A taste of the old Inner Harbor


February 03, 2002|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,Sun Staff

If you're looking to spice up your home, the Curiozity Shoppe II in Govans may have the solution: architectural pieces from the old McCormick & Co. spice factory that once stood at the Inner Harbor. Old doors, windows and pieces of trim from the company -- in storage for 20 years -- are on sale, ranging from $25 to $3,500.

Curiozity Shoppe II is one of two new stores at 5604 York Road, formerly the home of Consignment Collection. The other store, Traditions, is on the first floor and is owned and operated by Vanessa Zantt. Traditions carries a wide range of furniture, as well as silver, jewelry and glassware. Curiozity Shoppe II, a spinoff of Curiozity Shoppe of Reisterstown, is on the second floor and is owned by Sue Clark and Ted Rohde. It sells traditional and European furnishings.

Both stores are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Covering the ground in coral

It's more than a month until the swallows return to Capistrano, but it isn't too soon to dream of spring plantings.

Anthony Tesselaar Int'l. is introducing an addition to the popular Flower Carpet easy-care ground-cover rose -- Flower Carpet Coral. This fifth in the series of long-blooming, disease-resistant ground-cover roses has coral-pink single flowers that darken over time in the sun to a deep reddish-coral. The flower is suitable for beds, baskets, large containers and mass plantings.

Flower Carpet Coral will be sold at garden centers for about $15. To find the store nearest you, call 800-580-5930.

-- L.A.

The garage: the birthplace of invention

When Buddy Holly needed a place to launch a band, when Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak decided to invent the Apple computer, when young Walt Disney wanted to start an animation studio, they all turned to an underappreciated outpost: the garage. In her new book, Garage: Reinventing the Place We Park (Taunton Press, $32), Kira Obolensky shows how the garage can be adapted to the pursuit of dreams. Library, play space, home office, guest room, workshop, art studio, potting shed -- whatever role a house can't fill, the garage can.

The garage, says Obolensky, "is the first frontier in home renovation." She explains that raising a garage roof or adding extra bays costs about $25 per square foot. In contrast, extending the dimensions of a house is about $100 per square foot.

--Universal Press Syndicate


* What can be more romantic than roses and Valentines? The William Paca House in Annapolis celebrates both with activities this weekend. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, you can create handmade Valentines when you tour the Colonial mansion at 186 Prince George St. Materials will be provided and the activity is free with admission. At 2 p.m. on Feb. 10, Penny Henderson, owner of Sweetbriar Farm in Davidsonville, will give a lecture on planting and care of antique roses. Cost is $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Advance reservations and prepayment are required. For more information, call the Historic Annapolis Foundation, 410-267-7619.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Liz Atwood, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519. Information must be received at least four weeks in advance to be considered.

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