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Hearty Helping

Any restaurant opening is a big deal: a hopeful, creative and occasionally chaotic attempt to invent a place that nourishes the community. But the stakes feel higher for the team behind the Light House Bistro, the newest arrival to Annapolis’ downtown dining scene. The launch of the 50-seat eatery at …

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Reality Star: 6 Questions for Josh Rosenstein

“Farm-to-table” is something of a buzz phrase these days, but Josh Rosenstein is a true believer. The Israeli-American has worked extensively in organic farming, nurseries, permaculture and sustainability and, after several years as the farm director at Pearlstone Center, decided to launch his own sustainable business in 2014. Edible Eden …

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Pearl Visionary

Spring has sprung, and it may be tempting to go reaching for the strappy sandals, cork wedges and easy espadrilles that have been sitting in storage since last summer. But why not step out of your comfort zone … and into these daring derbies from British designer Nicholas Kirkwood? The …

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Bluegrass Roots, Revived

Launched by famed bluegrass singer-guitarist-banjo player Del McCoury in 2008, DelFest sprawls over four days in bucolic Western Maryland, hosting a bevy of world-class folk, gospel, jam band, newgrass and, naturally, bluegrass musicians. This year’s lineup boasts the Trey Anastasio Band, Gov’t Mule, Béla Fleck and Chris Thile, Leftover Salmon, …

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Buzz-worthy

It stings a little to admit (pun totally intended), but most people aren’t crazy about bees—or, more specifically, about inviting the buzzy bugs into their yards. But hear us out: According to Bambeco, the company behind this adorable bee abode, native bees are responsible for pollinating about 30 percent of …

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Savvy Shopper: May

Hide and Seek Savvy distinctly remembers wandering into luxe Italian leather shop Maledetti Toscani during the holiday shopping season. The store was a haven; though only a pop-up, the fragrant leather, reserved-yet-friendly staff and abundance of lovingly crafted loafers made Savvy feel like she was back on Rome’s famous Via …

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Good Neighbor

As a single 20-something, Steve Roop worked with investor partners to open his dream bar in Canton. Portside Tavern, which opened in 2002 is, according to Roop, the neighborhood’s version of Cheers. “I’d be shocked if I didn’t know everyone in here,” he says. Now 41, with a kid at …

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Floating Fantasy

Interior designer Patrick Sutton calls it a once-in-a-lifetime project. For three years, Sutton and his team at Patrick Sutton Associates were immersed in the enviable task of conceptualizing and creating the look and feel of Fells Point warehouse-turned-stunning hotel Sagamore Pendry Baltimore. The overriding design scheme? Industrial luxury, but with …

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Outside the Box

The Grand Outdoors $2,199,000 Bedroom: 7, Bath: 5/1, Square feet: 7,200 This waterfront estate is, of course, totally gorgeous on the inside, but it is the fully landscaped yard and deck that have our attention. From a stone fireplace for those chilly nights to an accompanying outdoor kitchen—with a stovetop …

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French Connection

When Frenchmen Quentin Bouche and Nicky Dimbenza were touring the East Coast five years ago, they happened upon a pair of overalls in a Baltimore thrift shop that would change their lives forever. The friends were enamored by the item’s nostalgia- inducing aesthetic and returned to Paris eager to find …

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Urban Jungle

“For me, it’s all about creating an environment that blurs the lines between exterior and interior,” says filmmaker Hilton Carter of his verdant Hampden loft. The airy apartment is home to more than 120 plants of all species, sourced from the various places Carter has called home: L.A., New Orleans …

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Finding the Light

“One of the evening’s notable heroes is the lighting designer, Bradley King, who here treats illumination not as a decorative accessory but as a pivotal narrative element,” writes The Washington Post’s Peter Marks of Broadway musical “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.” “Glistening chandeliers and single light bulbs …

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