How long have you lived/worked in Annapolis?
Moved to Maryland in '96 from Wisconsin, moved to Arnold in '08, one month before my twins were born, and didn't start working"in" Annapolis till March 2013 when HERE. was born. And I gotta tell you, I couldn't love it anymore. It feels like my town now, and I couldn't imagine leaving it...even for my beloved home state.
What are some of your favorite things about this area?
The water. The culture. The 4 seasons. Crabs. The water. The small town feel. Did I mention the water?
How does Annapolis specifically influence HERE.?
Annapolis is just so nautical. And I love that we have been able to embrace that nautical vibe but still stay true to our bohemian souls. I think it's one of the things that makes HERE. so special.
What does the Annapolis art scene mean to you ? How does it compare to art scenes in other cities? How can it be improved?
The art scene is huge to me. Through HERE. we have met so many amazing artists, some just starting out, some veterans who have been around forever. I feel lucky to have met each of them and love witnessing the support they have for each other. It's truly special and I love that we are able to share their talent with all of our customers.
Where are your favorite places to eat, shop?
I love supporting other small businesses. Lilac Bijoux, Whimsicality, great consignment shops like Savvy are all my go tos. Iron Rooster, any restaurant on that great stretch of West St. (Rams Head to Metropolitan...I love them all) and Joss are just a few favs.
What is your favorite book ever? Or favorite movie?
As a kid, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. As an adult, I really like the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series.
Movies: Sound of Music, Almost Famous, Love Actually, Dazed and Confused, Heat
Who knows. I can never actually find anything in it. It's too big. But more than likely you will find, my wallet, my keys, gum, 7 different types of lip gloss and/or chapstick, multiple packets of Splenda that I "borrow" from various coffee shops and at least 20 random things my kids hand to me on a daily basis.
What other hobbies and interests do you have?
Honestly, at the moment I don't have time for one single interest or hobby. But if I did.......I love to take pictures, read ~ especially on a beach or mountain or lake, travel....absolutely anywhere, cook (except I make a terrible mess and use every single dish, cup, spoon, pan available to me) and any kind of active, yet fun sport where you don't necessarily realize you're exercising (snow boarding, water skiing, Frisbee, football, tennis etc). I love music too. Practically all of it, and you can't beat live music, I always feel so lucky anytime I can see a show anytime, anywhere.
If you could go anywhere where would it be? With who?
I LOVE to travel. It's hard for me to limit where. I think anyplace can be amazing and memorable with the right person or group. I hope to teach my kids the love for travel and hope they will grow up to appreciate it as much as I do. That being said, I would love to take all the people that I love HERE. back home to all the people I love THERE. Specifically, Door County, WI. But only in the summer. I want to keep them as friends, so no tortuous trips to WI in the winter.
What book are you currently reading?
I don't know! The Bollywood Bride? Is that it...sounds kinda terrible. I need a new one. Suggestions?