Monday, April 22, 2013
Fit Like Me Divas in Crofton will have a Grand Opening celebration Saturday. Nevina Gray started the fitness studio after losing more than 40 pounds herself.
With her 40th birthday approaching, Nevina Gray decided it was time to get into the best shape of her life. She began working out. She began eating right. And after dropping 40 pounds, she became a magnet for people looking for fitness motivation. “I prayed on it,” she said. “People were coming to me. And I thought ‘what am I supposed to do with this?’” After some consideration, she began holding workout sessions with a small group in a park near her Upper Marlboro home. When cooler weather hit, she brought the workouts to her basement, then a room inside a church. “It was then that I decided, I need my own space,” Gray said. Gray is now a certified personal trainer and operates Fit Like Me Divas on Priest Bridge Court in Crofton. Gray …
Friday, April 19, 2013
Jill Spann enjoys saving hundreds of dollars on groceries and is now passing her knowledge on to others.
Jill Spann insists that she is not an "extreme couponer." She's not interested in buying a two-year supply of mayonaise or 300 tubes of toothpaste. But in a given month, the Crofton resident and mother of three will save hundreds of dollars on household products by cutting coupons and looking for sales. And she's set up a business to help others save a few bucks, too. Spann operates "A Jar Half Full," which offers "coupon parties" with advice on how to get the best deals on groceries. She also offers one-on-one shopping sessions for a fee. Her introduction to the couponing craze came when the economy went sour a few years ago and the family needed to tighten its belts. "It was 2008 when the economy went belly up and my husband's hours …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
A group of businesses in west Anne Arundel County has formed to offer support and give back to the community.
Monday, March 25, 2013
The Little House of Flowers has taken advantage of the video website to promote itself and offer tips.
With so many different social media and web applications out there, it's always interesting to see how local businesses leverage them to attract customers. The Little House of Flowers in Gambrills has been one of the most active users of YoutTube, the video website that allows people to upload short clips and share them to the world. The shop's YouTube page features owner Julie Upchurch and staff giving updates on new products, offering highlights from recent weddings and other events, and some tips on how to care for flowers. Do you know of any other businesses getting creative online? Let us know in the comments.
Friday, March 15, 2013
Crofton and Gambrills residents can produce their own fresh and local eggs if they buy a chicken.
Hundreds of baby chicks arrived in Gambrills on Friday, ready to go home with Crofton-area residents looking to raise fresh eggs in their own backyards. More than 300 chicks are now on sale at the Gambrills General Store. They come in 10 varieties, and have become a popular item in recent years. Store co-owner Janet Garmen said the chicks were shipped overnight from Hoover's Hatchery in Iowa. She expects the chicks will be sold quickly; last year, the store sold more than 2,00 chicks. Eventually, the chicks will grow and lay eggs, which have become popular among families looking for something free, free and local. If you are considering buying some chicks but aren't sure what you need, Garmen offers the following pieces of advice. What…
Sunday, February 24, 2013
A year ago in March, Kaufmann's Restaurant became J. King's.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The new group of independent business owners is looking for new members.
A new group of local independent business owners is looking to grow its membership and will hold an open house next week. TradeNet, which includes many business owners in west Anne Arundel County, will hold the event at the Gambrills General Store on Monday from 6-7:30 p.m. Anyone is welcome, but the group is specifically seeking sole proprietors or managers of independent businesses. TradeNet was created last year as a way for independent business owners to share ideas, offer support and to collaborate on community service activities. Current members of TradeNet include the Gambrills General Store, Bear's Honeypot, the Little House of Flowers, and Walt Eger's Service Center, among others. The group meets most Tuesday mornings at the …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Trade Net is comprised of many of the area's top small businesses. Here's what the group has been up to recently.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Cupcake Blvd. is scheduled to open on Dec.15, after years of operating as a food truck.
Angelette Aviles has always enjoyed taking her baked delights on the road, but now she’s ready to settle in a bit. Aviles will bring her cupcake cooking talents to Crofton later this month, as she opens the first retail location of Cupcake Blvd. The new store is scheduled to open Dec. 15 at 1117 Route 3 North, Suite 104, in Gambrills in the shopping center alongside Vuong’s martial arts and Dickey’s Barbeque. Until now, Cupcake Blvd. was largely a road show, as Aviles manned a Nissan truck and sold cupcakes to busy officer workers in Silver Spring, Rockville and Bethesda. She also rented space inside the Roundz Gourmet, baking cupcakes in the morning. “It just kind of evolved by word of mouth,” Aviles said in a recent interview as she …
Friday, November 2, 2012
The store held a ribbon cutting at its new location adjacent to J. King's Restaurant in Gambrills
The Little House of Flowers formally opened its new location Thursday, with a special ribbon cutting in front of dozens of local business people. The Gambrills shop moved in August to a new space in the shopping strip adjacent to J. King's Restaurant. Store owner Julie Upchurch said the new location offers more space for employees to work, a bigger main lobby and larger storage area. See also: Check out our small business guide to see what other small business are up to.