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Business Spotlight - Kitchen Encounters - Q&A

With over 40 years in business, Kitchen Encounters is a family-owned business with a team approach and Interactive Design Process used to develop and deliver award-winning kitchen designs.  We learned the following through a conversation with owner and lead designer, Mark White.

Who are the “team members” on your design projects?  The internal team at Kitchen Encounters includes four Certified Kitchen and Bath Designers, an Operations Coordinator and Finance Manager.  As a founding member of the Greater Annapolis Design District (GADD) and celebrating over four decades in business in 2021, Kitchen Encounters is well known and has worked with many local trade professionals and craftsman. They embrace collaborating with architects, interior designers, and builders, as well as working directly with homeowners using their Interactive Design Process.  The company bases their design premise on client involvement and working collectively with all team members.

What makes Kitchen Encounters a unique showroom and kitchen design firm?  With a wide array of custom cabinetry and kitchen vignettes on display, including a Galley Workstation sink, entering their show room and working with the Kitchen Encounters design team is a design experience.  Mark White developed a successful Interactive Design Process that begins with in-depth conversations, site visits and measurements, and proceeds through several design discovery and development phases, detailed documentation and installation instructions, scheduling of a “white glove” delivery service, and the assignment of a dedicated Operations Coordinator available for installation issues or service questions pertaining to the lifetime customer service benefits.

Would you please share with us comments from your past clients?  With referrals and repeat customers making up 90% of their projects, testimonies speak volumes about one’s experience with Kitchen Encounters.  “I wanted something unique that reflected me…You sat down with us for hours…then [took] the best out of all the designs and put them all together. My kitchen is everything I dreamed it would be,” provided Megan.  Another client commented, “The kitchen is my favorite room in the house…We needed to find someone creative and artistic…From the beginning...[the] special team at Kitchen Encounters…regularly went the ‘extra mile’… Our kitchen is gorgeous!”

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Listed below are the 2023-2024 Greater Annapolis Design District (GADD) Board of Directors and Committee Chairs.


Andrea Wheeler, Design Solutions

Vice President

Denise Desien, Organizing by Design


Joni Zimmerman, Design Solutions

Past President

Robert McKellar, ADU


Denise Sjolie

AACC Rep/Student Rep

Janet Haddock, AACC-NKBA

Communications Chair

Lisa Tullai, Annapolis Interiors

Community Liaison

Rita Siprak-Weill, Minuteman Press

Events Co-Chair

Katherine Dashiell, Reico Kitchen and Bath

Events Co-Chair

Shane Hollman, Delbert Adams/Gold Seal Services

Marketing Chair

Beth Kuhl, What's Up Media/Magazine

Membership Chair

Divina Cloney, Divina Lourdes Interior Design


Margaret Blunt, Sew Beautiful


Adam Peck, Delbert Adams Construction Group

GADD Monthly Networking Breakfast (MEMBERS Only)

Date: Third Thursday of each month - Upcoming Dates: September 21, October 19, November 16

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.

GADD Monthly Networking Happy Hour (MEMBERS Only)

Date: First Thursday of each month - Upcoming Dates: September 7, October 5, December 7 (*Note - this event will not be held on November 2nd as that is the date of our annual Membership Drive)

Location: Miller's Ale House, 178 Jennifer Rd., Annapolis, MD 21401

Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Cost: Free

Let’s get together and get to know each other better! Members are invited to join us the first Thursday of every month for a causal Happy Hour and Networking opportunity. *Cash bar. Please email to let us know which date(s) you plan to attend.

Seeking appetizer sponsors ($350). Sponsors will have an opportunity to discuss their business for a few minutes at the start of the event.  Email to sign up to be a sponsor.

Zeskind's/Park Hardware Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting

Date: Friday, September 15

Location: 1500-A Ritchie Hwy., Severna Park, MD 21146

Time: 5:00pm

Cost: Free

Members are invited to attend the Zeskind's/Park Hardware Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting. There will be food trucks with free vouchers for the first 100 guests to visit the Park Hardware showroom, on-site brand demonstrations, live music, and lots of giveaways.

Bright Light Annapolis CEU Event & Cocktail Hour

Date: Thursday, September 28

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

Time: 4:30pm-7:30pm

Cost: Free

Members are invited to a one-hour CEU Event at Bright Light Annapolis,“Specifying Decorative Outdoor Lighting That Lasts” presented by Hammerton Lighting, followed by cocktails and refreshments as you tour their state of the art showroom and meet with vendor reps from Currey & Co, GM Lighting, Hammerton, Hubbardton Forge & Lotus LED Lights! Click HERE to RSVP by September 25th.

Multi-Generational Marketing Talk via Zoom

Date: Thursday, October 26

Location: via Zoom

Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Cost: Free - Members | $10 Non-Members

Join us via Zoom for a lunchtime talk by Maureen Edwards on Multi-Generational Marketing. Maureen Edwards is an award-winning marketing, branding, and business strategist. Click HERE to sign up.

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

Second Chance’s Concept House Tour Recap

GADD Members recently took a bus ride to Second Chance's Concept House where they enjoyed appetizers, drinks and a private tour. The Concept House exhibits what can be accomplished with salvaged materials and imagination.

Thank you to our generous sponsors Second Chance and Wells Home Improvements.

Several members (Mueller Homes, Speight Studio Architects, and Kitchen Encounters) received editorial inclusion for the Home of the Month in the dedicated Home & Design section of the August issues of What’s Up? Annapolis, What’s Up? Central Maryland and What’s Up? Eastern Shore. The Home of the Month features a beautiful home with unique features. The home is covered with six pages of editorial and photographs. The three publications go to over 92,000 homes.


Thank you to the following members who have shared content for our Member Monday social media posts:

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 LinkedIn 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!

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