Variety of merchants filling Clarksville Square center


July 27, 2000|By Lorraine Gingerich | Lorraine Gingerich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

STORES AND shops are sprouting up in the new Clarksville Square shopping center in Clarksville.

Merle Norman Cosmetics opened July 8. According to manager Joy Griffin, the business offers free makeovers, five-minute facials and wedding makeovers. It also holds birthday parties for kids and adults. Inside the store is another business - The Nail Spa at River Hill, which offers manicures and pedicures.

Roots Market opened June 24 with natural food and organic produce. Its 11,000 square feet also hold bulk grains and nuts, vitamins, herbs, cookbooks and magazines, and a body care department.

"Our motto is `Clean food, honest prices,'" said owner Jody Cuttler. "We wanted to offer the type of food Fresh Fields offers, but with more reasonable prices." According to Cuttler, who co-owns the store with Jeff Kaufman, it is the largest natural food store in Howard County.

Jiffy Lube opened June 1. According to manager William O'Neill, the shop offers preventive maintenance for cars. Workers change a vehicle's oil, service the air-conditioning system, change fuel filters, repair windows and rotate tires. Jiffy Lube also sells car batteries. A car wash will be opening soon behind Jiffy Lube.

Citizens National Bank moved from its location beside the Clarksville Auto Park. According to marketing director Jamie Haider, the bank wanted a location that had more visibility and easier access for customers. Crista Spalding remains manager of the Clarksville branch.

Robert Anthony Hair Design moved from Clarksville Center. Owner Bob Hrivnak thought that the new shopping center would give his business more exposure and better parking. Business is booming for Hrivnak, who added a stylist and is considering hiring another. Hrivnak was formerly president of the Clarksville Center merchants group and hopes to start a merchants group at Clarksville Square.

Another merchant who moved to the center is Steve Kaffl. He is the owner/manager of Clarksville Auto Center. The business offers full collision repair, as well as body shop and painting services. Kaffl's business was on Ten Oaks Road and has been in business 22 years.

Also new to Clarksville Square is State Farm Insurance agent Emily Kendall. Pasta Blitz Restaurant also will be opening there.

Schooley Mill Park

Take advantage of the only Howard County regional park in western Howard. Schooley Mill Park' s 192 acres offer plenty of room. The park has baseball/softball fields, tennis courts and basketball courts.

You can exercise your horse in an equestrian ring or try out the jumps in the field. If you don't have a horse, you can catch one of the monthly summer horse shows offered by 4-H.

Schooley Mill has 4 1/2 miles of paved and unpaved trails. There is plenty of space in the multi- purpose fields.

The multipurpose room can be rented for parties and get-togethers. Parking is convenient, and picnic tables and grills are available. If you miss your Scouting days, you can rent a campfire space (410-313-4682) and be host of an old-fashioned campfire for your friends and neighbors.

Thanks to the efforts of Boy Scout Troop 737, Schooley Mill Park is more attractive. One of the troop's service projects this year has been to clean the park. In early June, some of the troop members gathered on a Sunday afternoon to put mulch on trails and prune bushes.

"We moved a lot of mulch in just two hours," said Sue Kraeuter, the publicity chairwoman for the troop. Scouts helping with the cleanup were Erik Breton, Eugene Gardner, Ted Hartman, Thomas Larsen, David Logan, Brian McFee, Erik Peterson, Pat Roswell, J. J. Seymour, Nick Thomas, Grant Waldron and Adam Yozwiak.

Adults who took part were Scoutmaster Don Hall, Don Breton, Roy Ferguson, Terri Larsen, Max Peterson, Jeff Seymour and Ron Yozwiak. Parent Mike Logan coordinated dump trucks and a tractor used in the cleanup. Schooley Mill is on Hall Shop Road in Highland.

Information: 410-313-PARK.

Training completed

Brian Dignan, 19, of Lisbon has completed Army basic training at Fort Benning, Ga. He finished in the top 3 percent of his class, attaining the rank of private E2.

Dignan enlisted in the Army Reserve in December, and he began basic training in March. He is at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Ga., for four months for advanced individual training in computer science. Before enlisting, he attended the University of Maryland, College Park. He plans to return to the university next year.

As a reservist, he must train one weekend a month for about three years. Dignan is the son of Helen Dignan of Lisbon and Richard Dignan of Ellicott City.

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