Friday, April 26, 2013
Owner Brian White says White’s Barber Co. takes pains to offer a 'higher level of service.'
A local barbershop nestled in the historic district of Laurel is quietly working to elevate the art of barbering. Brian White, the 37-year-old owner of White’s Barber Co., is on a daily mission to offer top-notch service and style to his customers with a team consisting of his wife, Jenae, and barbers Pete Leavitt and Tim Gill. White and his coworkers believe the standards in the barbering industry have significantly declined in the past few decades, a trend they've fought against in their own shop. “It’s the way we dress, the way we work, the skill level, and the attention we give our clients,” said Leavitt. The standard uniform for barbers consists of khakis, a tie, and a dress shirt—just one of many small but important touches found in …
Friday, March 8, 2013
All three major bond ratings agencies gave the county the highest rating.
Despite the possible effects of mandated cuts on the local federal workforce, Howard County announced Friday that all three major ratings agencies gave the county a AAA credit rating. "Even though our solid position is confirmed for the 16th year in a row, Howard County can never rest easy in its approach to fiscal management," said County Executive Ken Ulman, in a statement. "In times of sequestration and concerns over federal furloughs, it must not be taken for granted that we will fare well in this market." Earlier this year, Moody's threatened to lower counties' bond ratings that were heavily dependent on federal jobs in their local economy, including Howard County. But Friday's announcement means Moody's wasn't prepared to make that …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Homeowners and business owners will face a stormwater fee due to a state law passed in 2012.
Depending on how big your house and driveway is, you'll be facing a storm water fee for those impervious surfaces, based on a law passed in the Maryland legislature in 2012. The Howard County Council is currently working on legislation that would institute the state law in the county. Under the rate proposed by County Executive Ken Ulman, the fee would be $7.80 per 500 square feet of impervious surface. Impervious surfaces are any surfaces that do not allow groundwater through, such a roofs, driveways, tennis courts and parking lots, according to the bill's text. The county would figure out how much square footage of impervious surfaces property owners have based on Geographic Information Services (GIS) technology and site plans, according…
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The school of holistic medicine and acupuncture will change its name to Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) effective March 1.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Wendy Webster, store manager of Wegmans Columbia discussed the store's first months of business.
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman announced during his State of the County address last week that the Wegmans in Columbia was breaking store records in its sushi department. The sushi counter at the grocery superstore is often crowded, but was the store really breaking Wegmans records, and, if so, would the private company, that does not release an annual financial report, be willing to talk about business? "We're exceeding expectations for our Columbia store," said Wendy Webster, store manager of Wegmans in Columbia, on Monday. "The store has broken a lot of records." As for what records, Webster wouldn't elaborate. She said that although the store has been doing very well, especially its sushi section, she didn't want to diminish what …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Store carries resale, trendy and vintage clothing as well as jewelry and accessories.
Fashionistas scouring for a good deal on a new look have a new place to try inside Savage Mill—Treasure La La Resale and Trendy Boutique recently opened a store inside the historic mill building. "An opportunity to share in a piece of history came along and I just couldn't pass it up," said store owner Ronnie Akinlosotu. "Savage Mill houses a lot of unique stores and businesses and Treasure La La is equally as unique. We're exited to be at Savage and looking forward to a prosperous journey here." The store specializes in the resale of women's thrift and vintage clothing as well as jewelry and accessories, according to Akinlosotu. The store was formerly located on Main Street in Laurel, but recently relocated to the mill in the New Weave …
Friday, January 18, 2013
By Rashee Raj Kumar, Capital News Service
Friday, January 18
Fears of new gun control regulations proposed by President Barack Obama and Gov. Martin O’Malley have intensified sales at Maryland gun shops. While the boost in sales has bolstered gun dealer’s profits, it has also led to a shortage in the supply of guns in the state, especially assault rifles, gun shop owners said. "Everybody is panicking. Every day has been absolutely crazy for the last three weeks," Henry Calvert, president of Calvert Firearms, Inc. in North East, a town in Cecil County, said of his customers. “It’s a bear market. Everyone is purchasing everything that comes in." Obama proposed a set of gun control regulations on Wednesday, which included a universal background check for all gun sales and a ban on military-style …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
It's time to place your 2013 cookie order!
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Ben Gross
Thursday, January 10
Since 1917, the Girl Scouts of the United States of America have been selling baked goods to raise funds to support local community service projects, maintain Girl Scout camps, develop programs and provide financial support to girls in need. Last year, in the Washington, DC, area alone, more than 4.5 million boxes of cookies were sold. While scouts still sell cookies door-to-door, the Girl Scouts have gone high-tech in the last few years, offering the "Cookie Club" website—which allows scouts to sell cookies via email—and launching the Girl Scout Cookie Locator app so that one is never more than a few clicks away from one's favorite cookies: So, we want to know, what is your favorite Girl Scout Cookie, and why?
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Wegmans opened, but not its liquor store. Ale House Columbia and Frisco's dueled in beer headlines. Main Street Ellicott City installs pay parking, to businesses chagrin.
It has been quite a year in business here in Howard County. The grocery superstore Wegmans opened in Columbia, but the planned liquor store on the second floor did not. The liquor store hearings drew almost as much attention in the county as Wegmans' opening as residents debated Maryland's liquor laws that prohibit alcoholic beverages being sold in chain grocery stores. Wegmans wasn't the only major grocery store announcement this year, Whole Foods' announcement that it will open a store at the iconic former Rouse Company headquarters building on the Columbia lakefront drew praise from local leaders who called it a "home run" for the development of Downtown Columbia. In Ellicott City, county administration drew the ire of Main Street …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Sales jumped following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Following the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, sales of bullet proof backpacks are soaring, according to a story in The Washington Post. Bullet Blocker, a company that sells bullet proof tactical gear, saw sales jump from 15 to 20 backpacks a week to 50 to 100 per day, according to the report. Patch contacted several manufacturers, but none returned comment before publication. The Washington Post wrote: In Arizona, a body-armor manufacturer called Amendment II says sales of its bulletproof childrens’ backpacks -- Avengers for boys, Disney Princesses for girls -- have jumped more than 500 percent. Black Dragon Tactical, a survivalist company in New Hampshire, is promoting armored backpack-inserts on its Facebook page.