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Winter 2015 | Vol. 1, Issue 2 Publisher Kim Dow

COPY EDITOR Chrissy Moore Fashion Editor Brittany Carpenter Creative Kim Dow | Creative Director Jen Tyler | Senior Designer Jillian Winkler | Designer CONTRIBUTORS Mary Kate Battles, Brittany Carpenter, Meredith Erickson, Beth Heaney, Sarah Kurtanich, Amanda Lee Magoffin, Chrissy Moore, Lindsay Smith Rogers photographerS Sarah Kurtanich, Mary Kate McKenna, Andrew Murdock, Jessica Patterson, Jillian Winkler ACCOUNTING Alicia Schwartzbeck Advertising Rebecca Robinson Sass Magazine is a free quarterly publication in the Frederick and western Maryland region that is also available for a paid subscription. Customer inquiries should be directed to Sass Magazine, LLC. All contents of this publication are protected by copyright and may not be reproduced in whole or in part for any reason without prior consent of the publisher. Advertising Information, Comments, Questions: We thank our advertisers for their support!

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welcome back. Well, here we are again, with our second issue! And, I think this one is even better than the last! First and foremost, I want to thank all our readers, advertisers, subscribers and supporters. The feedback from our first issue has been so overwhelmingly positive! A special thanks to all those who have offered their support, it has been such a pleasure to meet and connect with so many new women (and men!) in our community! Secondly, thanks to everyone who was able to make it to our launch party; big thanks to Larry Fellows and all the staff at Flying Dog Brewery who helped make the night such a fun success! Finally, thank you to those advertisers and supporters who contributed door prizes and gift bag items—The Wine Kitchen, The Muse, Flying Dog Brewery, Chic to Chic, Wholistic Woman Retreats, Glory Doughnuts and Kalico Design. We’re proud to call this our beauty issue! Women are beautiful in SO many different ways, despite what mainstream media might show us. So, we wanted to show the full spectrum of what beauty means to us—whether that's beautiful make-up tips, beautiful body art, appreciating the beautyof nature, crafting a beautiful home or office sanctuary, or simply living life to it’s fullest—there’s definitely beauty everywhere! In this issue, we explore winter beauty looks with make-up by Maven Beauty Bar and photography by Natural Artistry. We delve into career women who sport an array of tattoos— big thanks to Jessica Patterson Photography and Black Label Tattoo Company. We're also soaring high with women in aviation. Additionally, you’ll find inspiration in some of our featured women—one who didn’t let a degenerative condition stop her from following a dream (hint… it involves wine); one who crafted her artistic creativity into a successful comic series; and one who’s entrepreneurial spirit has led her to open three different retail spaces. Don’t miss our extra features on! Get a glimpse of behind the scenes videos and photos, or read up on exclusive article extras. Be sure to follow us on social media—we’ve got Facebook (, Instagram (@sassfrederick) and Pinterest ( covered and look forward to building more online connections (not to mention we’ll be offering some wicked awesome social media contests and prizes, so you don’t want to miss out!) Lastly, I’d like to ask for your help to spread the word about Sass Magazine and We are passionate about this publication and truly feel it’s a much needed niche in our community. We are continuously seeking advertisers to help support the production of the magazine (and to help keep it a free publication); photographers to capture the amazing women featured on our pages; writers and contributors for both our print and online content; and nominations for our Spotlights (Woman to Watch, Business Spotlight, Inspire/Empower and Fashion Spotlight). Shoot us an email at, engage with us on social media, or pass an issue on to a girlfriend—whether she’s local or not! Help us build a community of amazing, talented and beautiful women!

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With a creative eye and an entrepreneur’s spirit, Hallie Burrier is the owner of not one, but three successful retail boutiques in downtown Frederick, MD. Each shop boasts their own unique point of view—Relish Decor specializing in lifestyle entertaining; Treaty General Store hosting carefully curated essentials; and Kindred, a baby boutique.

to be proud of it, but ultimately your customers have to remember it. The trick is finding the right words that evoke a reaction and feel like your brand. Like any good inspiration, “Relish Decor” hit me in the middle of the night! Relish is a lifestyle boutique specializing in kitchen, tabletop, and entertaining so we loved the personal feeling of the name. Treaty General Store sells curated essentials, hence the “general store.” Kindred is a baby boutique so we like the family reference. My husband Mark and I are great brainstorming partners, so we really enjoy coming up with names and brands.

Q: What makes your business stand out? A: I think it’s our point of view. Each store is carefully curated with a specific vision in mind. Our hearts and souls go into our businesses, which makes them personal. A store’s point of view is that little something special that makes it feel unique. It has always been my vision for our stores to be creative and fun and to hopefully be that inspirational shop to someone else.

store manager and my grandfather owned a hardware store on a Main Street, so retail is in my blood. I have wanted to have my own shop since I was 15. Every career move I made was to learn more and work towards that goal. My husband Mark’s background is in graphic design and illustration so we’re both creative and visual people. We love having the freedom to create in our environment with no restrictions and to share our vision with our customers.

Q: What is it like to work for you? A: A lot of fun, I hope! Seriously, our team is outstanding at their jobs because they are creative, vibrant, and caring people. We feel so fortunate to be able to create jobs in our community. We don’t take that task lightly. We treat everyone who works for us with respect, honesty, and transparency. They can see the long hours Mark and I put into the businesses and know that we are working right there beside them. Our stores are fun and creative environments.

Q: How did you get the background and skills necessary to run this type of business? Q: What is the best part A: I’m a former Creative District Merchandising Manager for about what you do? Most Urban Outfitters in Manhattan, Bloomingdales in Tysons Corner, challenging? A: Curation is and Creative Director for Britches of Georgetown. I went to school for Fashion Design, but found that I loved arranging stores and building displays more. My father was a department


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both the most fun and difficult thing to do. It tests your vision, restraint, and budget. There’s an adage I keep at the

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Q: How did you decide on your business name? A: Choosing a business name is a process. You have

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The most challenging aspect has been time management. That is something that you improve over time. The art of appearing to be everywhere at once!

Q: If you weren’t already in this business, would you enter it today? A: Retail is what I’m best at, but the small business owner part is what I’m newest at. I would do it all over again. Of course, you would always change things here or there, but that’s part of the learning process. I feel fortunate to be able to venture out on my own and create a business with my husband that we both can contribute to. It’s been a great partnership for us.

Q: Where do you see your business in the next year? In the next five years? A: Relish Decor will turn five years old next year. Treaty General Store just turned one. It’s hard to believe how much has happened in that time. We’ve always approached the businesses with a long-term view that allows for us to be nimble and change with

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the climate quickly. Mark and I have a million ideas, but quality of life for our family and store family is at the top of our list. We have a lot of options ahead of us as we see where life takes us.

Q: Can you describe your customers? A: We love telling our customers the stories behind each product, sharing recipes, cocktail secrets, helping them through their weddings, and seeing them grow over the years. Remember what I said before about curating a store being very personal? We create a connection with our customers. We have been fortunate to have customers who have supported us from day one and new ones we meet every single day. If you treat customers with care and respect, you can create a positive environment where you look forward to opening the doors each day.

Q: What is the single most critical talent you possess in your role as a business owner? A: I’m both a creative and a numbers person. I enjoy analyzing business data to help make informed decisions. It balances my creative side.

Q: When you’re not running your business, what are you doing? A: I love a good joke and a Jack and Coke, cooking, gardening, and spending time with our dog Lucy.

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By Beth Heaney When the weather forecast calls for lots of SNOW, I can’t wait to hit the slopes! My excitement is often met with the proverbial “cold weather” groans, which I happily ignore. A Thursday off work is the perfect day to ski and board since it’s cheaper and less crowded than the weekends. What to Wear / This is often the first question winter sports newbies ask. Layers, layers and more layers. Start with a moisture wicking base layer, then add neck gaiter, goggles, jacket, HELMET, gloves, warm wool socks, and snow pants. There is no need to go high-end. I snicker at the people decked out in Arc’teryx or Patagonia without skills to back up their duds. Do not wear jeans! If you arrive wearing jeans, I will pretend I don’t know you and I promise you will be miserable. Jeans get wet and cold fast; it doesn’t matter how good you are—wear snow pants instead. Ski or board, ski or board? / That is the question. Do you want your feet stuck to two sticks that can go in opposite directions, or both feet strapped to one board moving down the mountain sideways? A lesson can help you decide which works best for you. Get the Gear / I advise first timers to stick with rental equipment. If you’re hooked after a few lessons, then go for it—buy your own gear! There are plenty of great pre-owned markets as well as last year’s models at a reduced price. I bought my first snowboard used on eBay and still have it. If you have money to burn you can buy all new gear and equipment at your local ski shop, but remember skis and snowboards can

be all mountain or terrain specific. If you have gear that has been collecting dust and cobwebs, bust it out! Take it to your local ski shop or resort to have it tuned. They’ll wax it and get you ready to hit the snow. A Lesson Never Hurts / Before we hit the slopes together, I’ll say “Girl, you know you’re taking a lesson first, right?” Helping friends new to skiing or snowboarding, NEVER ends well. Let’s leave your first time on the slopes to the pros paid to teach you. They have far more patience! I will happily join you after your lesson, once you have the basics down and are totally stoked. Where to go, where to go? / We are lucky living in the DMV where there are many choices only a few hours away like Snowshoe, WV; Seven Springs, PA; Blue Knob, PA; Wisp, MD; and the Poconos. For an even closer experience try Liberty, Round Top or Whitetail. If you think you’ll be going often, consider buying an Advantage Card, which provides discounted lift tickets and rentals with every sixth trip free. If you have the time and the money, I recommend going out West to Utah, Colorado, or Wyoming. The terrain is massive, you could spend all week on the snow and never hit the same run twice. So, you’re experienced? / If you’re an old pro who hasn’t hit the powder in a while then GET OUT THERE! There is no time like the present to dust off your gear and get it tuned. It’s like riding a bike. You’ll be surprised how fast it comes back to you and how amazing you’ll feel! It doesn’t get better than the sun shining, the wind blowing, being surrounded by trees on a white pillow of snow going as fast or slow as you want, where you want, and as many times as you want! At the end of the day, I’ll meet you at the lodge bar for a cold brew next to a cozy fire. Cheers!

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FLIGHT Women comprise a mere 6% of all licensed pilots. Surprised? We were too! How often have you rolled your luggage down the causeway onto an aircraft and been greeted by a female pilot or co-pilot? The statistics are staggering considering the enormous progress women have made over the last 20 years in fields once dominated by men. Since the 1980’s female licensed pilots have increased overall by a meager 1%—but help is out there for those wanting to learn. One organization is doing everything they can to change the game for women worldwide who want to take to the skies. While we’ve all heard the names Amelia Earhart, Bessie Coleman, and Jacqueline Cochran, it’s an organization behind the scenes known as The Ninety-Nines that have been inspiring female pilots to achieve their aviation dreams for generations. Founded in 1929 by ninety-nine female pilots, including Amelia Earhart, their goal was to

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help further women in the aviation field—which they continue to do today. The Sugarloaf Local Chapter of The Ninety-Nines resides in Frederick, Maryland and is a permanent fixture in the community. They often work with local organizations, schools, and businesses to organize exciting aerial

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events. The Ninety-Nines have embraced the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) educational movement inspiring young women and girls to pursue aviation as a passion and career. Melinda Caywood, Membership Chair within the Sugarloaf’s, decided to get her pilot license later in life, after taking a short

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feature flight in a small aircraft while competing in a marathon in Alaska. “It was always something I wanted to do, and I thought growing up that in order to fly I had to join the air force, and only men could do that.” When asked what she thought was the biggest obstacle to female pilots she replied, “lack of role models and family goals are big factors. Being a pilot on the road and raising a family is difficult.” Interestingly, she attributes much of her flying success to her male flight instructor and believes that everyone who wants to learn to fly should, as it is a very “empowering experience.” The Sugarloafs, along with the other Ninety-Nine chapters across the U.S. and internationally, hold events allowing everyone to experience flying firsthand. Women’s air racing began in 1929 with the First Women’s Air Derby. The first derby featured twenty lady pilots racing from Santa Monica, CA to Cleveland, OH, and was flown annually through the 1930’s. Air racing was suspended through World War II and was resurrected with the All Women’s Transcontinental Air Race (AWTAR), playfully known as the Powder Puff Derby. After 30 years, AWTAR was discontinued and in 1977 the Air Race Classic was born. The ARC is a transcontinental air race dedicated to women pilots. In 2002 it was reincorporated as a non-profit organization raising funds to support, encourage and inspire existing and future female pilots. The race currently offers routes of about 2,400 miles and contestants are given four days to complete the course. The goal of the race is not to be the first contestant to finish, but to have the most perfect cross-country flight. Pilots must take into consideration weather, winds, geography and other visual flight rules (VFR) to map the most pristine route possible. In 2017, The Air Race Classic will be in hosted in Frederick, by The Sugarloaf chapter of The Ninety-Nines—a pretty BIG deal, to say the least! Spearheading the 2017 event in Frederick is award winning special events consultant Gail Mesa Norman. It will cost the chapter $10,000 to host the starting terminal. Funds raised will be dedicated to scholarships supporting flight training for women and various events to raise awareness about female aviation worldwide. Mesa Norman admits that “money is the biggest obstacle” for women interested in flying, as training is very expensive. When 2017 hits, the Sugarloafs plan to partner with Visitation Academy and other Frederick area organiza-

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tions to get women involved in the event. While the ARC is an aviation-based event, it’s also important to the Ninety-Nines to celebrate ALL women. Female veterans from World War II and area artists will be called upon to help celebrate the air race in Frederick. Local displays will be placed in libraries and at community events to share the history of women in aviation. Another major sponsor of the ARC is the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). Kristen Seaman, project manager for the Air Safety Institute, a division of AOPA, became a pilot in 2012. She says the common perception associated with being a pilot is that it’s “a guy thing, like working on cars or boats. You need manly traits in order to fly successfully,”— which clearly is NOT the case. Seaman attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida and earned a bachelor’s degree in Applied Meteorology with a minor in Professional Communication. Before joining AOPA, she worked for the Aviation Weather Division under the Federal Aviation Administration. There, she worked to incorporate weather into the FAA models to help air traffic control centers better guide pilots through various weather challenges. Seaman believes the biggest challenge female pilots must overcome is that pesky common ideal that aviation is for men. She was recently at the doctor and asked, “can you be careful with what prescription you give me, because I fly.” The doctor wrongly assumed “oh you’re a flight attendant,”— this mentality is a frustrating reality Seaman and other lady pilots face regularly. Seaman overcame this widely popular belief that women rarely don't fly. She admits that having a strong support system in place during training was necessary to her personal flying success. “If you don’t have a support system you can easily become one of those statistics,” one of those people who give up their flying aspirations. The student and instructor dynamic is crucial to success, it can make or break someone’s training.


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Seaman discovered a newfound confidence after finishing her flight training; she loved flying and often said to herself, “look at what I’m doing! This is awesome!” When she is soaring high above the ground Seaman embraces “the calm and the quiet. When you’re up there alone it's just you and your thoughts and the roar of the engine and propeller.” She admits there is no other feeling like it in the world. Comprising only 6% of the flying population, lady pilots represent a small collection of badass pioneers, breaking down

barriers and creating a path for future generations of female pilots. What these women have in common is a tremendous level of perseverance and passion to share their love of flying. Nothing will keep them from reaching the skies or sharing their knowledge with others. The next time you look up, don’t forget to toast the woman who just might be sitting in that cockpit, or maybe I should say “ladypit.” So, when’s your first lesson?!?!

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In a world overflowing with pop culture clichés, “twitt-iots” and (un)reality TV Danielle Corsetto’s popular web comic strip, “Girls With Slingshots” offers fans an escape from the ordinary in a refreshingly caustic, yet ultimately open minded and endearing group of characters. What began in 2004 as a personal challenge to publish two web strips per week became a decade and 2,000-strip long serial comic with a worldwide fan base. Corsetto decided to wrap GWS in March of 2015 and has since been on a sabbatical, taking a very well earned break while serendipitously seeking her next source of inspiration. The first 1,000 strips of the popular comic are now being re-run in color on the website ( Check it out, you won’t be disappointed. Danielle Corsetto, creative genius behind GWS, began drafting comic strips as a third grader at Kemptown Elementary School. Once she started drawing, she couldn’t stop—she knew cartooning was in her future. Corsetto grew up in Ijamsville, MD and attended Shepherd University where she earned a BFA in Photography and Digital Imagery, a compromise she made with her awesomely supportive and proud parents. She fell in love with Shepherdstown, West Virginia and landed a job as a photographer for the Martinsburg Journal. In an attempt to maintain her skills as a cartoonist, Corsetto created GWS and promised viewers that she would update the website twice a week with a new strip. The strip caught on quickly and Corsetto officially became self-employed as a full time cartoonist in 2007, updating GWS five days as week. The career goal she set for herself as a third grader had been met, she was living her artistic dream!

Corsetto considers herself half artist, half entrepreneur and truly enjoys the challenge of creating an income from her creative and artistic passion. Corsetto found multiple means to monetize her work. Ad sales on the GWS website allow her to keep the strip free to online subscribers and have become a major source of income. Before the website blew up, she began by selling softcover collections of the strip out of her house, online and at comic book conventions. To date, the strip has been collected into eight paper collections, next year an omnibus of the entire strip will be published, along with two additional smaller collections. These books are Corsetto’s highest selling merchandise, which she considers a great compliment! She attends over a dozen shows a year to sell and promote her work and has been sighted at signings throughout North America and Europe. She is grateful to her loyal fans for the support they have showed her, Hazel and the other characters of GWS over the past decade and reveals there may be more to come! Corsetto is an inspiration to artists and entrepreneurs alike. She has been able to harness and develop her creative talents, while simultaneously growing a business. She is forthright, down to earth, hardworking and full of wit. Danielle candidly shares more about her experiences and gives insight to those determined to turn their passions into their career. What is your typical day like? These days my schedule is all over the place, as I'm no longer creating new strips. But I'll answer this question for last year, during my regular GWS days. I have the opposite schedule of most people; my creative energy hits in the evening, so I wake up late and relax all morning, and get to work much later in the day. I spend my pre-noon time drinking tea and reading or doing yoga. WINTER 15 21

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Prepare to put your everything into your work. If you want your art and your business to constantly be improving, you’re going to spend easily twice as much time as the regular employed person.

Category header Around noon I start taking care of e-mails, website management, and social media. I'll spend a lot of the day researching things that interest me, particularly things that may contribute to a comic idea: articles on gender roles, relationships, feminism, sex education, queer issues (there are a LOT of queer characters in my comic!), and even seemingly off-topic things like sloth biology, unicorn lore, coffee flavors, bra fittings... anything that might trigger ideas for a strip. When I was updating GWS full-time, I had a cutoff time of 8:00 pm for starting a comic strip. By 8, I need to write the final strip (this goal is frustratingly elusive; the strip might take 30 minutes or a whole day to write) in order to finish the whole thing by 2:00 am. I always do a first draft of the script, then a second draft, and full thumbnails of each panel (with additional sketches when needed), before starting the final piece. I still pencil, ink, and letter entirely by hand; the only part of the process that's done on the computer is adding the colors with Photoshop, which can take between an hour and three hours, depending on the backgrounds and the number of characters. Once the strip is finished, I'd upload it to my website, including hover text and a blog post, and announce it on Twitter with a link. Occasionally I would pass out at the computer or drawing table at some point during the process, but in general I'd get to bed before 3 am and look forward to my next quiet morning, slowly waking up with a pot of tea and a book before diving into my work. What are three pieces of advice you could give to readers? I was never great at balancing my social life and my career, unfortunately! I'd put so much into my work that I'd practically scold myself for enjoying time off. Working for yourself can be incredibly time-consuming, particularly when you work from home, as I do. You can always be doing SOMETHING to improve your business,

and those somethings are infinite. So I'd say to any aspiring freelancer or small business owner: Prepare to put your everything into your work! If you want your art and your business to constantly be improving, you're going to spend easily twice as much time as the regular employed person. When I teach art, I like to tell young artists that no matter what they're doing to pay their bills, they're still artists. Some artists have a knack for entrepreneurship, and some happen to find a great publisher or agent to work with; but many talented artists never find a way to monetize their art, or choose not to, and that's just fine. Make your art for the love of making art, because whether or not you're a professional artist, the art will ALWAYS come first. And to all of the people who have succeeded in turning their passion into a career: Your passion will become work, and it won't always be easy. Be flexible, and allow yourself breaks to reestablish what made you fall in love with art in the first place. And forgive yourself if you start to loathe it! It's a job, and as with any relationship, your love for it will ebb and flow. What do you think has helped you the most with your success? Ultimately, the support from GWS fans. I don't know how, but the strip attracted some of the NICEST people on the Internet, and their kind words and encouragement kept me in good spirits when I was utterly exhausted and worried that people didn't care about what I was doing (they did!). What has been the biggest challenge you have overcome to achieve your goals? The biggest challenge for me during GWS was probably the isolation and self-criticism of my work day. You

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come up with an idea that makes you laugh, you write it down, you write it down AGAIN (polishing the writing), and then you sketch it out, and then you pencil it, and ink it... and after you've spent more than a minute or two thinking about the joke, it's not remotely funny anymore. You're spending a day on something that's going to be read in five to ten seconds, and a few minutes in, you're not even sure it's worth the effort! So by the end of the creation of that one strip, you're deflated and you've convinced yourself that it wasn't worth all the trouble, but you post it anyway. And this is where the encouraging readers come in; even a little "LOL" goes a long way after all that self-doubting! Who is your female hero? I have to hand it to my mom. She's the ultimate mom to begin with - caring and welcoming - but even after my brother and I grew up and left home, she's continued to work within the community that raised us, still heavily involved in the Girl Scouts and Urbana High School, among the other volunteer work that she takes on! While I don't know how she does it, and could never dream of being that incredible, I admire her so much.

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These women prove you can have it all

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Tattoos CAREERS &

By Lindsay Smith Rogers

“How will you get a job?”

While a tired refrain, the inquiry isn’t baseless when it comes to the subject of tattoos, especially for women. Tattooed women were historically marginalized—at the turn of the last century they were associated with prostitution and circus attractions, according to journalist Margot Mifflin in her book, “Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and the Tattoo.” Research today still reiterates negative perceptions of women with ink. In a 2013 study by psychologist Nicolas Guèguen, men judged tattooed women as “less motivated, less honest, and less intelligent” than those without. Still, a 2012 poll by research firm Harris Interactive found that just over 20 percent of American adults has at least one tattoo with women representing more than half of that number. These and other statistics indicate rising trends in body art, but does popularity mean a societal and cultural norm shift towards acceptance, especially for tattooed women and their careers? “[I got my first tattoo when I was] 18, on a whim,” says Carly Lederer, Head Trainer and Manager of Trainers at SOLDIERFIT Frederick, a functional fitness program. Lederer now has a full sleeve (a collection of tattoos covering the arm from shoulder to wrist), a foot tattoo, and a hip piece. Regarding initial reactions, “it’s one of two extremes. Either people don’t expect intelligent conversation from me and are pleasantly surprised, or they absolutely love the tattoos and want to hear all about them.” Lederer also finds that many first impressions of her are of intimidation, but this isn’t necessarily negative. At SOLDIERFIT, intimidation is an advantage. “I stand in front of large groups of people and yell and motivate. The sleeve WEB gives me something unique that people remember.” EXCLUSIVE Heather Ault, Director of National Accounts for ut the Check o nes video Flying Dog Craft Brewery in Frederick, has never felt e -The-Sc

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Either people don’t expect intelligent conversation from me and are pleasantly surprised, or they absolutely love the tattoos and want to hear all about them.

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any negativity towards her tattoos. She has eight in total: two wrist tattoos, an upper arm piece, and five that cover her back. She got her first at 17, a memorial on her shoulder for a childhood friend (her dad signed the underage permission form). Ault has worked for Flying Dog for over eight years and wears her allegiance as a wrist tattoo with the company’s logo. Flying Dog is not only tolerant of her body art but embraces what Ault describes as an “irreverent and creative” company culture: “you could almost say that tattoos kind of blend in around here.” Employment policies in Maryland regarding tattoos range from prohibition to nonexistent. More traditional workplaces may regard visible tattoos as unprofes-

sional, but some policies can be situationally nuanced. “The respectful thing to do is cover my artwork for a meeting [outside the company],” says Ault. “I put on a sweater or blazer. It’s like going to a foreign country with different customs. If they don’t show their tattoos, I don’t show mine.” This may mean strategic placement. “It’s hard to say how many I have,” says Tamara Sumners, Baltimore interior designer and realtor, “I am HEAVILY tattooed.” Sumners has artwork from feet to collarbone; even her fingers are tattooed, spelling out FREE BIRD in an homage to Lynyrd Skynyrd. “It’s a personal choice and something you have to consider. Are you working in a field that

generally does not allow tattoos? In that case, only get them where they are easily covered.” At this point in her career, Sumners admits, she wouldn’t seek jobs that didn’t allow visible tattoos. Siabhan Downs, founder and CEO of Art of Management and General Manager at Damascus Tattoo Company, makes tattoos her career. Her company provides management and representation for artists (particularly tattoo artists) and grew out of her passion for the arts and a gap she noticed in the industry. Artists lack the support they need to focus on their work, so Downs got an MBA and started a company that now takes her all over Maryland and even internationally. “I firmly believe some of

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the most talented artists of my generation are tattoo artists,” she says, “and I am helping them plan and prepare for long-term sustainability.” Downs’s vision and dedication to the artform mean she can define career and success on her own terms. In all of this, there’s potential to reframe the question “How will you get a job” to instead ask “What jobs would you like to pursue?” The women in this piece prove you can have your tats and career too. They’ve achieved success by flying solo or with companies that respect—even reflect—their values; where body art is even part of the company’s image. While this may not be an indication of overarching change in the perception of tattoos, it is indicative of

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choices tattooed women—and men may make when it comes to their career. Brittany Carpenter, manager of Chic to Chic Consignment Boutique in Frederick (and Sass Fashion Editor), echoes this. “I would have no problem covering up for a job that I loved,” she says of her 13 tattoos, “but luckily I found a path where I can be accepted just the way I am.” Carpenter also cautions prudence: “I’m all about expression, but pace yourself because you never know where you will end up! Those tattoos will be there forever!”

Ultimately, some employers recognize that tattoos are a means of self-expression and that talent trumps. The workplaces mentioned here are more accepting of unique appearances, but it’s work ethic and professionalism that matter most. “Besides,” Carly Lederer concludes, “some of the most reliable, responsible, successful people I know are covered in tattoos. And I’ve met plenty of people with no tattoos who are none of these things.”

Lindsay Smith Rogers Lindsay Smith Rogers is a Communications Coordinator and freelance writer from Baltimore, currently living in the Middle East. She loves running, reading, cooking, and traveling. She is enjoying the adventures living overseas as an expat, but is forever a Charm City girl at heart.

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in 10 minutes or Less By Brittany Carpenter

We've all been playing with make up since we were young. Who didn’t steal their mother's lipstick and smear it all over the walls!? Before long, we were in our teens and covering our faces with as much glitter as possible. As we aged, we eventually found a simple routine that worked for our everyday lives. Make up was no longer something to play with, it had become a boring, lackluster routine. Gone were the days of color and glitter, and we know, deep, down, you really, really missed that glitter! What happened to actually playing with our makeup? Trying out new styles, adding way too much blush, creating a bona-fide work of art? Time. Time is what changed! We were forced to speed up our lives and limit our routine to 30 minutes or less. We've all felt the pain of a boring routine. Routines are great for day to day life, but they kill creativity—we can't have that Sass girls! Thanks to the help of our new beauty contributor, Rebecca, from Maven Beauty Bar, we have handpicked some EASY styles (seriWEB ously they all take less than 10 minutes) just for you! Now EXCLUSIVE you can stand out with a deep lip or glow all winter long ut the Check o nes video with the sweep of a bronzer brush. Get those creative The-Sce Behind- juices flowing ladies! sassm

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Deep hues are perfect for the winter months. Deep burgundy and purple shades are a must! When wearing a deep lip, keep the rest of your make up simple and neutral. With this look, your beautiful lips will become the focus. Pick a glossy shade to keep the look vampy!

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Loads of Lashes

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Before you begin adding false lashes, make sure you cut them to fit your eyes. Apply a small amount of eyelash glue to the lashes using the back of a makeup brush and let the glue sit for 15 seconds before you apply. Practice makes perfect with falsies so don’t give up!

Liner Lover


To get this look, follow the lash line with a black eye pencil (if you're feeling brave draw along the water line too). Don’t fret if you can't create a perfect line—only makeup artists can do that! Smudge out any imperfections to create a cute and simple smokey look!

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fashion Winter Glow

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Grab your bronzer and let’s go! With this look, placement is KEY! Focus on the spots where the sun naturally hits your face—top of the cheek bones, forehead and bridge of the nose. Brush in a downward motion so you are blending it into your face.

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Skincare must-have: My Clinique 3-Step­— it’s my skincare foundation. That and supplement with serums, facials and peels both at home and at spas. Best style advice: Don't be afraid to try something new—you can always change your clothes, wash your face, or color your hair. It's one of the best things about being a "girl". On my Christmas list: DVF fur collar black coat from “Bloomies”

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Alex Elman

inspire/empower By Mary Kate Battles

Known as the “Blind Wine Chick,” Walkersville, Maryland resident Alex Elman is making waves in the wine and olive oil industries. Featured on CBS This Morning in September of 2012, Elman is known for her easy to drink, easy to pair, organic wines. In her early twenties, Alex was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, which began taking her eyesight. By age 27, she had undergone several eye surgeries to save her remaining sight, but doctors were unsuccessful. “Now I can only see lights and darks with an explosion of colors” says Elman. Losing her sight has only been a small roadblock for Alex, now 47. “I mourned one way of life, but quickly began to learn another.” Alex’s motto is “adapt and prevail” and she’s done exactly that. She took her strong sense of taste and smell into the wine industry and made her mark with the Alex Elman Wine and Food Company. Alex is a big supporter of “honest” wines— those made organically with little to no chemicals, on family or locally owned properties. She speaks five different languages fluently and travels the world visiting vineyards and giving lectures on food, wine and motivation. Alex is accompanied by General, her very loyal and friendly seeing eye dog. Alex says much of her business success comes from adapting quickly and embracing trends in the wine industry early. While she continues to hit roadblocks now and again, she said the hard lessons will always teach you something, “I will always do the right thing, even if it’s not the easy thing to do.” This strong sense of integrity is prevalent in Elman’s life and her business.

Q: You inspire us—who inspires you? A: Anyone who has had something happen to them and keeps moving forward. Adapting and making it work is inspiring. I found the dancer in your first issue very inspiring. (See Sass Magazine, Fall 2015)

Q: What was the hardest part of your journey/experience? A: Finding the right partners in the industry. Just like in any business, there are people who lack integrity. It shocks me when people don’t want to do the right thing.

Q: What surprised you? A: I have really enjoyed teaching others about wines and whole foods. I am surprised when people tell me they have been inspired by what I’ve done and what I’ve gone through.

Q: What do you think was the most important decision you made along the way during your journey/experience? A: Getting a seeing eye dog. I’m never alone, I feel safe and I can move around quickly. The focus is then off my blindness and on to my cute fuzzy dog, General. He makes people more comfortable with my blindness.

Q: What advice would you give someone who was going through something similar? A: Don’t be afraid to ask for help. People want to help you. Go to group therapy—there are many people going through similar issues. You don’t have to feel alone.

Q: What’s next for you? A: Continuing to build my brand and taking it to the next level. I have so many ideas!

Q: What do you think gives you your Sass? A: Sass is internal. It’s how you feel about yourself and your work. I try and never take myself too seriously— I think that helps.

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Home Office


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By: Meredith Erickson


Looking for that perfect spot to call your home office? Work-friendly spaces come in all shapes and sizes from the corner of a bustling kitchen to a distraction-free zone in a quiet bedroom.

As you begin to plan your home office space, consider the questions below to guide your decision making. Our home office spaces are unique reflections of our personalities. For inspiration we have provided three spaces full of personal style and decor. Good luck and have fun! • Does the office need to be centrally located with access for your family? Converting an unused dining room or living room is a great option. • Are you craving a drop spot and lap top space? Think about adding a surface in the mudroom/laundry room or re-designing a hall closet for storage and a drop spot. • Do you need a space with less distractions or a tranquil out of the way space? A spare bedroom becomes multifunctional as an office and guest space. • Think outside the box if you don’t have a ‘traditional’ office space. Remember a desk and chair can fit under a window, next to a bed, or be tucked behind a sofa (I love a desk behind a sofa in the family room, it’s perfect spot to sit down with a laptop and/or work on a project).

1 Tranquil Bedroom Space If your home lacks a designated home office, then set-up an office in a bedroom. Create an efficient work space with a few key pieces; a desk, chair, shelves, and storage. The trick is making sure all of the elements of the room (style, furniture, finishes, color palette) are consistent with each other so the office area doesn’t scream ‘workspace’. In this bedroom office the overall eclectic style of the room is continued in the desk area. • A large vintage table as the desk—plenty of room for laptop and layout space. • Fun rattan desk chair adds texture. • The yellow file cabinet is tucked under the table for color. • A collage wall of art adds visual interest and inspiration along the large desk wall. • Distressed metal bins and wood containers become storage pieces for office supplies but keep the ‘collected’ feeling of the overall space. • Easy access to the open storage containers keep all items within an arm’s reach while working at the table-desk.


Use vintage treasures

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Not all built-ins need to be custom. Kitchen style cabinets from a big-box store or ikea are a great budget-friendly resource

A traditional first floor office-space in this center hall colonial was transformed into a hard-working home office for a creative professional. This busy entrepreneur needed a highly organized space—a place for everything. The overall design focuses on functionality with specific solutions to achieve the best use of the space. In the place of freestanding furniture, built-in cabinetry offers many functional storage options within the smaller footprint of this room. Always remember to personalize! An important element to a business home office is to make it comfortable and welcoming every day—for many hours a day! • Tons of closed storage to include an out of sight spot for the printer. • Spacious file drawers.

• Incorporate family mementos into the space—in this office a vintage typewriter and portrait drawing are family heirlooms.

• Counter-top cabinet to tuck away office supplies.

• Add a graphic element with favorite inspirational quotes/words.

• A corner desk creates generous countertop space for laying out projects and truthfully, being a little messy!

• Fill the space with light. Natural light from windows, decorative lighting for a bit of detail, and most importantly task lighting at the desk area.

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2 Hardworking Home Office

career 3 Carve Out an Office in Unexpected Spaces No extra space for an office? No problem! Create a multifunctional living room and home office, or tuck a home office into a kitchen cabinet. Got an empty corner? It’s the perfect spot for a work zone complete with a desk, chair, computer, and of course, some fun office accessories! Formal Living Room: • Gets a pair of built-in bookcases; one side functions as a business home office specifically designed to hold a computer, a pull-out shelf for a keyboard, and storage. The other side holds the fun stuff—a TV with components and plenty of open display shelving. • Keeping the function and look of a living room with the rest of the space—sofa, chair, coffee table, area rug, window treatments all make for a welcoming/cozy office setting. Cabinet as Office: • Customize a pantry cabinet to include a small kitchen office or drop spot space • Lap top area, charging station, bulletin board, and shelving are all tucked behind a pocket cabinet door. • Instead of standard kitchen drawers, use filing cabinet drawers for kid’s homework, personal papers, and family storage.


As you embark on creating your personalized home office remember these three things: 1. E  mbrace habits—if you are messy that’s okay. Design storage into your office like closed cabinets and fun boxes for supplies. 2. Find a spot where you can be productive. If it’s not the current home office then find the right space for you. 3. And finally,

Make It Yours!

Meredith Erickson She loves… vibrant orange, tea towels, blue Le Creuset cookware, seeded glass, The Brontes, and the beach in the early fall. But what is Tuscan Blue Design’s Owner and Principal Designer passionate about? Developing a design idea into a complete space that provides beautiful solutions. Trained in Interior Design at Auburn University’s School of Architecture, Meredith understands that style goes beyond finishing touches into the structure and layout of the space. And she knows attention to details provide both style and solutions.

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By Chrissy Moore

Elevations of over 3,000 feet, 120 inches of yearly snowfall (doubling that of Fairbanks, Alaska), winter temperatures averaging 29 degrees Fahrenheit, 172 acres of skiable terrain, ice fishing, horse drawn sleighs, and historical attractions make this winter destination a must for cold weather travels. Nope, I’m not writing from Colorado—I’m right in our backyard. Why spend hours and hard earned cash traveling far and wide in search of an excellent winter adventure when you can stay right here in Maryland? Deep Creek offers visitors a vast array of exciting and affordable winter attractions. Just shy of a 2-hour drive from Frederick, Deep Creek is only a hop, skip and a ski away. Unlike other lake towns, Deep Creek does not close up shop for the winter. Local vendors, shops, resorts, spas and restaurants celebrate the winter months with creative indoor and outdoor events and activities.

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Deep Creek is home to Wisp, Maryland’s only ski resort. Wisp offers skiers and snowboarders 34 slopes situated over 172 acres of terrain. You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy your time on the slopes; over 73% of slopes are dedicated to beginner and intermediate riders. Having visited Wisp for my first skiing experience, I can vouch for their expert and patient instructors. Make sure you sign up for a lesson—you’ll have fun and learn a lot! Expert riders don’t despair—the remaining slopes are dedicated to you, a challenging 700-foot vertical drop awaits. Night skiing or boarding at Wisp is an experience you don’t want to miss. Slopes are groomed nightly and 90% are lit for night skiing. As a member of the National Ski Areas Association’s Sustainable Slopes program, Wisp is a green resort that strives to preserve and celebrate its mountain home. Wisp sports a world-renowned, environmentally-friendly snowmak-


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Local vendors, shops, resorts, spas and restaurants celebrate the winter months with creative indoor and outdoor events and activities.

charming glimpses into the history and personality of Garrett County itself. Hang with artisans at Spruce Forest Artisan Village and take home a one-of-a-kind piece of pottery, stained glass or metal work. Stroll the wintery small town streets and visit the FireFly Farms creamery and market. Watch as they craft award-winning cheese and take some ing system. Boasting one of the world’s most energy-efficient to enjoy later in front of a roaring fire. Get lost among the systems ensures that 90% of all skiable terrain is equipped for shelves of Oakland’s Book Mark’et and Antique Mezzasnowmaking. No more icy afternoon slopes, these babies are nine. For a nominal fee, visit the Mountain State Brewing powder covered and smooth! Company, Fireside Deli & Wine Shop, or Black Bear Wine Not into skiing or snowboarding—no problem! Wisp and Words for wine and beer tastings. offers many activities for those who don’t want to glide down Need to relax? Area spas offer luxurious retreats for your mountains. Snow tubing is an experience enjoyed by those mind and body. Disappear with a massage, facial or steam young and old. “I love snow tubing at Wisp during winter! It shower. Too cold outside for your tastes, that’s ok, says Sarah has all of the fun of sledding but without the long walk back Duck, “you don’t have to be active during winter in Garrett up the mountain—you just step on their magic carpet and up County! If you prefer to be indoors, you can also just stay in you go for another run” says Sarah Duck, Director of Tourism near the fire with some hot cocoa and watch the snow as it & Marketing for Deep Creek. Or, try Wisp’s mountain coaster, falls – it’s very peaceful and relaxing.” Grab a blanket and a which zooms and twists over 3,500 feet and down 350 vertical book, settle in and relax. feet on the eastern side of the mountain. Wave to your snowSo, you’ve skied, tubed, shopped and enjoyed an active boarding family members are you roll past them laughing and day in Deep Creek and now you’re ravenous! Local pubs offer grinning through the twists and turns. For a slower pace, enjoy hearty eats and drinks for a variety of palates. The Cornish the majestic wintery surroundings and peaceful vistas with Manor Restaurant offers fine dining and a taste of Garrett some snowshoes or cross country skiing. Meet up at the ice County. Head over to the MoonShadow Café for their monthskating rink in the afternoon for some hot chocolate and a fun ly Bluegrass Pickin’ Porch. Bring your instrument to join in on turn around the rink. the fun or sit and enjoy the sounds and tastes of craft beers, Available lodgings throughout Deep Creek include hotels, quality eats and live music. fancy mountainside chalets, spacious lakeside rental homes, Deep Creek, Maryland is a wonderful weekend winter cozy bed and breakfasts, historic inns and pastoral cottages. getaway! Offering indoor and outdoor activities for all ages New Germany, Herrington Manor State Parks and Savage and abilities, this historic area in Garrett County is the budget River State Forest offer cross-country skiing trails, and snowfriendly, down to earth, adventure capital of Western Maryshoeing tours are offered by local state parks including Swalland. Rich in natural beauty and friendly folks, Deep Creek low Falls State Park. Ice fishing, snowmobiling, dog sledding is sure to delight visitors this winter. Check out the Deep and horse drawn sleigh rides are also all offered in Deep Creek. Creek Experience ( and Wisp Resort Deep Creek offers three main street shopping areas: ( websites to plan your upcoming visit to Gainesville, McHenry and Oakland. These small towns offer Deep Creek. A little cold air always does a girl good!

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Vegetarian Game Day Snacks

By Sarah Kurtanich

The real reason everyone watches sports is for the food! DUH! There's no denying your deep, dark snacking desires, so don't even try it. Instead try some healthier options. These veggie-heavy recipes will tickle your tastebuds and make excellent additions to any game day spread. Don’t forget to make yourself a cocktail because, you know, life is short.

PB & J Cauliflower Wings

1 Preheat your oven to 450˚F and lightly grease a baking

1 head cauliflower, cut into florets 1/2 C flour (I used whole wheat, but all purpose or rice powder also works) 1/2 C milk (non dairy works too) 1/2 C pepper jelly 3 Tbsp (heaping) sweet red chili sauce 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar 2 Tbsp butter

sheet. 2 Whisk together the flour and milk in a large bowl and gently toss the cauliflower florets in the batter until well coated. 3 Bake the cauliflower in a single layer for 15-20 minutes. You want them slightly underdone. 4 While the cauliflower bakes, bring the pepper jelly, sweet red chili sauce, apple cider vinegar and butter to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally

until well combined. 5 After 15-20 minutes, spoon the pepper jelly sauce over the cauliflower wings and gently toss to coat. Return the baking sheet to the oven for 5 more minutes. 6 Give the cauliflower one more gentle toss in the sauce and return to the oven for 5 additional

Thai Peanut Dipping Sauce

minutes. Serve with thai peanut sauce.

1 can full fat coconut milk 1/4 C red curry paste 3/4 C peanut butter 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar Red chili flakes (optional) Salt to taste

To make sauce, combine coconut milk, red curry paste, peanut butter, and apple cider vinegar in a blender and blend until well combined. If you want the sauce to have a little heat, add a few shakes of red chili flakes. Taste and add salt as needed.

Vegan Nacho Kale Chips 1 Lb kale, leaves removed from stalks 2 Tbsp olive oil 1/4 C nutritional yeast 3 Tbsp chili powder Red pepper flakes Sea salt

Grapefruit, Gin & Rosemary Spritzer

3/4 C grapefruit juice 4 oz. gin 1 -2 Tbsp honey

Soda Water Leaves from 3 sprigs of rosemary Rosemary sprigs for garnish

Fill two lowball or Old Fashioned glasses halfway with ice cubes. In a cocktail shaker, vigorously shake together the grapefruit juice, gin, rosemary leaves and honey. Strain into glasses. Top with soda water and garnish with rosemary sprigs.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees


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chip size pieces. In a large bowl toss the kale leaves in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the nutritional yeast, chili powder, a few shakes of red pepper flakes and a generous sprinkle of sea salt. Toss the kale leaves until the seasonings are well distributed. Lay

the kale chips out in a single layer on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes until just crispy. These can easily burn, so it’s best to keep an eye on them. Allow to cool and serve. Try not to eat them all yourself.

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Sarah Kurtanich Sarah is a food enthusiast. She blogs about her own life and culinary adventures at, leads culinary tours of her beloved hometown with Taste Frederick Food Tours and brings epicurean enjoyment to others’ homes through her catering company Taste Gather Enjoy.

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Retreat to the mountains of Western Maryland to disconnect from everyday life and reconnect with what’s important to you - nature, family, relaxation, adventure - it’s all up to you!

Midweek Madness Lodging Package Starting at $84 pp* 1- Night’s lodging at the slope-side Wisp Resort Hotel 1-Day Lift Ticket *Based on availability, advance reservation and double occupancy. Valid Sunday thru Thursday, non-premium.

Skiing / Boarding

Snow Tubing

Ice Skating

Cross Country Skiing


Mountain Coaster

Natural gemstone pieces starting from $150 & up

1 S. Market St.

| Frederick, MD 21701 | 301.663.9252 On the Square Corner in Downtown Frederick

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Sass Magazine Winter 2015-2016  

Sass Magazine is a women’s lifestyle and professional magazine focused on Frederick, Maryland and surrounding regions. Our magazine acts as...

Sass Magazine Winter 2015-2016  

Sass Magazine is a women’s lifestyle and professional magazine focused on Frederick, Maryland and surrounding regions. Our magazine acts as...