Business Notes

Business Notes

April 18, 2004

TownMall plans giveaway in honor of Mother's Day

TownMall of Westminster is promoting Mother's Day by giving away a sunflower pot and seeds with purchases from mall merchants.

Customer service in the center of the mall will offer the gifts, while supplies last, to patrons presenting $75 in receipts dated tomorrow through May 9.

The mall will hold its spring baseball card show Friday to April 26 during mall hours. Baseball cards, sports memorabilia, Beanie Babies, NASCAR souvenirs and autographed sports cards will be featured.

The Psycho Jammers will return for demonstrations of big band and swing music by the Bill Elliott Swing Band and dance steps from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and April 30.

Information: 410-857-0300.

Chamber plans program on youth leadership

The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce will hold its Youth Leadership Carroll program from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 27-29 at Carroll Community College.

Youth Leadership Carroll is designed to provide opportunities for leadership development to youths who do not typically get such opportunities. Participants can work on leadership skills in such areas as team building, conflict resolution, goal-setting and collaborative problem-solving.

Any Carroll County public, private or home-schooled student entering the sophomore year of high school may apply to the program. Twenty-five will be accepted.

Application forms are available at public high school guidance offices, the Chamber of Commerce and all Carroll County library branches. Applications must include a parent or guardian's signature and be mailed or delivered to Bonnie Grady, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 871, Westminster 21158.

The deadline for applications is May 7.

Information: 410-848-9050.

Finishing Touches classes for girls start April 27

Belk of TownMall of Westminster will offer six weeks of Finishing Touches classes for girls ages 6 through 17 starting April 27.

The classes will help girls develop self-confidence, poise and good habits.

Finishing Touches for ages 6 through 11 will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and for ages 12 through 17 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays. The teen course also covers basic modeling, fashion awareness, natural makeup and career tips.

The class will conclude with a graduation fashion show at 7 p.m. June 4 at the mall. The cost is $75 plus $15 for the textbook.

Information: Nicky Smelser, 410-876-7008.

Child care company gets highest rating

Carroll Child Care Centers Inc. has received the highest level of credentialing, Level Four, from the state Department of Human Resources' Child Care Administration.

Among other things, the credential means that members of the center's senior staff have completed more than 300 hours of continued child-care training during the past year.

The certification allows for program improvements and makes the company eligible for additional state funding.

In its 35th year, the nonprofit Carroll Child Care Centers provides child care for children ages 6 weeks to 10 years.

Metzler's Eldersburg store to become flagship location

John Metzler, chief executive officer of Metzler's Garden Center, has announced that the Eldersburg store on Liberty Road in Winfield will be the company's flagship location as of July.

The store will be open year-round.

Metzler's has been located in Columbia for 40 years, but decided to sell that property for residential development and concentrate on the Carroll County site.

Maria's hires head chef, special events coordinator

Maria's of Westminster has appointed Michael Kelly executive chef and Linda Stevens special events coordinator for its new location at the Westminster Inn.

Kelly, formerly of Paolo's and Polo Grill, will work with Maria's sous chef Philip Dean to develop a menu that will include Maria's favorites and new casual cuisine.

Stevens was special events coordinator at Antrim 1844 in Taneytown for five years and helped develop the Inn at Roop's Mill. She will be responsible for private parties and promotions.

Ernie Kosmakos is the owner of Maria's.

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