Canine `weddings' to be held Friday

BUSINESS NOTES

May 27, 2007

Pampered Paws Gourmet Treats and the Humane Society of Harford County will hold the county's first mass canine "wedding" at 6 p.m. Friday as part of Havre de Grace's First Friday celebration.

Participants will meet at Pampered Paws, 200 N. Washington St. Dog owners pay a $20 fee per animal to have their dogs "marry" another.

The entry fee helps pay for a bridal gown or tuxedo for each dog, a flower for the owner, a $10 tax-deductible donation to the humane society and a reception after the ceremony. The reception at Pampered Paws will include a wedding cake and party favors for the dogs, and photos by Balance Photography.

For dogs without a mate, "speed dating" will be held at 5 p.m.

Proceeds will benefit county humane society programs.

Information: 410-939-5160.

Thank-you cards for troops collected

Miller Motors of Bel Air is participating in the Buick, Pontiac and GMC dealerships' thank-you card collection for active members of the military as part of national Military Appreciation Month.

The organization A Million Thanks is joining with the dealerships in an effort to collect 1 million thank-you cards and notes to be sent to service men and women.

Anyone wishing to send a card or note can visit Miller Motors at 5937 Bel Air Road.

Five Below store to open in Bel Air

Five Below, a national retail chain that markets products priced between $1 and $5, has signed a lease for a new location in Festival at Bel Air that is opening next weekend.

The Philadelphia-based chain operates 56 stores in five states.

Five Below stores are divided into eight product categories, including candy, crafts, media, room and style.

Merchandise includes T-shirts with pop culture expressions, iPod accessories, beach totes and towels, bath and body products and jewelry.

Information: 410-719-3081.

Training studio marks expansion

Body Styles by Mel, a full-service personal training studio, recently celebrated its expansion at the Forest Hill Business Air Park with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

President and trainer Mel Royster has 16 employees at the 16,200-square-foot center, which offers a Triad Wellness Center, a cardio-theater, a cycling room, group fitness classes and a professional sports performance field that can be rented for team training.

Information: 410-838-1444.

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