Though Matt stepped up to lead his family's screen-printing venture in 2003, he actually gave his father the original idea for it in 1980, when he was thrilled over a printing lesson at a childhood art camp. Some of Matt's proudest works are the apple-themed T-shirts he prints for the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure—a job sweetened by his wife's own triumph over breast cancer. One recent customer, an elementary-school student, took a celebratory run outside in the 95-degree heat to show off his navy, gold, and white spirit-week sweatshirt. Matt also coaches (and, naturally, designs uniforms for) the Fallston High School Cougars boys' lacrosse team.
Since 1961, The Flower Cart, Inc. has blanketed the Baltimore area in fresh floral arrangements for all occasions. Holiday centerpieces aglow with crimson roses and twinkling candles brighten pie-laden tables, whereas anniversary bouquets use white button-spray chrysanthemums to say all the things that peanut-butter-filled mouths can’t. With a range of bestsellers for $35 and under, The Flower Cart, Inc. promises elegant still-life subjects for practiced pointillists and verdant houseplants for innovative performance artists. Sneeze-prone flora fans can get a pollen-free flower fix with an array of fruit and gift baskets stuffed with fresh produce and aromatic coffee.
Glistening spheres from a bubble machine billow up around champagne-gold walls speckled with accents of olive and sage green. Aromatherapy wafts from flickering candles on gentle indoor breezes. Facial chairs and pedicure baths sit alongside their child-size counterparts. Euphoria Hair Studio & Beauty Spa's adept spa and salon technicians pamper adults and children with dermatologist-recommended formulas and seek to instill beauty principles in younger clients. Natural facials incorporating Obagi, Repêchage, and Biomedic products assuage each client's specific skin concerns, and hair can escape codependent relationships with hats after styling treatments such as weaves, thermal curls, and coloring. Spa parties let adults, teens, and children snuggle into robes and slippers as they snack on trays of candies, cheese, crackers, and fruit, surrounded by colorful balloons. A crafting area allows wee guests to decorate their own princess crowns and plates with jewels, writing, and pictures of royal Kansas City baseball players.
Makeup and lingerie may seem like an odd pairing, but they get cheek-to-cheek at Aboni Cosmetics. Babydoll-style chemises and red polka-dotted bustiers appear alongside comfy pajamas emblazoned with kiss marks. To go along with these sassy looks, makeup artists enhance features with glittery eye shadows and flawless-finish mineral foundations.