By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2012
It is not often that a visitor receives a Dickensian welcome at the front gate of a historic Monkton home decorated for the holidays. Dressed to the nines in fresh greenery, this circa 1840, white-washed brick structure wears red bows and pine cones on green wreaths like haute couture. Two women arrange garlands to sweep the length and breadth of the white picket fence surrounding a small front garden. Large brass lanterns on either side of the front entrance light the steps up to the front door.
By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | November 12, 2012
Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be acquainted, another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word: FROWZY Arising obscurely in British regional dialects, frowzy (pronounced FRAU-zee) originally meant "bad smelling," as the closely related word frowsty still does. It has since taken on the sense of "untidy," "scruffy," "neglected in appearance," and (of a place)
By Donna Ellis | November 8, 2012
You have to be in pretty good shape to make it up the myriad stairs leading to the main dining room at the Ellicott Mills Brewing Company. But once there - above the din of the street level bar - you'll be glad you made the effort. The spacious 120-seat area is nicely laid out. That, and the menu, promise the opportunity to enjoy good food and conversation with your companions. This historical building at 8308 Main Street is all brick and stone and hard wood, bespeaking the solid foundations upon which this 19th century mill and railroad town were built.
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2012
A 9,000-square-foot house on nearly five acres in the heart of Howard County sold in September for $1.5 million. The Colonial at 13320 Wicklow Place in Clarksville was custom-built in 1996. The key selling points were features that typically aren't seen in modern houses, said Richard Watson, the seller's agent. "It's all brick," he said. "New construction and large houses will not be brick. " The other unusual details include a leather-and-mahogany-paneled library with a marble fireplace and a two-story foyer with a curved staircase and cherry inlaid hardwood floor.
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2012
Fresh from playing basketball after college in Peru, Jon Brick started his career - getting in on the ground floor at one of Mom and Dad's gyms, working for his big sister, Vicki. The scions of the Brick Bodies enterprise were adults now. They had sparred at younger ages, but they had grown up. They could run a club, teach classes, supervise trainers, recruit members, maintain facilities in perfect harmony, right? No, not easily. Over four months of (trying to) work together, Type-A Vicki rode him hard - harder than the other employees, it seemed to Jon. Used to calling the shots as an executive officer at the Citadel, Jon was resentful.
By Dave Gilmore | August 7, 2012
Shane Butcher is auctioning off "the American Dream," or at least a video game enthusiast version of it. Via one of the most unique eBay listings one can come across, Butcher is selling his chain of three video game stores, called R.U. Game?, his two homes, cars and almost all earthly possessions. The retail chain of the three Florida stores, which deal in new and used games and accessories, is the centerpiece of the listing, which has an asking price of $3.5 million, along with an immediate $10k good faith deposit required of the winning bidder.
By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2012
Gaia - a young artist who's the brains behind a massive mural project around Baltimore's Station North neighborhood - likes to say the work isn't a traditional political statement. Yet listen to him talk, and he sounds a little bit like a community organizer with an awful lot of spray paint. "What were doing here is creating a social bridge, connecting different socioeconomic backgrounds," Gaia said of the more than 20 murals and sculpture pieces scattered through the arts district and the nearby Greenmount West neighborhood.
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2012
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's administration agreed to pay $400,000 Wednesday toward building a brick walkway in Canton, a project intended to close a gap in the promenade along Baltimore's harbor. The walkway in front of The Moorings, a neighborhood of million-dollar townhouses off Boston Street, has been a source of contention between the city and the site's developer. The developer built a floating walkway instead of the brick sidewalk the city is constructing along the rest of the waterfront.
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2012
Tryko Partners LLC, a Brick, N.J.-based private equity real estate group, said Tuesday it purchased the 253-unit Park Raven apartments in Baltimore from Continental Realty Corp. The purchase price was not immediately available. With the acquisition, Tryko owns and operates 1,137 apartment units within a three-mile radius. Park Raven, with 55 brick buildings on nearly 20 acres on Ramblewood Road, was built in 1949 and is about 95 percent occupied. The property, near Good Samaritan Hospital and two miles from Belvedere Square, underwent a major renovation in 2006, including updated kitchens and baths.
February 7, 2012
Pallotti Prep High School's redesigned courtyard, named Panther Courtyard, is the home of commemorative bricks that can be purchased and inscribed with the names of students, alumni, parents and businesses. The 4x8-inch bricks cost $150 and have space for two lines with 18 characters per line. To order a brick, go to . For information, contact Kris Weaver, , 301-725-3228, Ext. 209 ;or Nina Gass, , 301-725-3228, Ext. 223.
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