After 37 years in business, authorized AT&T retailer, Communications Electronics knows a thing about outfitting its customers with the latest in mobile phone and wireless equipment, new smart phones, and accessories. The company traces its history in the metro region back 37 years, when most homes relied on landlines, and cell phones were heavy bricks likely to start dangerous fires. Through it all, the company rode the wave of up-and-coming technology, earning a loyal and expansive customer base through friendly, knowledgeable service, and frequent package upgrades. Today, the store sells the space-age Samsung Galaxy S 4, HTC First, and Galaxy Tab II, augmented with accessories such as armor-clad Defender cases, dual-port chargers, and Bluetooth headsets.
Red Horse is a folk-music supergroup comprised of independent artists Lucy Kaplansky, Eliza Gilkyson, and John Gorka. This trio takes the stage at the historic Avalon Theater to perform music from their eponymous album, as well as songs they have never recorded and some rearrangements of old classics. The group's music is chock-full of angelic vocals, enchanting instrumentation, powerful harmonies, and audible gum-chewing sounds.
Irish Traditions owner Margaret Barry McLemore and her staff specialize in imported Irish and Scottish goods, but they don’t just sell physical wares–they also give customers guidance on how to inject Celtic tradition into celebrations ranging from weddings to first communions. Inside two boutique stores in Easton and Annapolis, staff members help visitors navigate shelves stocked with Irish-made cable-knit sweaters, scarves, cardigans, and jackets. Elsewhere in the shop, they keep a full stock of finery including wedding candles embellished with Celtic trinity and claddagh symbols, Galway crystalware and Belleek china, Celtic books and music, and Irish jewelry inspired by folk myths.
When formal occasions beckon, staff members can tailor full Highland traditional wear, fashioning custom kilts and tartan scarves, ties, and sashes bearing the marks of Scotland’s ancient clans or each of the 32 Irish counties. Irish Traditions also helps visitors get in touch with their ancestry, partnering with CIE Tours for several annual trips to cities and villages across the Emerald Isle.
With mattresses and sets coming directly to Affordable Bedding from factory warehouses, the business turns eschews retail prices and sends them home with customers for the list price. Its inventory includes pillow-top, plush-top, and foam varieties in twin, full, queen, and king sizes.
At Sweetpea Spa & Gifts, staff members analyze clients' skin types and gauge their degrees of muscle woe so they can design services that best suit visitors' needs. Botanically based medical-grade products rain down on kissers during the custom facial's exfoliation treatment, which scrubs away dead skin cells and velcro earrings. The facial cleanse then reduces fine lines and hydrates skin to create polished complexions. During the massage, Swedish-style strokes team with deep-tissue techniques to assuage muscle tension. Gliding effleurage strokes stimulate circulation and prepare muscles for deeper pressure designed to overthrow tyrannical muscle knots. The massage loosens up muscles to help to prevent injury and forestall muscular discomfort caused by playing an accordion with one's shoulder blades. The spa's adjoining gift shop collects products that can be used to summon tranquility during luxurious moments alone.
According to the Washington Post, Brenda and George Davis have built more than 500 custom-made cornhole sets over a two-year period. Like all of the pieces that come out of their workshop, these custom beanbag games are made and finished by hand and created through collaboration with the client. Boards can be decorated with the client’s favorite sports team’s colors and logos, but other designs have included musical bands, landscapes, and cartoon characters. The family also crafts traditional furniture pieces as well as custom pieces such as toy chests, wine cabinets, rocking chairs, and even birdhouses fashioned to look like football players' heads.
As one of the largest authorized retailers for AT&T, Mobile Communications equips conversers with phones, accessories, and services to fit various lifestyles. Requiring a two-year agreement for activation and upgrades, the impressive phones—including GoPhones, data phones, smartphones, and 4G phones—assure that talk meets its technological match. Smartphones, including the Samsung Captivate ($99), impersonate small computers with 16 gigabytes of memory, a keyboard touchscreen, and that new microprocessor smell. Built from recycled plastics, the Samsung Evergreen supports MP3 files and graces fingertips with a qwerty keyboard ($69.99). For more advanced technophiles, the 4G Motorola Atrix's 4-inch screen displays crisp videos powered by a dual-core 1-gigahertz processor ($199.99), and the 4G HTC Inspire runs on the Android 2.2 operating system and records videos in 720 high definition ($99.99).