October 19, 2017
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  • Chamber Update

    By Linda Zahn
    Autumn is the time for falling leaves, cider, crackling fires, cozy sweaters, and did I mention leaves? Don’t forget that there are businesses in the chamber that can help you deal with raking those leaves while also providing firewood for the upcoming winter. For a referral, call us at 410-...

    Homestead Gardens Cultivates A Sense Of Community

    By Dylan Roche
    Although Homestead Gardens started as a small backyard business in the early 1970s, the company has grown to be considered one of the top garden destinations in the country, but no matter how big it got, its founder Don Riddle never lost sight of his roots.
    “It started with him,” said...

    Café Mezz Team Expands With Capiche Street Food Italiano

    By Dylan Roche
    Anyone with an appetite to eat their way around Italy will be happy to hear that there’s a new option on this side of the Atlantic. Capiche Street Food Italiano is slated to open its doors to guests in mid October — though owners Kosmas Koukoulis and Dave Bremer admitted they might open...
  • What Happened With Equifax?

    By Jason LaBarge
    On Thursday, September 8, Equifax announced a cybersecurity incident that could potentially impact approximately 143 million U.S. consumers. Criminals gained access to files that contained names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth, as well as other information. Unfortunately, we are...

    SunTrust Bank Moves Into Magothy Gateway

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    SunTrust Bank put on a grand affair to celebrate the opening of its newest location. The GSPACC, local business leaders and even County Executive Steve Schuh attended to witness the official ribbon cutting for the new branch, located at 155 Ritchie Highway in the Magothy Gateway Shopping Center.

    PakMail Takes On Severna Park’s Shipping Needs

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    Owner Walt Poole was happy to welcome the GSPACC and other members of the community to the grand opening and ribbon cutting of PakMail, specializing in packing, shipping, crating and freighting. PakMail is located at 8155 Ritchie Highway in Pasadena.

    Kogen Dojo Marks Grand Opening

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    A large turnout of community supporters was on hand as Kogen Dojo celebrated its grand opening with a GSPACC ribbon cutting. During the ceremony, co-owners Dwayne Bowie and brothers Matt and Rob VanValkenburgh did the honors to make the commemoration official. Kogen Dojo is located in Severna Park...

    Heat Cardio Club Turns Up The Temps

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    Offering a slate of unusual workout programs — including Zumba, POUND, pop Pilates, TwerkOut, belly dancing and more — Heat Cardio Club officially opened its new studio with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by club members and representatives from the GSPACC. Heat Cardio Club is...

    Magothy Wine & Spirits Pops Its Cork

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    It was 5:00 somewhere when the GSPACC and other community members arrived at Magothy Wine & Spirits for the shop’s official ribbon cutting and grand opening. Magothy Wine & Spirits is located at 147 Ritchie Highway in the Magothy Gateway shopping center of Severna Park.
  • Chamber Update

    By Linda Zahn
    Usually at this time of year, there’s excitement about school, the football season and all of the activities that kick off once summer is over. Along with that excitement, I’m sure you share my heavy heart in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and the devastation created for so many...
    • Many of the staff members at Sunrise have spent a decade or more working with the company and look forward to many years to come of caring for seniors.
      Many of the staff members at Sunrise have spent a decade or more working with the company and look forward to many years to come of caring for seniors.

    Sunrise Of Severna Park Celebrates 20 Years Of Memories

    By Gracie Fairfax
    For 20 years, Sunrise Senior Living of Severna Park has been home to many aging residents. More than 35 years ago, Paul Klaassen knew of the care options available to his relatives in the Netherlands, and he wanted to provide similar options for the aging mother of his wife, Terry, in the United...
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    • Jessica Zaleskiwicz, owner of Coco Couture, started Charity Wars to generate funds and awareness for local nonprofit organizations.
      Jessica Zaleskiwicz, owner of Coco Couture, started Charity Wars to generate funds and awareness for local nonprofit organizations.

    Coco Couture Generates Interest In (And Funds For) Local Causes Through Charity Wars Event

    By Dylan Roche
    There’s nothing quite like a little friendly competition to amp up interest in charitable giving, or so it would seem by the popularity of Coco Couture’s popular summertime giveback event. After successfully launching its first-ever Charity Wars in June, the Severna Park chocolate and...
    • (L-R) Colby Ziegler, Michael Thibault, Amanda Anderson and Stacy Reeder are among The Bank of Glen Burnie staff members who work tirelessly to meet each customer’s individual needs.Photo by Zach Sparks
      (L-R) Colby Ziegler, Michael Thibault, Amanda Anderson and Stacy Reeder are among The Bank of Glen Burnie staff members who work tirelessly to meet each customer’s individual needs.

    The Bank Of Glen Burnie Is Customer-Focused And Community-Driven

    By Zach Sparks
    Since 1949, The Bank of Glen Burnie has been a mainstay in Anne Arundel County – a milestone of longevity that employees attribute to customer service, competitive rates and community service.
    With eight branches in Anne Arundel County, the full-service bank serves as a local residential...

    The Importance Of Leaving A Legacy

    By Jason LaBarge
    One of the most difficult conversations that I have with clients is about death and what will happen after they die. Of course, we leave the philosophical part of that question to more learned and religious people, but someone like me can address the practical part.
    Planning for death, and the...

    The Salon At Benfield Preps To Pamper Severna Park

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    Georgette Vetock welcomed members of the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce, along with elected officials and other community leaders, to celebrate the grand opening of her new business, The Salon at Benfield – Expressions by Georgette, located at 539 Benfield Road in Severna...
  • It’s An Anniversary Year For Typhrodisia’s Bellydance

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    This year is a milestone for Typhrodisia’s Bellydance and Beyond, as well as for Sestraluna, its resident belly dance troupe. Although the business itself has been open for five years, Sestraluna has been around even longer — a whole decade. To celebrate, the Greater Severna Park and...

    Whimsicality Reopens In Expanded Space

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    It was not on a whim but rather by conscious decision to celebrate that the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting in the Cape St. Claire Shopping Center in honor of Whimsicality’s grand reopening and significant expansion. A locally owned boutique and gift...
  • Chamber Update

    By Linda Zahn
    I hope you’re having a great summer! It’s hard to believe that we’re now in August, and college students are starting to gather their dorm supplies, and younger students are picking out their book bags! It seems like yesterday we were lining up for the annual Greater Severna Park...
  • Bill Bateman’s Continues To Be A Community Gathering Spot

    By Gracie Fairfax
    Thirty years ago, the first Bill Bateman’s Bistro opened as a simple bar, with a dirt parking lot, tucked away in a Parkville neighborhood. While Bill Bateman had no intention of growing beyond the original location at the time, the success of the business resulted in expansion.
    “Word...
    • When reflecting on his decade of operation at Severna Park Market Center, Dr. Allan Rutzen said he is most proud of the life-changing care he and his fellow doctors have provided to patients.
      When reflecting on his decade of operation at Severna Park Market Center, Dr. Allan Rutzen said he is most proud of the life-changing care he and his fellow doctors have provided to patients.

    Ophthalmologist Allan Rutzen Celebrates 10 Years Of Success Stories

    By Zach Sparks
    A decade after founding Rutzen Eye Specialists & Laser Center in Severna Park Market Center off of Ritchie Highway, Dr. Allan Rutzen still believes that he is carrying out the mission that inspired him to join the ophthalmology profession more than 20 years ago.
    “Some of the most...
    • Ann Sober (right), founder and center director of Special Beginnings, joined staff member Joanne Hasman, certified nurse midwife, in blowing out the candles on a 20th birthday cake in honor of Special Beginnings’ anniversary.
      Ann Sober (right), founder and center director of Special Beginnings, joined staff member Joanne Hasman, certified nurse midwife, in blowing out the candles on a 20th birthday cake in honor of Special Beginnings’ anniversary.

    Special Beginnings Has Offered Alternative Childbirth Options For 20 Years

    By Dylan Roche
    A little more than 20 years ago, Nurse Ann Sober met a midwife and realized that she wasn’t alone in her philosophy on childbirth. “From the time I walked into Labor & Delivery, I didn’t think it was right,” she said. “I had my own children in the hospital and was...

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