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A WORLD OF REASON An Interview with the new President of St. John’s College, Nora Demleitner By Robert Haywood and Kymberly Taylor | Photography by Donna Weaver Reflect on this known fact for a moment: right here in Annapolis, St. John’s College is the third oldest college in the United States, founded in 1699. Four of the college founders signed the Declaration of Independence—those words on paper that still define this country’s foundational values. Studying St. John’s illustrious history is a trip through American history itself. We celebrate the college today for a central facet of that history: the school’s unwavering embrace of a classic liberal arts education. St. John’s has maintained its educational tradition with a rigorous focus on the most profound philosophical texts, literary classics, and music that have shaped our culture and understanding. As a key facet of its liberal arts educational mission, St. John’s operates The Mitchell Gallery, an important art museum in Annapolis which has enormous potential to grow and advance the visual arts in the city and beyond. We live in a time when people can publicly blurt out any assortment of arbitrary and unsubstantiated claims on the internet. Such claims, including the most ominous ones, often find followers, too. Yet, the type of education that St. John’s offers—the one our democracy demands—requires something far different: assertions grounded in evidence, presented with sustained reason, and directed toward truth. For this reason alone, you can look at St. John’s as offering an entirely practical education. Who will write the future texts that will guide us, the texts that will define, alter, interrogate, and free the way we think about and see ourselves in the world? We surely want such persons to be deeply well-read. In January 2022, Nora Demleitner assumed the role of President of St. John’s College. President Demleitner is completely prepared to lead St. John’s, both preserving its liberal arts tradition and guiding its way forward. She is the first woman president at an institution that began as an all-white male school. She is a distinguished legal scholar with a Yale law degree and possesses a long teaching history in higher education. As you will discover in this interview conducted by Kymberly Taylor and myself, she is also fully committed to St. John’s mission. President Demleitner possesses the character and passion to ensure St. John’s advances its commitment as a liberal arts college. That is good for present and future students, yes, but it is also essential for our country and the world. This interview was conducted on April 28, 2022 and has been slightly edited for brevity.
Robert Haywood: What have you learned about St. John’s since you arrived in January 2022 that you didn’t know previously? President Nora Demleitner: I don’t think I fully understood how important a part of the community it is, how long the ties have been, and how extensive they have been to the city of Annapolis, to the county, and to the whole state of Maryland, really—going back over a very long history, of course. Also, I didn’t know how integrated, especially our students seem to be with the city. I think the other thing is the Graduate Institute. I did not focus on that when I interviewed initially because we talked so much about the undergraduate side. We have a much broader curriculum than just the undergraduates, although, of course, that is the core of our educational model. Kymberly Taylor: Expanding on your first answer, do you have plans to integrate St. John’s even more and highlight its profile in the community? Demleitner: Part of my goal is to make St. John’s a full part of the community and the community a part of St. John’s.
From left to right: Asst. Dean Nathan Dugan, tutor Jeff Black, Nora Demleitner, tutor Paul Ludwig.
Admittedly, I think the very first time I was in Annapolis with my children, we walked past St. John’s and then had to backtrack. Between the legislative buildings and the Naval Academy, it feels like it could be part of either. I do want to be sure that people understand we’re an educational community. It’s not a park; it’s a college. But that doesn’t mean we are closed off from our surroundings because I think some of our history seems to be a little bit inward-focused. I do want to be sure that we are open to the community while at the same time we’re focusing on our own educational programs. Taylor: What do you think you bring to St. John’s that’s different from previous presidents? Demleitner: Jokingly, I would say gender. I don’t personally think it is that much of a difference, but sometimes I see how the outside world reacts to that. St. John’s only admitted women 72 years ago. I think it is a change. We all know that literature tells us that women do often think differently. We also haven’t had a lot of presidents who come out of higher education for a long period of time. I think it’s somewhat different because you think about higher
Boyer, W. E., “McDowell Hall on Fire,St. John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland,” February 20, 1909. Courtesy of St. John’s College.
education differently. I think being trained as a lawyer makes me just think more like a Johnny; I’m quite convinced of that. The way the seminars are conducted, the way the faculty often reasons, I find this intuitively very easy to understand, even though I’m not a philosopher by training. I think there’s a certain overlap with prior presidents in terms of background, but I think being a woman and a legal academic is very unusual. Yes, clearly, the combo has never been here before because we’ve never had a woman. Taylor: You can’t go wrong there. Demleitner: As an immigrant, I think about issues that pertain to our international students. At the core, our responsibility is to make sure students grow intellectually and also, on the undergraduate side, certainly mature as people. We’re also a residential college. We talk about the great books and the liberal arts, but there’s also the residential component which I think is really important to growing up and maturing as a person. Taylor: You mean that they’re right here, absorbing the atmosphere? Demleitner: Yes, exactly. That is often the first time they’re sharing a room with someone. It’s certainly the first time they’re sharing a whole bathroom with a group of people. How do you navigate differences with a roommate who just has very different habits?
Haywood: I feel strongly about how important higher education is to our society, not just in getting a job. I feel that for my own daughters, we are training them to be citizens of the world. Other than my family, it’s the most important thing to me. Demleitner: That’s what I think St. John’s value is. It teaches certain skills… indirectly. A lot of them become entrepreneurs, they start their own businesses, and they’re very self-directed. I think they can be very confident because they’ve tried all these things that most people don’t want to even touch. Who wants to learn Greek and go back to math when maybe they hated math—or read Aristotle? Now we’re requiring students to do all those things and take music. If you’ve done that, you can do most other things that are out there. People often ask me why I am in higher education with its dysfunction and problems? I think American higher education is an incredible model on how to help young people and how to launch them into the world as very different people than they were when they graduated high school. Haywood: Yes, for certain. I brought that up because I wonder if, from your perspective as a president and educator, you feel that a liberal arts education is devalued in our society? Demleitner: Yes, absolutely. I don’t think we’re doing a good job explaining to people what is so special about this 5
Lithograph of the St. John’s College Annapolis, Maryland, Campus by A. Hoen & Company, [ca. 1858]. Courtesy of St. John’s College.
education. In the outside world, the sole pressure now is on a job. It is essentially short-term skills to get a job. I think it’s one thing, if I have a career, for me to take a certificate course because I want to learn a skill. However, I’m not doing this to mature as a person; I’m doing this because I need to learn Excel or whatever it is. Fine, that’s one thing. But that’s not what this education does. This education really forms you as an individual. That’s very, very different. I feel very strongly that the liberal arts, because of the breadth of the education, because of the focus on rational discourse—or discourse at all—communication skills, writing skills, exposure to many different areas that are part of our society—the liberal arts do all of that. I think the goal is to develop citizens, increasingly global citizens. And we’re losing track of that. Right now, a lot of our higher education institutions focus on developing workers. That is fine as long as there are other institutions that develop
Demleitner: Yes. I think that also residential life forces you to get along with people who are very different from you, not just in their roommate habits but also often in their religious beliefs and their political beliefs or non-belief in all these characteristics. For example, we have a student from Ukraine on campus. Haywood: What I’ve seen in the past years is it just seems like there’s more black-and-white thinking: you’re either this or that. I think when you study philosophy and the humanities, you learn to analyze and see subtleties and shades of gray. I feel that is what St. John’s offers to society and even to the workforce. Demleitner: Yes. Taylor: Another question, perhaps on the lighter side: What is your favorite great book and why? Or your two favorite great books? Demleitner: The problem with me and books is that I always have too many that I appreciate equally. Then there’s always the issue of what are the great books? Because that has become a big issue. Now, when I look at our reading list, I learned a lot from the book W.E.B. Du Bois wrote in 1902. We adopted his book after he’d been to campus and spoke in Annapolis in 1952.
Students (often called Johnnies) and Tutors Seated at Seminar Table, St. John’s College, ca. 1960-65. Courtesy of St. John’s College.
citizens. But the question is, who does that right now? This is where we’re getting into challenging territory. I think the other thing that I would say St. John’s should pride itself on is that it tries to get around this bipartisan divide by having conversations that people share, whatever their backgrounds are. That’s really the goal of St. John’s. You’re not screaming at each other, but you’re reasoning out an argument. That’s the strength of this education. Taylor: You’re not picketing or driving your truck into a bunch of protesters. You’re not just reacting; you’re interacting and having a conversation.
Now a book that I would say should be on our reading list, but it’s not, is Hannah Arendt’s book on totalitarianism, which was certainly so à propos when she wrote it after World War II. But I’m a little bit concerned that it’s more relevant today than I wished it were, in all honesty. I think both of those really speak to me.
Whenever I read a book, I will then start referencing it in every conversation. But if no one else has read it, it’s disappointing because you’re not in a full conversation. I felt like I was having the Johnny conversation with this person. I think that’s why people want to continue with community seminars. We have alumni reading groups and things like that because you want to have that exchange. Haywood: Is there anything that you would like to change or add to the St. John’s experience? Have you been here long enough to say, “This is something I really want to pursue?” Demleitner: I don’t know yet. In part, I would blame that on the Mellon construction. I’m really hoping St. John’s is a very vibrant center of the arts.
McDowell Hall, St John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland.
We have music, we have art, we have young poets. We have accomplished writers on our faculty. We have all of that on our campus. Why don’t we showcase that? It’s great for our students. It’s also great to bring people in who otherwise would maybe not step onto campus. The other part is that I understand that Annapolis is quite segregated: socially, economically, and by race. My suspicion is we have members of the community who have never been on the St. John’s campus. That’s such a loss for everyone. The other thing that I would like to reinvigorate is to have a vibrant lecture series on political and social events of the day. Some of our Friday night lectures clearly are community-oriented. We had a wonderful poet [recently], and her presentation was unbelievable. The Dean has musicians come in and all of that. But I thought maybe something that’s a little bit more accessible to people but also resonates with the program could be exciting for everyone. With the Naval Academy, we do the Kristensen lecture. It was wonderful to see the midshipmen, and a lot of our graduate institute students have military or former military
connections. We do things with Anne Arundel Community College, and we really want to be part of that crowd as well. You are blessed that Annapolis has incredible schools that are very different. Yet, one of our students said to me: With the “Naval Academy, we are not that different.” We really care deeply, and we now have a joint community seminar which a fair number of students from both schools go to, and the faculty is really dedicated to making that work. I love that because it takes down many stereotypes. You can imagine what the outside world thinks. Long hair on a young man does not mean you’re a leftist radical. A crew cut doesn’t mean you’re a right-brain conservative. I think it’s great to learn that. Haywood: Is there anything else you would want people to know about you or St. John’s that we haven’t covered? Demleitner: I would like people to really get to know St. John’s, get to know our students, and get to know the programs and all the other things we offer. We are keeping too much as a secret.
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Leading professionals share stories of their distinctive mission and commitment to service.
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I N T E R N AT I O N A L YA C H T B R O K E R A G E EZR A ANDROUS
Ezra Androus has been operating as the President and CEO of Annapolis Yacht Company since 1998. As the world of yachts has increased in size over the years, so has his business. In the early years of his career, to sell a million-dollar yacht was a big deal, of course it would be for anyone right? Not now... While his client’s interest has been to go larger and larger, Ezra has been there with them step in step. He has now successfully closed single yacht transactions upwards of $30 million dollars and beyond. He has built such a loyal following of customers, they refuse to conduct business without his solid, calm and professional guidance. Androus has represented clients purchasing yachts all over the world, closing in France, Italy, the Bahamas, and Florida just last month. Transatlantic shipping is not a problem, Androus has relationships with shipping companies and often arranges and oversees international transport. He has also built solid relationships with shipyards around the world and represents clients on NEW YACHT CONSTRUCTION. After over a decade in downtown Annapolis, Annapolis Yacht Company is renovating a brand new office in Eastport overlooking the Bay, 105 Eastern Avenue at Horn Point Harbor Marina (Suite 202), opening June 2022. While fully staffed, there is a good chance you will not find Ezra there as he is normally on the move to Miami, Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Long Island, Bahamas, Nantucket, or some exotic place where his customers are transiting
in their mega yachts. He is a man on the move but always just a phone call away and he is obsessive about communication so you will never have an issue reaching him. 410-693-1887 If you live locally in Annapolis or surrounding area and believe you need to travel to find a true “YACHT BROKER,” you are in for a treat! Reach out to Ezra Androus and you are guaranteed to have a confidential, discreet consultation. You will leave the office laughing and smiling because Ezra truly loves having fun during the process. In this picture, Androus is standing in front of a 2020 100' Benetti built in Italy which he remarkably SOLD TWICE in 6 months, the second time for $1.7 million dollars MORE than the first time! (incredible back story on how he pulled this off)—This is a $10 million dollar yacht!!! He was in Lauderdale overseeing some work being done when one of the Crew Members snapped this neat photo of him.
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KUR T SHEP ARD & CRAIG MARTIN Most building projects start with a need. “I need to maximize water views.” Or, “We need more office space.” An architect is the one professional with the education, experience and vision to translate needs into workable plans, a smooth construction process and a finished product that satisfies you and your budget. Craig Martin and Kurt Shepard of SPIRE Architecture bring serious architectural know-how, deep construction experience and a keen design eye to each project they oversee.
and critical area teams. Both principals serve on important local committees including ECA architectural review and Annapolis Harbor redevelopment. “We love what we do!”, enthuses Craig. “Each client gets the attention of both partners and has a project manager as a single point of contact throughout the project.” Along with focused attention to client needs, they have the connections to see the project through to the end. Kurt assures, “At SPIRE, our focus is creating “Authentic Living Through Design.”
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INTERIOR DESIGN INTER IOR CONCEPTS
Arlene Critzos founded Interior Concepts Inc. in 1979 and has been creating beautiful interiors ever since. It is her personal experience—which encompasses European studies, travel, and multiple decorative arts degrees—that influences her appeal for international interiors and create a broad range of design capabilities.
prestigious addresses. They have worked all over the United States, as well as England, Spain, the Middle East, Malaysia, and China. Now in her 43rd year in business, Critzos has grown Interior Concepts into a full-service, multi-tiered, award-winning design firm with 50 employees and a 50,000-square foot warehouse.
“To me, interior design is not just a career; it’s a passion,” explains Critzos.
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She and her team of highly talented designers are known for their impeccable taste and professional manner. They approach every project by first gaining a total understanding of the client’s needs, quality expectations, budget and timing. Then, they work from concept to completion to create the right balance between a homeowner’s lifestyle and design. Their most recent projects span the style spectrum—from a relaxed island retreat and a modern mountain aerie to an urban contemporary abode and a refined French residence in the most
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KITCHEN DESIGN KITCHEN ENCOUNTERS It’s been more than 40 years since Mark T. White, Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer (CMKBD), a native Annapolitan, established Kitchen Encounters. In that time, the company has established a reputation for creative designs, quality cabinetry, and outstanding customer service.
Kitchen Encounters’ unique design studio is a 50’s Cape Cod house situated in the heart of the Annapolis Design District and they are one of the founding members. The showroom features vignettes of cabinets in varying styles, finishes, and price ranges. Each display showcases clever designs for challenging spaces.
The team of designers are all Certified Kitchen and Bath Designers (CKBD) by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). They use their Interactive Design Process, developed by Mark, to guide clients to the best design solution for their home and family needs.
Appointments are recommended but visitors can stop by 10:00AM–5:00PM Monday through Friday, or view a video tour on the website at kitchenencounters.biz.
The company has earned numerous design awards and their work has appeared in dozens of regional and national publications as well as having been featured on HGTV.
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CARPET & FLOORING TONY & FRANK INANL OO
Stepping into the tasteful, light-filled showroom of Annapolis Carpet and Flooring is to enter a world of beautiful possibilities! Father and son team, Frank and Tony Inanloo offer the latest in wall-to-wall carpet, custom stair runners as well as hardwood, tile, and luxury vinyl flooring. They are especially proud of several new area rug collections that are perfect for defining space, adding a cozy touch or creating drama. Frank, Tony, and their highly trained staff, work with homeowners, designers and builders with equal ease. From creating a welcoming entryway, to defining living space, creating an inviting family room or protecting high-traffic areas, their wide selection of products and price points mean customers can find flooring for every room in the house in a single shopping trip. With over 30 years of experience in the business, Frank and Tony can advise on the right product for every situation. They offer full installation with a lifetime installation guarantee.
“A new spring takes on the symbolic notion of a new start, and why shouldn’t it?” asks Frank. There has never been a better time to take inventory of the past and present, to take a moment to focus on what’s next. If what’s next for you is new carpet or flooring, stop by Annapolis Carpet and Flooring and ask for Frank or Tony. “Your vision, our mission.”
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B O TO X & D E R M A L FILLERS
Pro MD Health Dr. George Gavrila grew up watching his mother, Diana Gavrila— an esthetician who immigrated from Europe—help people look their best. His own career as a physician put him in a position to help people feel their best. Dr. George Gavrila drew inspiration from his mother’s years of experience and his medical training to create ProMD Health, a place where people come to both Look and Feel their Best. ProMD Health has a major focus on sharing the gift of beauty and wellness to help their patients Look Younger and Feel Younger. To do this, ProMD has curated a team of the most talented professionals in the industry. The practice is continuously focused on training and perfecting the latest technology and technique. It’s an environment where every provider is an expert artisan with the sole focus on the outcome for each individual patient. ProMD’s work goes beyond patient services and even encompasses philanthropic efforts, including its own charitable foundation, ProMD Helps. Through these efforts, the team supports PTAs, unions, and community events. Dr. Gavrila considers his greatest business accomplishment to be the culture and people. “We work really well together as a 16
team, and our patients see it not only in their experience during their appointment, but in the outcomes and results they achieve with us,” he says. ProMD is continuously training, growing, and improving to bring the ProMD Health experience to more people. When you give ProMD a try, you will understand why the ProMD experience is unlike anything else in aesthetics.
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GLOWING SKIN THE SPA AT Pro MD
When Diana Gavrila immigrated to the United States from Europe, she already had 40 years of practicing skincare to her name, having extensively trained and studied in Romania. Once stateside, she opened Diana’s European Skin Care in 1992 with the best practices of both luxury European salon and cutting-edge American technology. The tradition continued when her daughter, Natalie Gavrila, joined the team; then in 2022, they merged with her son, Dr. George Gavrila, at ProMD Health, and thus The Spa at ProMD Health was born. Patients of The Spa at ProMD Health get the best of both worlds: the experience of luxurious skin care they always get at Diana’s with access to the physician-only-grade products available at ProMD Health. “Our skincare experts are educated about the face and skin the same way the licensed medical team at ProMD Health is, so not only can we provide the luxurious spa experience, but we really understand what we are doing on a scientific level,” Diana says. “We customize our approach to every patient’s face, modifying skincare plans to get the incredible outcomes our patients desire and deserve.” What really sets The Spa at ProMD Health apart is the special relationship between esthetician and a patient. It’s a practice where clients quickly become friends and look forward to relaxing with their estheticians as much as their estheticians look forward to providing care.
And for proof of The Spa’s success, you need look no further than the results. By giving clients access to custom-made products and cutting-edge medicine, The Spa’s team achieves what no other practice in the field can. Patients also get to participate in the philanthropic mission of the practice’s charity foundation, ProMD Helps, which gives patients the ability to support the local community by contributing to civic events and providing goods and services for silent auctions. In this way, The Spa is improving the lives of patients not only inside the four walls of its location but also out in the community.
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APPLIANCES AD U
Thomas Oliff opened ADU (Appliance Distributors Unlimited) in 1982, more than 40 years ago. His flagship store in Takoma Park, Maryland, was so successful that he opened other locations and expanded manufacturers to encompass more than 40 different brands of appliances. After his passing in 2017, his daughters merged their three Appliance Source showrooms with his five ADU showrooms and rebranded as one company. With a vision to preserve Tom’s legacy focusing on the builder market and keep the goal of providing an excellent customer experience, they rebranded ADU with their leadership team—VP of business development Wally Hines III, VP of Finance Nick Olenski, and VP of sales Chris Kozimor. Today, ADU has eight well-appointed showrooms, which serve Maryland, Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, carrying more than 50 brands. Now celebrating its 40th year in business, ADU has created a new logo and new tag line: “ADU, Your Appliance Source for 40 Years.” 18
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B U I L D I N G M AT E R I A L S M IKE WIL L EY
As the nation’s leading privately held supplier of building materials, manufactured components and industry-leading services for single- and multi-family residences and commercial buildings, 84 Lumber does much more than supply building materials. It also specializes in windows and doors, installation and kitchen and bath design services. Under the leadership of store manager Mike Willey, whose professional experience spans more than a decade, the team at 84 Lumber provides services ranging anywhere from building a new deck to designing your dream kitchen and bath from start to finish. Willey has been with 84 Lumber since 2011, bringing his talent and expertise to locations across the state. He most recently
transferred in September 2020 to manage the Annapolis location, where he continues his proven track record of success and takes pride in upholding 84 Lumber’s national standards.
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W AT E R F R O N T R E A L E S TAT E BR A D K A PPEL Brad Kappel, Senior Vice President with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty is the #1 Waterfront Real Estate Agent in Maryland. Brad has been serving residents of Anne Arundel County and the Eastern Shore for fifteen years in real estate, home construction, and renovation. Brad’s unique experience allows him to offer authentic insight into each property’s current condition, value, and potential. Brad is grateful for the clients, colleagues, friends, and family who supported his success throughout his career and contributed to his strong first quarter in 2022—with $75 million in total sales to date. Brad adheres to the philosophy that “clients deserve nothing short of excellence.” From the initial meeting, to navigating important decisions and the final settlement transaction, Brad works diligently to ensure 100% customer satisfaction. Brad doesn’t just sell the waterfront lifestyle—he lives it! The Kappel family has called Annapolis its hometown for three generations. When he’s not pursuing his passion in real estate, he is exploring the waterways of the Chesapeake Bay by boat or paddle board or spending time with his wife, two children and golden retriever puppy at their home on the Severn River. Visit BradKappel.com and tour his Luxury Property Portfolio. Make Your Move with Brad!
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R E A L E S TAT E SETTLEMENTS
JEHA NNE McINTYRE ED WARD S In our society where everything is a rush and there is a big push to automate and click to the end of every document, someone has to keep an eye on the details. Jehanne Edwards and her team at Church Circle Title and Escrow focus on doing things right for their clients. Jehanne works closely with real estate agents and lenders to ensure that the deal, the financing and the title work is prepared correctly and on time. Additionally, Jehanne serves “of counsel” with the venerable Buck Law Group, with which Church Circle Title and Escrow shares office space. This relationship allows her to offer additional legal services, including the preparation of deeds, contracts and addenda, easements, seller financing documents, powers of attorney and many other real property related documents. When she is not at work, Jehanne enjoys reading mystery novels, working out at the Three-2 Fitness Studio in Severna Park, bike 22
riding on the B&A Trail, and spending time in Rehoboth and the Adirondacks. She and her husband, Michael, a retired United States Marine officer, who now operates a commercial mechanical engineering business, have two 20-something daughters, two rescue dogs and a Blue and Gold Macaw named Pablo.
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L U X U RY H O T E L S
1 3 4 PR INCE — LU XURY BOUTIQUE HOTE L Clinton Ramsden and Cody Monroe graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2011. Since then, their military service took them all over the world, but nothing ever felt quite like home until they returned to Annapolis. In 2021, they opened 134 Prince – Luxury Boutique Hotel. With the goal of combining the historic charm of Annapolis with the contemporary touches of modern luxury travel, they have created what a leading design expert has fittingly described as “New York Boutique brought to the Chesapeake Bay.” 134 Prince – Luxury Boutique Hotel is the culmination of more than one year of architectural study and interior design efforts that pay tribute to the elegance of this 1849 Dutch Colonial Revival architecture. The hotel is designed for guests seeking a uniquely Annapolitan travel experience that effortlessly blends into the historic fabric of the city. Every single detail of the property and the guest experience is carefully curated to ensure a stay in the hotel is world-class.
“We set out to create a five-star hotel experience known for the finest personal service and luxury suites that would redefine Annapolis hospitality as the perfect combination of historic preservation and timeless luxury,” said Cody. “Based on the guest impressions we received during the first year of operating, we have accomplished exactly that.”
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WINDOW CLEANER J EFF FUL L ER Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, Jeff Fuller has known from a young age what it takes to run a business. “My mother worked for Fuller Brush Co. when I was a kid,” he recalls. “My brother and I sold products door to door with her on weekends. She beat cancer twice and continued working even after a stroke left her partially paralyzed. She just kept going and worked hard throughout her whole life.” These lessons shaped his vision when he founded Mr. Sparkle Professional Window Cleaner in 2016. From the very beginning, he tapped into his lifelong work ethic. He even undertook his first major job—washing the interior and exterior windows of Baltimore’s City Hall—before he had any employees, working outside through torrential rain to get the job done. “People kept telling me to come inside, but I wasn’t letting anything stop me,” he recalls. And that has been his mentality ever since! Over the past eight years, Jeff has lead Mr. Sparkle Professional Window Cleaner to the forefront of the business world. He has 24
cleaned windows from the Baltimore Convention Center to the homes of local professional athletes. He uses state-of-the-art equipment and eco-friendly cleaning products, and he does it all with a drive to deliver outstanding customer service. In addition to cleaning windows, Mr. Sparkle offers power washing. If you want your residential or commercial windows to sparkle, call Mr. Sparkle Professional Window Cleaner!
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ARCHITECTURAL WINDOW SUPPLY For more than 25 years, Greg and Christina Kunowsky, owners of Architectural Window Supply in Annapolis have been the premier supplier for new construction, historic renovations and replacement projects in the national capital region. From Northern Virginia, through Annapolis and the Chesapeake region into the Delaware beach towns, homeowners, architects, custom builders, and designers know that Architectural Window Supply offers top-of-the-line products, outstanding customer service and reasonable prices. They are introducing an entire line of all aluminum windows that replicate the look and strength of steel. “These windows will meet the increasing demand for a more modern aesthetic at a lower price point” says Greg. Architectural Window Supply’s mission has always been to promote to the market well manufactured products that pass stringent manufacturing guidelines. This provides the team at AWS confidence in recommending products that represent the highest standards in the industry.
Greg and Christina encourage architects, designers, builders, and homeowners to visit their beautiful, light-filled showroom in Annapolis. Here homeowners can see and operate windows and doors at a range of price points. The highly trained staff will consult with you about what products are best for your project and answer any questions that you have about value, durability or anything else. Whether you are looking for traditional muntins or panes of plate glass, come see the selection at Architectural Window Supply.
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L I VA B L E L U X U R Y INTERIORS LISA TUL L AI
For Lisa Tullai, owner of Annapolis Interiors, livable luxury is the cornerstone of every design. She knows exactly how to create beautiful homes that function, nurture, inspire and stand the test of time.
regions and countries informs her design preferences today. “My deep love of Annapolis and life on the Chesapeake Bay surfaces in fresh compositions, infused with timeless sophistication, often through global art, special finishes and accessories,” she explains.
A design experience with Lisa begins with focusing on practical space planning. For this stage she works closely with architects, custom builders and homeowners. With a keen eye for color, texture, scale and form, she then layers in aesthetic elements, interpreting the needs and desires of her clients and infusing their spirit into each space.
The opportunity to positively impact her clients’ lives is her greatest business accomplishment. She recalls a call at 8:30 PM on a Friday from a client who exclaimed how much she loved her home and how working with Lisa had changed her life. “I’m in this business for phone calls like that!” Lisa says. “For the positive end result, for my ability to create livable luxury interiors for happy, healthy clients.”
Collaboration is key. “If I didn’t collaborate with my clients, I would simply be decorating spaces rather than designing sustainable, timeless interiors that provide an inviting and inspiring living environment,” she explains. The child of a military family, Lisa lived all over the United States and abroad before settling in Annapolis. This exposure to other 26
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WINDOWS, AND SIDING LA NDMARK ROOFING Artie Hendricks and Rob Calhan, co-owners of Landmark Roofing, have a long history together. They grew up together in Annapolis, graduated from Annapolis High School, were best man at each other’s weddings (both their wife’s names are Melissa!) and they decided to start a business together. In seven years, Landmark Roofing has emerged as a fast-growing progressive company focused on providing the highest quality roofing, siding, gutters, windows and door products throughout central Maryland. Landmark sets itself apart from other roofing and siding companies in several ways. Landmark’s attention to detail and quality has earned them the highest certification level possible from GAF-their President’s Club Award, making them the best of the best. Landmark Roofing has also earned the Elite Preferred certification from the James Hardie Siding Company which is their highest certification level based on quality of installations, and customer reviews. Landmark is proud of their certification levels and on-line reviews as they feel these are essential for any company to have when considering your roofing or siding projects.
Landmark Roofing also has a fundamental business principal to give back to the community. Annually, Landmark provides a free roof for a family in need. Landmark has also donated to local Annapolis based non-profits including the Court Appointed Child Advocate organization (CASA) and the Wellness House of Annapolis. Landmark Roofing has recently joined the Annapolis Chamber of Commerce and both Artie and Rob look forward to working closely with them helping where they can in their hometown of Annapolis.
LANDMARK ROOFING 540 BALTIMORE ANNAPOLIS BLVD. SEVERNA PARK, MD 21146 443.223.7453 | ROOFINGBYLANDMARK.COM 27
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LIGHTING DESIGN SA R AH RICHTER
Sarah Richter is an award-winning lighting designer and the founder of SRD, an architectural lighting design firm that specializes in commercial spaces and custom homes. Sarah designs for a sense of place and belonging for high-end architecture. The resulting spaces “feel like a good place to be.”
architectural projects. Professionally, she wanted to work on projects of interest with clients she loved. She thought, “What’s next?” SRD was launched in 2019.
The SRD team consists of designers, engineers, industry experts, and skilled project managers. “People love working with us because we hear our clients’ needs, check in regularly, and weigh all factors to craft the right lighting solution,” she says. “It’s a collaborative process and—we’ve found—our clients feel more confident after working with us.”
In late 2017, Sarah was a senior lighting designer with extensive expertise in commercial, hospitality, mixed-use, and government
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P E R S O N A L I N J U RY L AW R ICK JAKL ITSCH
Rick Jaklitsch is tremendously honored to once again be featured as the Face of Personal Injury Law in his beloved hometown of Annapolis. Known by judges, insurance claim representatives, clients and opposing counsel as “The Big Dog,” Rick founded The Jaklitsch Law Group, named Best Personal Injury Trial Law Firm – USA by Global Insight, again voted both as Maryland’s Best Personal Injury Firm and Best Civil Litigation Firm by the readers of the Daily Record, and was honored yet again by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Law Firm.” Rick is humbled by the fact that the vast majority of new clients are referred to him by previous clients. “To earn clients’ trust so that they send their friends and family to us in their time of need is gratifying and shows we’re getting the results and giving the customer service our clients deserve,” Rick says. He is quick to credit his firm’s incredible success to what he calls “the world’s greatest staff” (many employees have been with Rick
for over 20 years and counting) and each employees’ relentless quest to provide the very greatest client service. A former Terrapin Club president, Rick can be found with his wife and two kids at any number of University of Maryland’s athletic contests, or on the pickleball courts in Annapolis. If you’re hurt in a car, truck or train crash, call the Big Dog!
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McHale Landscape Design is a residential landscape architecture company and design-build firm dedicated to designing and constructing extraordinary residential gardens, pools, outdoor living areas, and home additions. Our office on West Street has been serving the Annapolis area for over fifteen years. McHale Landscape Design was founded by brothers Kevin and Steve McHale, who last year celebrated forty years in business. The brothers’ passion for the landscape industry began while mowing neighborhood lawns when they were just 12 years old. Their parents taught the value of hard work and financial accountability, and while still in college at West Virginia University, Kevin and Steve started the business. The early beginnings were simple: a pickup truck, a wheel barrow, two shovels and a drafting board. Since 1981, the firm has designed, constructed, and planted residential projects, including more than 350 award-winning landscapes. Combining landscape architecture, horticulture 30
knowledge, and field experience, our professionally licensed and certified staff help you create and maintain beautiful gardens and living spaces. With an interactive design-build process, McHale Landscape Design views every client as an important part of the team. Our goal is to be your Single Source for the entire project, from Design, to Implementation, to Aftercare, and to develop life-long relationships with our clients.
M c HALE LANDSCAPE DESIGN, INC. 911 WEST STREET, ANNAPOLIS, MD 21401 410.990.0894 | MCHALELANDSCAPE.COM INFO@MCHALELANDSCAPE.COM
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From top to bottom: Mark Andrews, Christopher Houpt, and Shaun Guevara
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YA C H T I N G
ON THE CHESAPEAKE A NNA POLIS YACHT SAL ES
Out of unique challenges come extraordinary opportunities, at least according to Mark Andrews, partner and president of Annapolis Yacht Sales. Recent global events presented unprecedented challenges to many of AYS’s valued family of customers looking for their annual charter vacation experience due to travel restrictions and charter-based closures. Other customers were frustrated by the lack of available new and brokerage boat inventory and were longing for an opportunity to get out there and sail the bay. Annapolis Yacht Sales recognized this demand and responded by opening a sister company called Chesapeake Bay Yacht Charters! Having cruised the waters of the Chesapeake Bay for decades, the team at Annapolis Yacht Sales realized there are thousands of miles and almost unlimited destinations to explore right here in our backyard. Sure, the Caribbean tiki bar scene is loads of fun, but the rich history, scenic beauty, and fantastic sailing here on the bay make the Chesapeake a must-explore experience. Chesapeake Bay Yacht Charters offers two unique opportunities to sailors from across the county. According to Andrews, boat owners often find they just don’t use their boat as much as they would like. CBYC offers these owners an opportunity to enroll their sailboat in the charter fleet and generate some income through multiday charter rentals. Owners enrolled in the charter program also
realize the additional peace of mind of participating in the AYS comprehensive yacht maintenance program. The second opportunity is for sailors from throughout the region and beyond to experience sailing the bay on a variety of sailing vessels, from larger sailing catamarans to our fleet of monohulls. CBYC has brought on base manager Christopher Houpt with more than 20 years of charter experience alongside operations manager Shaun Guevara, who has also been in the industry for more than 20 years. We are offering multiple levels of concierge services to customize your charter experience. Bareboat and captained charters are available with our local skilled captains to make your charter experience more enjoyable and relaxing.
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C R E AT I V E K I T C H E N S DESIGN SOL UTIONS
As the driving force behind Design Solutions, Inc., Joni Zimmerman draws upon her 40 years of experience in design and architecture, as well as psychology and human dynamics, to create spaces that truly work for the client. Joni designs in layers, adding detail and interest to create spaces that are timelessly classic yet surprising and refreshing. Unique spatial challenges are one of her specialties. Working alongside her is Andrea Wheeler, who has more than 15 years of experience creating beautiful and unique kitchens. Her background and training in art, design, and graphics brings an unexpected combination of shapes, colors and textures that work to create the environment. She is fearless when it comes to trying new colors and textures in combination. If you enjoy viewing our changing window displays or website, you can give Andrea all the credit! Her talent goes far beyond kitchens. Joni and Andrea believe the design process is most effective when they truly understand their clients—who they are as a family, how
they will use the space, and what are their personal aesthetic tastes and priorities. They build a relationship with their clients, listen to their needs, and guide them through the process. Their goal is to create a design that meets the functional and financial demands of each client while achieving a look that fits perfectly for both the client and the home. Having built her business in Annapolis for the past 35 years, Joni now lives in Talbot County and works with clients on both sides of the Bay Bridge. She welcomes new clients to contact her and Andrea.
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H O M E A U T O M AT I O N & A / V NICK KFOURY
Before moving to Maryland and starting Maddox Audio Video Design, Nick Kfoury already had plenty of experience to hone his technical expertise, as well as a term served in the military to learn such important traditions as integrity, commitment, advocacy, respect, and excellence. His career in home automation, theaters, and home security in the Hamptons and Long Island allowed him to work with many celebrities and high-profile clientele. This unique experience allowed him to see the very best ways to incorporate the best technology and later establish his own thriving business here in the Mid-Atlantic. What really sets the team at Maddox apart is the way they are able to adapt technology to each client’s lifestyle, with considerations for the design and aesthetics of the home. “Most of our clients want high-quality home automation and audio/visual components
that are concealed,” Nick explains. “We accomplish this with smart home features that are ‘invisible,’ such as concealed speakers, retractable screens, automated blinds, and televisions that showcase artwork.” And the best part? Every element of smart home automation can be accessed from a single tablet or smartphone device. They also specialize in the latest AI technologies.
MADDOX AUDIO VIDEO DESIGN 301.377.2696 | MADDOXAV.COM
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C U S TO M B U I L D I N G GR EG YOUNGER
Greg Younger discovered he had a gift for craftsmanship and a talent for understanding how to remodel a home to fit a client’s needs when he was growing up working with his father in the construction business. Greg loved the satisfaction he felt when he completed a project and his clients were overjoyed with the results. To him, there was no better feeling. Today, Greg still works to achieve those same results in his role as founder and owner of Younger Construction, based in Annapolis. Handling residential construction and light commercial construction, his company specializes in custom homes, renovations, additions, and kitchens and bathrooms in Anne Arundel, Prince George’s, and Queen Anne’s counties. Before any work starts, Greg meets with potential clients to discuss their desires and vision. He listens to their expectations of the design, timeline, and budget. Greg’s infectious energy helps clients overcome their fears and get excited about the project. After Greg gets to know the client’s needs, he helps them select a design they will be happy with in the long run. Even before the work has begun, clients are amazed at the process. Greg and his detail-oriented crew do not cut any corners. They pride themselves
on being perfectionists and they understand the importance of clean lines. Above all, they strive to meet and exceed all client expectations. Greg checks in with his clients regularly to make sure they are happy with how the project is going. This personal touch engages clients and enables them to be part of the process. Instead of feeling like a chore, the project feels more like a fun hobby. Seeing the look of joy on a client’s face when a job is complete is what attracted Greg to the business decades ago. Today, it’s still his favorite part of the job.
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P L A S T I C S U R G E RY EMILY CLA RKE-PEARSON, MD
For plastic surgeon Dr. Emily Clarke-Pearson, ensuring every patient who walks in her office door is given a positive and personalized experience is top priority.
translates to the way you feel…it is all a part of presenting yourself to the world,” she says. “I want to make this a happy place where people feel safe, celebrated, and fun.”
Trained as an artist and sculptor and educated at Brown University, Harvard, and Johns Hopkins University, she has a brain with a left side and right side that work at full speed. When visiting her Fells Point boutique office, one steps into a professional yet welcoming atmosphere. Patients are greeted with comfortable seating, sunlight, and exposed brick. Her own art and that of other artists appears throughout.
Thanks to Dr. Clarke-Pearson’s holistic approach, a patient is likely to emerge from her office refreshed and empowered and with something rare—an enduring trust-based relationship.
The space embodies, in many ways, Dr. Clarke-Pearson’s core philosophy: to build a personal connection with each patient and make one feel comfortable discussing any issue, whether breast augmentation, facelift, injectables, or skincare. She works to dispel stigmas associated with plastic surgery, especially in the age of social media and reality TV. Instead, Dr. Clarke-Pearson believes plastic surgery is an act of self-care. “If you are not happy with the way you look and that 36
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FIRE PROTECTION A BSOLUTE FIRE PROTECTION
At the mention of fire sprinklers, an image of navy blue and yellow vehicles, boldly emblazoned “ABSOLUTE’’ may come to mind. For Dan Mathias and Larry Cate, starting a fire sprinkler business while seniors in college was the beginning of an operation that now serves Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, and Delaware. The two, best friends since ninth grade at Chesapeake High School, shared the same strong work ethic and dream. When Dan graduated from the University of Maryland as a fire protection engineer and Larry with a degree in finance and marketing from Towson, the two decided to chase that dream and start a business. Thirty-three years later, Absolute Fire Protection (AFP) has become the industry leader in fire protection and life safety, offering full-service design, installation, consulting, and engineering for commercial and residential applications. Expanding on their original dream, eight years ago, the two partnered with master electrician Brian Gay to form Absolute Systems Engineering (ASE). Fire protection and master electric services combine to create a great synergy—-more needs can be met, and expectations exceeded. Based in Annapolis, Absolute Companies employ approximately 100 highly skilled team members with impeccable credentials and strong core values. It is important to note that Dan, Larry, and the Absolute team make it a priority to give back to the community, donating to many local charitable organizations and giving freely of their time as engaged board members. The Absolute Team wanted to use The Faces of Annapolis opportunity to thank everyone that has worked with
them over the years. Many are featured here in Annapolis Home Magazine along with end-users who may not even know that Absolute installed their systems. “We are fortunate to have built such incredible relationships with so many builders, contractors, and property owners, and we are beyond thankful! We look forward to another 33 years of service.” To learn more about Absolute, please visit their website at absolutefp.com or visit them in person at 445 Defense Highway, Annapolis, Maryland. Front from left to right: Larry Cate and Dan Mathias, Co-Founders Back from left to right: Jarrod Childs, Chief Fire Protection Engineer/P.E., Ken Zalner, General Manager, Demi King, NICET Designer, Jess Hickman, Office Manager, Brian Gay, Master Electrician/Partner ASE
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ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN WAL NUT HIL L LANDSCAPE COMPANY Michael Prokopchak, founder of Walnut Hill Landscape Company, discovered his love of plants back when he was a teenager working in a local nursery. He learned more about the landscape industry and eventually established his own company in 2005. Walnut Hill provides exceptional value by delivering unparalleled craftsmanship and service. Through their commitment to teamwork and relationships, professionalism and integrity, a superior image and a keen attention to quality and detail, they have thrived ever since while earning numerous national and local awards. When clients work with Walnut Hill, they will find a wide range of services available to them, whether they need landscaping or hardscaping. The dedicated team of licensed landscape architects, designers, project managers, landscape industry-certified crews and relationships with industry specialists allow them to manage complex projects while ensuring they capture the essence of the client’s desires in bringing their dreams to fruition. Customers will also find a valuable emphasis on relationships, one where there is clear communication from design phase all the way through installation. Walnut Hill always strives for a final product that reflects personal style and exceeds expectations. Walnut Hill is a proud member of American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Landscape Contractors Association of MD, VA, D.C. (LCA), National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), American Institute of Architects (AIA), and Annapolis Design District.
WALNUT HILL LANDSCAPE COMPANY 1563 SAINT MARGARETS ROAD, ANNAPOLIS, MD 21409 410.349.3105 110 N. WASHINGTON STREET, EASTON, MD 21601 410.690.0977 | WALNUTHILLLANDSCAPE.COM 39
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H O S P I TA L I T Y JAMES KING
James King’s journey to award-winning restaurateur began when he was 14. From washing dishes at a popular eatery in Washington, D.C., to rising up to general manager at one of Georgetown’s most prestigious waterfront destinations, King never wavered in his focus. That experience led him to Anne Arundel County, where he is now the CEO and owner of Titan Hospitality Group. Titan owns and operates five restaurants in the mid-Atlantic region, including the Blackwall Barn & Lodge (Gambrills, MD) and Blackwall Hitch (Annapolis, MD, and Alexandria, VA). Most recently, Titan Hospitality introduced King’s newest concept: Smashing Grapes (Annapolis, MD, and Gambrills, MD). King’s empire continues to expand as he begins development of a new 10,000-square-foot property in Columbia’s new Merriweather Entertainment District. His work in building and opening restaurants led him to the Maryland General Assembly, where as a member of the powerful House Economic Matters Committee, he garnered respect from leaders on both sides of the aisle and built a reputation as a champion for small business. King’s political relationships run deep throughout the state, and he is still frequently spotted in the halls of the State House, advising current elected officials on matters of importance to small businesses. 40
A four-time Restaurateur of the Year nominee from the Restaurant Association of Maryland, King is a sought-out thought leader in the food and beverage industry. King has built his reputation for instilling and fostering a positive workplace culture in one of the most challenging industries. King’s strategy and success in implementing a culture that attracts top talent and retains valuable employees has made him a desired speaker at corporate conferences nationwide. As president of the Maryland Restaurant Coalition and as a board member of the Oyster Recovery Partnership, King impacts Maryland’s restaurant community and beyond, contributing through his restaurants to causes from homelessness prevention to little league organizations while being an economic driver with more than 500 county employees.
TITAN HOSPITALITY GROUP 2126 ESPY COURT, SUITE D CROFTON, MD 21114 410.721.5416 | TITANHOSPITALITY .COM
Rebecca Ramsay, Darden Pickall, and Will Sheils
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A N D H O M E R E N O VAT I O N S B LU E STA R P AINT AND PROPERTY “We love what we do here at Blue Star and it shows,” says Will Sheils, founder of Blue Star Paint and Property Services. What began as a residential painting company 15 years ago has grown into a thriving operation offering commercial work and both interior and exterior painting services, as well as cabinet refinishing and high-end sprayed finishes. Darden Pickall heads up the custom kitchen and bathroom renovations, custom carpentry, and light remodeling division. Blue Star’s diverse offerings sets them apart. “If we find rot on a paint job,” explains Will, “our carpenters can replace or repair the damaged section without delay. When we are remodeling a kitchen, our paint division takes care of the final touches, allowing us to control the end product.” This adds value for Blue Star’s clients in terms of lower cost, expedited completion and having a single point of contact for a multi-trade project. Most of Blue Star’s employees have been with them for years. A true sign of success in today’s market! “Our clients value having their favorite crew show up year after year,” boasts Becca Ramsay, business manager.
Blue Star knows the key to happy clients are happy employees. Will, Darden and their team feel honored to work in a place as beautiful as Annapolis and to see their market expand into the Eastern Shore and southern Anne Arundel County. Their growth is a testament to the quality of their service and the strength of their team.
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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS K ATE RIES In April 2022, Kate Ries, ASLA took over as sole owner of the respected landscape architecture firm, CLINTON+RIES Landscape Architects. Founded by nationally recognized landscape architect, Sandra Clinton, FASLA as Clinton & Associates in 1998, the firm has won numerous awards and been published in countless books, magazines and newspapers. Joining the firm in 2016 and now solidly in charge, Kate sees the future of C+RLA as rooted in its mighty past but continuing to evolve. In fact, she recently increased her staff to handle the growing workload of residential and commercial clients who are eager to help define the new era. “We look at each project as a blank slate”, explains Kate. Using nature as their tools, she and her team tell a story through their designs. Each project is a blend of artistry and practical components balanced with the site ecology. Colorful plantings, sculpture and unique elements connect with the emotions of those experiencing the spaces. 42
C+RLA is grounded in creating relationships with their clients. Their work goes on even after the last shovel goes in the ground. Besides site design, they provide maintenance reviews and garden consultation as well as seasonal work that enhances the project sites and keeps them looking their best. What is Kate looking forward to most as the new president of CLINTON+RIES Landscape Architects? “Growth. I’m most looking forward to crafting responsible landscape architecture projects; with an exciting, devoted young team.”
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When Richard Curtis got into real estate 23 years ago, he realized the only way he could offer the fast, flexible service he wanted was to start his own brokerage. That is how The Curtis Real Estate Company began. Today, with offices in Historic Annapolis, North Beach and soon-to-come on the Eastern Shore, Richard offers his highly personalized concierge service across the Chesapeake region. What exactly does concierge real estate mean? Clients can depend upon fast response times. Also, expect a less expensive transaction— Richard and his agents are free to set commissions on a deal-bydeal basis. Lower commissions don’t mean less service. On the contrary, The Curtis Real Estate Team offers staging, professional photography, high-quality videos and drone imagery for each property. CONCIERGE REAL ESTATE MEANS: • • •
Negotiable commissions Fast, responsive service Staging, professional photography, videos and drone footage with each listing
Deep connections in local markets mean Richard and his agents can loop in mortgage lenders, home inspectors and title agents to facilitate closings. If properties need work before listing, because of findings in inspections or for post purchase renovation, Richard has an army of highly skilled contractors ready to go. “We offer a flexible full-service concierge experience that makes our clients’ wants and needs our only priority,” he says. “Excellence, integrity and hard work are our guiding principles.” If you are looking for a truly personal real estate experience anywhere in Maryland’s Chesapeake region, Richard Curtis and the agents of The Curtis Real Estate Company pride themselves on ensuring that each client gets the transaction that works best for them.
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Liz is known as a leading expert Realtor in the Annapolis area. With over 15 years of experience, she has extensive market knowledge, an attentive eye and she loves sharing her passion for the Annapolis lifestyle with her clients. As one seller articulated, “In today’s highperforming market, you need a high-performing Realtor. Liz’s speed, expertise, market knowledge and engaging personality made the experience enjoyable. She got our Eastport home staged, listed, and sold within a week, all while setting an area record.”
architecture firm. Liz moved to Annapolis in 2003 and lives in Murray Hill with her husband, four kids and sheep-a-doodle named Maverick. You will often find her walking her dog in the Historic District or out on her boat, enjoying all that Annapolis and the Bay have to offer.
Liz’s relentless work ethic, enthusiasm for business, and commitment to excellence in every transaction have made her the #1 go-to Realtor for Annapolis homes. She has been consistently recognized as one of Coldwell Banker Realty’s annual Top Producers and ranks in the top 1% of all Coldwell Banker Realtors worldwide.
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MELA NIE HARTWIG-DAVIS A I A , N C ARB, L E E D AP BD + C
“Everyone should have access to quality architectural design that is sustainable and holistic.” That’s the philosophy of Melanie Hartwig-Davis, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, owner of HD Squared Architects, an award-winning architecture, interiors and consulting firm that integrates sustainability and resiliency into each and every design, preparing clients and communities to adapt and thrive for generations to come.
When clients come to HD Squared, they can count on collaborative relationships, active listening and honest conversations that are instrumental in transforming a shared vision into a built reality that exceeds expectations.
Beautiful architecture is inherently more sustainable, but at HD Squared the team also strives to have minimal impact on the natural environment, even improving the conditions for local ecosystems. HD Squared’s designs for new or remodeled homes lead to minimizing their clients’ costs through the selection of energy efficient systems and by minimizing material use (which contributes to a reduction of the home’s carbon footprint.)
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HOME EXTERIORS FICHTNER HOME EXTERIORS Meet The Fichtner Home Exteriors Team, a dedicated, hardworking, friendly, and skilled group of home exterior professionals. This team has come together over the last 27 years to be the most award-winning exterior remodeling company in Anne Arundel County. From entire roof, siding, gutter, window and door replacements, to new entry porticos, to small repairs and maintenance, the team strives for value and success in every job. They support numerous local charities, schools, and organizations and have won both local and national awards for customer service and service to the community. Fichtner has been voted Best Roofing, Best Siding, Best Windows and Doors, and Best Gutters in several local publications. Fichtner is recognized as a leader in the industry and has the backing of several major manufacturers. They are a GAF Master Elite contractor, James Hardie Elite Preferred siding installer, Certainteed® 5-Star Contractor, and a Marvin Authorized Window 46
Replacement Contractor. These longstanding relationships allow the team to stay current on training and offer the best extended warranties on the market for all your home’s exterior systems. Many contractors come and go, but as it began 27 years ago, Fichtner Home Exteriors is still a local, family-owned business. They owe their longevity to the principles of honesty and integrity, quality craftsmanship with superior products and customer satisfaction adopted by all of their employees.
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Your financial future. Few things are as important or as intimidating to contemplate. From wealth management to retirement planning, handling your money isn’t a trip you should plan to take alone. Greg Ostrowski understands this and develops strategies to address each client’s unique situation. His overarching goal is to provide visibility on a client’s “big picture,” so they can make proactive decisions. For those just starting to accumulate wealth, it might mean prioritizing and automating savings. For those nearing retirement, this might mean mapping out an income strategy—it’s one thing to save and grow assets, but another thing entirely to make a plan for assets to last. As a long-time Annapolitan, Greg was the youngest of five children in a Navy family; his wife, Sabrina, is an accountant in Annapolis; his sister owns Weems Creek Nursery School in West Annapolis, where his brother also owns Redds Automotive. Greg and Sabrina have four children—Patrick, Evangeline, Everett and Amelia. Greg holds a degree in finance from Villanova University. He is a Certified Financial Planner™ professional, a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor™, and a Behavioral Financial Advisor™. Greg also serves as a Forbes contributor. Over the years Greg has been recognized as a Top 40 Under 40 Registered Investment Advisor by WealthManagement.com,
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featured in Baltimore Magazine as an eight-time Five Star Wealth Manager and voted “Best Financial Advisor” in The Capital’s Reader’s Choice awards four times. He has also been named a “Recommended Financial Planner” in Chesapeake Family Life magazine in both 2019 and 2021. Greg and his wife, Sabrina, serve as members of the Building Traditions Society Leadership Advisory Council at Anne Arundel Medical Center, supporting vital new programs at AAMC. Greg also serves on the St. Mary’s Alumni Association board. Getting to know you, your hopes, and your goals is an essential element in the wealth management equation. Creating strong client relationships is the foundation of Greg’s work.
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THE SPCA OF
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Annapolis Home Magazine is pleased to have selected the SPCA as the charity we support in Faces of Annapolis 2022. The SPCA of Anne Arundel County (AACSPCA) is the largest and oldest animal welfare organization in Anne Arundel County. In September, we are celebrating 103 years of service to the community. Our shelter’s adoption program provides safe, secure, and loving care to homeless pets awaiting new homes. Our shelter is proud of its no kill philosophy and we devote every resource available to help animals in need. We work tirelessly 365 days a year to ensure compassionate care for these homeless pets. We have given countless animals a second chance at a life with loving and permanent homes.
We feel that all the animals in our community need our support, and have a number of programs aimed at reaching all in need. We are proud of our pet food bank aimed at giving animals in homes whose owners face financial difficulty free pet food. We also operate an affordable spay/neuter clinic, and twice monthly vaccine clinics, making preventative veterinary care a reality for those who cannot otherwise afford it.
501(c)3 non profit organization, we receive no funds from the government or any national organization. It is people like you that make all of these happy endings possible. We want to invite you to an upcoming event on June 26 at the Clocktower in Annapolis. We are very excited about this opportunity to partner with Grapes and Wine Cellars of Annapolis. They are no stranger to the SPCA; in the past we have worked with them on a number of occasions. However, right before COVID, a few strangers met at Grapes; Richard and Kristina Curtis of Curtis Real Estate, and SPCA board member Karri Mann. They started talking about their shared love of animals and Wags and Wine was born. Two years later, we are going to be celebrating a love of good food, good wine while we support the animals. The SPCA of Anne Arundel County is wholly committed to serving the animals and we thank you for helping us in our lifesaving work.
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R E A L E S TAT E DAVID ORSO
David Orso was born in Annapolis and now raises his three children in the area he deeply loves. In 2000, David bought his first investment property, which began his career in real estate. David quickly ran into trouble finding a professional real estate agent. It was from a place of need that he became obsessed with refining the residential real estate sales process by applying best practices from his career at Coca-Cola and Marriott. David knows that selling real estate is a major financial decision and our clients deserve the very best. He is ruthlessly committed to superior representation and has engineered a specific selling system to make this process seamless and rewarding. David leads a small team of experts that has been ranked #1 in Anne Arundel County, regardless of brokerage for sales volume in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. David was voted as one of the top 10 agents in America by the Real Estate Institute of America for the past three years and is a well-known speaker and author on the topic of residential real estate. David’s team is composed of two full-time licensed agents, Lisa Boyer and Megan Huebner, along with a small team of highly skilled professionals that work based on his business key principles: systematic attention to detail, excellence in marketing, skilled negotiations, and their mission at heart...Your Home.
In the past five years, Orso listings sell within 37 days and for an average of 99% of the original list price. His success in life and business demonstrates his innate ability to build and nurture relationships and provide exceptional service with world-class professionalism. David has the vision to elevate the standard of excellence in the residential real estate industry. David obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Dayton with a major in psychology. He earned his MBA from Loyola College of Baltimore with a concentration in strategic marketing. David continued his academic endeavors at Harvard University Law School Program on Leadership & Negotiation. Visit us at davidorso.com.
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Historic Homes By Christine Fillat
History is all around us. From colonial splendor to a brewmaster’s mansion, this is a brief collection of historic homes we find worth a visit in the Maryland and Washington, DC area. Special events are a particular delight in the rooms, buildings, and gardens where others have walked before. Before you go, check the websites to verify tour details and the hours when the homes are open to the public.
William Paca House Garden Photo by Geoffrey Hodgdon
Evergreen Mansion Visit this mansion home and see how the Garrett family (of the B&O Railroad fortune) lived during the Gilded Age. Built in 1857 and added onto in subsequent years, the estate includes 26 acres of gardens and woods. The mansion is home to a rare book collection and artworks by Picasso, Modigliani, Diego Rivera, Tiffany, and others. Fifteen of the mansion’s rooms are included in the tour. Events at Evergreen include sketching sessions throughout the mansion and live jazz performances. Evergreen is deeded to Johns Hopkins University. 4545 N Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210 | 410.516.0341 | museums.jhu.edu/evergreen-museum-library/visitor-info
Homewood Museum Built in 1801 on what is now the grounds of Johns Hopkins University, this Carroll family mansion is a Federal period Palladianstyle residence. The tour features 11 rooms dedicated to decorative arts and examines the lifestyle of its former residents. 3400 N Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218 | 410.516.5589 museums.jhu.edu/homewood-museum/visitor-info Homewood Museum
Photo by Will Kirk/The Johns Hopkins University
Hampton National Historic Site This Georgian mansion built in 1790 for the Ridgely family is preserved by the National Park Service for its architectural significance. The family rose to prominence with its ironworks, which produced materials for the American Revolution. At one time sprawling over 25,000 acres, this 62.4-acre park includes the historic mansion, slave quarters, gardens, and various farm buildings. Hampton National Historic Site Garden Photo by NPS/Maximilian Franz
535 Hampton Lane, Towson, MD 21286 | 410.823.1309 nps.gov/hamp/index.htm
Carroll Mansion This 1804 mansion was home to Mary Caton, daughter of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Charles Carroll spent his last 18 years here. This 19th-century urban dwelling has a history like the phoenix: it has been a saloon, a furniture store, immigrant tenement apartments, a vocational school, and a recreation center. In 1967 the building was restored to its 1800s charm as a museum. Restoration continues to this day. Tours to the nearby Shot Tower originate in the Carroll Mansion. 800 E. Lombard St. Baltimore, Maryland 21202 | 410.605.2964 | carrollmuseums.org
Evergreen Mansion Library
Photo by Norman Barker and James T. Van Rensselaer
Tudor Place Historic House & Garden Six generations of Martha Washington’s descendants lived in this home from 1805 until 1983. This Federal period building houses a generous collection of President George and Martha Washington’s household objects and personal items. A lush heirloom garden has evolved from one where crops and food were once produced to the ornamental one you will find today. Activities here include tours, activities for children, and a gala garden party. 1644 31st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007 | 202.965.0400 | tudorplace.org
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Dumbarton Oaks went through many incarnations and residents from the building of the earliest main section of the house in 1801 to 1920, when it was bought by Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss. The Bliss’ further improvements created the present-day museum and research center for Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art and gardening. The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is under the auspices of Harvard University. The Collection and stunning gardens, designed by Beatrix Ferrand, are open for tours.
In the midst of historic urban Annapolis, the William Paca House was built in the 1760s by William Paca, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a governor of the state of Maryland. This Georgian mansion, a National Historic Landmark, survived many iterations before being restored to its original colonial appearance in the 1960s. The Paca House has a beautiful two-acre garden and is open to the public for tours and events.
Research Library and Collection 1703 32nd Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007 202.339.6400 | doaks.org/visit/museum
186 Prince George Street, Annapolis, MD 21401 410.990.4543 annapolis.org/contact/william-paca-house-garden
The Anderson House This neoclassical villa was built in 1905 for Larz Anderson, an American diplomat, and his wife, Isabel, an author and philanthropist. For several years, it was the setting for many lavish parties and dinners hosting presidents, politicians, and the movers and shakers of the day. With English and Italian influences, the rooms are a stunning display of craftsmanship with murals and millwork. Now the home is the base for the Society of the Cincinnati, a Revolutionary War fraternal group to which Anderson was devoted. This historic house and museum is a testament to the couple’s patriotism. 2118 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20008 202.785.2040 | societyofthecincinnati.org
The Anderson House The Heurich House Museum
Photo by Garrett Peck
The Heurich House Museum This is the house that beer made. Christian Heurich, a German immigrant who owned the District’s largest brewery, built this mansion in 1892. The interiors are lavish with carved wood, overstuffed chairs, and all the modern conveniences— modern for the turn of the century, that is. Now the home is a museum. The Heurich House supports entrepreneurs with its education and small business development programs. Visit the museum’s Biergarten and enjoy locally brewed beer by the firepits. 1307 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 202.429.1894 | heurichhouse.org
Mount Clare Museum House The Mount Clare Mansion is the oldest colonial structure in the city of Baltimore and is a national historic landmark. Built in 1760, this Georgian-style plantation house was home to barrister Charles Carroll. The museum has a collection of paintings, furniture, and decorative arts from the 18th and 19th centuries. Visit by appointment only. 1500 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21230 410.837.3262 | mountclare.org
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Enrique Limardo Photo by Jen Chase
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By Christine Fillat
Cindy Wolf Photo courtesy of Foreman Wolf
Executive chef and co-owner of Washington DC’s Seven Reasons and Imperfecto, Enrique Limardo has worked all around the globe in fine restaurants and as a private chef. The cuisine of his native Venezuela informs his global perspective of food, drawing inspiration from the flavors of the Caribbean and the Amazon. Limardo’s training began in 1997 at La Casserole du Chef in Venezuela, then continued at The EUHY Sant Pol de Mar in Barcelona and the Luis Irizar Culinary School in San Sebastián. Restaurants: Seven Reasons, Imperfecto, Immigrant Food.
Cindy Wolf helms Charleston, the most beloved fine dining restaurant in Baltimore. Since opening Charleston in 1997, Wolf has received many awards and accolades. She is a nine-time James Beard Foundation finalist for Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, her food is classically French-based and inspired by Southern low-country cuisine. Wolf and business partner Tony Foreman own six Baltimore area restaurants: Cindy Lou’s Fish House, Cingale, Johnny’s, The Milton Inn, Petit Louis Bistro, and, of course, Charleston. Frederik De Pue Photo courtesy of The Henri
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Chef De Pue is known for his northern European cooking, having trained at the Hotelschool Ter Duinen in his native Belgium. A completely handson chef-owner, De Pue is known to handcraft his restaurants. Just this past February, De Pue opened Henri, fashioned as a restaurant where private dining and meeting space meet—a combination that is sure to be in great demand in the District. He also owns a thriving catering company, 42 Degrees Catering Service, as well as Flamant in Annapolis.
Don’t let the intimate size of Le Comptoir du Vin fool you. There is great food to be had here. Will Mester is the chef and co-owner with Rosemary Liss. Mester crafts a menu that is surprising and joyful, inspired by the couple’s “shared travels and eating abroad.” The cuisine is French-inspired with a hint of Japan and whatever strikes Will’s fancy. This charming bistro and wine bar resides in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District of Baltimore City.
At Centrolina restaurant and market, chef and owner Amy Brandwein serves Italian cuisine with a contemporary take on traditional dishes, utilizing such seasonal foraged ingredients as ramps, stinging nettle, and dandelion. A 2000 graduate of L’Academie de Cuisine, Chef Brandwein has been involved with such DC area restaurants as Alba Osteria, Bebo Trattoria, and Galileo. She also owns Piccolina, a fast-casual restaurant across the alley from Centrolina, specializing in food cooked in a wood-fired oven.
Gregory James is the executive chef at Stars, The Inn at Perry Cabin’s fine dining venue, where he has been since 2019. He was recently awarded Maryland Chef of the Year by the Maryland Restaurant Association. Chef James attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Unusual offerings at Stars include a menhaden fish sauce and a jumbo crab corn dog.
Will Mester Photo courtesy of Le Comptoir du Vin
Photo by Jay Fleming
Photo courtesy of Centrolina DC
Brian Clampet Photo courtesy of Flamant, Annapolis
Adam Pusateri Photo courtesy of In Grano Bakery
Harley Peet & Phil Lind Photo courtesy of Bluepoint Hospitality
Brian Clampet is the head chef at Flamant Bistro. He is known for bringing a fresh perspective to this Annapolis mainstay. He first started his cooking career locally at Vin 909, and then moved on to Daniel Boulud’s DBGB and Komi.
Adam Pusateri owns In Grano Bistro Bakery in Annapolis with co-owner and baker Pericles Lewnes. At In Grano, Chef Pusateri puts together a menu of sandwiches that draw references from the greatest sandwiches in the world, all served on beautiful, house-made bread. An Annapolis native, Pusateri graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, and went on to work in many fine-dining venues in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2020, Pusateri returned to Annapolis to open In Grano Bakery. Along with the regular In Grano menu, there is a secret menu. You heard it here.
Harley Peet & Phil Lind
Harley Peet is the executive chef at Bas Rouge, the exclusive fine dining venue in Easton, Maryland. A 2006 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Peet has worked in two Eastern Shore kitchens: the Tilghman Island Inn and The Inn at Perry Cabin. A native of Michigan, Peet is a competitive sailor and avid fisherman. Since 2014, he has overseen all the restaurants for Blue Point Hospitality. Phil Lind is the Chef de Cuisine at Bas Rouge. Lind was born in England, where he studied at the Culinary Institute of Colchester. After graduating in 2009, he moved to the States and has been here ever since. Locally, he has worked at the Bartlett Pear Inn. A devoted father, he enjoys spending his off time with his family. He has been Chef de Cuisine at Bas Rouge since 2015. 60
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