On Valentine's Day, Comptroller to Promote Shop MD Energy Weekend, Visit Stevenson Village Shops

Franchot to recognize small businesses that sell wine, gifts and chocolate


Comptroller Peter Franchot


Comptroller Franchot will spend Thursday in Baltimore County, beginning with a news conference at Cummins Appliance in Pikesville to promote the upcoming Shop Maryland Energy Weekend. From February 16-18, shoppers who purchase qualifying ENERGY STAR products won't pay the 6 percent state sales tax, in addition to other manufacturer, retailer and utility savings.

In the afternoon, Mr. Franchot will explore the unique shops at Stevenson Village to support Maryland's small family-owned businesses that are the backbone of the state's economy. He will start his tour of the complex at The French Paradox Wines, run by the father-and-son duo of Peter and Matt Wood. The Comptroller will then head to S.L. Brown Jewelers to examine the custom pieces designed by owner Steve Brown.

He will next present a proclamation to Michelle Wax and Cheryl Hoblitzell, owners of Morgan Truesdell Gifts and Candy, for serving the Stevenson Village community with gifts for the home, candies, special occasion favors, and silk floral designs for more than 40 years.

Finally, he will stop by The Velvet Chocolatier, owned by Ruthie Carliner, whose kosher creations were named by Oprah Winfrey as one of her "favorite things." Carliner, a former CPA and automobile dealership owner, takes pride that all of her products are made with fresh ingredients, without preservatives or liquor to mask the natural flavors.


Thursday, February 14, 2019


11 a.m.
Cummins Appliance
1708 Resiterstown Road
Baltimore, MD 21208

1:30 p.m.
Stevenson Village Shops
10435 Stevenson Road
Stevenson, MD 21153

2:30 p.m.
The Velvet Chocolatier
10403 Stevenson Road
Stevenson, MD 21153


Alan Brody: abrody@comp.state.md.us
410-260-6346 (office); 443-924-1473 (mobile)