IT MAY NOT BE Phoenix rising from the ashes, but John Baumgarten and his sons, Tony and John, have reopened their barbershop after a fire May 21 devastated the family business and their office building.
The Sunday night fire in TJ's Barber Shop, at B & A Boulevard and Riggs Road, forced two other occupants -- Jane Deakyn's Learning Station and Mary Lou Nessbaum's Bears Repeating -- out of business.
But thanks to the generous owner of a nearby beauty parlor, who offered the barbers the use of his extra space, the Baumgartens were conducting business again three days after the fire.
After hours, the barbers renovated the new shop.
"All the new location needed was a lot of cleaning," says the young John Baumgarten.
"With some spackle and paint, we could get in here more quickly and economically than if we'd tried to move back into the old barber shop." The new location has two entrances -- one on Riggs and one on B & A Boulevard.
"We're starting to get a lot of our business back," says Baumgarten, "now that we're in our new shop."
The "OPEN" banner is also flying next door at Lynn Harrison's Antiques Boutique.
The night of the fire, Ms. Harrison, who lives in nearby Round Bay, had just turned off the lights when she heard sirens that seemed to be coming from the direction of her shop.
Within seconds the phone in her bedroom rang. (Her phone rings home whenever something is wrong in the shop.) Afraid of what she might hear, Ms. Harrison picked up the phone and was horrified to hear the shouts of firemen inside her shop.
She and her husband, Henry Wisniewski, rushed to the scene. Although nothing was burned, the store and everything in it were blackened by smoke.
After weeks of cleaning, Ms. Harrison painted the whole interior white.
"The white is therapeutic," she says, "helping us forget the way it looked after the fire."
SG Jim Accinelli is opening a jewelry store in the former barber shop.
Hospice bus trip
Hospice of the Chesapeake Auxiliary is inviting the public on a scenic bus trip to Western Maryland from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 19.
The cost of $45 includes the bus, lunch and a short ride aboard the Thundermountain Train to Cumberland.
8, Contact Barbara Davis at (410) 255-9449.
Ballet to perform
In celebration of its 15th anniversary, the Ballet Theatre of Annapolis will perform original works by company artistic director Edward Stewart at 8 p.m. Saturday at Anne Arundel Community College Pascal Center for Performing Arts.
The evening will feature the choreography of "Passion," an original composition by Annapolitan Leonard Moses; "Oriental," based on the Asia and American themes of John Adams and Colin McPhee; and "Sapphire Romance," choreographed to Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2.
General admission is $15; senior citizens, $10; and community college students, faculty and staff, $7.
& Information: 541-2457.
Fire company open house
The Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Co., at Ritchie Highway and Magothy Bridge Road, presents its annual open house from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
The event, in honor of National Fire Prevention Week, features firefighting and rescue demonstrations, fire engine rides for the kids and refreshments, and visits by Smokey the fire prevention bear and McGruff, who "takes a bite out of crime."