Scott Nash started MOM's Organic Market in his mom's garage. He repurposed the space as a warehouse for organic goods, dispatching orders to local buyers. When he outgrew the space, he rented an actual warehouse, and then a bigger one, eventually outgrowing the home-delivery business and replacing it with a retail outlet. From there, the business mushroomed like a naturally grown, pesticide-free mushroom—it now maintains 10 retail locations across Maryland and Virginia. Each location subscribes to a single mission—to protect and restore the environment. Store managers stock organic and local products whenever possible, and reduce waste by minimizing packaging. To power their stores, they call upon natural energy sources, such as wind and the earth's molten core. As an added benefit, they buy in bulk to keep prices low and author recipes that transform organic produce into delicious meals.
The renovation specialists at Elegance Cabinets help clients create their ideal kitchens. They start by providing samples–either at the showroom or inside the customer's home–that will help clients determine their desired cabinet style and configuration. After an aesthetic has been chosen, specialists inspect and measure every square inch of the existing kitchen, charting the space and noting how many units will be needed and how many secret tunnels have to be sealed. Next, they head to the drawing board where they'll draft up an installation plan. Once that's complete, the client will receive a detailed blueprint of the space along with a 3D mock-up that provides a preview of what the room will look like in the coming weeks. Finally, they'll install dream kitchens and haul away the old and busted cabinets that have now become obsolete.
Although Linthicum Heights is mostly known today as the home of BWI, it's been around much longer than the airport. The Linthicum Heights Historic District dates back to the 1910s, and it shows—colonial, Tudor, and Dutch Revival houses sprinkle its tree-shaded hills. These are sedate surroundings; if you want to get to the heart of Baltimore, though, it’s just a short trip away.Among the many museums downtown, the Baltimore Museum of Art holds the largest collection of Matisse paintings in the world, and the American Visionary Art Museum displays the works of self-taught artists. If you’re looking to get away from meticulously climate-controlled buildings, there’s plenty to do outside, too. The entire area surrounding the Inner Harbor of the Chesapeake Bay is known as the Baltimore National Heritage Area. On a walking tour you can check out the vibrant immigrant neighborhoods and or look for monuments to Supreme Court justice and Baltimore native Thurgood Marshall to pay respect to his mustache. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
Gangs of ottomans and mattresses populate Atlantic Bedding and Furniture, whose continually changing designs from top brands help customers capture the furniture species of their choice. Treat hard-working eye awnings to a decadent break with a solid hardwood Leonardo bed ($347–$516), backed by a strong, modern headboard the color of morning espresso but the flavor of tufted upholstery. Taking home a Davenport nightstand ($125) means never having to precariously perch glasses or bequeathed dentures on thin windowsills.
Jewels by Fortune Beauty Studio gussies up exteriors with a battalion of spa and salon treatments. The expert staff of aestheticians, stylists, and nail techs gets gals ready for everyday events or special occasions with services such as mani-pedis and professional makeup applications that match moods, outfits, or pet flamingoes. After a thorough tête-à-tête, stylists get to work shearing away stray strands, framing faces with a custom cut and style. The pampering emporium also hosts feminine fetes with girls' night out events held in the boutique spa, where guests can mingle and browse the collection of clothes, handbags, bangle bracelets, and other baubles.
Lauded by the Knot magazine in 2009 for its stylish nuptial bouquets, Rutland Beard Florist has enlisted creative designers to fashion floral arrangements since 1923. Nestled deep in the heart of the boutiques' fragrant mazes inspired by French flower markets, bouquets brimming with seasonal blooms, perennials, and tropical flora spill out of elegant vases and baskets. The nimble-fingered staffers also pile fresh fruit into gift baskets, and they assemble themed creations suitable for all occasions, such as anniversaries, birthdays, or a baby's first successful attempt at landing an airplane.