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Brush Up

The week we were scheduled for staff makeovers found me with the perfect trifecta of blemish in need of cosmetic assistance: The dry fall weather had turned my eyes red. My sick cat was waking me up in the middle of the night and adding bags to the bloodshot. And …

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In the Corner

Business partners Lindsay Henry, 26, and Jane Pruitt, 50, may be at different stages of life, but when it comes to food, they’re firmly on the same page. The pair, who met while working at a local catering company, recently opened The Nook Café together in the University of Maryland …

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Wishful Thinking

Santa Claus may be the only person more generous than my in-laws during the holiday season. If their grandchildren make a list, they check it twice to ensure that holiday wishes come true. For all his joy in giving, though, my father-in-law has a few gift-getting quirks. He is all …

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Common Cold Cured?

“There are just too many cold viruses out there and they change a little bit every year, so there’s no way you could ever have a vaccine,” says Dr. Kevin Ferentz, chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at GBMC. Although cold season is again upon us, there’s no reason …

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Savvy Shopper: December

BEJEWELED Nothing says Savvy like “jewelry boutique,” so she was a bit distressed to find that Bijoux was closing up shop at its Green Spring Station Location. Upon wandering over to Renee Wilson’s new spot in Wyndhurst Station, however, her anxiety was quickly assuaged. The revamped location is small but …

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Present Tense

Ava Marie Morning meteorologist, WBAL TV “Last Christmas, our family surprised us with an indoor slide for our toddler’s playroom. It made my heart so happy to see the pure joy in his eyes. Even better yet, he was so tired after sliding all day, he slept for 12 hours …

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Chemical Reaction

Chef Michael Matassa and sommelier Debi Bell-Mattassa have 35 years in the food industry (and 25 years together as husband and wife). They opened their first restaurant, Fusion Grille, in Fallston back in 1989 and ran it for six years. They stoked the culinary fire at Alchemy on the Avenue …

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Get Out: December

YOUNG AND HUNGRY After the buzz surrounding her performance at the 2017 Presidential Inauguration, the America’s Got Talent finalist Jackie Evancho is hitting the road. For a tour, that is. The 17 year old will perform at The Lyric following the March release of her seventh studio album “Two Hearts,” …

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Great Scot

Nothing says Christmas like bagpipes, right? Shake things up this holiday season at the Campagna Center’s Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend & Parade in Alexandria, Virginia. Fans of “Outlander,” UK enthusiasts and merrymakers alike will delight in the procession, featuring tartan galore, bagpipe and drum corps, reenactors, classic cars, dancers, Scottie …

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In Hot Water

Whether you’re sipping hot tea or a hot toddy, there’s no better time than November for cuddling up with a warm beverage. With this stunning sculptural kettle from Hario Buono, there’s no cooler looking way to prepare a cuppa, either. The beehive design buzzes with shiny copper and wooden accents …

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Reality Star: 7 Questions for Ned Atwater

Ned Atwater baked his first cake — a birthday cake — at age 9. It didn’t turn out too well, the chef and restaurant owner recalls, but that meant that he and his siblings just consumed more ice cream. After making breads and pastries for markets, shops and restaurants for …

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Light Show

I recently opened a gracious email from Maria Buckingham, spa manager at FX Studios, inviting me to see their new downtown facility at 10 Light Street. She shared information with me about four different types of LED light therapy, all to treat different skin concerns, and then asked which one …

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