The scribes of Maryland Life Magazine crisscross the Old Line State to bring readers noteworthy cuisine, elegant homes, and local happenings. Bimonthly issues contain articles praising local eateries such as Hagerstown staple Schmakerl Stube and examining how local anglers manage to snag fish from under the ice using heat vision. Recipes, gardening tips, and useful homeowner information burst from Maryland Life Magazine ’s binding, intermingling with reviews of art-gallery exhibits and profiles on socialites about town.
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.
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.
The trained and supervised techs at J&J Premier Cleaning arrive at homes and offices with green products in tow. The whirling dervishes of cleanliness pop in for one-time cleaning services or schedule repeat visits at regular intervals to keep homes sparkling and office cubicles as tidy as the well-ordered, dystopian office cubicles of the future. Their additional services include window washing, carpet cleaning, and floor waxing. Construction sites also relinquish their dust and debris when entrusted to their meticulous care.
Professional sleep counselors facilitate peaceful slumber at more than 80 Mattress Discounters locations nationwide, where showrooms brim with mattresses from brands such as Sealy Posturepedic, Tempur-Pedic, and Space Age Foam. Unlike pet stores, Mattress Discounters encourages customers to lie on the merchandise, as sleep counselors use the Discover Your Comfort system to ask questions about sleep position and comfort level. With this information in hand, client and counselor select the right mattress for restful slumber, with each sleep surface backed by a 60-night comfort guarantee.
Few people spend their days attending bar mitzvahs and corporate picnics, but The Entertainment Playground’s staff works both circuits. The event-planning company can create parties from the ground up or augment them with equipment and staff, freeing up hosts to spend more time shaking their presents. The company’s inflatables run the gamut from bounce houses to outdoor movie screens, and fog machines and strobe lights add energy to dance parties or at least make the boring people harder to see. Revelers can pile into photo booths to create instant keepsakes, or climb aboard mechanical bulls for a very in-the-moment experience. A team of entertainers complements the attractions by delighting onlookers with intricate balloon art or classic magic tricks.