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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