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By Megan Brockett, For The Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2013
Amid a red-brick sea of commercial offices, chain businesses and small eateries, a new seasonal shop has popped up in the main-street area of Dundalk, featuring work by local artisans, photographers and other vendors. The Holiday Gallery and Gifts Pop-Up Shop opened Oct. 11 in the Dundalk Village shopping center as a kind of community revitalization effort, birthed through a partnership among Blue Ocean Realty, the Dundalk Renaissance Corp. and a group of area crafters led by local business owner Laura Quintana.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2014
Louise Mullan Flanigan, who owned and operated the Ambassador Gift Shop for six decades in a landmark Tuscany-Canterbury apartment house her father built, died Saturday in her sleep of undetermined causes at Blakehurst Retirement Community. She was 101 and had lived in Guilford. Born Clementine Louise Mullan in Baltimore, she was the daughter of Thomas F. Mullan, a builder, and his wife, Clementine L. Mullen, a homemaker. Her father was an original owner of the Baltimore Colts and was later treasurer of the Baltimore Orioles, beginning in the 1954 season.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | August 31, 2011
Constance L. "Connie" Cucina, a longtime volunteer at Stella Maris Hospice where she had been a familiar figure in the gift shop helping patients and their families for more than 20 years, died Monday of pancreatic cancer at her Towson home. She was 78. The daughter of a wholesale produce broker and a homemaker, Constance Lee Demarco was born in Baltimore and raised on Cold Spring Lane and Springhill Avenue. She was a 1951 graduate of Seton High School. Four years later, she married Samuel D. Cucina, who was also in wholesale produce.
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May 23, 2014
I wonder why America is so obsessed with the idea of peddling mementos, keepsakes and souvenirs. The newly opened museum in New York dedicated to Sept. 11 atrocities committed against our nation has a gift shop that has among its myriad items commemorative shirts, scarves and hats. Sadly, this could only play out in America, a nation that is obviously obsessed with "keepsakes" of a macabre occurrence on a day that rocked the nation and forever changed how we go about our lives. While I understand that proceeds from the gift shop in the museum go toward victims' families, I believe it goes against the grain of what we perceive as hallowed grounds.
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December 23, 1990
A Mass of Christian burial for Genevieve F. Fitzpatrick, a longtime Roland Park resident who worked for many years at the Ambassador Gift Shop in the Ambassador Apartments in Roland Park, will be held 9 a.m. tomorrow at St. Philip and James Roman Catholic Church, 2801 N. Charles St.Mrs. Fitzpatrick, who lived for many years in the 3800 block of Greenway, died Friday at Keswick after a long illness. She was 81.Born in Baltimore, the former Genevieve Fink graduated from high school in Suffern, N.Y., and received a bachelor's degree from Rosemont College in Rosemont, Pa. in 1932.
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By Michael James and Michael James,Sun Staff Writer | May 20, 1995
Saying politically correct government officials are trampling his rights, a blind proprietor of an Emmitsburg gift shop is battling to sell sexually suggestive T-shirts and cards in a federal building.O'Leary's Emporium at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg lost part of the battle yesterday when U.S. District Judge William N. Nickerson ruled that, at least for now, owner Donald J. Morris must keep the items off his shelves.More than 15,000 firefighters from around the country go to the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg each year to study the science of battling fires.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Sun Staff Writer | August 29, 1994
Tucked behind tall trees on a quiet winding road on Rogers Avenue in Ellicott City is a spiritual epicenter for local Roman Catholics and other Christians.In this blue, isolated house known as Our Lady's Center, Catholics gather for midday Mass, seminary students purchase religious books, and worshipers come to pray and light candles."We're the only traditional Catholic gift shop and chapel in the area," said Veronica L. Henson, the center's manager. "A lot of people come down on their lunch hour.
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By Kevin Cowherd | May 4, 2000
I HAVE just returned from a visit to the famous Luray Caverns in Virginia, discovered in 1878 by a tinsmith who gazed at the awesome subterranean formations before him and thought: Someday this will be the site of a really cheesy gift shop. Actually, I hadn't been in a cave in years, not since a fifth-grade field trip to the famous Howe Caverns and its cheesy gift shop in upstate New York. But touring the Luray Caverns with my wife and 8-year-old son, I was again reminded of that old caving axiom: If you've seen one stalactite or stalagmite, you've pretty much seen them all. Oh, sure, the formations are breathtaking in their beauty.
NEWS
March 7, 2003
Marion Parker McCourt Voelkel, a homemaker and former longtime manager of the gift shop at Mercy Hospital, died in her sleep Feb. 28 at Good Samaritan Nursing Center. She was 86. Born and raised Marion McRae, she spent her early years growing up in the Rennert Hotel at Saratoga and Liberty streets. The famed Baltimore hostelry was partly owned by her grandfather, James J. "Sonny" Mahon, the old-time city Democratic boss, who died in 1928. Mrs. Voelkel was a 1934 graduate of the Institute of Notre Dame and earned a bachelor's degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1937.
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff writer | July 24, 1991
A badly singed "Closed" sign swayed in the charred window of Hazel'sGifts and Cards yesterday after a three-alarm arson fire gutted the store in a Glen Burnie shopping center.While shoppers stopped to stare, firefighters chopped down still-smoldering roof beams, and theowners of surrounding stores began cleaning up damaged merchandise.Investigators sifted through the rubble for more clues to the blaze that ripped through the gift shop about 12:30 a.m. and sent a county firefighter to the hospital.
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By Larry Perl, Baltimore Sun Media Group | February 19, 2014
HONtown, a gift shop run by Cafe Hon owner and HonFest founder Denise Whiting, has moved out of its space at 1001 W. 36th Street (The Avenue) in Hampden and is moving across the street to Cafe Hon, 1004 W. 36th St. The space was empty last week and a sign on the door announced the move. Sugar, a sex toy shop currently located in Hampden Hall, will move into the former HONtown space, Sugar owner Jacq Jones announced at a meeting of the Hampden Village Merchants Association on Feb. 12. “I'm really excited,” Jones said, adding that she needs to expand.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | January 12, 2014
Grace Carroll Swarm, a former partner in a Stevenson gift shop and a talented flower arranger, died Jan. 6 of a heart attack at Howard County General Hospital. The Owings Mills resident was 79. The daughter of William Hudson, owner of the Hudson Investment company, and Louise Hudson, a homemaker, the former Grace Carroll Hudson was born and raised in the Greenspring Valley. Mrs. Swarm, who never used her first name, attended Garrison Forest School and graduated in 1952 from Noroton School of the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, Conn.
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By Megan Brockett, For The Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2013
Amid a red-brick sea of commercial offices, chain businesses and small eateries, a new seasonal shop has popped up in the main-street area of Dundalk, featuring work by local artisans, photographers and other vendors. The Holiday Gallery and Gifts Pop-Up Shop opened Oct. 11 in the Dundalk Village shopping center as a kind of community revitalization effort, birthed through a partnership among Blue Ocean Realty, the Dundalk Renaissance Corp. and a group of area crafters led by local business owner Laura Quintana.
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August 7, 2013
I would like to thank the generous lady at the Laurel Regional Hospital. On Saturday, June 29, my daughter was in the hospital and desperately wanted to watch television. The cafeteria and gift shop were closed and I needed exact change ($8) to insert in the machine to get a card for TV in the room. I was at the front desk asking everyone if they had change. A visitor gave me $8 and I gave her a $20 bill. While I was inserting the money in the machine she slipped the $20 in my bag. She was too generous and I don't know how to thank her. Betty Frizzell Laurel
NEWS
May 23, 2013
Editor: Congratulations to Marshall Adams who painted Main Street in Bel Air on the Harford County Sheriff's Office headquarters. I had the opportunity to observe the painting. It is to perfection. My late husband Curtis Kroh and I were in business on Main Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, known as "Kroh's Market" for 19 years. We moved in 1951 to Bond Street. We had a grocery store and a gift shop. In 1958, High's Ice Cream Co. came to Bel Air and that is where we became "Kroh's Nursery" until 1973.
TRAVEL
By Stephanie Citron, For The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2013
Many summer resorts boast spectacular beaches and a vast array of fabulous accommodations. So what distinguishes one beach town from another? Along coastal Delaware, it's the indigenous flavors that set it apart from its sand-strewn neighbors to the north and south. This season, go beyond those cookie-cutter chain restaurants and pizza dives - and indulge in the most savory sips and bites at the beach. Along with some revamped favorites, we've uncovered delectable new destinations for haute cuisine, homegrown produce and seafood, locally brewed and distilled libations, markets and food tours.
NEWS
June 15, 2004
Marie Theresa Bautz, a former president of St. Joseph Medical Center's auxiliary who founded its gift shop, died June 8 at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care after a fall at her Parkville apartment. She was 97 and previously resided in Lutherville. Born Marie Theresa Meyer in Baltimore and raised in Hamilton, she was a graduate of St. Elizabeth Commercial School in East Baltimore. Family members said she wanted to become a nurse but bowed to her father's wishes. For a few years before her marriage, she was a secretary at the Merchants and Miners Transportation Co., a Pratt Street steamship line.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2012
Sarah "Virginia" Littleton, a retired nurse and part owner of a Baltimore County pharmacy and nursing home, died Thursday at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson of renal failure complicated by a stroke. She was 83. Mrs. Littleton, born Sarah Meyer in Baltimore, was raised in Highlandtown by a grandmother, Sarah Pugh Meyer. Mrs. Littleton's father, a shipbuilder for Bethlehem Steel, also lived with them. As a young woman, Mrs. Littleton worked for General Motors as an operator of a comptometer, a mechanical calculator, but she quit her job to care for her terminally ill grandmother.
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By Diane Pajak | November 25, 2011
Whether a pianist, guitarist or someone who enjoys listening to great sounds, these gifts for musicians will bring a happy note to the holidays. 1. The Otamatone Musical Instrument from Maywa Denki is an easy-to-play electronic musical instrument. Perfect for someone to dabble in an unusual gift idea. Just push on the stem to play a note, slide fingers up and down the stem to change pitch, and give a squeeze to the face for dramatic vibrato. Has three octaves and two volume settings.
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