Catch of the Day, Pikesville

Learn More About Gardening with Flower School at Butterbee Farm

0 Written by: | Monday, Apr 07, 2014 1:12pm

Flower School

 catch of the day fish (2)It may still be too early to fully visualize how gorgeous your garden will be in a couple of months, but it’s exactly the right time to sign up for any (or all) of Butterbee Farm’s Flower School offerings. The series of classes begins in June, but space is extremely limited, so early registration is a must. Each class covers a different subject—from “Getting an Early Start” to “Growing Edible Flowers” to “Your Autumn Garden.” Even for experienced gardeners, the folks at Butterbee probably have something to teach about gardening. After all, they’ve been named Baltimore’s Prettiest CSA by the City Paper, and its 2014 CSA is already completely sold out. But that just means you’ll have to grow your own flowers this season—which they’re happy to help you learn how to do. Read More →

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Featured Property: Auction Opportunity for 24,000 SqFt Property w/ 3 Parking Lots

0 Written by: | Monday, Mar 24, 2014 10:00am



House of Worship | Former Banquet Hall

Thursday, March 27th 1 pm


401 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville
0 bedroom(s), 0 bathroom(s)
401 Reisterstown Road
401 Reisterstown Road
401 Reisterstown Road
401 Reisterstown Road
401 Reisterstown Road
401 Reisterstown Road
401 Reisterstown Road
401 Reisterstown Road
401 Reisterstown Road
401 Reisterstown Road
AUCTION THURS MARCH 27, 2014 AT 1PM ON SITE AT THE PROPERTY. Landmark building in Pikesville. This 24,000+/- sq. ft building and 3 parking lots have been a significant location for the Baltimore community over the past 60 years.The property is zoned BL (Business Local) and DR 5.5 (Density Residential). List price is for listing purposes. BID YOUR PRICE AT THE AUCTION click for details.
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Fresh! Prom Styles Arriving Weekly Thru May

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 1:00pm


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Fresh Starts for Small Soles: Fashion Meets Philanthropy

0 Written by: | Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 1:00pm

photo-3I recently had the opportunity to visit my friend Lisa Garrett who lives in Costa Rica. Before my visit, we discussed going to the country’s beautiful beaches, visiting waterfalls and volcanoes, eating freshly-picked fruit off the trees on her block and interacting with friendly monkeys in town. But my real burning desire was to see her in action and experience her mission work up-close and personal. Lisa is the founder of an organization called “Souls Helping Soles”,  which helps the local impoverished children make fresh starts by putting on their feet shoes that have been donated and delivered by local and international volunteers. Read More →

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Sale on the Perfect Prom Dresses at Fresh!

0 Written by: | Friday, Feb 14, 2014 11:00am


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Sale on Baltimore’s Fresh-est Prom Dresses Starting Friday

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 3:00pm


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STOP! It’s Time To Re-Fresh! Your Closet

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 11:00am

While we prepare for snow, we dream of spring!  And what better way to spend a snow day than to attack your closet (which, admit it, is probably a mess of salt covered boots and sloppily piled sweaters)?  Fashionista and stylist Heidi Slacum, owner of the recently relocated Fresh! Boutique (it’s now in the Festival at Woodholme) gives us all a lesson in closet organization — and gets us pondering our spring purchases — and keeps it fun.  Spring’s right around the corner (promise!). Take a few pointers from a pro.

While going through my closet to pack for an upcoming trip, I realized my personal fashion portfolio needs some “refreshing.”  Working in the fashion industry, you can imagine the accumulation of clothing that I end up with: never worn or worn once clothes, all stuffed to the back of the closet for another day.  I decided to take my own organizational advice and take a “spring fling” with my closet!

If you find yourself overwhelmed by your array of apparel and in need of 1) space 2) organization and 3) new looks for the upcoming season, take these steps to free you from clutter and renew your faith in fashion!

Step 1: Edit
  • Store - Slip fall and winter (past season) clothing in acid-free boxes or airtight bins. Before storing make sure each piece is clean, repaired, if necessary, and folded. Use small bins for gloves, hats and scarves. Use larger bins for coats. If you’re storing a fur coat, check with a reputable furrier such as Mano Swartz for complete storing and care. For boots, store a few pair in long bins that will fit under the bed and put the rest in larger bins in a storage unit or hallway closet.
  • Sort - Pull everything out of the closet entirely and organize into groups: trousers, skirts, tops/blouses, blazers/jackets, short day dresses, short evening dresses, long formal dresses, hats & scarves; divide purses into two groups – handbags and clutches.
  • Stash/Trash - Stash items you either wear regularly or those worn for a very special occasion like that long sequined ball gown. Trash all items that have stains, pilling, or have stretched or torn beyond repair. (Consignment stores won’t take these worn items either.) You can donate what you don’t want to keep for a write-off to the Goodwill or The Salvation Army. Remaining items you haven’t worn in the last six months — or same season last year — should be tried on. Afterward, edit!! Decide if you still “love” it, if it’s flattering to your current shape, if you have other clothes to go with it, and, if necessary, if you have the time or energy to “fix” it to make it wearable again. If you have gently worn clothes that you are merely “over” consider donating them to non-profits that supply at-risk or under-served job seekers with interview outfits and work attire such as or Dressed for Success or House of Ruth.  You also may consider donating items such as designer gowns or cocktail dresses you’ve worn a few times to luxury consignment stores such as Love Me Two Times or taking them to a specialty store like Octavia II where you will receive a credit toward a new purchase. For all of you fashionistas who dream of your own boutique and want to have control over your recyclables and make some money from your “trash,” create your own site on Poshmark.com!! Read More →

House of the Day, Pikesville, Real Estate, Home & Garden

House of the Day: Four Acres In Stevenson With Salt Water Pool, Recently Reduced

0 Written by: | Friday, Dec 27, 2013 4:00pm

2211 Wiltonwood Road, Stevenson
5 bedroom(s), 5 bathroom(s)
5,000 square feet
2211 Wiltonwood Road
2211 Wiltonwood Road
2211 Wiltonwood Road
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Featured, Hot House, Pikesville, Real Estate, Home & Garden

Old Pikesville House With New Neighbors: Like It or Not

1 Written by: | Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 10:10am

Hot House: 115 Woodholme Avenue, Pikesville, MD 21208



Grand traditional home, formerly clapboard, now vinyl-sided, circa 1925, extensively modernized in the 80’s and richly finished in 2013. Four bedrooms, four and a half baths, 7,159 sq. ft. over 2 stories, with unfinished basement and attic. Renovations include polished marquetry floors, gold-filigree moldings, ornate painted Roman columns, walls and floors. Large gourmet kitchen with oversized granite island and wood-burning fireplace. Versailles-inspired master suite with two bathrooms.  Landscaped grounds with mature trees, swimming pool, garage with studio/apt: $889,000


What: A distinguished old home with a lovely hilltop setting. Its original 8+ acre lot is being subdivided to make room for 7 additional custom homes (see photo at bottom), each with a 1-acre lot, which will make up a development called Woodholme Green. Heartbreaking in a way, but it’s a familiar story. Once owned by Lawrence Naylor, a Baltimore civic leader and Rouse company executive, the house was clearly designed for entertaining, with unusually large rooms for its style and era. A ballroom-size living room adjoins a ballroom-size family room with french doors running the full length and opening to a bluestone patio. A ballroom-sized kitchen with two of every appliance completes the picture. Some of the dramatic, recently added finishes seem more suited to Paris than Pikesville, but then again, maybe not. Upstairs bedrooms are all new, likewise the bathrooms. They feel opulent until you get to the master bedroom, which feels opulent until you get to the largest of the two master baths, where a decorator’s (Marie Antoinette?) French fantasy has been unleashed, with staggering results.  Only the house’s original dining room and library remain as they were, quiet reminders of a former life.


Where: Woodholme Avenue is off Reisterstown Road, behind J. Brown Jewelers and the Men’s Warehouse (exit 20 on 695W). It leads to the Woodholme Country Club, less then a quarter mile from the house, so that you could conceivably keep a golf cart, and drive it back and forth from the club. The Reisterstown Road corridor is a shopping mecca.  Garrison Forest and McDonough schools are just minutes away, as is the highly rated Woodholme Elementary.

Who: Entertainers – these rooms can accommodate hundreds at a time.

Why: A lot of luxury for the price.

Why Not:  Some of the décor verges on the ridiculous.

NB: The noise barrier to 695 runs along one side of the property, (house pre-dates the Beltway) and you do hear the highway from the yard.

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Featured, Lifeline, Pikesville, Waverly

I Always Suspected There Was Something Shady About the Waverly Post Office…

1 Written by: | Friday, Oct 11, 2013 9:49am


What with the national mail system bleeding money (and consequently raising the price of a first-class stamp again), I imagine the higher-ups at the USPS aren’t happy hearing that two of their Baltimore post offices are “cash cows” — but not in a good way.
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