Oella Mill's antiques row
A new one-stop shopping spot for antiques and collectibles lovers has opened in Ellicott City. Antique Row at the Mill, located in Oella Mill, specializes in country and primitive antiques. The shops include Finders Keepers (left), Shoemaker's Country Collection, Chesapeake Collectibles and Ampersand. Four more shops are scheduled to open May 1. Also in the historic mill are Dorfman Museum Figures, Village Market Crafts and the Mill River Cafe.
To get to Oella Mill from Main Street in Ellicott City, cross the river and turn left on Oella Avenue. From there it's a half mile to the mill. Parking and the entrance are in the rear. For hours and other information, call 410-465-7754.
When Allegra Bennett's marriage of 23 years ended, she found herself on her own as far as the care of her three-story Victorian home in Baltimore was concerned. She taught herself to sand floors, install ceilings and carpet, fix decks and clean gutters.
From her experiences comes her book, "Renovating Woman: A Guide to Home Repair, Maintenance and Real Men" (Pocket Books, $22). With anecdotes and amusing insights, she offers step-by-step advice on everything from heating and cooling systems to hiring a contractor and having him respect you. She even has some humorous tips on meeting men. (An ideal place is a hardware store, according to Bennett.)
One of the nation's great house and garden tours is just one state away from us. Historic Garden Week in Virginia offers everything from large, formal parterres to urban pocket gardens. More than 250 beautiful homes, many of them historic, will be open to the public. Some 30 statewide tours will take place April 19-26. Ticket prices range from $10 to $20 for individual tours.
For more information on Historic Garden Week, now in its 64th year, or to order the detailed guidebook for $3, call 804-644-7776.
Now this is a baby product for the '90s: In response to the nationwide rise in multiple births, a California company has introduced a crib designed for twins. The right-angle construction saves space by fitting in a corner, while the two halves of the crib are divided by Plexiglas so the twins can see each other and be separate but close.
Double Delight is constructed of solid oak in a natural or honey finish. The retail price of around $1,000 includes mattresses, specially designed bed covers, bumper pads, dust ruffles and diapers stackers. Double Delight is available locally at Kids Kingdom in Perry Hall.