Upholstery Fabric Search in Baltimore


I plan to reupholster my living room sofas. I considered buying new sofas because the reupholstering cost is barely less than buying new. I visited some fabric shops to determine how long they would keep my sofas to cover them. I was told about 4-6 weeks. I could not give up my sofas that long (if i want to keep my husband).

I found a lady who will reupholster my sofas one at a time. She said that she will keep each sofa for about two weeks. Her price is much less than the fabric stores.This works for me.

I shopped for fabric in Mill End, Alexander Blank Fabrics and Calico Corners. In each shop I received wonderful customer service. In The Mill End, three ladies went through several books for about two hours to help me find what I wanted. No luck, but I really appreciated their great service. The Calico Corners’ ladies were helpful too. I worked with Jessica at Alexander Blank Fabrics. She even searched for fabric when I wasn’t there. I found fabric that I love thanks to Jessica.

During my search I learned a few tips. The first is, check the rub count for durability. The higher the count the longer it will last. Also, one hundred percent cotton is likely to fade in a sunny room, a blend is better. I will follow up with pictures of the finished sofas and information on my upholsterer.



Safeway Towson, MD –Where are Their Employees?

At 5:00 on Friday, I stopped by Safeway in Towson to buy some deli products. When I arrived, there was one deli man diligently slicing meat behind the counter, there were two people ahead of me, and one person was behind me in line. After waiting for about five minutes , a woman arrived to help with the deli orders. I noted that there was a man in the back cleaning. I wondered if he should have assisted customers.

As I checked out, I noticed that the man behind the customer service counter (who was also by himself) was juggling answering the phone and the four customers waiting in line. (I was glad that I wasn’t in that line.)

When I payed for my groceries, my cashier told me that she had been at work since 9:00 and hadn’t had a break.

My heart goes out to the employees at the Safeway in Towson. It seems like there is a lot of pressure to wait on customers without sufficient help.

Even though the store is convenient for me, I think twice before frequenting that Safeway, because I am not a big fan of standing in line.

Best Buy Timonium, MD, “One Stop Shopping” Failed

Best Buy in Timonium, MD

My husband, Doug, purchased a television and installation services from Best Buy in Timonium, MD. The install date was Thursday, January 19, 2012.

After the purchase, the salesperson took my husband to the Comcast -in- house center to purchase a HD box from Bob. Bob indicated that he had just given the last HD box away, but he told Doug that others should arrive soon.

Bob took Doug’s phone number and told him that he would call when a HD box arrived. He also gave him a Comcast phone number into the Best Buy store.

Doug did not receive any calls on January 16, 17, or 18. He called the Comcast in- store number about 10 times, there was no answer machine and no one answered the phone.

My husband called the store and waited on hold for about 25 minutes while a kind saleswoman tracked Bob down.

Bob told my husband that they did not have any HD boxes. He added that Comcast would not pay for an answer machine.

On January 18, my husband spoke to a woman from Best Buy who confirmed delivery for January 19, between 8a.m. and 12 p.m.

On January 19, I had a question about the cable, and I called Best Buy. During the call I learned that we were not scheduled for delivery that day.  I changed plans to ensure that I was home. They told me to call dispatch. Don’t you think that it was their job to resolve the problem?

I eventually spoke to the Best Buy assistant manager Dave. He set up delivery for nine days later.

On the second delivery date, we never received a call to confirm our delivery schedule. We were skeptical. My husband called Best Buy and spoke to Becca. She told him that the store manager Mark would return his call to confirm delivery. He never called.

We eventually received the television, however, Best Buy’s “One Stop Shopping” failed.

Has anyone had a similar experience at Best Buy?

Harry and David, Towson Town Center – Great Customer Service

Towson Town Center from Dulaney Valley Road

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 I needed a hostess gift for a special luncheon. I thought about flowers, guest soap and wine. I stopped in Harry and David in  Towson Town Center. Their address is 825 Dulaney Valley RoadTowson, MD 21204.  They are located on the third floor near Macy’s. Their hours are Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Their phone number is 410-825-8272 and  their website is  www.HarryadDavid.com.  Harry and David sells food items like fruit, cheese, chips, salsa, crackers, dips, smoked salmon,  candy etc. that make great gifts.  

I browsed the store and nothing jumped out at me. I was looking for a gift that could be enjoyed during cocktail hour.

The  sales staff  told me, they could assemble a gift box or basket with my  purchase. Tabitha  made some suggestions as we walked the store.  Christine added her ideas.  I could not ask for better service.

I chose my gift and they wrapped it.   I purchased a reasonably priced basket, flax seed – tortilla chips, salsa, organic – water crackers and bruschetta spread.  I will return because the staff was pleasant and provided great customer service.

Great Customer Service – Michael Kors Towson Town Center

I love the Michael Kors store in Towson Town Center Mall in Towson, Maryland. It is located in Zone B, the west wing, on the second floor.

The store window lures shoppers, and once inside, the merchandising invites you to feel the clothing texture and try something on. You are tempted to examine the shoes, bags and watches that are displayed throughout along with the scarves, hats and gloves.


I am not a designer shopper, because the prices are steep for me. However, they have stylish clothing, good prices and great sales. I stopped in the Michael Kors store in June, because my daughter needed a dress for an event. She tried on a chiffon-black dress that was on sale. It had a boat neckline and the handkerchief hem set it apart. 

While she was trying on dresses, I browsed. I had shopped for a straw bag for years. Until that day, none appealed to me, and I finally found a straw bag that I loved. The price, however, was more than I wanted to spend, and  I had asked the attentive salesperson if she would call me when it went on sale. Sure enough, a month later, I received a call. The price was reduced considerably. Not only did they call me, another salesperson sent me a picture, because I couldn’t exactly remember what it looked like.  How many times has a salesperson followed up with you?

Please don’t tell my husband, but I bought it, because he believes that I have enough bags. Imagine that! Men!


Unique Gift Shop in Bethany Beach

Do you need a gift  for a friend or host?  Do you want something a little different? Would you like a special gift for yourself? Whether you live at the beach, the city or suburbia, you will find  unique gifts at Sea Level Designs. It is a great store to browse and shop. Their merchandise has personality.

Sea Level Designs is located at 3444 Coastal Highway in York Beach Mall in South Bethany, DE. Please click on this link to view their website.

Sea Level Designs stocks coastal themed merchandise for your home and your friend’s home.  They sell throws, colorful indoor and outdoor rugs, tropical lamps, figurines, tableware, night lights, wall decor, etc.  You can find unique beach, tropical and nautical themed merchandise.

One of my favorite items is the palm tree lamp with an old woody and surfboard. The surf themed items are my favorite.  I also love how they display their decorative wine and martini glasses with the sexy women posing in the glasses. They have a great sense of humor!

They have a variety of fan pulls and wine stoppers. The wine stoppers include a hermit crab, flip-flops and a starfish. My favorite fan pulls are the beach chair and the colorful fish.

They sell flip-flop and palm tree themed totes, cosmetic bags, glass cases and accessory bags.  They are reasonably priced. Wouldn’t they make a great gift?

Are you concerned that you are not ready for Christmas and the holidays? It is already June! Sea Level Designs has beach themed Christmas and holiday cards. They sell ornaments too. You can address your holiday cards while sitting on the beach. You can get a jump on your shopping and buy Ocean-opoly or Pirate-opoly games for your children.

The staff, at Sea Level Designs, treats their customers well. They are pleasant, helpful and knowledgeable.  That is why, I always return.  Yes, they give great customer service too!

Parking Permit for Rehobeth Beach Shopping

Every summer, I spend a day or two shopping with my daughter in the city of Rehobeth Beach, Delaware. I like the outlets, but I love shopping on Rehobeth Avenue. You may click on this link for more Rehobeth Beach shopping information.

Tickled Pink, the Lilly Pulitzer store, is our favorite. We also shop in Quiet Storm to buy shorts or a bathing suit for my son. My daughter usually buys a dress or two. At Carlton’s, we can find a Father’s Day gift for my husband. They sell traditional clothing like Vineyard Vines, Tommy Bahama, Patagonia and The North Face. You may click on this link to view their site.They offer apparel for men and women. We also stop in Crysti’s on Baltimore Avenue. They sell attractive and stylish women’s clothing. The sales people are knowledgeable and helpful.

Parking near Rehobeth Avenue has alway been a nightmare. Parking meters are in effect from the Friday before Memorial Day through the second Sunday after Labor Day. They must be fed from 10:00 a.m. to midnight. The charge is $1.50 per hour. They offer 3 hour parking. This link offers more detailed information about Rehobeth.

In the past, I have cut my shopping and dining time short because I was nervous about my meter expiring. The parking meter dictators watch the meters like vultures, and if you are a minute over, they are happy to write a $30.00 ticket.

The meters now accept credit cards. Previously, you had to beg the store keepers for change to feed the meters and chances are, they would not give it to you.

But this year, I did something different. I paid $8.00 for a daily parking permit. I was able to park in a residential area for the day. We shopped, relaxed and dined in Rehobeth Beach. It was better than worrying about feeding the meter. I will buy a parking pass on all future trips!