Tuesday, March 20, 2012
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012
How to claim a listing: At Savage-Guilford Patch we’ve compiled a comprehensive directory of businesses ranging from restaurants and stores to local government offices. Each listing has some general info and pictures of the business — but if you own or manage the business you can claim the listing. Claiming the listing will give you a bit more administrative access to the listing. Adding photos, details we may have missed and other information. So how do you claim your listing? You click on your business in the Savage-Guilford Patch Directory and on the right-hand side of the screen, you’ll see an icon that says “Do you own or manage this location? Claim it!" Click that link and submit. How to rate a Savage business: If you don't own a …
Thursday, March 8, 2012
The fast-paced adventure company brings families and business groups to Savage Mill.
Terrapin Adventures is a unique, educational and exhausting thrill of zip-lining and climbing–all on the property of Historic Savage Mill. The owner of Terrapin Adventures took time to answer a few questions for Patch: Your name: Matt Baker Your title at Terrapin Adventures: Chief Adventure Officer Age: 55 Address and hours of Terrapin Adventures: 8600 Foundry St., Savage, MD 20763, Open 10-6 seasonally adjusted How did you get into climbing and zip-lining business? I took a trip to Costa Rica. What makes Terrapin Adventures unique? Our great creative, high-energy, entertaining guides. What's the best story you can recall of someone really having a great time at Terrapin Adventures? I really enjoy working with people to conquer their fears…
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
On Feb. 29, 1996, Laura Ritenour gave birth and lost a child.
Leap Day in 1996 should have been one of the happiest days of Laura Ritenour's life–she was giving birth to her third child. But Ritenour, from Laurel, and her husband, Leonard, knew chances of life for Joshua were extremely slim–Joshua was 24 weeks old when he was born with a fetal defect condition called VATER syndrome. "He lived for just over an hour," Ritenour told Patch. Joshua's life began and ended in Washington Adventist Hospital on the most rare day on the calendar. The only evidence of his life were a few body measurements and a couple of blurry Polaroid photographs taken by a nurse. Less than three weeks later, seeking comfort in a symbol of a lost child, Ritenour brought those photos to artist Sylvia James George in Savage Mill…
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
These ladies are professionals of leisure.
The Travel Boutique, a uniquely personal travel agency, is one of the newer additions to the Savage Mill family of businesses, but owners Bonnie Wecker and Yvette Shaqir are far from rookies in the travel industry. Wecker recently spoke to Patch about the business of relaxation. How long have you been in the travel sales business? BW: Yvette and I each had our own travel companies–she was Europe and the Middle East, I was concentrated on the Caribbean. We had known each other for years, and bounced questions off of each other. And then, a couple of years ago we just said, "Why don't we just put this together?" We created our agency together, so now we have someone with experience with the Middle East and Europe, and I know the Caribbean. …
Friday, February 24, 2012
Sylvia James George has made art and restored art for decades out of Savage Mill.
Sylvia James George is a master artist who specializes in profile painting and art restoration. George calls Historic Savage Mill home to her studio, and she recently sat down with Patch to talk about the business she loves. How long have you been in Savage Mill? Since 1986, so 26 years. How long have you painted professionally? That's a hard question–I'd say all my life. My first studio was here in the Mill, but I had my home studio for years and years before that, and I did a lot of notecards for Ellicott City way back in the seventies and sixties. Did you go to art school? I went to Pratt Institute in New York City. What is the best part of your job? I just love painting people if they sit for me. I'll set up a mirror and they can watch…
Friday, February 17, 2012
Brent "Turbo" Shellem runs the kitchen for Rams Head Tavern in Savage Mill.
Rams Head Tavern is a local hotspot for fresh food and microbrew beers in the middle of Historic Savage Mill. Head chef Brent "Turbo" Shellem recently sat down with Patch to talk about the craft of managing a high quality kitchen. Name: Brent "Turbo" Shellem, Head Chef Rams Head Tavern in Savage How do you get a nickname like "Turbo"? From shucking oysters, back in the nineties, at a restaurant called Middleton Tavern. I was a bar back and bartender at the raw bar. How long have you been with Rams Head? I started in 1996, then I left in 2000 for about three years and moved to Texas. I came back around 2004. How long have you worked in the restaurant business? At least 20 years. Did you go to culinary school? Nope, just trial and error. …
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Nancy Garcia serves up coffee and pastries with a smile.
Bonaparte Breads has served some of the best local baguettes and pastries in Savage Mill for the past 15 years. Patch recently sat down with the waitress patrons can see serving tarts, salads and sandwiches with a smile. Nancy Garcia Age: 20 How lang have you worked at Bonaparte Breads? Almost three years. What is the best part of your job? I would say, helping the customers. What's the worst part? Dishes probably, but it's not a lot. It's pretty quiet. What makes Bonaparte Breads unique? The pastries, the coffee and the bread, which is pretty famous. Is it tempting being around so many sweets all of the time? Definitely, yeah. What's your favorite thing on the menu? Of the lunch menu, I would go with the chicken salad. On the dessert menu…
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
A new shop in Savage Mill seeks to raise money for local charity and get low-income residents employed.
Jeanette Kendall, 52, is the president of Success in Style, a non-profit that helps lower-income individuals in Howard County find suits and clothes appropriate for job interviews. Kendall recently spoke to Patch about the non-profit's newest location, Charity's Closet, in Historic Savage Mill. How did you get into non-profit work? As Fashion designers and consultants, my business partner, Patti Francomacaro, and I decided to use our fashion expertise to empower the poor of our community. Many people think of Goodwill or Salvation Army when it comes to donating--what makes Charity's Closet unique? Because of our unique mission, our donors feel a connection to our mission and want to give back to a community that they have prospered in. We …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Kate Bowman, owner of Clipper's Canine Cafe in Savage Mill, speaks to Patch about the pet food shop and how to cope in a tough economy.
Kate Bowman and her mother, Ann, can be found most days in the new home to their business, Clipper's Canine Cafe. After seeing the benefits for a dog on a raw food diet firsthand, Kate decided to open up a business supporting small raw food businesses in Solomons, MD. In 2011, the Bowmans relocated to Savage Mill, where they hope the increased population and proximity to clientele will pull them through the tumultuous economy.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Savage Mill is certainly in the Christmas spirit.
Every December, Historic Savage Mill pulls out dozens of Christmas trees, fake snow and twinkling lights in preparation for holiday shoppers. By now, man people are nearly done with their shopping-but can you last-minute shoppers spot these decoratons around the Mill?