Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The store's owner left a farewell message to his customers, and received dozens in reply.
Along the storefront of the former Bay Hills Card & Gift are a series of thank you messages from loyal customers. The Arnold-based Hallmark location closed its doors this week, after being open for just over 25 years. Store owner Brad McCormack told Patch that keeping the store open was no longer financially feasible. McCormack said he was closing his family business, which he inherited from his father, and moving on to a new chapter in his life. In a farewell message to his customers posted on the store's door, McCormack wrote the following: "It is with deep regret that Bay Hills Card and Gift is closed. Thank you all for the many great years of being part of the Broadneck business community." In addition to McCormack's own farewell …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The card and gift store is set to close at the end of the month.
After more than 25 years, the Bay Hills Card and Gift Hallmark store in Arnold will close its doors at the end of February. It's the end of an era for store owner Brad McCormack, who has been working at the business since the 1980s, inheriting it from his father, Fred, who had worked for Hallmark since after Vietnam. The Arnold store officially opened in November 1987, doing much of its business selling holiday and birthday cards, with a thriving gift and candy market on the side. But times have changed. McCormack said he was closing the Arnold store because it was no longer financially viable. Part of that is due to an online shift in the retail market that several businesses are experiencing, but another factor is the local market, he …
Sunday, January 6, 2013
An employee at the store told Patch that the business would close its doors on Feb. 28, and that everything is on sale except for candy.
Bay Hills Card & Gift, a local Hallmark store in Arnold, will be going out of business at the end of February, and is holding a store-wide 50 percent off clearance sale until that time. An employee at the store told Patch that the business would close its doors on Feb. 28, and that everything is on sale except for candy. Large sale signs and boxes line the windows to the Bay Hills Shopping Center location, which has become a popular destination for seasonal gifts and cards. The store is owned by Brad McCormack, whose family has owned the gift store for several years. McCormack was unavailable for comment at the time of this article. What will you miss about Bay Hills Card & Gift?
Friday, December 21, 2012
Looking for something unique and special for someone?
Instead of stocking the latest and greatest toys, The Cape Exchange sets its sights on carrying items you might remember from your childhood holiday memories. As a retail consignment shop, The Cape Exchange gets items from locals and businesses second-hand. But one person’s discarded items are another person's treasures. Whether it's from the 1950s or the 2000s, store owner Michele Skarwecki aims for a mixed bag of new, used, vintage and antique. “People will come in, see something that catches their eye and say, ‘Oh, I remember this from when I was a child,’” she said. Often they’ll find items they had forgotten about, but strong memories can be tapped into by the shape or smell of old antiques, said store employee Sarah Gordon. “We’ve …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
The Daily Record named Angela Hilz among 50 women 40 years old or younger who have had amazing careers.
Angela Hilz has been named to The Daily Record's 2012 List of Maryland's Leading Women. Hilz, a resident of College Manor in Broadneck, leads AJK Events, an event coordinating service. The Daily Record’s Leading Women awards program identifies 50 women who are 40 years old or younger for their career accomplishments. A panel of judges comprised of previous winners selected the honorees based on their professional experiences, community involvement and commitment to inspiring change, according to a release. “Leading Women shines the spotlight on the next generation of this state’s outstanding women, who represent Maryland’s future. It is our honor to recognize Angela Hilz for both her accomplishments to date and the promise of her future …
Friday, September 21, 2012
An area artist has started Vintage Chic Creations and sells locally online at Etsy.com.
An area artist has found a way to combine art, passion and function with a new at-home business. Hilary Joyce started Vintage Chic Creations just six months ago, and already she has found a huge base of clients locally and online at Etsy.com. Her trick? She's creating trendy new furniture and finding creative ways to repurpose old furniture in ways that get people excited. An example is her so-called dress-up closet, a miniature closet suitable for children complete with a rack for clothes, where parents can display their kids' coolest outfits in a fun way. Joyce said once she put out a photo of one of the closets, she had dozens of orders filling her inbox. Parents were going crazy for it. "Since I started, there hasn't been a time when I…
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Nancy Greer owns the Jing Ying Institute in Arnold.
Nancy Greer, an Arnold entrepreneur, was recently named the Maryland Women in Business Champion of the Year. Greer will be among those honored at the 28th annual Maryland Small Business Week Awards on Friday. Greer owns the Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi located in Arnold. She's been a local business leader for years. "I am honored and humbled to have been selected for this award. As a small-business owner, who is also a woman, I appreciate the hard work and determination it takes to be successful," wrote Greer in an email to Patch. Greer said that women in business can sometimes face unique challenges. “I enjoy championing them in any way that I can. Women in business are vital to the community and whatever help I can give …