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Step OUT for an interactive fashion show at the Tremont Grand

Check out the designers, stylists and artists nominated for this year's Fashion Awards MD at May Day 2013 at the Tremont Grand. The May 8 event benefits a program for men re-entering the workforce. 

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. 

Mesh Baltimore advances continuing education

Mesh Baltimore is tapping into the demand among adults who want new experiences and skills. Students can learn how to make spinach pie or how to keep Fido from barking at the neighbors.

Step OUT for Wit & Wisdom's wine education series

Learn about white wines from around the world at Wit & Wisdom's inaugural monthly wine tasting class April 25.

Investing in the environment pays off for Woodberry firm

Ecosystem Investment Partners raises money to restore and protect rural streams and wetlands. Developers and city agencies then buy credits from the company to fulfill federal environmental regulations. Learn more about this Baltimore company that is banking on the environment.

Q&A: Spike Gjerde dishes on the local food supply chain

Spike Gjerde, owner of Woodberry Kitchen and Artifact Coffee, is cooking up plans for several new ventures that will help him supply the local food that he needs for his businesses. He chats with BmoreMedia about the Baltimore Food Hub and his new butcher shop in Remington.

Go behind the scenes of an underground house concert

Indie musicians are turning to concerts held in someone's home to promote their music and connect with fans. It's another manifestation of the DIY trend and a throwback to a time when people gathered around to tell stories and play music. 

The local food movement is just a click away

Relay Foods, Friends& Farms, Hometown Harvest and Baltimore's Green Grocer promise local food delivered to your doorstep or at fixed locations. Can they win over the buy-local crowd? 

FDA approves Hopkins-invented eye implant

The Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins will begin embedding a device this year that can restore vision to blind patients who suffer from an inherited eye disease. The FDA approved the groundbreaking device this month. 

Keen on zines: Baltimore artists launch new journals for niche markets

What do Baltimore street artist Gaia, Johns Hopkins University writing student Peter Cardamone and bike messenger Carrie Bird all have in common? They have all created new online and print "zines" that cater to select audiences. 

Green office architect planning wind-generation deal

Architect and entrepreneur Stan Sersen has transformed a 1905 farmhouse on a former lumberyard into a modern office building called the Enviro Center. Now he is finalizing a wind-generation deal and an education initiative to teach environmental literacy to Maryland homeowners. 

Step OUT for the American Craft Council Show

The American Craft Council Show returns to the Baltimore Convention Center Feb. 22-24. Check out hand-made jewelry, furniture, clothing and home decor. 

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.

Slideshow: Budding potters spin clay into works of art

BmoreMedia Managing Photographer Steve Ruark snapped photos of students sculpting clay into works of art. Check out his slideshow of a pottery class at Baltimore Clayworks’ Mount Washington studio.

Local musician sings the praises of urban gardening

Singer Karissa LaRen wants to see more community gardens in Baltimore. So she has teamed up with a local nonprofit to plant community gardens at city schools, using the proceeds from her debut album to fund the effort.
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