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The Finer Things in Life: Art and Chocolate

Gifts Inn BoonsBoro will host an opening reception for local artist Dan Murphy’s exhibit “Connections: New Works of Art by Daniel Paul Murphy” on Feb. 1 from 4–6 p.m. The exhibit will be at Gifts Inn BoonsBoro through March 2. Dan is an award-winning pen and ink artist from Hagerstown who specializes in rustic farm and landscape scenes. He also enjoys creating watercolors of old fashioned rural settings and painting in the “plein air” style. Dan exhibits his work at Gifts Inn BoonsBoro and online at

Gifts Inn BoonsBoro’s annual Chocolate and Champagne Reception will be February 6 from 6–9 p.m. The evening will feature fine artisan chocolates created by Zoë’s Chocolate Co., along with an exciting assortment of handcrafted jewelry crafted by local and regional artisans.

Zoë’s Chocolate Co. opened its doors in 2007 and is operated by third generation chocolatiers. The company continues its rich family tradition of producing fine artisan chocolates while also adding a modern sophistication. They use fresh local cream and butter, pure honey, all natural ingredients and the finest imported dark, milk and white chocolate.

Shoppers will find a wide assortment of handcrafted jewelry creations at Gifts Inn BoonsBoro by artists Chris Willems, Beth Carey, Debby Weaver, Barbara Martin, Marcella Sager, Lisa Gorozdos, Sally Sorbello, Holly Priester, Terah Ware, Frankie Yourgulez-Buhrer, Tena Dennen Chris Willems, Beth Carey, Debby Weaver, Barbara Martin, Marcella Sager, Lisa Gorozdos, Sally Sorbello, Holly Priester, Terah Ware, Frankie Yourgulez-Buhrer, and Tena Dennen. All guarantee to have a unique style that your valentine would love.

President’s Day Sale at Olde Homestead

Olde Homestead at Cronise Market Place is having a President’s Day Sale Feb. 15, 16 and 17. During the sale all curtains, linens, bedding and rugs will be 10 percent off, including special orders. Olde Homestead offers a large selection of styles and sizes from manufacturers such as Park Designs, India Home Fashions, VHC, and Capitol Earth Rugs. Olde Homestead at Cronise Market Place has two floors filled with country and primitive style home décor, furniture, candles, linens, pictures, lamps and unique gifts. The store was named the 2013 Washington County Small Business of the Year and is located next to Cronise Market Place in Boonsboro.

Hagerstown Premium Outlets Salutes the Military

Hagerstown Premium Outlets celebrates Military Appreciation Month throughout the month of January. Any member of the military, active duty or retired, who shows their identification, will receive a goody bag full of coupons, including a free VIP coupon book. The outlets are 100 percent leased with the addition of American Eagle Outfitters and The North Face late in 2013. For a complete listing of stores and a map of the outlet center, visit the Hagerstown Premium Outlets website at Sign up for the VIP club to get e-mails about exclusive promotions and coupons.

Shop Local at the Historic City Farmer’s Market in Hagerstown

Visit Hagerstown’s Historic City Farmer’s Market every Saturday morning from 5 a.m.– noon. This indoor market has approximately 30 vendors selling fresh baked goods, produce, dairy products, artisan crafts and more. Stop by for a hot, delicious breakfast or lunch too! The market has been a tradition in Hagerstown and Washington County for more than 225 years. It is located at 25 West Church Street in Hagerstown. Mark your calendars — Jan. 18 is the Winter Taste of the Market and Feb. 18 is Customer Appreciation Day & the Sweetheart Sweet Tooth Contest. Visit the website for details at