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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Sun Staff Writer | March 15, 1995
If anyone thought Towson's new cosmopolitan image was a mirage, consider the latest evidence that the venerable Baltimore County seat has turned trendy: an espresso bar in the county library.It's the work of an entrepreneur from the West Coast and a library director who has long been willing to try new tricks to get customers into the door."People really like it," said John Hearn after a week or so behind his $15,000 portable bar, which serves book borrowers a frothy elixir brewed by forcing steam through powdered coffee beans.
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By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2012
With colorful dishware gleaming and bins stuffed to overflowing with every possible kitchen gadget, Sur La Table opened in Towson Town Center Friday. Music sung by French vocalists played and espresso was flowing as visitors surveyed the new 4,800-square-foot store managed by Anthony Harris. The store, which will employ more than 20 full- and part-time workers, is still hiring, Harris said. Sur La Table began in 1972 in Seattle's Pike Place Market with a philosophy that the kitchen is the center of the home.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Elizabeth Large | December 23, 1994
Sonny Glassner calls his new cafe "spectacular, with an arty contemporary look." He should know, because he and his wife, Laurie, own Louis Mazor Inc., the interior design firm in the same shopping center. Glasz Cafe, which opened a week ago Thursday in Lake Falls Village, is the latest of Baltimore's espresso bars, with gourmet-prepared food and sandwiches by Nona Neilsen-Parker of Culinary Capers Catering.* Penny's Crab Garden has opened where Spittel's in Catonsville used to be, at 1115 N. Rolling Road.
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By Ethan Lewis | June 29, 2008
"They should put a surgeon general's warning on coffee," I once said in jest. But it's not a joke. Whether you're a writer like me, a businessman, a sales rep, a news anchor, an airline pilot, a cop, an orthopedic surgeon, a tax attorney, a pop star or the girl who gets propelled 20 feet in the air by a dolphin at SeaWorld - whoever you are, you're probably a member of the Coffee Club. And if you're not, you will be soon, because when Dunkin' Donuts first coined its motto, "America runs on Dunkin," it wasn't far off the mark.
BUSINESS
By James Collins and James Collins,THE BOSTON GLOBE | September 14, 2003
QUINCY, Mass. - To make a large cappuccino at a Dunkin' Donuts shop here, Camila Macieira needs 47 seconds and five clicks on a touch-button screen. By the standards of the coffee industry, that's a mighty quick dose of caffeine. At rival Starbucks Corp., highly trained baristas might take twice that long to produce an Espresso Macchiato ("espresso gently marked with foam") or another of its signature espresso-based beverages. As Dunkin' Donuts expands its product line to include espresso beverages, long the province of Starbucks and other high-end outlets that emphasize ambience and attitude, the doughnut and coffee chain is banking on speed, efficiency and lower prices.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,Restaurant Critic | July 30, 1993
I caught a glimpse of the sign just off Martin Luther King Boulevard near the Sailcloth Factory: Liza's Store and Ethiopian Cuisine. It didn't exactly look encouraging, not when the word "Store" came first. But Baltimore doesn't have many Ethiopian restaurants -- it doesn't have any other that I know of -- so I decided to give Liza's a try.The dining room, in back of the small grocery, is clean and very Spartan, with two travel posters, a large fan and tables covered in oilcloth. Ethiopian music blares from a boom box. A lot of people go to an ethnic restaurant for atmosphere as well as food; Liza's is not for them.
BUSINESS
By LAURA SMITHERMAN and LAURA SMITHERMAN,SUN REPORTER | June 25, 2006
LANCASTER, Pa. -- On the menu at Gold Cafe on a suburban commercial strip here: coffee, espresso and biscotti. Oh, and self-directed individual retirement accounts. Taking a cue from the large bookstore that cross-sell magazines and lattes, and from Starbucks, which hawks its own brand of caffeinated brew alongside music CDs, Union National Financial Corp. is building branches that bear almost no resemblance to traditional brick-and-mortar bank establishments. The Pennsylvania community bank has opened its first "financial barista," an upscale coffee house that doubles as a full-service bank branch that takes deposits and loan applications.
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By Lisa Respers and Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF | February 19, 1999
It's Wednesday night in Bel Air, and Pat Merritt is steaming. Merritt, 53, stares intently as she works the espresso machine at Coffee Coffee in the Festival at Bel Air, part of a group braving the jitters of caffeine as they enter the world of latte and cappuccino. When it comes to coffee, "I kind of know half and half," says Merritt, a billing technician at Stella Marris and one of the dozen coffee initiates enrolled in a noncredit Harford Community College class on coffee and coffee-making.
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By Jill Hudson Neal and Jill Hudson Neal,SUN STAFF | September 2, 1999
Riverside Roastery and Espresso, one of Howard County's favorite local coffee shops, will probably never be the caffeinated behemoth that is Starbucks, but that's OK by owner Michael Lentz.Lentz and his wife, Jill, opened the first Riverside Roastery on historic Ellicott City's Main Street in 1993.Since then, they've slowly expanded their mini-java empire. Two Columbia locations -- one in Hickory Plaza near Hickory Ridge Village Center and another near the auto park off Dobbin Road -- have brought the national coffee obsession to a strip mall near you.The Hickory Ridge shop, which the Lentzes co-own with Bill Martin, opened this summer.
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By LIA GORMSEN | August 30, 2006
This site takes its coffee seriously. Loaded with interesting topics ranging from frothing milk to cleaning the group head on your espresso machine, CoffeeGeek leaves no bean unturned. The site offers thousands of reviews from experts and readers on all sorts of coffee-making gadgets.
NEWS
By [MICHELLE DEAL-ZIMMERMAN] | June 3, 2007
It takes a special person to see the limitless potential of the human spirit. In 1962, one Marylander was such a person. "The Special Olympics movement began here in Maryland in Eunice Kennedy Shriver's backyard," says Pat Krebs, who since 1992 has been president of Special Olympics Maryland. On Friday, the group holds opening ceremonies for its Summer Games at Towson University, where more than 1,000 athletes will compete in aquatics, athletics, softball and equestrian games. Krebs, 56, has been working with the Special Olympics since 1973, including working internationally to set up games in countries like the former Soviet Union.
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By ELIZABETH LARGE | April 4, 2007
When I wrote my last Table Talk column in 1998, I never thought to quote the esteemed governor of California because I didn't think I'd be back. But here I am again. Sloane Brown, who has done a great job reporting restaurant news, has moved on to expanded coverage of the local social scene for The Sun. I'm looking forward to writing Table Talk and coordinating it with a daily restaurant blog I'll be starting soon on baltimoresun.com. (Stay tuned for the exact date.) Besides letting you know about restaurant openings, changes and closings, I'll have a place to respond to readers and make random comments that don't quite fit into my restaurant reviews, which appear in the Modern Life section on Sundays.
ENTERTAINMENT
By SAM SESSA | October 5, 2006
Cosmopolitan Bar and Grill This brightly colored bar in Canton Square serves up about 70 different martinis. Downstairs is a bar with a small dining area and upstairs is a dance floor and second bar. Where -- 2933 O'Donnell St. Call -- 410-563-5000 Web site -- liberatores.com (it's owned by the same company) Notable -- The two most popular martinis are the Espresso Martini, a mix of vanilla vodka, Baileys Irish Cream, Kahlua and a splash of espresso, and the Ultimate Cosmo, made from Grey Goose Orange vodka, Cointreau and splashes of lime and cranberry juice.
NEWS
By LIA GORMSEN | August 30, 2006
This site takes its coffee seriously. Loaded with interesting topics ranging from frothing milk to cleaning the group head on your espresso machine, CoffeeGeek leaves no bean unturned. The site offers thousands of reviews from experts and readers on all sorts of coffee-making gadgets.
BUSINESS
By LAURA SMITHERMAN and LAURA SMITHERMAN,SUN REPORTER | June 25, 2006
LANCASTER, Pa. -- On the menu at Gold Cafe on a suburban commercial strip here: coffee, espresso and biscotti. Oh, and self-directed individual retirement accounts. Taking a cue from the large bookstore that cross-sell magazines and lattes, and from Starbucks, which hawks its own brand of caffeinated brew alongside music CDs, Union National Financial Corp. is building branches that bear almost no resemblance to traditional brick-and-mortar bank establishments. The Pennsylvania community bank has opened its first "financial barista," an upscale coffee house that doubles as a full-service bank branch that takes deposits and loan applications.
NEWS
By KATE SHATZKIN and KATE SHATZKIN,SUN REPORTER | February 22, 2006
What are you drinking? You've told us what you like to eat, at home and in restaurants. For our fourth annual Taste reader survey, we want to know about your beverage habits. As you consume your favorite meal, what's in your glass? Is your morning incomplete without a soy vanilla latte with extra foam? Do you drink eight glasses of water a day? Are you looking for a boost from the new energy drinks? How do you choose your wine? Please take a few minutes to mark your answers, clip them out and send them back to us. You can mail them to Taste Survey, care of Kate Shatzkin, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278.
NEWS
By Les Blumenthal and Les Blumenthal,McClatchy News Service | January 6, 1994
WASHINGTON -- First, they couldn't handle women in combat. Then, it was gays in the military. Now, it appears the Pentagon isn't ready for latte."They think its a fad or something," said Steve Tupper, who as one of the owners of Olympic Espresso has spent months trying to persuade the Defense Department that the 20,000 people who work in the Pentagon might be ready to trade in their daily cup of Joe for a latte, espresso or cappuccino.Along with more than 30 other firms, Olympic Espresso has sought a concession contract to put a cart or kiosk or even an actual gourmet coffee store in the Pentagon's busy shopping mall.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Nathan Pitts | May 23, 1996
In association with the annual National Association of Independent Record Distributors convention being held this weekend at the Omni Inner Harbor Hotel, jazz harpist Cindy Horstman will perform at 6: 30 p.m. tomorrow at Borders Espresso Cafe, 415 York Road. Also, classical guitarist Gordon Kreplin will perform there Sunday at 3 p.m. The concerts are free. Call (410) 321-4265 for information.Kevin Kadish, Cubic Feet and Love Riot will perform at the Eight by Ten Club at 10 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets are $5; free with NAIRD badge.
NEWS
By Tom Waldron and Tom Waldron,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 18, 2005
Every so often, I get the feeling that we're not in Baltimore anymore. To see what I'm talking about, head to the ever-expanding Harborview development near Federal Hill. Expensive homes are rising out of the harbor next to long docks filled with expensive boats. Near the dock sits a lovely carryout and coffee shop, Barista Espresso Cafe. Done up in muted brown, green, red and blue, with groovy lights, moody music and lots of expensive coffee drinks, Barista could fit right in in San Francisco, Boston or, I suppose, the new Baltimore.
NEWS
By Ellen Goodman | December 25, 2003
BOSTON - Now before the year runs out, we once again present our media culpa column, an annual accounting of the errors of our ways. we made along the path of 2003. We - the editorial we - almost skipped this ritual cleansing of the keyboard this year. After all, our culpas are measly compared with the big culp-rit Jayson Blair, the serial plagiarist who lied his way out of a job at The New York Times and into a book contract. As for mishaps, ours pale beside the mistake of folks who put that "Mission Accomplished" banner behind the president in the May 1 flight deck photo op. Nor did we allow Pedro Martinez to continue pitching in the fateful eighth inning of the seventh game of the Red Sox-Yankees playoff series.
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