Kermit, blown glass, Christmas decor, school bake sale headline Dec. 17 Flower Ave. Holiday Market...

Dec 15, 2011

An appearance by a human-sized Kermit the Frog, blown glass, and a school bake sale top the ticket at the Dec. 17 rendition of the Flower Avenue Holiday Market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located at 8809 Flower Avenue on the huge parking lot at the corner of Flower Avenue and Arliss Street (near Piney Branch Road), this week’s market is brimming with holiday fun and all kinds of local vendors offering everything from vinyl snowflake window decorations and hand-painted Christmas villages to hand-made jewelry, crochet-wear and rare books. (See list below.) Kermit the Frog, you say? Yes, he will be on site from 10 a.m. until noon — and he might come back after hopping back to the pond for a quick  lunch. Children and adults who would like to pose with the famous amphibian...

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Rare books, Christmas village scenes highlight Dec. 10 Flower Avenue Holiday Market...

Dec 8, 2011

Rare books, sports memorabilia and hand-painted Christmas villages highlight a packed Flower Avenue Holiday Market this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located at 8809 Flower Avenue on the huge parking lot at the corner of Flower Avenue and Arliss Street (near Piney Branch Road), this week’s market is reaching a sellout of vendor spaces. (See list below.) Visitors will also be able to listen to live music from performers including John Thayer, a.k.a., Nomad, and savor the tastes of La Escudilla and Tofu Delights. Shoppers can also find out about great nonprofits including IMPACT Silver Spring and the Audubon Naturalist Society and get more information on the Purple Line. Mindful Decluttering and Organizing, meanwhile, is collecting hats, gloves, and scarves for Shepherd’s Table and a portion of all its sales will be donated...

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Christmas villages come to holiday market

Dec 5, 2011

  Mark Braden was working his way through the painful process of clearing out his father’s house after he passed away when he stumbled into something that connected him to his mother Alice Marie Braden … boxes full of Christmas village scenes that she hand painted decades earlier in their Milwaukee home. “Oh my God!,” Braden said to himself when he found the boxes. “She was extremely talented and made all kinds of things. She wanted to sell all of her work, to get it out there to people, so that’s what I’m doing. I’m taking her work to the market.” Braden made his first appearance at the Georgetown Flea Market on Dec. 4, where Orion’s Attic spotted him. We were down there doing some buying and recruiting more vendors for the Flower Avenue...

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Flower Avenue Holiday Market Springs to Life on Saturdays

Dec 1, 2011

We’re excited to report that our up-and-coming home-based business has launched the Flower Avenue Holiday Market on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through December 24. Located at the corner of Flower Avenue and Arliss Street in Silver Spring, Maryland, the market is designed to achieve several short-term and longer-term goals that center around the idea of linking community with commerce. For the holidays, we want to create a new destination in our own neighborhood for people to shop locally and for entrepreneurs to generate income. Along with a number of our vendors, we live within minutes of the Holiday Market. We hope everyone in Montgomery County and beyond comes out to peruse antiques, art, books, collectibles, furniture, hand-made clothing and accessories, holiday baskets, jewelry, and all kinds of other treasures. This is...

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Pet sanctuary perfect choice for next Ron Howard film

Jun 24, 2011

I didn’t quite know what to expect the first time I pulled into the driveway of the House With A Heart Senior Pet Sanctuary in Gaithersburg, Maryland. I was afraid that a charity dedicated to caring for old, abandoned dogs (and a few cats) would be a sad place, one that much like a hospice for people reeked of decay and despair. Minutes after walking through the front gates, however, I thought I had accidentally stumbled across a modern-day re-make of the movie “Cocoon” that starred senior animals instead of senior people. A little blind poodle named “Faith” somehow flew into the arms of Orion’s Attic co-founder Won-ok Kim. Another little one was bounding around after recovering from a spinal tap. In another spot, Daphne seemed to have no memory of a second broken...

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Making a bride’s day in Haiti

May 6, 2011

I heard the man’s exasperation the moment he called us about the four wedding dresses we had for sale. He said he needed at least one or two by 1 p.m. the next day. The need for one I could understand. Maybe he was a groom who had somehow dropped the ball in historic fashion. The need for two? That was odd. We were selling them for cheap, though, figuring someone would buy them from us and turn around and re-sell them. I never question paying customers’ motives, though, so I told him to come on over. He was stunned by the quality of the dresses and took the first two without hesitation, agreeing to the $50 price for each. “I was just about to start driving around to every thrift shop and Goodwill store...

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