819 Frederick Road, Catonsville / 410-788-0942 /

Open noon-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday

Nostalgic for the good old days? Long for the time of peace symbols, smiley faces, flower power and the Grateful Dead?

Then step into Peace of Sunshine, a newly opened shop that owner Larry Zwick says aims to bring a little color and happiness to Catonsville.

Zwick, who retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in February, opened the shop with his wife, Jeanine, last month. "I didn't want to work for anyone else and I wanted to stay close to home," he says.

A flag with a peace symbol and mannequins wearing tie-dyed shirts draw attention to this little store on Catonsville's main thoroughfare. Inside visitors will find items ranging from skateboards and flip-flops to mood rings and black-light posters. In one case, Jeanine's hand-made beaded jewelry is on display. Nearby is a rack of inexpensive sunglasses.

"It just came out of our heads," says Zwick. "Everything we could think of we threw in here."

In a back room there are incense, oils and sun catchers, Grateful Dead memorabilia and glass hookah pipes -- the last of which has caused a bit of a stir in Catonsville.

"We're about inclusiveness and freedom," Zwick explains. "I think Catonsville is a little tight. I wanted to loosen it up a bit."

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