Thursday, May 21, 2009

Soft Touch Photography nominated for BBB award!

Cindi from Soft Touch Photography on Harford Road has been nominate for 2009's BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Excellence. Congratulations Cindi!

Finalists Announced in Better Business Bureau | Greater Maryland's 2009 Torch Awards for Marketplace Excellence

Baltimore, MD - May 21, 2009 - The Better Business Bureau | Greater Maryland will honor area businesses with their annual Torch Awards for Marketplace Excellence at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore's Mansion House on Wednesday, September 23, 2009.

After receiving more than 60 nominations, a panel of judges, comprised of representatives from previously honored firms, selected thirteen finalists. Winners will be announced live at the awards ceremony.

"It is with great satisfaction that we recognize these businesses, which include small and large employers, multi-generation family-owned and woman/minority-owned, for their efforts not just to meet expectations for fairness and honesty, but to exceed them," said Angie Barnett, president/CEO, BBB | Greater Maryland. "Each of these companies traded short-term sacrifices for long-term relationships and lasting reputations," she added.

Finalists in this year's competition are:

All Pro Placement Service, Inc., Timonium

Ascend One Corporation, Columbia

Chesapeake Irrigation Systems, Inc., Millersville

The Horse Inspired Growth and Learning Center, Inc., Parkton

Improvement Zone, Annapolis

Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing of MD, Columbia

Next Day Blinds, Jessup

Post & Beam Design/Build, Forest Hill

Sit, Stay & Play, Severn

Soft Touch Photography by Cynthia, Inc., Baltimore

Staff Quest, Inc., Owings Mills

The Thomas Roofing Company, Inc., Westminster

TurfValley Resort, Ellicott City

Event sponsors include AES Builder & Home Improvements, Inc., AT&T, Atlantic Financial Federal Credit Union, CareOne Services, Chapin Davis, IWIF Workers' Compensation Insurance, SmartCEO, Travel Advantage Network and Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP.

Please visit or contact Jody Thomas for more information or advance reservations. Calls can be directed to BBB at 410-347-3990 ext. 3018.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Shout out for 'Heart of Hamilton'

From a Hamilton resident

OK, now for the personal advertisement. I visited our new shop on Harford Road "The Heart of Hamilton." I was kind of skeptical, expecting it to be horribly overpriced like so many of the boutiques in Hampden. I was totally thrilled to find really cute, fun things at very reasonable prices...and everything's 15% off in May! I ended up with a kid's birthday present, four little gifts for friends and a foxy pair of sunglasses for myself for about $40. They even gift wrapped for free. Now I have my eye on this adorable toy chest and kid's rocking chair. I think the owner was very hopeful that business would be good as we revitalize Hamilton, but I think business has been very slow. So I encourage you to check it out and support this wonderful local shop, 5523 Harford Road.
Hope everyone is well,
Theresa P.

Heart of Hamilton
5523 Harford Road
Baltimore 21214
Phone 443-627-8769

Monday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Tuesday Market Call for Vendors

Tuesday Market Call for Vendors

Stay tuned to the empty lot across from Safeway for some vital & rewarding activity to start soon. Thank you to all the dedicated volunteers who are working so hard to bring their vision for the lot to life.

Interested in a market every Tuesday evening? Want to be a vendor? Send your inquiry to Adam Fisher, market master for the Tuesday Market Connection at Or inquire at the Main Street office at 410-319-7150, ask for Regina.

Look around the neighborhood for flyers. Pick up a postcard. Request an application.

Want to volunteer? We will continue work for the next two Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. preparing the lot for the market. Just show up and join in. Make this project your own!

Thank you. Regina

Regina Lansinger, Director Hamilton Lauraville Main Street 5500 Harford Road - Suite 201 Baltimore, MD 21214 410.319.7150 410.319.7151 (fax)

Monday, May 11, 2009

Grind-on Wine Tasting, Art, and Darius Scott Trio

On Friday night (May 8), a wine tasting was hosted at the Grind-On Cafe, with music by Darius Scott Trio. The selection of wine was supplied by Harford Road Liquors. The event was arranged by HLMS. Art installation by Crystal.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Mother's Day Gifts at Studio C Jewelry & Gifts

News from Constance of Studio C


Studio C Jewelry & Gifts would like to help you celebrate all of the amazing mothers in your life by offering 20% off all of MY handmade jewelry items. Gemstone jewelry, scrabble tile items and salt shaker tassels are included in this sale.*

This just in! More gorgeous hand-blocked, fair-trade, all cotton scarves by Anokhi! These luscious cotton voile scarves (and now sarongs for summer) come in the most amazing colors and are incredibly soft. Size measurements are: 30x30 squares, 15x72 rectangles and 45x85 sarongs.

Due to my involvement in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s decorator showhouse, Studio C Jewelry will be open on Saturday and Sunday only, from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. until after May 17th. Please visit Talia, who will help you will all of your jewelry needs. If you find that you need something quickly during the week, feel free to call me at 443.226.5871, or ask Nicole at the Red Canoe for help. Thanks for your understanding!

*Sorry, sterling silver items by Cathy Good as well as Anokhi scarves and sarongs are NOT included in this sale.


Constance Scott
Studio C Jewelry & Gifts
above The Red Canoe
4337 C Harford Road
Baltimore, MD 21214

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Great Soul Mother's Day Idea

From Stacey at Great Soul:

Mother’s Day Idea from Great Soul! Have you gotten your mom a gift yet?
Mother's Day is Sunday, May 10th!

Shop local and save yourself the headache of the mall!

Come in for a massage *with* your mother (or wife or any special mama in
your life) and her massage is 1/2 price! This is not a tandem massage; the sessions will be back to back with the same therapist. Book your sessions now for the week of Mother's Day (May 10th- 16th, 2009).

restrictions may apply, please contact Great Soul Wellness Studio for more

Stacey, Wendy & Stacy - co-owners
Great Soul Wellness Studio
4711 Harford Rd, 2nd Floor
Baltimore, MD 21214

Red Canoe Meet the Author Series: May 9th

Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret author Steve Luxenberg will be at the Red Canoe’s on Saturday, May 9, 4 to 6pm for a “meet the author” reception.

Even though you can purchase the book online for a few dollars cheaper, Nicole, owner of the Red Canoe, reminds readers:

‘We are hoping your value for our support of local authors, and their value for independent bookstores will be worth the extra few dollars! So stop in to browse this amazing book, to visit, to see how lovely the garden is, and as always, to enjoy good food and coffee, and the best of neighbors here at Red Canoe!’

Meet the Author: Steve Luxenburg

Annie’s Ghost: A Journey Into A Family Secret Saturday

May 9th at 4:00 p.m.

Red Canoe
4337 Harford Rd
Baltimore, MD 21214
(410) 444-4440

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Outdoor Happy Hour at the Chameleon

Outdoor Happy Hour!
5-7pm Tues-Sat $2/glass of wine

News from Brenda of the Chameleon,

So, we had a grand the other day (The Spring Fling) with the Happy Hour special at The Chameleon. It was great hanging out with lovely friends and neighbors, enjoying the spring weather with some highly affordable wine on Harford Rd. We could just as easily have been in a street cafe in Paris!
It was so much fun I thought we should continue it so that everyone in Nogli-land and farther afield could have the opportunity to sit, relax, and enjoy the outdoors @ The Chameleon.
So, if the weather is nice, think, "let me call __________, and have them meet me for a quick glass of wine. Maybe we'll even split the calamari. Afterwards, I'll pop over to Safeway and pick up __________."

Anyways, I can't wait for the weather to break, and for a little sunshine to be on our shoulders again...

Best Wishes,

The Chameleon
Tue-Thurs 5-9 Fri-Sat 5-10

Monday, May 4, 2009

Infant Massage Class at Great Soul Wellness Center

Attentions Moms of Infants or Mother's to Be:
Great Soul Wellness Center will be offering a FREE infant massage class the month of June.

Stacey, Wendy & Stacy - co-owners
Great Soul Wellness Studio
4711 Harford Rd, 2nd Floor
Baltimore, MD 21214

Friday, May 1, 2009

Zeke's Third Anniversary in Lauraville

On Saturday, April 18th, Zeke's celebrated their 3rd year in Lauraville. Great coffe and great people! Please visit their website and their online store!

Mosaic at the 'Connection' (4500 Harford Rd)

Mosaic at the 'Connection' (4500 Harford Rd)

Toby Rivkin invited the community to be a part of a mosaic project that will find a home on a building in Lauraville. Under Toby's direction, the mosaic is coming together beautifully!

Work is still in progress. Look for Toby and friends at the empty lot across from Safeway at 4500 Harford Road - temporarily known as "The Connection." Then be sure to follow the progress of this project as it is prepared for installation. Great & colorful things continue to happen on Harford Road.

Thanks, Toby, for putting your great idea to work!

Chameleon Spring Menu

Chameleon Spring Menu

News from Brenda of the Chameleon


Our Spring Menu is out! All of the rain is bringing out the varied beautiful hues of green. The green has come into the kitchen as well- asparagus, ramps, fennel, peas, fresh herbs, leeks, spring greens, and artichokes. The menu has a sense of the freshness of spring with many light flavors. Dine on the Fennel, ramp and pea tart, and the Scallops with freshly made gnocci, mushrooms, and peas with Montpellier butter (a compound butter with fresh herbs). If you’re a fan of sweetbreads, the Sautéed veal and sweetbreads with artichoke, lemon, and toasted pecans, Marsala wine and veal glace is really lovely. Melanie has worked on putting together a delightful assortment of wines to compliment the menu. I hope you able to come out and celebrate life and sample our present menu. Our staff is looking forward to taking care of you. “Eat, drink, and be merry”

All the best, Brenda

P.S. Our outside section is open now! Remember you can make a meal of a couple of appetizers or split up some entrees with friends (the way I often like to eat)

The Chameleon 4341 Harford Rd |

Reservations: 410.254.2376

Hours: Tues-Thurs 5-9pm Fri-Sat 5-10pm

Grind On makes Large's Top 10 list again!

Grind On makes Large's Top 10 list again!

Elizabeth Large's top 10

April 29 2009

It's not too late to dine green. Last week's Top 10 Tuesday on Dining@Large was Top 10 Restaurants to Celebrate Earth Day. Here's my list in alphabetical order:

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