Armed with an arsenal of equipment from brands such as Bridgepoint Systems and a variety of cleaning solutions, the expert crew of Dynasty Home Services has been ousting spots from carpets and cleaning grout for more than 10 years. With environmentally safe, hypoallergenic, and bacteria-killing options available, the techs render upholstery and tiling free of odors and soil. In addition to their cleaning treatments, they also install and repair carpeting, and back these services with a customer-satisfaction guarantee.
A stack of pumpkins, a penguin, and a Barbie doll rarely share an origin story, but the pastry chefs at SugarBakers Cakes have hand-crafted all three from moist cake and frosting. They create cakes that range from classic carrot cakes to lifelike 3D confections, incorporating ingredients such as chocolate mousse, lemon curd, and coconut pecan icing. Honored by The Knot, WeddingWire, and four other establishments for their 2013 wedding cakes, the chefs can tailor their designs to suit a wedding’s unique theme or a reception venue.
In 1744, a brick tavern began pouring brews on the edge of the Patapsco River. James and Andrew Ellicott bought the establishment in 1810 and added a stately home for their family. More than a century later, when Daniel and Steve Wecker discovered the former Ellicott property in 1988, it had fallen into disrepair. But, seeing the promise in the neglected building and its surrounding 16 acres of flourishing linden, holly, and magnolia trees, the brothers convinced the state of Maryland to lease them the property. Together, they restored the rooms and much of the original 18th- and 19th-century craftsmanship, transforming it into what is now The Elkridge Furnace Inn. Today, guests walk over original longleaf-pine flooring and admire the stairway’s tiger-maple spindles and the molding’s Colonial-style dogwood motifs on their way to the historic dining room, whose atmosphere helped earn the restaurant a spot among OpenTable's 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in the country.
The restaurant’s lavish French cuisine plays no small part in its success, garnering laudations and media attention from the likes of the Washington Post. Daniel Wecker takes the helm in the kitchen as executive chef, burying game meats—such as rabbit and quail—and fresh seafood beneath rich glazes and beurre blanc sauces. When faced with too many choices from an encyclopedic wine list, diners can consult the menu for recommended vintages to pair with their dish.
Maisha McCoy made it her mission to be a health and fitness resource for her community. And her community is in good hands: along with experiences as a group fitness instructor, she was also a retail pharmacist. She currently runs Breathe4Sure Pharmacy Solutions, a diabetes consulting company. This health-fitness background also comes into play at Zumba with Maisha, where she leads Zumba classes at local churches such as Perkins Square Church. Everyone is welcome—including kids, adults, or those with no Zumba experience—to have fun while working hard as they blast calories and tone up during the aerobic workouts.
The aesthetically impassioned massage therapists, nail techs, and stylists at Art Salon and Spa pamper patrons with style overhauls and stress obliterating massages. With Swedish and deep-tissue modalities, massage therapists gingerly knead away any muscular tension, or send chronic pain its walking orders, targeting strain buried beneath surface tissue. Stylists work head-in-hand with guests to tidily trim hairdos or reshape them with braids and curls, and nail technicians keep digits looking as radiant and colorful as a piñata full of glow sticks.:
Monumental Moments Photo Booth enlivens weddings, birthdays, and dances with photo-booth rentals that are fully customizable, from their appearance to their output. LED-paneled exteriors allow event hosts to choose their booth’s color to match the event’s theme or decor in an assortment of reds, blues, and greens, or can choose for the lights to pulse in different shades. A monitor on the side can also display a customized message, logo, or personal endorsement from Mom. Further adding to Monumental Moments’ selection, both standup and sit-down booth are available and hosts are able to design the layout of the booth’s printed photo strips.
The University of Maryland administers low-cost legal services to the local community through its JustAdvice program. Since its inception, JustAdvice has served more than 1,300 people in a range of legal areas including family, criminal, employment, tax, and social-security law. It holds 30-minute sessions twice weekly, where clients can speak with experienced attorneys to gain a clearer understanding of their circumstances and options for action. Each session typically draws about 20 clients, and the organization charges $10 per session to cover the costs of office supplies, technological resources, equipment, and refreshments. Though JustAdvice cannot provide ongoing legal services to clients, staff attorneys can recommend alternative routes for people to find counsel.