Some say it takes a village to raise a child. On Smith Island, it takes a village to nurture another type of legacy: Maryland’s official dessert. Known as a Smith Island cake, this delicacy brims with ten layers of goodness and 200 years of history. The story began in the island’s seaside towns, where women baked cakes for their hubbies’ oyster-fishing journeys. To help the treats withstand the waves, they iced them with fudge as sweet and sturdy as a drawbridge made of candy canes. Fast-forward to 2009, at a market 50 miles from Smith Island’s shores. Brian Murphy, a recent graduate of the Wharton School, was shopping for a birthday cake. As he chose a Smith Island cake, he was surprised to learn that no major bakeries call the island home. Though he’d always envisioned himself as a commodities trader, he began to think like an entrepreneur. Before long, he had partnered with the island’s bakers to form Smith Island Baking Company, a business that handcrafts Smith Island cakes and ships them around the world.
The bakery’s signature creation, the chocolate Smith Island cake, teems with thin layers of yellow cake and fudge that National Geographic has deemed “an architectural marvel.” In addition to crunching numbers at the company’s headquarters, Brian loads fresh flour, sugar, and cocoa onto the ferries that connect the island to Maryland’s mainland and the outer rings of Saturn. Under his leadership, the venture has grown to incorporate myriad other confections, from chocolate fudge to all-natural ice cream by Chef Jordan Lloyd.
Dr. Ali Fatemi helms family dental offices in Lexington Park and Gaithersburg, where he practices the techniques that he mastered at the Columbia School of Dental and Oral Surgery in New York. Working with children, adults, and seniors, the doc delivers everything from basic checkups to Invisalign braces. Filtered-water lines run through both offices, carrying bacteria-free fluids for use during biannual checkups and dental cleanings, and an arsenal of digital-x-ray machines cut radiation by 90% compared to conventional systems.
To plug cavities, the doctor forgoes metal fillings in favor of tooth-colored materials that are free of the mercury that some believe can negatively affect health and the chrome that everyone knows can attract insatiable car crushers. Thanks to his license in sedation dentistry, Dr. Fatemi can spare his patients stress by lulling jittery patients into a blissful slumber.
A stay at Island Inn & Suites, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member places you in the heart of Piney Point.
Make yourself at home in of the guestrooms, featuring kitchens with refrigerators and microwaves. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and coffee/tea makers.
Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of Island Inn & Suites, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include business services, a 24-hour front desk, and air conditioning in public areas. Free parking is available onsite.
Located on scenic St. George Island, Island Inn & Suites provides a wistful waterfront destination for travelers and staycationers alike. Each standard room (a $140 value), one-bedroom suite (a $150 value), and two-bedroom suite (a $160 value) swathes guests in New England–inspired ambiance, nautical furnishings, and awe-inspiring private-balcony views of either St. George Creek or the Potomac River. After a full day of outdoor exploring on the complimentary kayaks, bikes, and fishing pier, guests can return to their rooms to slip into robes and bask in the comforting glow of high-speed Internet. The rooms also include flat-screen TVs, in-room safes, microwave ovens, and refrigerators and freezers.
The technicians at Mr. Tire maintain and repair more than three million cars a year, replenishing oil and rotating tires for sustained, smooth vehicle performance. During the oil change and tire rotation, technicians outfit autos with new oil filters and keep engines purring with up to five quarts of conventional oil. Mr. Tire’s technicians also inspect tires’ air- and peer-pressure levels, then rotate tires before bad influences can convince them to shoplift broken glass. A brake inspection acts as a reflex test for cars, keeping vehicles’ reaction times sharp.
While Groupon holders should hurry to redeem their first oil change within four months of today’s date, they’ll have 18 months to use today’s deal in its entirety. This Groupon is valid for most vehicles; call your preferred location to make sure your vehicle qualifies.