June 12, 2011
Foraging for culinary delights in Herring Run Park is a testimony that some things can be savored but they cannot be bought ("The thrill of the hunt," June 8). Moreover, it reflects the passion, hard work and commitment of the surrounding communities and park users, and especially their values. Abutting the Herring Run lie a necklace of valley stream parks that go largely unnoticed. Yet within the boundary of this extensive park system lie cool forests, beckoning meadows, winding trails and, yes, food for thought and sustenance.
By Peter Crispino and For The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2014
More than three decades ago, 22-year-old Annapolis native Andy Teeling climbed aboard his 16-foot dory and embarked on an ambitious journey to circumnavigate the 450-mile coastline of the Delmarva Peninsula in a rowboat. After two months of rowing under the summer sun, and with his first semester of college beckoning him back to shore, Teeling's journey was stalled in Chincoteague, Va., 150 miles short of his goal. This week Teeling, 35 years later at age 57, finished the adventure.
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2011
Ramen alert. Genji, the sushi provider to Whole Foods Market, has introduced a line of ramen noodle soups to its offerings. The noodle bowls will be freshly prepared daily in house, according to company information. The Genji ramen is  is being promoted as being a healthy alternative to the freeze-dried stuff, which I love, and to the slow-simmered restaurant version, which is still in short supply in Baltimore. Made with a chile and sesame-miso base, the Genji ramen are sold in ready-to-heat grab-and-go bowl.
By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
The conversion of a modest rowhouse into a bar inherits a problem with no obvious solution: What to do with such a limited space? These types of bars often rely on cosmetic tweaks like fresh paintjobs or new light fixtures to convey change. The results are usually improvements - recent examples include Shotti's Point in Riverside, Canton's Silks and Cockey's in Upper Fells Point - but rarely do these new businesses feel like drastic transformations. Bar Liquorice is a recent exception.
By Catherine Mallette | October 3, 2013
Terry McGill, the petite dynamo who owns Jordan Thomas Salon & Spa in Bel Air, has set the bar high for her business: “We want to be everything to everyone,” she says with a laugh. But don't think for a minute, despite that laugh, that McGill isn't serious about Jordan Thomas, which she's owned for 15 years, nurturing it through three locations and always looking for growth opportunities. This year McGill decided to add med spa services to the list of offerings for her clients.
By Andrea K. Walker | June 24, 2011
If you shop at the Macy's at Towson Town Center , you've probably noticed the plastic hanging up in the shoe department and the smell of paint lingering in the air at times. They're all signs of major remodeling taking place at the department store. When the upgrades are completed in September the store will get an extended kids and intimates section and new brands in the shoe department, among other enhancements. The store is one of the better performing in the Macy's chain and has been identified by the corporate office as an "extreme growth" location, said Macy's divisional vice president Mike Trafford.
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
Montana-based financial services firm Davidson Companies said this week its investment unit will open an office in downtown Baltimore focused on real estate investment banking, with the hope of creating a base from which to expand the company's East Coast presence. Baltimore has a strong historical presence in the industry, providing the company with a deep pool of potential hires, said Keith Getter, 52, a veteran of Legg Mason and Stifel Nicolaus, who is to head the D.A. Davidson & Co. real estate group from the Baltimore office.
March 7, 2012
Don't be intimidated. Break out of your Italian/Chinese/Tex-Mex mold with these far-flung offerings. --John Houser III Not so long ago, Italian, Chinese and Greek food were considered delicacies. Now they're take-out (and even chain restaurant) fodder, and Baltimore's international dining offerings have expanded to every continent, save Antarctica. (Perhaps that's coming soon.) View the photo gallery Still, it's easy to stick with the standards instead of being adventurous and sampling cuisine from other corners of the world.
October 19, 2012
In light of Howard Bluth's disgust with the presidential offerings of both major parties ("Voting is an exercise in futility," Oct.18), it is understandable that he has refused to participate in the upcoming election. However, on Nov. 6, most voters will be surprised to discover that their choice for president is not limited to President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. The Green Party's Jill Stein and the Libertarian's Gary Johnson are legitimate national candidates who have gained ballot access in most states and have qualified for federal matching funds.
Gus G. Sentementes | May 17, 2012
If you're transfixed by the idea of a "smart home," Comcast today is launching a new product in Maryland that can help you control your home at the touch of a touch screen, iPhone or iPad. The company is rolling out its Xfinity Home package in Baltimore and other areas around Maryland. It's a system that integrates a home security system with other monitoring, control and automation features, such as remote climate and lighting control. To get a feel for the offering, check out:
By Meredith Cohn and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
Ahead of new rules requiring chain restaurants to post calorie counts for their menu items, some of the restaurants are voluntarily introducing lower calorie selections. The new items tend to be salads rather than the main attractions such as burgers and pizza, but they contain an average of 60 fewer calories or a reduction of 12 percent, researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found. The researchers looked at new menu items in 2012 and 2013, ahead of new rules to offer the public nutritional information required by the Affordable Care Act. And they said the results, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, could be the beginning of a trend in calorie reduction at fast food restaurants that aids the obesity epidemic.
Luke Broadwater, Mark Puente and The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2014
Baltimore's mayor and police commissioner outlined Tuesday a sweeping plan to reduce police brutality, including the possibility of equipping officers with body cameras, while reiterating that they are committed to restoring public trust in the agency. "We didn't create these problems, but as leadership in charge today, it's our obligation to do everything that we can to fix the breach between the community and police," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said about the 41-page report outlining their plans.
Jacques Kelly | October 3, 2014
At age 100, the commercial building at 120 W. North Ave. has enjoyed prosperity and suffered humiliation. It's now soon to become an arts center in the Station North neighborhood, whose transformation I've been watching for the past few years. Perhaps its worst hour happened in 2012, when the Fire Department ordered it closed. Inspectors took one look at the outdated 1914 wiring and said, "Shut it down. " Its main tenant, the Single Carrot Theatre , promptly moved out. "The electrical box was like something out of a Dr. Frankenstein movie," said Laurens "Mac" MacLure, director of the Baltimore Arts Realty Corp., who gave a tour of the roomy structure this week, as his group has been completing plans for a $6 million upgrade.
By Samantha Iacia and For The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
Since 2010, patrons have flocked to Canton's Bare on the Square waxing center for one thing: a Brazilian wax that's done in half the time of those at most salons. The $65, 10-minute Bare Down There Brazilian wax is a claim to fame for co-owners Melissa Jacobson and Stephanie Casey. Now they're expanding their business into all-natural skin care with a second location, Bare Skinlabs in Lutherville's Green Spring Station. The new space, which opened at the end of January, is small but efficient.
Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Last fall, Timonium - home to the state fair and a head-spinning number of chain businesses - welcomed a city favorite, Ryleigh's Oyster. Since then, the Baltimore County version (it calls itself Ryleigh's Oyster Hunt Valley) of the Federal Hill staple has seen steady crowds regularly fill its tidy, well-designed space. On a recent Friday evening, with the location's one-year anniversary weeks away, Ryleigh's hummed along at an appropriately brisk pace. It was the end of the workweek for many in the area, and both bar areas (one near the front entrance and another in the back)
By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Dealing with police can involve a delicate balance between knowing your rights and being respectful to officers. Both are crucial, seven lawyers told a church full of Baltimore's black youths and their parents. But when in doubt, attorney Douglas B. Evans said, "you have the right to shut up. " The panel of black attorneys answered questions about police brutality and racial profiling, amid other concerns during the seminar, Conscious Operations during Police Stops, or "C.O.P.S.," at the Empowerment Temple Church on Tuesday night.
October 13, 2011
Harford County is hardly Tinsel Town. The closest places to Bel Air named Hollywood are in St. Mary's County on Maryland's very lower Western Shore and in Carbon County, Pa., not too far from Scranton, backdrop for the hit TV series "The Office. " Yet Bel Air, for the third year in a row, will be the scene of a film festival come the weekend of Oct. 21-23, and it will feature fare found at the Sundance Film Festival and other venues that specialize in celluloid offerings of a more cerebral timbre than the typical summer smashes and seasonal blockbusters.
January 2, 2012
BWCC offers membership workshop Business professions in the Baltimore/Washington corridor can learn how to get the most out of BWCC membership at Membership 101, Thursday, Jan. 12 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber office, 312 Marshall Ave., Suite 104, in Laurel. This free session will also offer effective networking techniques and free or inexpensive ways to promote business. To register, go to register, go to
By Arthur Hirsch and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
How much do you know about the week's new events? Or the geography of the Middle East? Or Batman movies? Coleman Anderson and his partner, Andrew Schuster, are betting a few hundred thousand of their investors' dollars that whatever you know, you'll want to test yourself, and that you're willing to spend time in the pursuit on their new website: Newsup. "The goal really is to make news a more meaningful experience for folks," especially young people, said Anderson, the chief marketing officer, who is 29. The site — — presents news about national and world events, entertainment and sports in the form of an array of brief quizzes on a particular topic.
By Karen Nitkin and For The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
On a low-humidity puffy-cloud summer day, 8-year-old Zach Green of Gaithersburg rode a bicycle along the 5-mile Wildlife Drive in the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge with his mother, Becky Green, and his grandmother, Andrea Adler, who lives in Bethesda. The three stopped at the first observation site along the drive, propped their bikes on kickstands and began walking up a short boardwalk to the spot where two sets of binoculars were available for searching the marshy grasses and slow-moving Blackwater River.
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