Say Ahhhh to CBD

Visitors to a CBD Wellness store might feel as though they’ve entered a waiting area for a stylish spa instead of a retail shop. There are no floor-to-ceiling shelves bulging with products. There are no carts or shopping baskets and no clearance racks with ads screaming for attention. Instead, tasteful, soothing decor and an open floorplan greet customers who immediately…

Statement Piece

Maria Jordan combines her love of jewelry and Renaissance art in what she calls a serious hobby. She creates jewelry that resembles pieces worn by women in Renaissance paintings. In her home, Maria displays framed copies of the paintings, plus the lookalike jewelry she makes. Noticing that D.C.’s most powerful women often wear signature jewelry, Maria says, “They’re feminine but have…

The Life of the Party

Howard Cutler gets goosebumps every year thinking about Christmas. But, for Howard, Christmas comes the week before Thanksgiving. It’s the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida, and as the owner, CEO and founder of the Rockville-based Ultimate Amusements, the IAAPA is where Howard goes to find the next big thing.

Keeping the Care in Caregiving at Serenity Gardens

A few years ago, Dr. Claudia Warren-Taylor personally witnessed the inadequate approach to the treatment of senior citizens. The loss of a loved one was made all the more painful by the substandard quality of health care as her grandmother suffered a stroke and then died alone in a hospital room—because the staff told her family to leave. As a medical…

Health and Wellness Experts of Potomac

 Lisa Vogel Agency  A graduate from Loyola University Maryland, Vogel launched her own health care firm in 2008. Visiting her grandparents in nursing homes as a child and seeing how lonely they seemed inspired her to offer better care options for seniors. Lisa’s grandfather had early onset Alzheimer’s at age 50 for eight years. Her grandmother had rheumatoid arthritis and…

Where Beauty Begins….

 Article Danielle S. Tepper | Photography Matt Ničić  When you walk through the door at Oxygen Salon & Day Spa on Rockville Pike, you realize why the place is aptly named—it’s like a breath of fresh air. Between the hustle and bustle of snipping scissors and spinning chairs and the din of chatter over the drone of blow dryers, it…

A Day in the Life of …

 Article Danielle S. Tepper | Photography Jack Hartzman Photography  When Jim McWhorter turned a used post office van into a burgeoning business in his early 20s, he couldn’t have predicted that a lifelong career in produce would someday bestow him the honor of Man of the Year—but the Potomac Chamber of Commerce gave him the 2018 title—plaque, parade and all.…

A Mainstay in Education

A $2.5 billion dollar budget, 23,000 employees, thousands of students—managing all of that may seem impossible, but not for Michael A. Durso, current president of the Montgomery County Board of Education. For 44 years, he has worked as both a teacher and a high school principal. In 2009, he stepped into his current role on the Montgomery County School Board.