July 17, 2018
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  • Chamber Update

    By Liz League
    We are excited to announce our newest members of the chamber: Mindy Adams at J. Hilburn, GymGuyz Annapolis, Park Deli, and Diane and Crew of Taylor Properties.

    Fly-by Fridays are back this summer! Many thanks to our sponsor, The Gardiner and Appel Group, for sponsoring three cookouts to be held...

    • Park Pharmacy owner Steve Wells said customer service is the biggest priority for his business.Photo by Zach Sparks
      Park Pharmacy owner Steve Wells said customer service is the biggest priority for his business.

    Park Pharmacy Has The Prescription For Longevity

    By Zach Sparks
    Local Business Celebrates Three Decades Of Service

    When Steve Wells was a child, the pharmacy was a welcoming place where a clerk would greet him and his grandfather with a smile and provide whatever medicine they needed. For more than 30 years as owner of Park Pharmacy, Wells has provided that...

    • Su Nokkeo opened The Sweet Shop in the Benfield Shopping Center and carries an assortment of fine chocolates, hard-to-find confections and other novelty snacks.Photo by Dylan Roche
      Su Nokkeo opened The Sweet Shop in the Benfield Shopping Center and carries an assortment of fine chocolates, hard-to-find confections and other novelty snacks.

    The Sweet Shop Makes A Delectable Debut In Severna Park

    By Dylan Roche
    Severna Park residents with a sweet tooth will be salivating to know that there’s a new place in town for them to get their sugar fix. The Sweet Shop, recently opened in the Benfield Shopping Center by founder Su Nokkeo, carries an assortment of popular — as well as hard-to-find...
  • Creative Spaces Remodeling Opens New Showroom

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    John Johnson, founder and president of Creative Spaces Remodeling, was happy to have the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce over to the location of his new Edgewater showroom and celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon cutting. The Creative Spaces Remodeling showroom is located...
  • Summer Vacation Advice For Separated And Divorced Parents

    By David V. Diggs
    It is the most wonderful time of year for schoolchildren. School is out, area pools and beaches are crowded, and children are whiling away the summer hours. However, this carefree time can bring stress for separated and divorced parents.

    Having represented thousands of parents through the divorce process, I am constantly trying to craft a workable agreement that strikes the right balance between the need for detail and precision in parenting arrangements, while still providing a level of flexibility and cooperative spirit necessary to address most situations that arise.

    For example, the most cooperative of divorced parents may be able to work out the details of an agreement that...

    • Diane Whittles was selected by on such criteria as experience in the industry, job growth and future reach, worthiness of recognition, and industry awards and certifications.Photo Provided
      Diane Whittles was selected by on such criteria as experience in the industry, job growth and future reach, worthiness of recognition, and industry awards and certifications.

    Diane Whittles Of Servpro Named First Runner-Up For Women In Restoration Award

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    Congratulations to Diane Whittles, owner of Servpro of Annapolis/Severna Park, who was named first runner-up from more than 40 women nominated for the Recognizing Women in Restoration Award. The nominees — who are put forth by industry peers and colleagues, and who must have at least a decade...
  • Wealthy And Healthy: A Powerful Combination In Retirement

    By Jason LaBarge
    Last month, we talked about the 6 F’s of retirement planning – faith, family and friends, fitness, finances, fun and finality. The focus of today’s article is the third F, fitness.

    I break retirement into three stages: the go-go years, the slow-go years and the no-go years. The go-go years are when you have just retired and you are itching at the chance to go on that lifelong trip you’ve been dreaming of. The slow-go years are when things start to slow down, you aren’t traveling as much for fun or to see the grandchildren, and you realize that you are going to need something else to fill up your days. This is the time where you can turn a hobby into a skill!...

    McFeely Window Fashions Honored By Central Maryland ChamberExclusive

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    McFeely Window Fashions was recently inducted by the Central Maryland Chamber of Commerce into its Hall of Fame as Woman-Owned Business of the Year.

    Beth McFeely (pictured center) started McFeely Window Fashions with a vision to build a window treatment company that would service both...

  • Chamber Update

    By Liz League
    We are excited to announce our newest members of the chamber: Lauren Parker, register of wills; Park Mom Fitness; V Lynn Morgan, DDS; Jennifer Welch, First Home Mortgage; Dr. Melvin Weissburg, DMD; Blo Me Dry, Annapolis; Spun Compass Lasting Beauty; AT&T; Face It! Spa and Wellness; Holly Gue, Bob...
    • (L-R) Robert Van Valkenburgh, Dwayne Bowie and Matt Van Valkenburgh started Kogen Dojo because they wanted to offer a one-stop shop for martial arts that is active in the community.Photo by Dylan Roche
      (L-R) Robert Van Valkenburgh, Dwayne Bowie and Matt Van Valkenburgh started Kogen Dojo because they wanted to offer a one-stop shop for martial arts that is active in the community.

    Kogen Dojo Teaches Modern And Traditional Self-Defense For The Whole Family

    By Zach Sparks
    Self-defense, fighting in the ring, health and fitness — there are many reasons someone would practice martial arts. Kogen Dojo co-owners Robert Van Valkenburgh, Matt Van Valkenburgh and Dwayne Bowie opened their Severna Park facility in June 2017 because they wanted to offer all of those benefits...
    • Spizzico, a locally owned Italian restaurant, will celebrate its fifth anniversary in October. The three co-owners, Gino Romano, Enrico Massa and Sal Barone, are all childhood friends from Italy.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Spizzico, a locally owned Italian restaurant, will celebrate its fifth anniversary in October. The three co-owners, Gino Romano, Enrico Massa and Sal Barone, are all childhood friends from Italy.

    Consistency Is Key At Spizzico

    By Maya Pottiger
    This year, Spizzico will celebrate its fifth anniversary.

    Since it opened its doors in College Parkway Center, the locally owned Italian restaurant has worked to get the daily grind down to a science.

    “We know when everyone’s coming and going because of the area and the demographic in the...

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  • Severna Park Native Launches Personalized Chef Service For Busy Families

    By Dylan Roche
    When Mom and Dad are juggling full-time jobs and the kids are bouncing from school to sports practice and music lessons, it sure would be convenient to have a trained chef taking care of dinner.

    Well, Severna Park families are now in luck. Chartridge resident Michael Avent, who grew up just down...

  • The Six F’s Of Retirement Planning

    By Jason LaBarge
    Have you ever experienced flat-spotting? It’s when you have left a car parked too long, causing you to feel a ride disturbance or shimmy the first few miles you drive the car, until the tire warms up and smooths out.

    Some people report a similar experience to flat-spotting as they transition...

    • The team at Bulldog Bikes and Floats — including mascot Huffy the bulldog — is ready to greet community members and assist them with their cycling, kayaking and paddleboarding needs.
      The team at Bulldog Bikes and Floats — including mascot Huffy the bulldog — is ready to greet community members and assist them with their cycling, kayaking and paddleboarding needs.

    Bulldog Bikes And Floats Is The Place For Outdoor Fun

    By Dylan Roche
    Bored with retirement, Mike Prager wanted to get back to having fun. He had spent 20-some years in the trucking industry after he graduated from college in 1972, but his passion had always been the bike shop he opened in Easton called Easton Cycle and Sport, which sold bikes, kayaks and sporting...
    • SPARK Dance Studio, with one of its three locations at the Severna Park Racquetball & Fitness Club, offers a variety of classes geared toward those of all ages and a competition team that competes regionally a few times a year.
      SPARK Dance Studio, with one of its three locations at the Severna Park Racquetball & Fitness Club, offers a variety of classes geared toward those of all ages and a competition team that competes regionally a few times a year.

    SPARK Dance Studio Celebrates 20 Years

    By Maya Pottiger
    For 20 years, SPARK Dance Studio has shaped dancers in Anne Arundel County.

    SPARK’s motto is “to ignite each dancer’s potential, whether it’s for fun or for those who want to dance professionally,” said studio director and owner Amy Rink.

    “I’m...

  • 2017 Was The Year Of Deregulation

    By Jason LaBarge
    In 2017, we witnessed a great year in the market. The S&P was up 23 percent for the calendar year. The Dow Jones hit all-time highs. The volatility index, known as the VIX, which measures market volatility and is colloquially known as the “fear gauge,” was down 17 percent in 2017,...
    • Gable’s fabrication team is proud to have built the enormous 25-foot LED-lit sign for Cole Field House at the University of Maryland.
      Gable’s fabrication team is proud to have built the enormous 25-foot LED-lit sign for Cole Field House at the University of Maryland.

    Gable To Host Career Expo Amid Growth Into Digital Media Era

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    Thirty-nine years ago, Gable Signs was a small backyard business in Pasadena, operating out of a spare garage while providing local stores and companies with hand-painted signs. Today, while still headquartered in Pasadena, the company – now known simply as Gable - has evolved tremendously in...

    Active Body & Health Joins Forces With RockWell Fitness

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    After outgrowing its former space on Ritchie Highway, Active Body & Health partnered with RockWell Fitness, and the two now operate under the same roof. Active Body & Health’s owners, Debi and Dave Vincent, joined the team from RockWell in welcoming members of the Greater Severna Park...

    Kennard Chiropractice & Physical Therapy Turns 10

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    Dr. Ross Kennard and his team at Kennard Chiropractic & Physical Therapy were proud to host the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce, along with other community members, for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the practice’s 10th anniversary in business. Kennard Chiropractic...
  • Chamber Update

    By Liz League
    We are excited to announce our newest members of the chamber: Inspiring HR, Chris Carr, Monument Sotheby’s International Realty, Sierra Pacific Mortgage Company, Budding Voices LLC, EscapeTime, Hope Springs Community Church, Total View Home Inspections, Bulldog Bikes and Floats, Tracey...
    • Billie Edwards (center), a participant in the 2018 Brave The Shave event, stands with O’Loughlin’s owner Tom Crawford (left) and volunteer event organizer Tom Suit.Photo Provided
      Billie Edwards (center), a participant in the 2018 Brave The Shave event, stands with O’Loughlin’s owner Tom Crawford (left) and volunteer event organizer Tom Suit.

    Community Contributors: O’Loughlin’s Aims For $100,000 In 10th Year Of Fundraising For St. Baldrick’s Foundation

    By Dylan Roche
    About 2,000 people stopped by O’Loughlin’s Restaurant & Pub throughout the afternoon of Sunday, March 4, for the 10th annual Brave The Shave event to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fight childhood cancer. Among those 2,000 guests, about 100 dedicated donors...

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