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By Pete Pichaske | July 23, 2013
Some of the most valuable lessons don't come from textbooks. They come from experience. And as is the case in many family businesses, gems of wisdom are passed down from one generation to the next. Whether it's the secret ingredient to the spaghetti sauce, how to win over hesitant clients or where best to plant the crop, time-tested knowledge helps a family business thrive. Howard magazine asked five local family enterprises to share their stories -- along with both life lessons and tips of the trade.
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By Dan Rodricks, The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2013
Recession being the bane of piano retailers, it seems wholly remarkable that Harry Cohen and his son, Lou, decided to start selling Baldwins and Wurlitzers in 1937 - the year the economy relapsed toward the end of the Great Depression. But somehow the Cohens survived the recession of 1937 and 1938. In fact, the family business, founded in Philadelphia, thrived through three generations and extended into three states. Hundreds of families in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland bought new and used pianos from one of the Cohens over the years.
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December 4, 2012
Daniel Simons, managing partner of Hubbard Funeral Home, and his wife Heather will pick up 30 Christmas trees in North Carolina to give to the families of deployed Maryland National Guard veterans, in honor of their service. The Maryland National Guard Teen Council will help load the trees on the recipients' vehicles Dec. 8. A visit from Santa is expected and light refreshments will be served at the Wilkens Avenue funeral home.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2012
Charles R. "Chuck" Callanan, a retired educator, volunteer and author who had headed Park School for nearly a decade, died July 6 of pulmonary disease at Sedgewood Commons, an assisted-living facility in Falmouth, Maine. He was 86. "I was right out of college when he hired me in 1971 as a physical education teacher," said Carol Kinne, who lives in Mount Washington and is director of diversity and service at Park. "I was in awe of his wisdom, sense of humor and vision.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2012
Imagine being able to walk into every boutique, salon and bar in Fells Point without leaving your desk. Or, from the comfort of your couch, touring every restaurant in Little Italy before making a reservation. If Frank Clark has his way, eventually everyone with an Internet connection will be able to virtually visit every business in Baltimore. No, in Maryland. "Our job is to shoot everything," Clark said recently as he photographed a game shop in the Historic Savage Mill. Clark is a "Google-trusted photographer," one of three contractors so titled in the state.
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March 29, 2012
Contributor Lexie Mountain is an epic Van Halen fan, and has an epic review of Wednesday night's show at the Verizon Center. I have to admit: I was hoping for VAN HALEN-CON 2012. Sort of like Burning Man, but with a greater possibility of being set on fire by an errant can of Aqua Net or hassled in the parking lot by some toughs in Thom McAns. You know, a real circus. I wanted to fear for my life. But I did not fear for my life. Whole families, with their kids wearing Styx t-shirts, had come to see Van Halen at the Verizon Center Wednesday night.
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By Jennifer K. Dansicker | February 27, 2012
Searching for some good old-fashioned family fun that doesn't involve a video game? If so, you should check out Churchville Golf Range. This family-run recreation center, on Churchville Road, has two miniature golf courses, a driving range, nine softball and baseball batting cages, a golf pro shop and an arcade for those who still want their video game fix. Joyce and Ken Rizer purchased, renovated and expanded this Churchville gem from Joyce's...
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By Jennifer K. Dansicker | February 27, 2012
The flowers are not the only things in bloom at Kroh's Nursery year after year. In fact, this family business has deep roots that continue to grow in this Aberdeen nursery. In 1980, husband and wife, Robert and Mickie Sachs purchased Kroh's Nursery because they wanted to spend the rest of their lives working in a nursery and garden center. And after high school, their son Jeff started working the family business. Today, Jeff runs the day-to-day operations and says, “I started working in the nursery with my parents when I was just 10 years old. I remember holidays and Mother's Day, which are the busiest days of the year for us.” Though Robert and Mickie still work at the nursery today, Jeff Sachs runs the business and has expanded what they offer with custom design/build landscape services including hand crafted stone walls and patios, garden pools and waterfalls, and landscape maintenance.
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By Julie Scharper and Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | February 8, 2012
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's guests in the city's private skybox at Ravens games this past season included a small circle of city employees, prominent business leaders, donors to her campaign, and several family members, documents show. City officials say there are no restrictions on whom the mayor can invite to the skybox, which is provided at no cost to Rawlings-Blake, as it was to her predecessors, under the lease agreement for what is now called M&T Bank Stadium. Documents obtained by The Baltimore Sun through a public records request indicate that the mayor extended invitations for both personal and political purposes.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | December 26, 2011
On Christmas morning, an unidentified man called the restaurant and liquor store Wesley's in Elkton and asked for the winning Powerball numbers. When a clerk read the numbers over the phone, the mystery caller said, "Looks like I am the winner. " So far, that's all the longtime family-run restaurant, lounge and liquor store knows about the person who won the $125 million jackpot. Maryland Lottery officials don't know who the winner is either. Like nearly all state offices, the agency was closed Monday, said spokeswoman Carole Y. Everett.
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