At Hidden Medicine Healing Arts Studio, well-practiced healers help clients overcome chronic pain and maladies with soothing massages, nourishing skincare and facials, and a wide range of alternative medicine products. After assuaging muscle pain with a therapeutic massage or sloughing away dead skin cells with a resurfacing facial, clients can peruse the shop's extensive supply of crystals, charms, candles, and sweet-smelling incense.
As a fourth-generation painter, paint makes up approximately 75% of Leeco Painting owner Ronald Layman's blood. He and his staff of uniformed workers keep homes well maintained not only with painting services, but also with deck and cedar-siding staining, pressure washing, and Christmas light decorating.
Trained painters spread clean, protective coverings over floors before they start interior painting jobs. Employees can further embellish interiors with faux finishing techniques such as multilayered Italian wall glazes and faux-marble columns, having trained at The Faux School—which Layman himself started to teach others the decorative finishing arts. Recycled-glass-embedded concrete adds an eco-friendly, colorful finish to countertops, and acid-stained concrete floors shine with waterproof elegance that can allow homeowners to temporarily turn their living room into a swimming pool.
Leeco Painting donates its services to one deserving family each year via its Paint It Forward program, inspired after doing repair work for a woman whose handy husband would normally have done the job himself but was in Afghanistan serving his second tour of duty.
DC Painting Services is comprised of trustworthy housepainters and color consultants, all of whom carry at least five years of industry experience. Once onsite, the team coats interior and exterior walls with colors designed to accent a residence's finest features, be it hardwood floors or a minotaur's labyrinth. They also handle other household refurbishment tasks such as repairing stucco and replacing wood.
Ron Layman's decorative indoor-painting instruction harks back to thousands of years of artisans' decorative and faux-finishing techniques. Drawing from the colorful traditions of neoclassical plaster finishes and trompe l’oeil techniques, his methods build on the past while incorporating modern styles of glazing and color washing. His commissioned work can be seen in private homes and commercial locales, and when he's not imbuing work and living spaces with his talents, Ron teaches multiple-day workshops in The Faux School studio nestled in Frederick's historical district.
Drawing on 20 years of experience as a master painter with the North American Decorative Artist Association and boasting the ability to spell Michelangelo, Ron guides artists of all levels through basic and advanced home-design techniques, incorporating paint, textured finishes, and lime-based Venetian plasters, which add depth to plain walls and floors. Ron also helps his students to explore new approaches to home decoration, with lessons that help students to take control of their environments or take steps toward forming their own home-decorating businesses, regardless of prior artistic experience.
Blank teapots, plates, mugs, and figurines line the shelves at I Made This!, awaiting finishing touches guided by the artful eyes of do-it-yourselfers. The studio carries all of the materials necessary to complete each piece, including paints, glazes, and a 1,800-degree kiln, where pieces of pottery, like really good barbecue or really bad pizza, requires about 20 hours to cook. A team of knowledgeable employees stays on hand to answer questions regarding the glazing and firing processes. The ideal activity for a range of ages and groups, painting pottery at I Made This! can enliven a sunny Saturday morning or a ladies' night out with a customer-provided bottle of wine, with the option of reserving a private party room.
Blending in seamlessly with downtown Frederick's historic ambiance, Needles & Pins patches together quality stitching and quilting products with attentive personal service. Explore a technicolor trove of fabrics, including more than 100 colors of wool felt from National Nonwovens ready to be crafted into opening-ceremony uniforms for the sheep Olympics ($9.25/yard). The selection of patterns points the way to basting bliss, including the Tulip Purse pattern ($12), which, when coupled with fabric from the Hoffman holiday line ($10.95/yard), blossoms into a cute tote for stowing personal effects or stolen personnel files.