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Q&A: Hilary Phelps Shares Her Pride in Genuine Joy

You might know Hilary Phelps as the sister who cheered on her decorated brother at the London Olympics. But she is also the creator of an interactive website, Genuine Joy, which explores food, fashion, fitness and culture. Phelps talks about the inspiration for the site and her plans to expand it. 

Slideshow: Rolling with Gary Smith of Vu Skateshop

BmoreMedia Managing Photographer Steve Ruark has been a skateboarding enthusiast since the age of nine, when his uncle Ron Campbell bought him a Nash toy board. So taking pics of skateboarders seemed like a perfect fit for his latest photo essay.

Overlooked in the Outskirts

Suburban life isn't all parking spots and Target stores. Good sandwich shops, ice cream parlors and an, ahem, independent cafe are some of the things suburbanites seek.

Swiss Tradition Inspires Baltimore Chocolate Makers

Recently grabbing the No. 6 spot on a national ranking of top chocolate makers, Glarus Chocolatier relies on Swiss techniques to make the confections. See what has made the husband-and-wife duo a sweet success. 

Photo Essay: Baltimore's West Side Story

Fluid Movement, a Baltimore theater group known for performing water ballets, has told the story of Baltimore's retail history. This time, the actors are on skates. Bmore Media Managing Photographer Steve Ruark captured the quirky tale with his lens. Step back in time with this photo essay.  

Step OUT: To Support Arts and Entertainment Districts

Speakers from around the country are coming to the Hilton Baltimore to discuss best practices for sustaining arts and entertainment districts. Learn how neighborhoods are investing in innovation and using the arts to revitalize their areas.  

Harborplace Makeover to Include More Activity on Light Street

When it opened more than 30 years ago, Harborplace was hailed as a watershed urban redevelopment project. Over time, the downtown city mall had started showing its age. Now it's turning another corner with new tenants opening this summer and plans to breathe more life onto Light Street. 

Catching More Business With Honey

Tracie and Cliff Spriggs moved into a new space in Randallstown this month to grow their catering business and rent out commercial kitchen space to aspiring chefs. Icedgems and Mallow Crunchies are some of Honey Biscuits' clients. 

Smoothie Sailing: B'more Organic Lands Wegmans as a Client

Jennifer Buerger is a mother of two, a psychotherapist and an entrepreneur who sells smoothies blended with Icelandic-style skyr. Don't know what is skyr? You will soon as Wegmans Food Markets just agreed to sell the product in its mid-Atlantic stores. 

Step OUT: For Food Network Star Giada De Laurentiis

The popular Food Network host is coming to the Hunt Valley Wegmans to promote her new cookbook "Weeknights With Giada," which highlights simple and quick recipes. How do you say "get there early to find a parking spot" in Italian?

Cuban Heritage Inspires Cafe, Cuisine and Cooking Show

After struggling to find a job during the recession, Marta Ines Quintana was forced to switch gears. She parlayed her culinary and marketing skills to form a food business that draws on her family's Cuban heritage. She started a prepared food business and opened a Towson cafe. Next on her agenda: a TV cooking show. 

Entrepreneur Sells Sweet Snack to Whole Foods

Nikki Lewis drew on her childhood love of sticky marshmallow treats to found Mallow Munchies. Last month, she opened a Baltimore County cafe selling the Rice Krispies Treats and recently snagged a deal to sell the dessert in Whole Foods. 

New Businesses Say "Buon Giorno" to Baltimore's Little Italy

Sushi, wine-making and a contemporary bed and breakfast -- in Little Italy? They are among the new businesses calling the neighborhood home as more young people move to the area and more dollars flow into nearby Harbor East.

Step OUT: For the American Craft Council Show in Baltimore

Step out to see see the 36th annual American Craft Council Show in Baltimore. Billing itself as the largest juried craft show, the convention showcases jewelry, ceramics, furniture and home decor. 

New Boutique Owners Design Their Future in Retail

A handful of women entrepreneurs have opened trendy fashion boutiques in Baltimore within the past year. By keeping prices and expenses low, using social media to promote the stores and staying ahead of the fashion curve, they hope to hang on by more than a thread as they ride out the bumpy economy.
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