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Slow and steady wins the race for Baltimore area bike retailer

Store owners know how tough it is to beat the chains that undercut them. But one Baltimore area bike retailer has come out on top since it opened 35 years ago. Race Pace Bicycles now operates five stores and brings in between $8 million and $10 million in sales. 

Four growing companies to watch

They make games, sell "smart" gloves, provide weather information and supply green energy. Take a look at these four innovative companies to watch.

New foundation takes aim at the high cost of youth sports

Getting kids enrolled in basketball, baseball and soccer can cost thousands of dollars a year — an expense that many families can't afford. So Darryl Hill launched a foundation that will help families offset the costs and work with youth leagues and manufacturers to bring prices down. 

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: Remote-Control Airplane Pilots Reach for the Sky

Model airplanes filled the sky at a recent Baltimore County festival. BmoreMedia Managing Photographer Steve Ruark captured spectators and hobbyists enjoying the flights of fancy on a clear fall day. 

Step OUT: For a Race for the Bay

See dozens of sailboats parade around the harbor before they take off for Portsmouth, Va. Boats arrive in Baltimore Oct. 7 for the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race.

It Takes Two to Tango

Christina Simpson and Mark Longerbeam founded Baltimore Tango nearly five years ago. They hold weekly tango classes and Friday night milongas on the Broadway Pier in Fells Point. 

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.

Step OUT: For Star Wars and Beyond

Listen to the music from the Star Wars films while searching the sky for a galaxy far, far away at Star Wars and Beyond.

Slideshow: Step Aboard the Indonesian Tall Ship KRI Dewaruci

Climb onto the KRI Dewaruci, one of the nearly two-dozen tall ships that graced Baltimore during Sailabration. Bmore Media Managing Photographer Steve Ruark joined the crew June 13 as they greeted an excited crowd at the Inner Harbor.

Q&A: Re-Envisioning Rash Field

That stretch of land between the Maryland Science Center and Rusty Scupper could be used for more than playing volleyball games. Find out some of the ideas that Baltimore architecture firm Ayers Saint Gross has for redesigning Rash Field. 

Step OUT: For a Parade of Tall Ships

A flotilla of more than 40 tall ships and naval vessels will sail into Baltimore June 13 to kick off the Star-Spangled Sailabration. This weeklong celebration features ship tours, air shows, and performances by a Naval Ceremonial Band and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

Step OUT: For Apassionata

More than 40 horses will perform in Apassionata June 8-10 at First Mariner Arena. Europe's most popular live arena show features skilled equestrians, elaborate costumes and stunt riding.

Photo Essay: Bike Jam Session

Bmore Media Managing Photographer Steve Ruark took his camera to a daylong bike festival in Patterson Park. At BikeJam 2012, he captured kids pedaling a seven-person bike, racers cruising through a course and spectators. 
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