Discount-furniture shoppers got a real treat when C-Mart Discount Home Store opened in Joppa last fall. The no-frills store, a spin-off of the original, more clothing-geared C-Mart in Forest Hill, has specialized in selling deep-discount, brand-name furniture, accessories and appliances. Generally, most of the home store's merchandise has come from closeouts and insurance salvages. But this summer, shoppers are in for an added treat.

Now through September, the 40,000-square-foot C-Mart Discount Home Store will be displaying and selling more than 30 designer-furniture manufacturers' collections, all bought from the International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, N.C., in April.


C-Mart will be displaying several showrooms each week. Upcoming collections include Hickory Chair items (pictured), including sofas, benches, hassocks and more, all to be sold at 60-70 percent off retail price. Other collections include Bernhardt bedroom furniture, sold at 70 percent off, as well as showrooms from Pearson, Sarreid Ltd., Hammary, Art as Antiques, Stein World and more. Shoppers will find everything from contemporary leather sofas and marble vanity sinks to traditional grandfather clocks and dressers, all hugely discounted.

C-Mart Discount Home Store is located at 1000 Joppa Farm Road, Joppa. Call 410-538-6100 or visit for hours.


How to make your grass healthy, happy

Your sickly lawn needs help. Fast. Lawn expert Trey Rogers, aka the Yard Doctor, has a few suggestions:

* Your grass needs sunlight to grow. Check that trees aren't shading too much of your lawn, causing grass to die. If so, trim branches.

* Water your lawn in the early morning before the sun robs it of moisture. And be sure that your grass is getting one to two inches of water per week.

* Fertilize your lawn according to your type of grass. And do not overfertilize, which could harm your lawn and the environment.

* Leave mulched grass clippings and tree leaves on your lawn. They provide nutrients to your lawn and, in fact, take the place of one fertilizer application.

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* The Potomac Valley Watercolorists present an exhibition of their works through Aug. 1 at the Galleries at Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Road, Annapolis. Pictured is JoAnne Ramsey's watercolor Fall Delight. Call 410-222-1777 for hours.

Banning the bugs

Loved them, hated them or tolerated them, the cicadas are, for now, a memory. But rest assured, we're still in for a summer of insects invading our outdoor parties, sampling our food, diving into our drinks and trying our patience.

Instead of bringing the outdoor party inside, consider setting up a screen gazebo. The new Solstice (pictured) and Solstice II screen gazebos from Wenzel Co. will keep your shindigs bug-free and are easy to set up. The Solstice ($109.99) has a 14 x 12-foot base, 84-inch-high center and 70-inch-high walls. The Solstice II ($129.99) is larger.

The gazebos come with a 10-year guarantee and are available at Sunny's. Visit or call 800-325-TENT.

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