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January 25, 1999
Daedalus Books & Music, an 18-year-old mail order company, has moved to new headquarters, a 146,000-square-foot office and warehouse at 9645 Gerwig Lane, Columbia. The company's catalogs, which specialize in remaindered books, new works and compact discs, have a yearly circulation of 5.5 million. The move from the company's Hyattsville offices has quadrupled its space. A retail store is planned.
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By Lane Page | July 23, 2013
If you listen carefully as you browse the shelves at Daedalus Books in Columbia, you might hear the clicking of seven or eight sets of paws from the offices above. Those paws belong to the French bulldog, Cairn terrier, border collie and other canines that enjoy the dog-friendly culture that Daedalus owners Helaine Harris and Robin Moody pioneered from day one back in the '80s. Even if they're out of sight, says store manager Denise Hagvall, know that “if their owners are here, the dogs are here.” But it's Hagvall's dog -- company spokesdog Bernie -- a half cocker spaniel, half shih tzu rescue from Tennessee, that most often parades about the store, where he has a following of fans, especially kids.
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BUSINESS
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2011
The owners of Daedalus Books & Music had great expectations when they opened their first stand-alone retail store at the then-recently reinvigorated Belvedere Square in 2006. But the bookstore opened just before the national economy went into the tank. Daedalus found that because remainder books — the excess inventory sold at a discount by publishing houses to outlets like Daedalus — are so low-priced, it was hard to sell enough to keep the store going. It is set to close next month.
FEATURES
By Dave Rosenthal | November 6, 2012
Voting is an important way to mark our democratic freedoms -- and today, it could save you a few bucks. The Daedalus Books outlet store, which lies between Baltimore and Washington, is offering a one-day, 10 percent discount to shoppers who wear an "I Voted" sticker. In Daedulus' words: Vote - Wear - Save. Another incentive for casting your ballot.  The outlet store is located at 9645 Gerwig Lane in Columbia. Phone: (410) 309-2730.  
NEWS
By Stacey Hirsh and Stacey Hirsh,SUN STAFF | October 16, 2000
Surrounded by vast warehouses in Columbia, there is a quiet store where classical music drifts through the room and the work of great writers pours off the shelves. Behind the back shelves of the bookstore lies a giant warehouse where many of the same books are shipped in bulk across the country and around the world. The business in the back is not new - Daedalus Books has been in existence for 20 years and in Columbia for the last two. But the business in the front is - it opened less than two weeks ago, selling books at outlet prices.
FEATURES
By Dave Rosenthal | November 6, 2012
Voting is an important way to mark our democratic freedoms -- and today, it could save you a few bucks. The Daedalus Books outlet store, which lies between Baltimore and Washington, is offering a one-day, 10 percent discount to shoppers who wear an "I Voted" sticker. In Daedulus' words: Vote - Wear - Save. Another incentive for casting your ballot.  The outlet store is located at 9645 Gerwig Lane in Columbia. Phone: (410) 309-2730.  
BUSINESS
By Andrea K. Walker | April 19, 2011
Daedalus Books is closing its Belvedere Square location to the dismay of bookworms throughout the city. On the bright side, fans of the store will be able to get some great book bargains before the store is slated to close May 15. The store is already discounting books by 30 percent to get rid of inventory. Prices could be slashed as much as 50 percent by the time it closes, a store manager said. Daedalus specializes in remainder books sales - the excess inventory that publishing houses sell at a discount - so their books are already pretty cheap.
NEWS
By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,Sun Reporter | March 30, 2008
When the doors open Friday for the annual Smith College Club of Baltimore book sale at the Timonium Fairgrounds, stand clear of the bibliophiles. They may mow you down as they sprint through the exhibition hall for bargains in the military section, or the mysteries or beach reads to be found among the sale's 50,000 carefully sorted volumes. "I love that moment," says Joan Griffith, co-chair and 25-year veteran of the sale. That's when she and other volunteers can finally exult in their year-round work on the scholarship fundraiser.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2010
Old friends Virginia Stein and Gretchen Hathaway welcomed back another old friend Friday afternoon. The two women were among the 50 or so movie fans who showed up for the quiet reopening of Baltimore's 71-year-old Senator Theatre , which had been dark for nearly three months. With just a few minutes to go before the movie started, they agreed the day offered a genuine cause for celebration. "I've been coming to this theater all my life, and that means back to the 1940s," said Stein, who lives in Gardenville.
NEWS
By JACQUES KELLY | January 21, 2006
There it sat, the polished former Hochschild Kohn terrazzo floor I recalled from my youth. The restored floor, holding the tables and racks of the Daedalus Books & Music due to open this morning, is a component of this building's underrated sleek modern design. We've overlooked this Govans landmark's finer points for too long. As I walked in the other night, through the big glass door at York and Belvedere, I thought that for all the talk about midcentury design, this is a splendid version - a progressive, unencumbered modern design, with steel, glass and curving atrium walls.
BUSINESS
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2011
The owners of Daedalus Books & Music had great expectations when they opened their first stand-alone retail store at the then-recently reinvigorated Belvedere Square in 2006. But the bookstore opened just before the national economy went into the tank. Daedalus found that because remainder books — the excess inventory sold at a discount by publishing houses to outlets like Daedalus — are so low-priced, it was hard to sell enough to keep the store going. It is set to close next month.
BUSINESS
By Andrea K. Walker | April 19, 2011
Daedalus Books is closing its Belvedere Square location to the dismay of bookworms throughout the city. On the bright side, fans of the store will be able to get some great book bargains before the store is slated to close May 15. The store is already discounting books by 30 percent to get rid of inventory. Prices could be slashed as much as 50 percent by the time it closes, a store manager said. Daedalus specializes in remainder books sales - the excess inventory that publishing houses sell at a discount - so their books are already pretty cheap.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2010
Old friends Virginia Stein and Gretchen Hathaway welcomed back another old friend Friday afternoon. The two women were among the 50 or so movie fans who showed up for the quiet reopening of Baltimore's 71-year-old Senator Theatre , which had been dark for nearly three months. With just a few minutes to go before the movie started, they agreed the day offered a genuine cause for celebration. "I've been coming to this theater all my life, and that means back to the 1940s," said Stein, who lives in Gardenville.
BUSINESS
By Andrea K. Walker and Andrea K. Walker,andrea.walker@baltsun.com | December 24, 2008
What could have a been a miserable holiday season for Smyth Jewelers isn't going to be so bad, thanks to some creative thinking by the owners last summer. When sales started to slow at the small, 94-year-old, family-run company, it began a gold buyback program, purchasing old jewelry from customers and melting down the gold. Many customers then used the cash to buy new jewelry from Smyth - helping the company to better weather the recession and slow holiday shopping season. "Our guys were on top of things," said Ruthann Carroll, director of advertising for Smyth, which has stores in Timonium and Annapolis.
NEWS
By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,Sun Reporter | March 30, 2008
When the doors open Friday for the annual Smith College Club of Baltimore book sale at the Timonium Fairgrounds, stand clear of the bibliophiles. They may mow you down as they sprint through the exhibition hall for bargains in the military section, or the mysteries or beach reads to be found among the sale's 50,000 carefully sorted volumes. "I love that moment," says Joan Griffith, co-chair and 25-year veteran of the sale. That's when she and other volunteers can finally exult in their year-round work on the scholarship fundraiser.
NEWS
By JACQUES KELLY | January 21, 2006
There it sat, the polished former Hochschild Kohn terrazzo floor I recalled from my youth. The restored floor, holding the tables and racks of the Daedalus Books & Music due to open this morning, is a component of this building's underrated sleek modern design. We've overlooked this Govans landmark's finer points for too long. As I walked in the other night, through the big glass door at York and Belvedere, I thought that for all the talk about midcentury design, this is a splendid version - a progressive, unencumbered modern design, with steel, glass and curving atrium walls.
EXPLORE
By Lane Page | July 23, 2013
If you listen carefully as you browse the shelves at Daedalus Books in Columbia, you might hear the clicking of seven or eight sets of paws from the offices above. Those paws belong to the French bulldog, Cairn terrier, border collie and other canines that enjoy the dog-friendly culture that Daedalus owners Helaine Harris and Robin Moody pioneered from day one back in the '80s. Even if they're out of sight, says store manager Denise Hagvall, know that “if their owners are here, the dogs are here.” But it's Hagvall's dog -- company spokesdog Bernie -- a half cocker spaniel, half shih tzu rescue from Tennessee, that most often parades about the store, where he has a following of fans, especially kids.
BUSINESS
By Andrea K. Walker and Andrea K. Walker,andrea.walker@baltsun.com | December 24, 2008
What could have a been a miserable holiday season for Smyth Jewelers isn't going to be so bad, thanks to some creative thinking by the owners last summer. When sales started to slow at the small, 94-year-old, family-run company, it began a gold buyback program, purchasing old jewelry from customers and melting down the gold. Many customers then used the cash to buy new jewelry from Smyth - helping the company to better weather the recession and slow holiday shopping season. "Our guys were on top of things," said Ruthann Carroll, director of advertising for Smyth, which has stores in Timonium and Annapolis.
NEWS
By Stacey Hirsh and Stacey Hirsh,SUN STAFF | October 16, 2000
Surrounded by vast warehouses in Columbia, there is a quiet store where classical music drifts through the room and the work of great writers pours off the shelves. Behind the back shelves of the bookstore lies a giant warehouse where many of the same books are shipped in bulk across the country and around the world. The business in the back is not new - Daedalus Books has been in existence for 20 years and in Columbia for the last two. But the business in the front is - it opened less than two weeks ago, selling books at outlet prices.
NEWS
January 25, 1999
Daedalus Books & Music, an 18-year-old mail order company, has moved to new headquarters, a 146,000-square-foot office and warehouse at 9645 Gerwig Lane, Columbia. The company's catalogs, which specialize in remaindered books, new works and compact discs, have a yearly circulation of 5.5 million. The move from the company's Hyattsville offices has quadrupled its space. A retail store is planned.
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