For 50 years, the owners and staffers of Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing have encouraged the artists of their community. They visit local fairs and set up booths for kids to color and craft, and they workshops, demos, and classes for artists of every age. As their name implies, they also outfit art makers of all skill levels with top-of-the-line materials, such as Gamblin oil paints, Prismacolor pens and markers, and custom frames perfect for saving a favorite art pieces or memorializing a sibling's failure to color within the lines.
Gardiners Furniture offers a variety of traditional and contemporary furniture for living rooms, bedrooms, home offices, and more in its expansive storerooms. Outfit your living room with an in-vogue two-piece ottoman ($161) by Signature Design Rayanne and a Toscana rectangular cocktail table ($179) from Ashley Furniture. Or, replace unsightly metal with stately wood in your home office with an Ashley Furniture two-drawer file cabinet ($224). Other items include a traditional handsome wooden 3-drawer end table ($242) and a Heritage TV cart by Eagle Industries ($359), ideal for taunting the floating TVs of the future with what could have been.
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.
Since 2008, the Building Performance Institute–certified consultants from Zerodraft Maryland have helped home and business owners keep a firm grasp on their buildings' energy expenditures. Through the use of such diagnostic tools as blower door tests, gas-leak detectors, and thermal-imaging cameras, the analysts can root out areas where air may be escaping and energy—along with hard-earned money—is being wasted. In addition to helping clients keep a lid on their monthly utility bills, the insured team also ensures that interiors stay comfortable regardless of the temperature outside.
Since 1919, the knowledgeable staff at Wilson Lighting and Interiors have illuminated thousands of lamps, fixtures, and lighting accessories for customers. Set a shabby-chic parlor aglow with a distressed lamp base ($53), perhaps topping it with a classic hand-stitched Canterbury lampshade ($74). Nightlights ($11.50) comfort nocturnal pets and boogeymen banished to dark closets. Beacons for all purposes await dusky corners in the comprehensive bulb department, including three-way bulbs ($3.60) and full-spectrum bulbs ($17) that form a perfect spotlight for the prima-donna hand of the after-dinner puppet show.