Steve Appel and Lee Whitehead found themselves in a design dilemma regarding the messy home of a wealthy client. She wanted to sell her house, but no one would buy the building in its current state. Instead of passing on the case, the duo visited the home and constructed a battle plan during a 10-hour consultation. Within the week, they'd completely repainted and replaced most of her furniture, readying her for a Saturday open house, and by Sunday, she'd received multiple offers from potential buyers. By Monday, the house was sold. As graphic-design majors and interior-design enthusiasts, Steve and Lee have used their talents in many such situations, under short time limits and with exceptional challenges, to refurbish a range of spaces—even helping famed baker Duff Goldman of Food Network's Ace of Cakes choose furnishings for his lobby at Charm City Cakes.
At Nouveau Contemporary Goods, the duo fills their space with an ever-changing roster of upholstery, dining sets, bed sets, and colorful crystal-infused wallpaper. Modern furnishings such as egg chairs and aquamarine crushed-velvet benches share a mutual territory with traditional pieces such as a red cabinet with a marble top and the actual couple who posed for American Gothic. In addition to showpieces, samplings of glass panels, blinds, and other window treatments ooze inspiration for potential clients coming up with their own projects. Anyone on a tight deadline can also count on the design duo for same-day delivery, be it for full showroom sets or unique recycled artwork and furniture.
Before Comfort One Shoes' sole experts are allowed to fit a single shoe to a customer's foot, they must graduate from Comfort One University and undergo a mentorship process. It's only then that they can help shoppers find their desired footwear, whether it be lace-up Ziera boots, On running shoes with CloudTec technology, or Thierry Rabotin shoes, handmade without uncomfortable, rigid components. Alongside men's and women's footwear, the shop stocks an assortment of bags and accessories such as colorful iPhone cases from Triple C Designs that protect phone exteriors and conceal scratches from the last time you transformed into a werewolf.
Comfort One Shoes also seeks to better the world through creative philanthropic efforts, such as collecting 25,000 shoes for those without and offering their employees half their pay and time off to volunteer in the community. Perhaps such initiatives are part of the reason Comfort One Shoes earned the National Shoe Retailers Association’s Retailer of the Year Award in 2011.
Poppy and Stella’s knack for curating a stylish, eclectic inventory has not gone unnoticed. “The people behind Poppy and Stella just get shoes,” according to the Baltimore City Paper, who named Poppy and Stella the Best Women’s Shoe Store in 2009. In 2011, CBS Baltimore praised Poppy and Stella for its “atmosphere, selection and service.”
That atmosphere is found in a tidy, eclectic boutique, where customers can peruse a stylish array of designer shoes, boots, handbags, and apparel from brands such as Dolce Vita, Pour La Victoire, Sam Edelman, and Frye. Throughout the store, neat displays highlight both seasonal trends and classic designs, all of which can keep friends and neighbors from giving you disparaging nicknames like “old-shoes Jack.”
Whether you take Learn to Knit or Learn to Crochet, you'll pick up a new hobby at Lovelyarns. Each beginner's class includes two two-hour sessions (scheduled about one week apart) and teaches participants to craft their own attire and beer koozies. Students will get their scarf-knitting underway by learning to knit, purl, cast-on, and bind-off with a Learn to Knit class. Students can also glean valuable stitching and chain-crafting techniques during Learn to Crochet classes. Lovelyarns' experienced instructors provide helpful tips for crafting homemade apparel, and customers will be able to knit their own personalized gifts for loved ones and jittery Chihuahuas. Protect necks from nature’s coming winter onslaught with today’s side deal to Lovelyarns.
Baltimore Helicopter Services whisks their clientele away from the workaday hubbub of gridlocked traffic with the help of their fleet of luxurious charter helicopters. With a service area ranging from Norfolk to New York, the choppers can transport passengers to Pittsburgh in just 90 minutes. Taking off from their helipad located near Inner Harbor, the first-class helicraft also zip through city tours promising unobstructed sky-high sightlines, helping passengers snap shots of skyline residents including the Legg Mason Building, the Baltimore World Trade Center, and the 70-story statue of Cal Ripken, Jr.
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Though flowers yanked from your neighbors' garden may help you apologize to your sweetie, you'll need something to apologize to your neighbors for tearing up their garden. Today's deal has you covered: $50 worth of artfully arranged flowers from Rutland Beard Florist of Baltimore for $25. Just browse Rutland's website for ideas, give the staff a call (Groupon not good for online orders), and place your order for delivery throughout the serviceable Baltimore area and nearby zip codes. Or better yet, stop in the bloomy boutique to browse the loose-cut flowers and talk to the friendly and knowledgeable floral artists in person. They'll happily help you choose an arrangement to suit your needs, bowtie color, and budget.
Rutland Beard Florist will help you prepare for haute holiday hostessing. Dress up your presentation of roast beast with a holiday centerpiece of evergreen sprigs, pine cones, and carnations ($40–$60), or give your guests something to nibble on with an arrangement of roses, tulips, carnations, and waxflowers in a tall vase wrapped with ribbon and candy canes ($40–$60). Send a pretty poinsettia in a handsome basket to your festive farmer ($40–$60), or simply reflect the Crisp Winter Skies in a glass vase of roses, delphinium, and waxflowers ($40–$60).
Beyond the Yuletide, Rutland Beard Florist is well known for its exotic and creative designs, such as the Artistic Tribute, in which aster and rose reach out from a squat vase to create dramatic height and compelling composition ($45–$60). Instantly update your stale apartment with Hi-Style Decor ($40–$60) or send your singular sweetie a bundle of Rosey Romance ($40–$75). If you're unsure which triplet to propose to, test out the waters by sending each a simple and elegant red rose bud arrangement ($25–$35). And if you're a DIY sort, Rutland Beard carries a wide selection of different flower varieties at all times, so it's easy to come up with a stunning custom design as good as the one on the side of your van.
You may use your Groupon toward the flat delivery rate of $12.95 for local Baltimore deliveries.
Googlers and Yahoo! Local users give Rutland Beard five stars, and Yellowpagers give it four stars:
- Rutland Beard Florist has always done a great job, and they are a pleasure to work with. They are reliable and have very impressive designers. Always fresh flowers, too... – Robert, Google
- Rutland Beard Florist simply has the most beautiful flowers in this area! I have used them for special Birthday flowers, graduation flowers, and always send flowers from them with great results. – Suzanne, Yahoo! Local
- The sales person I worked with had a very extensive knowledge of flowers and was very helpful in pointing me in the right direction. – ryan6765, Yellowpages