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    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...

  • 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 into retirement; there are areas of their life that feel a bit bumpy, because they neglected to plan for all areas of their life. Many people only think about the financial aspect of retirement, but it’s best if you consider all areas of your life. I like to call these areas the six F’s of retirement planning.

    If you properly plan for all six areas of life, it can help smooth out your...

    • 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...
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    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...
    • Owners George and Nisha Panchigar were surrounded by 7-Eleven executives and a large group of other supporters as they cut the ceremonial ribbon at their grand opening on March 30.Photo by Lonnie Lancione
      Owners George and Nisha Panchigar were surrounded by 7-Eleven executives and a large group of other supporters as they cut the ceremonial ribbon at their grand opening on March 30.
    • Nisha and George Panchigar were joined by a group of community well-wishers as they officially opened their new 7-Eleven location in Arnold with a ribbon cutting ceremony.Photo by Larry Sells
      Nisha and George Panchigar were joined by a group of community well-wishers as they officially opened their new 7-Eleven location in Arnold with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
    • The new 7-Eleven store on Ritchie Highway will be the model for all future stores, according to Nisha and George Panchigar. The stores are environmentally friendly, and the shelves are higher with wider aisles to be more accommodating to customers.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      The new 7-Eleven store on Ritchie Highway will be the model for all future stores, according to Nisha and George Panchigar. The stores are environmentally friendly, and the shelves are higher with wider aisles to be more accommodating to customers.

    New 7-Eleven Opens In Arnold

    By Maya Pottiger
    Those driving down Ritchie Highway in Arnold will notice a new haven for taquitos and Big Gulps. That’s right, a new 7-Eleven has opened in Arnold.
     

    This location is owned by Nisha and George Panchigar, and it’s their third 7-Eleven store. The couple has been in the 7-Eleven...

  • Ledo Pizza Unveils Its New Look

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    Following a renovation to give its dining room a modern look, Ledo Pizza & Pasta of Severna Park was proud to show off its changes at a ribbon cutting sponsored by the Greater Severna Park & Arnold Chamber of Commerce. Ledo Pizza & Pasta is located at 552 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park.
  • Monument Sotheby's Opens New Office In Severna Park

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    The team at the Carol Snyder Group of Monument Sotheby’s International Realty welcomed members of the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce, elected officials and other community well-wishers for a ribbon cutting to mark the official opening of a new office at 537-A Baltimore-...
  • PRMI Welcomes Industry Veteran to Local Lending Team

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    Primary Residential Mortgage Inc. (PRMI), one of the nation’s top mortgage lenders serving Maryland for 15 years, is proud to welcome mortgage industry veteran and Annapolis native Mary Beth Henderson as the newest senior loan officer in its Severna Park office.
    “We are thrilled to...
  • 2017 Isn’t Over Yet

    By Jason LaBarge
    According to Forbes, only one in three Americans has saved money for retirement. Over the next 20 years, 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 every day. If only one in three have saved anything, only 3,333 of those 10,000 people have saved for their retirement.
    That’s alarming, especially since...
  • Chamber Update

    By Liz League
    Severna Park and Arnold are beautiful and unique communities where we shop, dine, live and play. We love our communities and many of us have lived here all our lives. We can drive anywhere in Maryland, skiing at Wisp Resort in the winter and enjoying the Ocean City beach in the summer.
    We can...
    • Heather Wehnert and Keith Austin, co-owners of Heat Cardio Club, strive to make the gym a space where members of the community feel welcomed, at home and comfortable to get the best workout possible.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Heather Wehnert and Keith Austin, co-owners of Heat Cardio Club, strive to make the gym a space where members of the community feel welcomed, at home and comfortable to get the best workout possible.
    • Heather Wehnert and Keith Austin, co-owners of Heat Cardio Club, strive to make the gym a space where members of the community feel welcomed, at home and comfortable to get the best workout possible.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Heather Wehnert and Keith Austin, co-owners of Heat Cardio Club, strive to make the gym a space where members of the community feel welcomed, at home and comfortable to get the best workout possible.

    Community Contributors: Heat Cardio Club Already Making Its Mark On Severna Park

    By Maya Pottiger
    Heat Cardio Club is making working out fun again.
    The new space, which opened in September, is a cross between a gym and a night club. In fact, the workouts feature club lights.
    This, of course, was by design.
    “There aren’t lights on. Nobody is pointing at them telling them that they...

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