In 1744, a brick tavern began pouring brews on the edge of the Patapsco River. James and Andrew Ellicott bought the establishment in 1810 and added a stately home for their family. More than a century later, when Daniel and Steve Wecker discovered the former Ellicott property in 1988, it had fallen into disrepair. But, seeing the promise in the neglected building and its surrounding 16 acres of flourishing linden, holly, and magnolia trees, the brothers convinced the state of Maryland to lease them the property. Together, they restored the rooms and much of the original 18th- and 19th-century craftsmanship, transforming it into what is now The Elkridge Furnace Inn. Today, guests walk over original longleaf-pine flooring and admire the stairway’s tiger-maple spindles and the molding’s Colonial-style dogwood motifs on their way to the historic dining room, whose atmosphere helped earn the restaurant a spot among OpenTable's 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in the country.
The restaurant’s lavish French cuisine plays no small part in its success, garnering laudations and media attention from the likes of the Washington Post. Daniel Wecker takes the helm in the kitchen as executive chef, burying game meats—such as rabbit and quail—and fresh seafood beneath rich glazes and beurre blanc sauces. When faced with too many choices from an encyclopedic wine list, diners can consult the menu for recommended vintages to pair with their dish.
Voted No. 4 in the Top 10 Birthday Chains for Kid Birthday Parties in 2010 by Parents magazine, Pump It Up sprawls over 11,000 square feet of play areas and party rooms teeming with inflatable fun. A stalwart staff oversees the neighborhood of bounce houses and air-filled playthings that populate the indoor arena, including a regal throne for celebrating birthdays or announcing edicts mandating dessert for breakfast. The ascending wall of the Vertical Rush challenges climbers with a hump-shaped obstacle, whereas attached dueling slides send victors careening into fun. A calendar of events details dates and times for open play and lectures on refinancing mortgages on family treehouses.
"My first question to a client is always: ‘How will you be using the space?’" explains Pam Fleming, the showroom manager at Day or Night Home & Hearth Services. Patio Pam, as she’s known to her customers, coworkers, and fellow CIA agents, walks visitors through every step necessary to design a perfect outdoor living space. Pam and her staff can help you choose eye-catching and functional patio furniture, grilling islands, and fire pits, and they can also tackle such installation-related tasks as completing gas piping and conversions or laying down tiles. In addition to their helpful design team, the store prides itself on the fact that nearly 90% of the products in their showroom are made in America.
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It's a new decade, and the antiquated days of sitting still for endless hours of portraiture have been usurped by the immediacy of the camera. Today's side deal gets you a photo session, an airbrush makeover, and a 10x13 portrait printed on premium Pearlized Portraits paper from Glamour Shots for $19 (a $119 total value). With three locations to choose from—in Kennesaw, Douglasville, and Buford—you can conveniently schedule an appointment to permanentize your countenance or the collective visage of your family through sturdy and durable photography.
Professional photography offers experience and guidance, which means your pictures won't have any elbows poking out the corner of the frame. Glamour Shots' expert capturers lead the photo session while sharing directorial power with their subject. Bring your own colorful outfits (two to three) and communicate with your photographer so he or she can help you execute your vision. You're even welcome to commemorate a moment or activity in your life by bringing props, such as the newspaper featuring your victory at the Jam Recipe Throwdown or an unripe banana wrapped in lettuce. Plus, the pre-shot makeover is included ($20 value), so your airbrush kit can stay at home. The fruits of your modeling will be your choice of a fantastic 10x13 shot ($69 value) that's printed on premium pearly paper ($30 value). It will make a wonderful addition to any mantle, windowsill, or birthday cake.
The customers in Atlanta are too busy auditioning for the next season of America's Next Top Model to review Glamour Shots, but some Citysearchers in other states found a few minutes to sing its praises:
- Although I was skeptical at first…I decided to go in, not opt for the airbrushing, and just take professional looking photos for my business. Not only was it EXTREMELY FUN, but the results were absolutely amazing!!! By no means would I ever consider myself an attractive man…but when I got my photos, I felt attractive. I felt good about myself. The staff was very professional, very fun, very good at what they do. – businessboy, Citysearch San Diego
- Taking my daughter to this place for her Pictures was the best choice we could had made…I was pleased with the outcomes, the personal there is so helpful and kind they dress her up did the hair…they just new exactly what to do. – pncho33, Citysearch Los Angeles
A stack of pumpkins, a penguin, and a Barbie doll rarely share an origin story, but the pastry chefs at SugarBakers Cakes have hand-crafted all three from moist cake and frosting. They create cakes that range from classic carrot cakes to lifelike 3D confections, incorporating ingredients such as chocolate mousse, lemon curd, and coconut pecan icing. Honored by The Knot, WeddingWire, and four other establishments for their 2013 wedding cakes, the chefs can tailor their designs to suit a wedding’s unique theme or a reception venue.