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Letter from the President

I’m honored to step into the role of President for the Greater Annapolis Design District (GADD). I remember when the Annapolis Design District was established. Having a countertop/cabinet fabrication shop on McGuckian Street, I was perfectly positioned in the middle of it.  Changing directions, I closed my shop before formally joining, but continued to watch the Design District expand in numbers, community presence and “district” boundaries, to evolve into the Greater Annapolis Design District (GADD.)  Throughout the years, I’ve enjoyed participating in and attending events and serving on the Board in various roles, including VP.

There is enormous dedication on the Board, with committees looking for volunteers - please join us!  Volunteering is a great way to get involved and make a difference. No time but great ideas? Let’s hear them - I invite Members to forward all suggestions.  Please read the newsletters and social media posts and keep an eye out for new opportunities and events designed to benefit our Members! This group is yours, and I’ll do my best in leading the way.  I’m excited about the possibilities and committed to leading the group by increasing value in membership and fostering a kinetic space for professional and business growth for all our Members.  

I encourage you to drop in to the Good Morning GADD coffee meeting on the third Thursday of the month. It’s informal and fun. Those who attend gain a deeper insight into another Member's business. Honestly, I’ve never left the meeting without a great new idea or having made a meaningful connection. For those who can't attend a morning meeting, plans are in the works for an evening version to also be held monthly.   Our Members have so much to offer each other and the community, in collaboration and education.  We have big plans for the upcoming year!

Andrea C Wheeler

Design Solutions, Inc.

GADD Monthly Networking Breakfast (MEMBERS Only)

Date: Third Thursday of each month - Upcoming Dates: July 20, August 17, September 21, October 19

Location: Market House, 25 Market Space, Annapolis, MD 21401

Time: 7:30am - 8:30am

Cost: Free

Members are invited to an early morning networking hour the third Thursday of each month from 7:30-8:30a.m. at the Market House. Arrive a few minutes early to purchase a coffee and breakfast bite at Rise Up, located inside the Market House. Be ready at 7:30am to connect and collaborate.

Second Chance's Concept House Tour (MEMBERS Only)

Date: Thursday, July 27

Location: 600 E. Seminary Ave., Towson, MD 21286

Time: 4:00pm-8:00pm

Cost: $15

Members are invited to hop on the party bus for a ride in style to Second Chance's Concept House where you'll enjoy appetizers, drinks and a private tour. The Concept House exhibits what can be accomplished with salvaged materials and imagination. To learn more about the Concept House, click HERE. Thank you to our generous sponsors Second Chance and Wells Home Improvements! To RSVP, click HERE.

American Cedar & Millwork Seminar & Networking Hour

Date: Thursday, August 3

Location: 214 Najoles Rd., Millersville, MD 21108

Time: 5:30pm-8:00pm

Cost: Free

Seminar & Networking Hour AIA CE: "Acetylated Wood: Durable, Stable & Sustainable". 1 LU/HSW (pending AIA approval). Discuss the process of wood acetylation, the resulting changes to wood, applications for this product, its green credentials and a number of case studies involving acetylated wood. Food and drink provided. To RSVP, click HERE.

Bright Light Design Center Open House (MEMBERS Only)

Date: Thursday, September 28

Location: 111 Chinquapin Round Rd., Suite 102, Annapolis, MD 21401

Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm

Cost: Free

Save the Date! It's the start of a new era: Annapolis Lighting has been retired and Bright Light Design Center begins in Annapolis at their new location. Members are invited to an Open House to network and tour their new showroom. More details and RSVP coming shortly.

GADD Annual Membership Drive & Networking Event

Date: Thursday, November 2

Location: Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge, 175 West St., Annapolis, MD 21401

Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm

Cost: Free

Save the Date! Our annual Membership Drive & Networking Event is being held at Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge on Thursday, November 2nd from 5:30-7:30pm where current and potential Members are invited to meet, greet and socialize. Please feel free to bring a guest that may be interested in learning more about GADD. There will be appetizers and a cash bar. RSVP coming soon!

Hosting (or cohosting) an event is a great way to promote your company's brand, services, or products. If you are interested in holding an Open House, Seminar, Product Learning Event or CEU at your business location/showroom or cohosting an event with another Design District Member, please go to or contact us at

Let’s Kick It: Stop Collaborate and Listen

Hip hop advice for remodeling sales success

By Brian McCauley, posted July 23, 2023, Remodeling by JLC Online Magazine

A rap song released in 1990 by a gentleman named Robert Matthew Van Winkle was the first hip-hop single to top the Billboard Hot 100 and it topped the charts in Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Now, trying to break into the rap music business and reach international acclaim with a name like Van Winkle would have been nearly impossible, so Robert needed a good stage name. Unless you’re a die-hard fan of his, you probably have no idea who I’m talking about. The world knows him as “Vanilla Ice” and the song is “Ice Ice Baby.”

In the first verse of Ice, Ice Baby, Vanilla ice raps:

All right, stop.

Collaborate and listen.

Ice is back with a brand-new invention.

And in that verse are the three words that I am serving up as solid advice to remodeling salespeople: Stop, collaborate, and listen.

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Member Marketing Benefits

All Members are encouraged to utilize these two important GADD Member Marketing Benefits

If you have a project, promotion, or news to share regarding your business, please send one to three sentences with a graphic or image to

We'll share on the GADD Facebook, Instagram and LinedIn pages on a Monday.

Include your Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn links and any hashtags. Member Mondays are a great way to keep everyone informed about your business.

All posts will be shared in the order received. Hope to hear from you soon!

The Directory on the GADD website is a useful resource tool for consumers to locate architects, builders, interior designers, and a variety of product and service providers and showrooms that support the design and build industry.

Please make sure your Member profile is up-to-date including your company logo.

To access your profile, login to the website using your Member ID and password. If you have forgotten you password, click on the reset password link. If you need assistance, email

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