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Meet “Wedge” Sponsor: The Kitchen Studio

There is only one thing I like better than food and that’s entertainment. When you meet Christine Van Bloem, owner of The Kitchen Studio, you get both! She is sass and spunk all rolled up into one saucy chef! And coincidentally, The Kitchen Studio is celebrating their 9 year anniversary the night of our garden ...

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Meet “Wedge” Sponsor: Mary McCormack, Nerium Brand Partner

There are two ways to eliminate wrinkles. Both of them require knowing Mary McCormack, a Wedge Sponsor for this year’s garden party charity event on August 1st. The first way is to hire her to handle your bookkeeping, a business she has had for many years called Sage Small Business Services. With Mary handling your ...

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Meet “Wedge” Sponsor: Frederick County Bank

Question: What is pint-sized, perky, and always professional? Answer: Mary Barry, Business Development Officer and one of Frederick County Bank’s most recognizable faces! FCB prides themselves on being a “true community bank with personal connections to the ones we serve.” I’ve seen first-hand the personal connections Mary has formed with her FCB clients on numerous ...

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Meet “Wedge” Sponsor: Dental Health Services Orthodontics

One of the many things that impress me most about Belinda McKee is that in spite of the fact that this will be the first “Soles” event she can actually attend, she has donated shoes every year. That’s the kind of person she is. Every year she’d show up on my doorstep, impeccably dressed, sporting ...

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Meet Platform Sponsor: Middletown Valley Bank

What do John Deere, Rolex, Channel No. 5, and Middletown Valley Bank have in common? They were all built with quality in mind and have endured the test of time! When most people reach the ripe ‘ole age of 100, they look a little worn for wear. But MVB has exceeded the century mark and ...

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Meet “Platform” Sponsor Milano Salon and Spa

The irony about Laila Shouhayib of Milano Salon & Spa becoming a Platform Sponsor for the upcoming charity event is that we’ve only actually met face-to-face once or twice. And it was in a group setting. Laila was a mentor for the Woman to Woman Program in Frederick and I am one of their frequent ...

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Must Love Shoes: Meet “Platform” Sponsor VillageWorks

Beth Schillaci, owner of VillageWorks Communications has been an important member of the “Must Love Shoes” team since it began in 2009. Her most recent effort has been to convert SHOES into e-books. Yes, I succumbed to societal pressure although I stand by my resolve to not personally own a Kindle. I think of it ...

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Must Love Shoes: Meet Stiletto Sponsor “Vicarious Travel”

I have a tiny confession to make. Last year was the first time I actually had fun at my own garden party charity event. The previous years I was so preoccupied with what needed to be done during the course of the evening that I just couldn’t totally relax. Enter Kelly Beach, Stiletto Sponsor, friend ...

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Must Love Shoes: Meet Stiletto Sponsor “The Savory Spoon”

My fourth annual “Soles of Love in the Garden” garden party charity event is fast approaching and I want you to meet the gracious companies and individuals who are helping to make this happen. Meet Cheri Thompson, owner of The Savory Spoon. After catering last year’s event, she quickly established herself as my official garden ...

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Finding the Extraordinary in my Ordinary Day: Starting Over

The Main Street renovation project continues and today saw the first of many trees being removed to allow space for new, safer sidewalks. The Maple in our front yard was one of the first on the chopping block. Throughout the day I watch the process with mixed emotions. It was like saying goodbye to an ...