Her family had been torn apart by drugs and mental illness, and Rosalind Holsey had little hope for the future. Then her life took a new direction. She was shut out of cosmetology in high school and found herself among the boys in a barbering class. "This industry literally changed my life," she said.
My destination was the 340-acre Salamander Resort and Spa, which opened August 2013 in Middleburg and is definitely designed for relaxation. With a luxurious and subtle equestrian theme throughout, the resort fits in well with the wooded horse country. Salamander's stately building is surrounded by rolling, well-manicured lawns. There was even a horse-driven carriage out front that a guest had reserved when I checked in. The lobby has an old-world appeal, with hardwood floors, dark furnishings
The weekend begins on Wednesday nights in Annapolis with the blast of a starting gun. That's when dozens of sailboats jockeying in the Severn River harbor head to the starting line for the Annapolis Yacht Club's Wednesday night races, a summer tradition in this waterfront community since the 1960s.
One of the Blackwall Hitch proprietors, James King, was a minority owner of The Rockfish, but King and his new partners have made a clean break with the old restaurant. They shut down operations for nine months, stripped the property down to its walls and started from scratch.
Boutique gyms offer fewer members and a more intimate setting than so-called big-box health clubs. They're typically run independently rather than being corporate-owned and provide specialized targeted exercise programs.
The owners of Maryland Live casino – the largest in Maryland and one of the top revenue casinos on the East Coast – formally applied on Monday along with Penn National Gaming, Inc. for a license to develop a $750 million hotel and casino in the Hudson Valley region about 60 miles north of Manhattan.
The opening of Blue Sparks in 2011 came on the heels of a resurgence in Baltimore barbershops over the last 10 years that have defied the competition of corporate chains like Great Clips, which employees more than 30,000 stylists at more than 3,300 salons throughout the United States and Canada.
A Towson woman will forfeit a building on Joppa Road where police say she ran a house of prostitution, but a deal struck with federal prosecutors allows her to keep five other properties that she and her associates own in Baltimore.
Formulating teas, tinctures, powders and creams will become routine for Donna Koczaja by summer's end. That's when her classes end and she begins her practice as a Western herbalist — on top of holding down her day job, that is. The Laurel resident has worked as a mechanical engineer for 18 years at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, which is located next door to the Maryland University of Integrative Health, the former Tai Sophia Institute.
Little Joe, or LJ, a 9-year-old beagle mix, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and in order to create memories and give LJ and his owners a little extra joy in his last months, Kathryne and Essam Shomali, of Rodgers Forge, have created "LJ's Bucket List" of adventures.
Since legalized gambling began in Maryland, tens of billions of dollars have been wagered in the state's casinos — spinning off funds for schools, the horse racing industry and local programs that have financed everything from paving and police to iPads and small business loans.