Modern showrooms outfitted with numerous appliances, electronics, and furniture from renowned brands welcome customers to DIrectBuy of Lancaster's home-improvement shopping experience. Though the shop may resemble many national retailers with its helpful staff and expansive stock, it bears a noticeable difference—the products are priced fairly below the standard retail suggestion and only come to life when you're not looking. The lower prices are made possible by DirectBuy’s partnership with their manufacturers, reducing shipping costs and eliminating retailer markup. Lancaster’s DirectBuy has softened blows to wallets for more than 40 years, and also reduces cost to customers via online orders.
At the Columbia Association, visitors find not only a place to work out, swim, or enjoy the great outdoors, but a place to connect with the local community and get to know their neighbors. Families take in live music by the lakefront during summer festivals, or glide across the ice at the public rink. Meanwhile, aspiring athletes build muscle, flexibility, and form with practice at indoor and outdoor tennis courts, or regular trips to the high-tech Columbia Gym. Columbia Association also helps its members maintain a healthy lifestyle with a wide variety of facilities, including nearby golf courses, 23 swimming pools, and even an attached horse center, where humans can learn to ride and horses can get in shape for swimsuit season.
Walter “Reds” Ferris enjoys running into his clients at the ballpark and grocery. Being part of the community is at the core of his business philosophy, and like a neighborhood handyman, he takes pride in helping out with everything from installing doors and windows to laying tile and painting walls. His licensed-and-bonded technicians, who draw on a combined 40 years of experience, tackle almost any home-improvement project, from installing and staining decks to repairing chimneys damaged from the years when Santa Claus forgot to diet.
The team strives to be green by recycling their shingle waste and offering energy-efficient products. They also lend their skills for community causes, such as outfitting the Stanton-Newport Little League concession stand with a new roof.
Birds flying over Baltimore see plenty of Allied Remodeling's handiwork?because they have replaced more than 20,000 roofs in the area. Using cutting edge roofing technology, their certified technicians safeguard homes against ice and rain, while preventing overheating with balanced ventilation. The team can also revamp homes with windows in a variety of styles from casement ones to sliders, and sturdy vinyl siding, which resists peeling in extreme weather. Their custom decks, meanwhile, provide a more pleasant venue for summertime sunbathing than the roof of a moving ice-cream truck.
A former cheerleader for the Canadian Football League’s Baltimore Stallions, Samantha Satchell has racked up plenty of experience in both the dance and fitness worlds. The trained dancer has choreographed half-time shows for the Baltimore Blast, a Major Indoor Soccer League team, and the Baltimore Skipjacks, a minor professional ice-hockey team, as well as taught various fitness classes, such as pilates.
In fact, according to the Baltimore Sun, it was during her time teaching dance fitness at local health clubs that Samantha decided she wanted to start her own class, one that “would give her more freedom to mix things up, incorporate new moves, and have more fun.” She now helms the Maverick Dance Party class, a 60-minute class that, much like a musical about Muscle Beach, combines a healthy mix of fitness and dance.
Samantha puts her choreography skills to work once again as she creates original moves that she teaches in a party-like environment. With its low lights and pulsating beat, the dance party resembles a Saturday night out with the girls, rather than a boring fitness class, and participants both torch calories and tap into their individual sexiness while performing moves from styles such as hip-hop, Latin dance, and swing.