April 24, 2014
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    • Stephen Vaught formed Athletic Performance Inc. 10 years ago and now maintains the facility with help from his leadership team of Kelly Maurer, Bob Jones, Keith Matney and Belinda Bryant.Photo by Zach Sparks
      Stephen Vaught formed Athletic Performance Inc. 10 years ago and now maintains the facility with help from his leadership team of Kelly Maurer, Bob Jones, Keith Matney and Belinda Bryant.

    API Celebrates 10 Years Of Helping Athletes Shine

    By Zach Sparks
    When Stephen Vaught started Athletic Performance Inc. (API) 10 years ago, he saw a need to provide local athletes with a place outside schools where they could get training. A decade later, his business serves more than 10,000 athletes and families as the premier spot for sports performance...
    • Todd and Betsy Brewis of Xpress Floors Plus seek to understand the needs of their customers so they can guide them through the entire flooring process. Their showroom in Millersville features samples of carpeting, hardwood, laminate and tile in a variety of colors and textures to suit any room in the house.Photo by Dylan Roche
      Todd and Betsy Brewis of Xpress Floors Plus seek to understand the needs of their customers so they can guide them through the entire flooring process. Their showroom in Millersville features samples of carpeting, hardwood, laminate and tile in a variety of colors and textures to suit any room in the house.

    Xpress Floors Plus Combines Customer Service And High-Quality Product

    By Dylan Roche
    Beneath the feet of every homeowner is a good floor – practical and aesthetically pleasing, the groundwork completes the look and feel of the room and has to withstand all kinds of use and activity. Todd and Betsy Brewis of Xpress Floors Plus in Millersville have helped countless people find...
    • Aaron Jezierski started AMJ Landscaping 23 years ago so he could provide a landscaping option that goes beyond the industry standard and surpasses client expectations.Photo by Zach Sparks
      Aaron Jezierski started AMJ Landscaping 23 years ago so he could provide a landscaping option that goes beyond the industry standard and surpasses client expectations.

    AMJ Landscaping Brings Outdoor Dreams To Life

    By Zach Sparks
    When it comes to finding the right mix of reputation and capability, choosing a landscaping contractor can be a difficult decision. AMJ Landscaping makes the process easier, as they strive to be the trusted and community-based landscaping option that goes beyond the industry standard and helps...
    • UnLIMBited Tree Service began 14 years ago when founder and owner Charles “Chuck” Preslipsky started doing tree-care jobs to supplement his work as a D.C. firefighter. He developed a good business sense and decided to dedicate his skills to starting his own company.Photo by Tammy Bode
      UnLIMBited Tree Service began 14 years ago when founder and owner Charles “Chuck” Preslipsky started doing tree-care jobs to supplement his work as a D.C. firefighter. He developed a good business sense and decided to dedicate his skills to starting his own company.

    UnLIMBited Tree Service Inc. Offers Professional Insight, Service

    By Dylan Roche
    Trees – when they’re properly maintained, they can make any piece of property healthier and more aesthetically pleasing, but when they’re neglected, they can be a nuisance or even a safety hazard. For Maryland homeowners who lack the knowledge or time for proper tree care, or who...
  • Chamber Update

    By Linda Zahn
    The chamber’s street fair, which is a part of Celebrate Severna Park, is coming up on May 10, with a rain date of May 17. Holly Avenue will be closed from 10:00am to 2:00pm that day to make room for vendors, crafters, food and music. We’re excited to be able to provide this event for the community. The Severna Park Model Railroad Club will be open next door to the chamber that day as well. Jimmy John’s, Kona Ice and Bruster’s Real Ice Cream will provide tasty fare, and we plan to have an art display at the chamber as well. We hope you will join us for our street fair this year and enjoy all that Celebrate Severna Park has to offer – the event is free and open...
  • Side Street Framers Celebrates 25 Years Of Artistic Excellence

    By Zach Sparks
    In 1989, Barbara Daniels left her career in the flooring industry and put her design expertise to use by forming her own business, Side Street Framers & Gift Gallery, alongside her daughters Dawn, Donna and Sandy. Although the location of the storefront was moved within Park Plaza Shopping Center twice, the family-run business expanded, and now serves customers on a local and global scale 25 years after its inception.

    A high-quality framing provider, Side Street also offers affordable jewelry, pottery and unique handcrafted gift items. The shop specializes in shadowboxing, securing three-dimensional keepsakes in a box that preserves the contents from light damage. Most framers do not...
  • Gene Lilly Pools Dives Into Its 45th Year

    By Provided

    Customer Appreciation Celebration Set For April 5-12

    Gene Lilly Pools & Spas is proud to be celebrating its 45th year of serving the community. Since 1969, the one-stop resource for backyard fun has helped three generations of loyal patrons make the most of their aquatic experiences for recreation and wellness.

    To mark this exciting milestone, the family-owned company will hold a customer appreciation week April 5-12 with special discounts on chemicals, vinyl liner replacement, hot tubs and other products and services. The seven-day celebration will culminate with a 45th anniversary party on Saturday, April 12, from 9:00am to 4:00pm. The Saturday bash will include a showcase of...
  • Jing Ying Institute Donates $5,000 To SPAN

    By Provided
    Thanks to the many local businesses and individuals who donated to and attended Jing Ying Institute’s annual Silent Auction for SPAN Inc., the Arnold-based kung fu and tai chi school raised $5,000 for the local assistance network SPAN and donated more than 500 pounds of nonperishable food for...
  • Bagels And 2 Go Comes To The Park

    By Dylan Roche
    David and Rona Finklestein (center), owners of Bagels And 2 Go, gathered with community leaders and business owners to cut the ceremonial ribbon and mark the official opening of their new location in Severna Park. Bagels And 2 Go is located at 350A Ritchie Highway.

    Virtuous Wellness Center Celebrates New Arnold Location

    By Provided
    Business and community leaders gathered on March 28 to celebrate the grand opening of Virtuous Wellness Center with owner Amy Owens. The physical and massage therapy facility is located at 273 Peninsula Farm Road, Building 2, Suite C, in Arnold.
    • ZOOM Dry Cleaning in Severna Plaza offers low prices, eco-friendly methods and quality service.Photo by Zach Sparks
      ZOOM Dry Cleaning in Severna Plaza offers low prices, eco-friendly methods and quality service.

    Quality Service Helps ZOOM Dry Cleaning Blast Past The Competition

    By Zach Sparks
    When Mark McInnes opened ZOOM Dry Cleaning last March, he had a concrete plan for his business: deliver quality service in tandem with low prices. Combine that with same-day turnaround and eco-friendly methods, and ZOOM was established as a premiere local dry cleaner.
    A certified professional dry...
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    • Denise Muncie (center) and her staff at Cypress Creek Therapy pride themselves on providing one-on-one personalized care for each patient.Photo by Dylan Roche
      Denise Muncie (center) and her staff at Cypress Creek Therapy pride themselves on providing one-on-one personalized care for each patient.

    Patients Are Family At Cypress Creek Therapy

    By Dylan Roche
    Denise Muncie understands that in today’s fast-paced society, patients can sometimes get rushed into and out of the doctor’s office too quickly, which is why she and her staff at Cypress Creek Therapy emphasize personalized attention in all their care services.
    “We hire the best...
    • Associate Broker Cheri and Principal Broker David, owners of McCollough & Associates, Inc., help homebuyers and sellers throughout the greater Severna Park area find the perfect homes and save money when selling their properties.Photo by Meredith Thompson
      Associate Broker Cheri and Principal Broker David, owners of McCollough & Associates, Inc., help homebuyers and sellers throughout the greater Severna Park area find the perfect homes and save money when selling their properties.

    With Knowledge And Experience, McCollough & Associates Corner The Real Estate Market

    By Meredith Thompson
    With a combined 64 years’ experience in various Maryland markets, David and Cheri McCollough know real estate better than Annapolis knows sailing. David, principal broker of Severna Park’s McCollough & Associates, Inc., entered the real estate field in 1979 as an agent, and in...
  • Chamber Update

    By Linda Zahn
    I’m sitting in my office as I write this column watching snow fall and thinking of spring! One of the great events happening this spring is Celebrate Severna Park on May 10, and the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber is participating with a Street Fair on Holly Avenue! We’re...
  • Wise Decisions With Retirement In Mind

    By Provided
    Certain Financial And Lifestyle Choices May Lead You Toward A Better Future
    The following article was written by Mike Steranka, CEO of Retirement Planning Services:
    Some retirees succeed at realizing the life they want, others don’t. Fate aside, it isn’t merely a matter of stock...
  • Talk To Your Neighbor About Buying Local

    By Provided
    The following article was written by John Bjorn, CEO of Broadstripe Communications:
    There’s a movement in America to buy local. Big box stores have taken over the landscape, and even those of us who love our local Starbucks get a sense that there is something lacking in the supersized strip...
  • Local Businesses Spurn Minimum Wage Hike

    By Darrell Mak
    Small-business owners in the Severna Park area appear to be concerned about efforts to raise the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, an increase from the current $7.25 per hour that has been in effect since July 2009. The proposed increase has been supported by both President Barack...
  • Bay Country Painters Celebrates 30 Years Of Quality Service

    By Zach Sparks
    Over the last 30 years, Mike McGurk grew Bay Country Painters from a two-man company to a 30-employee operation responsible for work on the governor’s mansion in Annapolis, British embassy in Washington D.C., and homes of “Wheel of Fortune” Host Pat Sajak, Chesapeake Bayhawks...
  • Medicare And COBRA

    By Provided
    The following article was written by Mark Kamins, CPA:
    The timing of enrollment in Medicare is so important as you approach your 65th birthday. You can enroll in Medicare Part A and Part B from three months before you turn 65 to four months after you turn 65 and you’ll have guaranteed...
  • Severn River Animal Hospital Achieves High Level Of Veterinary Excellence

    By Provided
    Severn River Animal Hospital has achieved the highest level of veterinary excellence following a thorough evaluation by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Severn River earned AAHA accreditation after a rigorous review of the hospital’s practice protocols, medical equipment,...
  • Victoria’s Fancy Foods Relocates To Park Plaza

    By Brian Lancione
    Victoria Stagmer, the owner of Victoria’s Fancy Foods, celebrated the relocation of her gourmet grocery shop to Park Plaza during a Chamber of Commerce hosted ribbon cutting ceremony. The event was attended by the shop’s staff , many friends and area business owners.

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