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Jessica Bizik

Covet: Tie One On November 2015

Manhattan-born designer Ulla Johnson is the daughter of archeologists, so no wonder we dig these sexy leather Aggie boots inspired by her globetrotting childhood. Handmade by artisans in Peru, the 3.75-inch stacked-heel stunners reflect Johnson’s overall design philosophy of adding subtle embellishments—like the adjustable ankle strap and antiqued brass studs—that …

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Object: Metal Heart November 2015

Even though we don’t love to cook—or know how to exactly—we’re goners for this opulent copper stove from Blue Star. In fact, the whole new (OK, century-old, now retro) trend of metallic kitchenware woos us toward becoming more culinarily aware. Blue Star’s Precious Metals Collection features appliances in six finishes: …

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Family Style

When designing a living room addition for a family in the Homeland neighborhood of Baltimore, Elizabeth Cross-Beard found the harmony between coastal and traditional styles. “The architecture in that neighborhood has so much soul,” says Cross- Beard, a designer with Jenkins Baer Associates. “We wanted fresh details that were very …

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City Smart: New York November 2015

Ten years after The Color Purple first graced the stage at the Broadway Theatre, the musical adaptation of author Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel returns with an all-star cast. Director John Doyle, whose minimalist interpretation of the show received rave reviews in London, has tapped Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson to play …

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City Smart: Philadelphia

To market, to market, to taste the delights of Chef Eli Kulp. May not have the same ring as Mother Goose, but when you consider that in just one year High Street on Market scored the No. 2 spot on Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurant list, it’s worth singing about. …

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City Smart: Washington, D.C.

After a two-year renovation, the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery reopens on November 13 with WONDER, an immersive exhibition featuring nine contemporary artists who’ve turned the entire building into an artwork itself. Encounter installations made of unconventional materials like saplings, brightly colored insects, marbles, index cards and rubber tires. A swanky new …

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New Moon

While newcomers might confuse her restaurant for a brand of Belgian-style wheat beer, owner Sarah Simington is quick to set them straight. “We were here first man, we were here first,” she says of the 35-seat Blue Moon in Fells Point, known for its 24-hour hangover-friendly breakfast menu. Simington opened …

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Chef Talk: John Walsh The Classic Catering People

Born in the French city of Orléans and raised in Switzerland, England and Belgium, John Walsh is now vice president of culinary for The Classic Catering People in Owings Mills. He’s worked at Chef’s Expressions and Rouge Fine Catering among others, once owned a restaurant, Chez John, in York, Pa., …

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Greek to Us

Childhood pals Dmitri Moshovitis, Ike Grigoropolous and Ted Xenohristos—Rockville residents and the sons of Greek immigrants— came up with Cava Mezze over coffee in 2006. Almost a decade later, their passionate wish to modernize their families’ favorite recipes for a cool neighborhood-based customer has come (lucratively) true and born a …

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Nightcap, Anyone?

In the case of Louie’s Bookstore Café, there is life after death. Taking a cue from the beloved bookseller that once stood within its walls, Ware House 518 has rolled out a new bar concept that pays tribute to the rich history of its Mount Vernon location. “There aren’t many …

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