Design Line - Design District News
March 2022
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Note from the President
Thank you to all who attended the February Annual Meeting via Zoom.  The feedback from those who attended was that it was an informative meeting that included a lively discussion about maximizing on GADD Member benefits.  We’ve included the tips below for those who did not attend the session.  

And here’s a HUGE shout out to Ferguson who hosted a (Pre) St. Patty’s Day Party on March 15.  If you missed this event, you really missed out! (It was reminiscent of pre-2020 in-person events.)  The comradery among our Members was as invigorating as the food and drink was great.  It was indeed a celebration.  Thank you, Ferguson!

Please check the Upcoming Events section for several events coming up.  Mark your calendars!  We’ll have an event planned for April through June and perhaps pop-up networking events in July and August.  

The GADD is celebrating 15 years this year.  We’d like to share this celebration with you.  If you hit a milestone anniversary between January 2020 and December 2022, please let us know.  This anniversary celebration is still being planned, but our plan is to make it a community celebration for all of us celebrating a 10 to 40 (or more!) milestone year anniversary in business.  Cheers to us!  Please email with your anniversary information.

I’ll keep an eye out for you at Subzero (April 7) and the Annual Member Appreciation Luncheon (May 4 – we have a FABULOUS Guest Speaker who will keep us entertained – you won’t want to miss it! – you may want to bring your entire staff…).  

Happy Spring!

Lisa Bagbey Tullai
Owner / Interior Designer
Proud Member and serving as President for the Greater Annapolis Design District (Greater ADD)
Announcing Official
 Name Change
Over the past year we’ve unofficially added the word “Greater” in front of Annapolis Design District to better communicate that a majority of our Members are located throughout Annapolis and the surrounding areas.

While the hub of the Design District remains in central Annapolis, we’ve officially changed the name to the Greater Annapolis Design District (GADD) as of January 1, 2022.

We’ll be developing a new logo and marketing campaign to migrate towards the distinction the new name brings to our Members and potential clients. 
Interested in Maximizing on your Membership Benefits?
Utilize GADD's Marketing Resources!
  • Update and keep your information updated on the website's Member Directory.  This information is fed into the annual print ad directories. Make sure it’s accurate!
  • Attend events and host or co-host an event.
  • Send us information on events that you’re hosting, press releases, special business offerings, job postings, etc. so we can share via email blasts, in the monthly newsletter and on social media.
  • Consider upgrading to Business Sponsor for additional benefits.
  • Volunteer to serve on the Board of Directors or on a Committee.
  • Have a voice, speak up, attend, and utilize your Membership!
Architectural Kitchens of Annapolis
Business Member

Annapolis Home Magazine
Affiliate Member

Pyramid Builders
Business Member

Sandy Spring Bank
Affiliate Member

Travis Gray - Engel & Volkers - Annapolis
Affiliate Member

Trish May - Keller Williams Integrity, TrishMoves
Affiliate Member

Will Ferguson - BHHS Homesale Realty - The Ferguson Group
Affiliate Member
Date: April 7
Location: 9204 Berger Rd., Columbia, MD 21046
Time: 4:00-7:00pm
Cost: Free

Members and guests are invited to a casual evening of food, drinks and networking at the Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove Showroom. Tour the space, mingle with colleagues, meet Chef Sean and get a taste of his culinary expertise, and take advantage of an optional CEU opportunity if you're interested. To RSVP, click HERE.

Date: May 4
Location: Chart House, 300 Second St., Annapolis, MD 21401
Time: 11:30am-2:30pm
Cost: One complimentary lunch for each Membership. Additional Member guests $60

Save the Date! Members are invited to attend our Annual Member Luncheon featuring guest speaker, Cliff Quickwell. Only Members that are current on their dues will be permitted to attend. If you still need to renew, click HERE. To RSVP for the Annual Member Luncheon, click HERE.

Date: June 16
Location: 1800 Virginia St., Annapolis, MD 21401
Time: 5:00pm
Cost: Free

Save the Date! Members are invited to enjoy a fun summer kick-off party at In Home Stone. Further details to come.

Hosting (or cohosting) an event is a great way to promote your company's branding, services or products. If you are interested in holding an Open House, Seminar or Product Learning Event or CEU at your business location/showroom or cohosting an event with another Design District Member, please contact us at
Hillman Garage Closing for Rebuild in Late March
Annapolis’ downtown Noah Hillman Garage is being rebuilt with the closure set for late March 2022. During construction, downtown Annapolis will remain open.
In order to help residents and visitors navigate during the 14-month rebuild project, a new website was recently created: The website will serve as a hub for parking and transit information in order to help residents, businesses, employees, customers, and visitors plan their visit to downtown Annapolis.
The Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park is a local nonprofit organization that educates youth and adults about the area’s rich maritime heritage and the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay through programs, exhibits, and community events.

The museum’s archives department is currently designing and renovating a new collections library that will house research, historical documents, artifacts, and offices for their library staff.

They are seeking donated, used/rejected cabinets and/or countertops for a 13-feet space to create a small staff kitchenette, and will provide donors with a tax acknowledgement letter for their generosity.

If you are interested in donating, please reach out to Caitlin Swaim at
The Most Common Stinky Smells in Your Home and How to Get Rid of Them
Scent events can be sudden—think a spritz of perfume or the discovery of last week's unemptied lunch box. But malodors—sour and pungent smells—are often indicative of a more serious home hygiene issue like unwanted moisture or germs. These offensive odors tend to develop over time, such as when the scent molecules from our bodies or pets get trapped around the house. 

When scents build up gradually, it's easy not to notice them. "Our brains are trained to notice new scents," says Emily Calandrelli, a science expert and host of Emily's Wonder Lab on Netflix. "When there's a lingering scent—even a bad one—your nose treats that as white noise; you don't notice it anymore." Here's how to de-stink common problem areas right under your nose.