and she'll say, "Everything from here to Timbuktu." So it's not surprising that she named her decorative accessories store From Here to Timbuktu.
At the moment, 16 countries are represented, with such international decorative items as Czech handblown glass pieces, mantel clocks and marble candelabra from Italy, Indonesian bronzes, African drums and Spanish alabaster lamps.
Ms. Slavin also carries the work of local artists and a few antiques, such as a 300-year-old container from Kenya made of a lion's bladder. From Here to Timbuktu, 29 Allegheny Ave., (410) 828-6717, is open Monday to Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday to Saturday to 8 p.m.