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Cake Wala brings Indian snacks and sweets to Ellicott City

The owners of a new U.S. 40 bakery want to introduce local diners to authentic Indian desserts and snacks. Sridhar Mandava and his wife, Ramya Makkapati, opened Cake Wala opened in September, offering custom cakes and pastries in addition to sandwiches, burgers and traditional Indian snacks. The...

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With the kids: 3 fall activities for Howard County families

With the kids: 3 fall activities for Howard County families

With a snap in the air and Halloween on the horizon, October is packed with fun, sometimes spooky, opportunities for family time. 1. Spooky sightings As the nights get longer and Halloween approaches, October is prime time to get up close and personal with things that go bump in the night. This...

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  • Clarksville canine lovers open Wagging Lounge Dog Resort in Columbia

    Clarksville canine lovers open Wagging Lounge Dog Resort in Columbia

    After dog-sitting at their home in Clarksville for years, Jimmy and Sumi Kim decided to turn their passion for animals into a business. They opened Columbia’s newest hub for pets in a 7,200-square-foot space in April. At Wagging Lounge Dog Resort, the husband-and-wife team offers dog daycare, boarding,...

  • Clipper's Canine Cafe moves to historic Ellicott City

    Clipper's Canine Cafe moves to historic Ellicott City

    Ann and Kate Bowman love Ellicott City, and they’ve put their money where their mouths are. Mouths, in fact, are their business — the canine kind. The mother-and-daughter co-owners of Clipper’s Canine Cafe have enough faith that they moved to Main Street from Savage Mill, confident that flood...

  • A fond farewell from Howard Magazine's vet columnist

    A fond farewell from Howard Magazine's vet columnist

    When I graduated from Michigan State University with my veterinary medicine degree in 1969, I could not have predicted the great experiences ahead of me, how much the practice of veterinary medicine would change — and when my personal journey might conclude. Back in ’69, we still dialed rotary...

  • What to consider before gifting a pet for the holidays

    What to consider before gifting a pet for the holidays

    Q: Our grandkids have embarked on a campaign to get a pet — any pet — for Christmas. Should we indulge them with a surprise pet? A: As a grandparent myself, I know the urge to indulge! But as a veterinarian, I have to say the decision depends on several factors — most of which should be cause for...

  • How to incorporate pets into your emergency plans

    How to incorporate pets into your emergency plans

    Q: Any pet-care emergency preparedness tips in case of natural disasters and power outages? A: As we often see in the news, Mother Nature can be punishing, but we’re generally fortunate here in the Mid-Atlantic. Unlike other regions, we’re spared from major earthquakes and wildfires. And while...

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