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.
Stebbins Anderson houses a full-service Ace hardware store and a full range of Benjamin Moore paints, serving as a mecca of home-repair essentials. Customers can take advantage of services such as screen repair and key cutting or peruse thousands of items that are priced under $25, ranging from electrical supplies and plumbing goods to gardening tools and mystery-bookcase-hinge grease. The expansive assortment of hardware goodies such as Mail Wraps mailbox covers ($18.99), Ace premium enamel ($3.49), and Benjamin Moore color samples ($3.99 each) saves amateur home-repair gurus from wasting precious rehab time by driving around to multiple hardware stores. A knowledgeable staff equips domestic whizzes for just about any home-repair challenge. Make over the kitchen with brightly colored walls and new décor, install a new deck rail to banish looting baboon colonies for good, rid bedrooms of cold drafts with new attic insulation, or score cleaning supplies to scrub away bathtub grime and multiplication tables scribbled on kitchen walls in hot sauce.
Data entry, babysitting, and driving clients to or from the airport are just a few of the tasks in which the bonded, insured personal assistants of Chloe's Concierge specialize. They also provide relocation services that range from loading and unloading moving trucks to setting up furniture.
WTMD constructs a sounding board for local artists and blasts the airwaves with a variety of engaging playlists. These public broadcasters secure annual funding for programming and events though private contributions and memberships. Annual members are secured with a complimentary new-music CD sampler, and can bask in the knowledge of continued community events, such as First Thursdays Concerts in the Park. These free music fests bathe historic West Mt. Vernon Park in the sights and sounds of homegrown musical maestros and sentient powdered wigs. In addition to live events, listeners can tune in to weekly programming mainstays such as Baltimore Unsigned, which exposes listeners to the quadrophonic delights of local talent. The boogie-inducing grooves of Dirty Soul Party incite hips to uncontrolled swivel fits, and Reggae Rhythms jams out island tunes for music-loving archipelagos. Memberships activated by June 27 will be entered in a sweepstakes to win a Cannondale Hooligan 3 Urban Solution bicycle, courtesy of Light Street Cycles, or a year's supply of coffee from Zeke's.
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 do 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 favorite art pieces or memorializing a sibling's failure to color within the lines.
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.