March 6, 2012
Another Gino's Maryland's second Gino's Burgers & Chicken opened Monday in the Honeygo Shopping Center in Perry Hall. Former Gino's executive Tom Romano engineered the current Gino's revival. A company-owned store opened in King of Prussia, Pa., in October 2010, and the first franchise operation opened in August 2011 in Towson. Another store is operating in Bensalem, Pa. Gino's was founded in Baltimore, but the company relocated its headquarters to King of Prussia before it was acquired by Marriott Corp.
February 27, 2012
Heads up: Entering Bahoukas Antiques Mall and BrewMania MuZeum in Havre de Grace may cause a bit of sensory overload. The 10,000-square-foot shop is jam packed from floor to ceiling with various antiques, toys, collectables and more. “We have a lot of cool, funky stuff that you won't find in other stores,” says Barbara Wagner, who owns and operates Bahoukas with her husband, George. The couple met four years ago and married a year later in a Cinderella-themed wedding because George is an avid collector of Cinderella memorabilia.
January 18, 2012
ABC will enter the cable-dominated TV terrain of such shows as "Pawn Stars" starting March 24 with the debut of "Ball Boys," a 12-episode, Saturday-afternoon, reality TV series set in Baltimore County at Robbie's 1st Base. ABC announced the show on its portion of the TCA press tour in Los Angeles. Here's an account from "Channel Guide" magazine: Ball Boys comes from the producers of Pawn Stars and will follow the action at Robbie's 1st Base in Baltimore, and the family-like relationships of the sports fanatics who work there, Robbie Sr. and Junior, Sweet Lou and Shaggy.
September 15, 2011
They are auctioning Elizabeth Taylor's jewels at Christie's in New York in December, and they expect the finest of them — about 260 pieces — to bring in some $30 million. But that's just a tiny part of what she left behind. In October, the estate of John Wayne — responding to fan requests that remain strong since his death more than 30 years ago — is auctioning off some of the large collection of movie memorabilia it holds. Everything from his Golden Globe for "True Grit" to the eye patch he wore in the movie.
August 12, 2011
When he and his staff moved back into their offices in the Carroll Building last year after a renovation, Howard County State's Attorney Dario Broccolino noticed how bare the walls were and how lifeless the place seemed. It had been a while since the office was filled with the paintings of one of his predecessors, Bill Hymes, whose Norman Rockwell knockoffs had been sold. "It all looked so barren," Broccolino said recently. Not anymore. Autographed memorabilia that once belonged to legendary athletes, actors and musicians now fill the hallways, giving the county's prosecutors a set of conversation pieces that help "break the ice" with crime victims and witnesses.
August 9, 2011
In recent weeks, at least one local television station has referred to Barry H. Landau, the New York man arrested with an accomplice and charged with stealing documents from the Maryland Historical Society, as a "presidential historian. " The TV station, WJZ-Channel 13, had it wrong. Mr. Landau is not a "historian"; he is a professional collector of presidential memorabilia, and has befriended several former chief executives in the process. As a professional historian who was trained within the academic field and has taught history at the college level for 20 years, I can sadly say that the terms "historian" and "history" have been, particularly in recent years, distorted, unduly inflated, and diminished.