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Inside the new digs of Sykesville Pottery and Art Center, visitors get to indulge in a variety of artistic endeavors, no matter their experience level. The paint-your-own-pottery area beckons participants to select from 200 bisque pieces such as vases, platters, and teapots that they can decorate with pictures and texts of their choosing. Students can even make their own pieces using a pottery wheel in a variety of classes. Glass fusing allows artists to meld disparate pieces of glass together to form inimitable designs or crystal balls that don’t work, and Tiny Hands crafts invites youngsters aged 2–6 to delve into creative projects they can share with their families.


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2030 Liberty Rd
Sykesville,
MD
US

Pest Guard Inc. is a locally owned and operated pest control company with over 40 years of experience in pest, termite, and wildlife control. We offer quality pest control in Carroll, Baltimore, Howard, Prince George’s, and Montgomery counties in Maryland as well as the surrounding areas.

PO Box 333
Sykesville,
MD
US

Works of classic and contemporary authors commingle on Books With A Past’s shelves, inspiring all who enter the store to choose their own adventure as they peruse 4,200 square feet of literary treasures. With more than 100,000 new and used titles in stock, the store’s selection, viewable in an online browser, ranges from the aristocratic romance of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina to the tumultuous, thousand-year history of internet gaming. Authors visit the shop on a regular basis, reading excerpts from their newest releases before signing autographs. To further bolster the local writing community, owner Erin Matthews edits book manuscripts, college-application essays, and grocery lists transcribed in iambic pentameter. The store’s tutors similarly extend their knowledge to kids of all ages, enhancing their subject-area knowledge and test-taking skills during scholarly lessons.

2465 Route 97
Glenwood,
MD
US

Baldwin's Station welcomed its first locomotive in 1883. More than 100 years later, it welcomed its first diner as the former train station was converted into a restuarant. Stewart Dearie opened the eatery in 1997, hiring executive chef Dustin Heflin to create a menu of inventive New-American cuisine using fresh, organic local produce and meat.

Today, antique train memorabilia in one of the three dining areas still reminds visitors of the restaurant's past, but otherwise, the wood floors, white linens, and views of the Patapsco River speak to an upscale fine-dining experience. Seasonal entrees include the likes of linguine seafood pasta with jumbo sea scallops, shrimp, and mussels, or herb-rubbed pork roulade with garlic swiss chard and a toasted hazelnut emulsion. On select nights, jazz, folk, and bluegrass acts liven up the dining room with acoustic performances.

7618 Main St
Sykesville,
MD
US

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, accessories, and new smart phones like the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active, LG G3, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4. 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 S5 and Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 augmented with accessories such as armor-clad Defender cases, dual-port chargers, and Bluetooth headsets.

6300 Georgetown Blvd.
Eldersburg,
MD
US

Smokin' Hot Bar and Grille specializes in drenching their hickory smoker meats in their house-made barbecue sauces, from pork and beef to entire turkeys. A buttery wooden bar stretches across the edge of the dining room, where visitors quaff drafts of Sam Adams or Smokin Hot's house ale, order classic or flavored martinis, and enjoy live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Beside their beers, the staff prepares smoked wings coated in one of nine barbecue sauces that range in heat from a pleasant brown sugar to a daringly fiery Black Jack. Steaks coated in house rub char to perfection on the grill, which also cooks pairs of 4-ounce cheeseburgers draped in two different sauces. The kitchen also serves hearty house-made mac and cheese four ways: straight, topped with chili, mixed with black beans, or fried with marinara sauce for dipping. Smokin' Hot Bar and Grille’s team prides itself on creating an atmosphere that’s fun and family-friendly, unlike an R-rated seminar on tax deductions.

2465 Route 97
Glenwood,
MD
US