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Catherine's Flowers & Gifts has been enlivening events and illuminating living rooms with fresh floral arrangements for more than 60 years. The professional on-staff designers excel at creating both traditional and contemporary styles. Colorful storefront window displays dazzle passersby with vibrant arrangements, such as the Make A Wish, a multichromatic mélange of yellow daisy spray chrysanthemums, purple matsumoto asters, and and hot pink miniature carnations ($35). Yellow roses, red miniature gerberas, and purple statice in the Garden Parade arrangement say "I love you" or "I'm a big fan of pollination" ($50). Though not included with this deal, Catherine's makes direct deliveries to more than 80 zip codes in the area.

419 Eastern Blvd
Essex,
MD
US

For Tierra Jordan, baking is more than a passion—it's a family tradition. At Poor Little Rich Girl Cupcakes & Cake, she takes a secret cake recipe passed down from her grandmother, and uses it as the basis for her unique and creative treats. Signature flavors include spice cake topped with a banana puree buttercream and candied walnuts, and a rich, traditional butter-yellow cake piped with strawberry puree filling and a combination of buttercream and whipped cream frosting. For special occasions, she can design three-tier cakes or even make cupcakes with a liquor-infused filling. And as if the flavors weren't big enough, each of PLRG's cupcakes are "Texas-sized", which explains why each one comes in a full-sized Stetson in place of a cupcake liner.

5 North Woodward Drive
Essex,
MD
US

Cuisine Type: American casual, seafood
Established: 1969
Reservations: Optional
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 25–50
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Maryland crabcakes, crab pretzels, scallops
Kid-friendly: Yes
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery/Takeout Available: Takeout only
Outdoor Seating: Yes

Q&A with Bryan Laing, Owner

In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
[It's an] American-casual menu with many seafood options and classic dishes; [there are] no crazy or hyped-up ingredients.

What is one of your most popular offerings? How is it prepared?
Our crab cakes are the most popular and, along with our crab soups, are the oldest recipe. We've been featured on a Maryland public-television special about the best crab cakes in the Baltimore/Maryland area.

What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
The building was built in 1928 as a dancehall and picnic grove for [the] residents of Baltimore to enjoy. There was also a speakeasy in the basement during Prohibition. The dance floor is still [the] original. Also, we have one of the oldest liquor licenses in Baltimore County. [It was] issued when Prohibition ended.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
The property is on a point overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. The cove for kayaking is a protected calm-water cove with a sandy bottom. There are beautiful sunsets, Chesapeake Bay wildlife, ospreys, and bald eagles for sight seeing.

2542 Island View Rd.
Essex,
MD
US