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Larger than Life

At first glance, Baltimore native Alice Pritchard’s lush creations seem quite straightforward—a blooming peony meticulously rendered, a geometric barn with lines so crisp it’s nearly photographic, a lifelike bold bouquet—each of them inspired by a lifetime of living in nature. A closer look, however, yields a more immersive experience. “When …

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Power Up

As a cardiologist and researcher at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Erin Michos is busy—so she wakes up extra early to fit in her 5 a.m. jog. As a cardiologist and researcher at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Erin Michos is busy—so she wakes up …

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Peerless Chic

Rec Pier Chop House pays homage to Baltimore at every turn—it is, after all, in the building that once welcomed immigrants seeking the American dream. The soaring entry hall later hosted pickup youth basketball and social dances, and finally the iconic 1914 building played a police station on TV in …

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Brittle and Buzz

Natasha Brown Wainwright and Ginny Marks each credit some kind of divine intervention for their launch into sweet start-ups. For Wainwright, it was a call out of the blue from a QVC broker with an invitation to showcase her Natasha’s Just Brittle on the home shopping station. “It was a …

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Water Works

Even if you only dip a single toe in this beckoning pool, it quickly becomes clear that aesthetics governed every decision that went into creating this relaxing oasis. The pool overlooks Harness Creek, a tributary of Annapolis’ South River. It’s hard to deny the beauty and serenity in that backdrop. …

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Heating Up: July and August

WATER PARK The 30,000-square-foot Sandlot is designed to feel like a mid-century national park, complete with a vintage Airstream trailer serving up ice cream treats and frosty beverages. But the sand-filled space, jutting into the harbor from the new Harbor Point development, has decidedly modern touches. The site, developed by …

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Soft Spot

What do you think of when you hear the words “outdoor furniture”? At best, the phrase conjures weathered wooden rockers or white wicker loveseats—and at worst, cracked plastic lawn chairs or rain-stained cushions. Whatever you’re working with, you can pretty up your patio with these fun printed pillows from Crate …

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Savvy Shopper: July and August

Dome Sweet Dome Mixed-use properties are on the rise in Baltimore (see: Harbor Point, McHenry Row, the contentious Port Covington), but Savvy must admit that The Rotunda 
near Hampden transcends her distaste for hyper-commercial real estate. The space, a little more than a half-mile from the Avenue, is an amalgam …

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Get Out: July and August

RUN FOR IT If you’re asking Baltimoreans to run a race on the first of July, you’d better have a good reason. Fortunately, the Urban Children Foundation’s One-Miler is a more-than-worthy cause. Supporting the Foundation’s mission to increase access to extracurricular activities for all Baltimore students, the race promises to …

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On Its Own Merritt

With a fresh rebrand that brings all Merritt companies under a single identity, Merritt Clubs drops its middle name, “Athletic,” to make the gym feel more like a destination than an obligation. “People belong to clubs,” says Marketing Director Donyel Cerceo. Post-renovation, the Canton location will have an indoor pool …

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Model Citizen

Jamie Smith, Towson stay-at-home mother of three, claims she’s most comfortable in jeans or workout clothes. But she strikes a mighty confident pose in this fitted, off-the-shoulder blouse and funky mini skirt, admitting the photo shoot was “a ton of fun”—she even ended up purchasing the top she modeled at …

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Southern Rising

Seeking mental and gastronomic stimulation, the wife and I recently pointed the car south towards the Capital for a long-weekend getaway. You know, where we could stroll the storied corridors of columned government buildings or wander a sprawling art museum. And when our stomachs rumbled, we could drift into any …

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