Here you find some of our most remarkable customers. Click on each to read about their unique life stories and their wonderful and strong human spirit. If you know of one who is deserving of being on this page, please let us know.
Travis ReevesA Champion in Every Way
Before boxing was his profession, a teenage Travis Reeves would take the metro from Owings Mills, Md., to Broadway Street near Johns Hopkins Hospital, and then walk to the Baltimore Boxing Club in Fells Point.
Reeves won his first amateur match in 1997 at age 17, after only three weeks in the gym. But even as he moved on from college to a career as an electrical engineer, boxing remained a part of his conditioning. Reeves trained wherever life took him, but his current gym, Honeycomb Boxing Gym in Baltimore, is different than any other he has been in. In this gym, Reeves has made a comeback, and in this gym, Reeves is referred to as "The Champ."
Jen SeidelJen Seidel’s first Book, COVERED, chronicles her journey from childhood, to becoming one of the nations best known Body Paint Artists. 10.5″ X 10.5″ Hardback 144 Page Coffee Table Art Book is a beautifully Re-Mastered Photographic Collection of the Artist’s Works, along with her Real-Life Personal Story of Perseverance when taking the road less traveled…
Jen Seidel is a Body Painter, a Makeup Artist, an Oil Painter and an Aspiring Fashion Designer. Her career as an artist has grown to include Body Painting for not only fine art but marketing and brand advertising, corporate events, charitable tie-ins and to promote scientific advancement. It all began with one magical idea, one evening, to paint herself for a costume contest. This particular event caused the spark that lit the career of one of today’s most controversial artists. Since the beginning of her artistry, Jen Seidel has fought the battle of bringing the art form that is Body Painting out of the dark and into the light of the mainstream. With her elegant and unique approach to her craft, Jen Seidel is dedicated to painting her talents on the human body to raise awareness for Art, and for Life. Profits from her work are dedicated to charities and causes of her choosing. In this way, she “Paints it Forward.
Glenn RoscoeIn a lifetime you only meet a few people as positive and nice as Glenn. Just by being present, he has the special ability of making you feel that everything will be alright no matter what is happening.
Glenn Roscoe has been endowed with special musical abilities. He exemplified his ability to play the piano at the age of three and at the age of six his parents, the late Dr. Frances L. Waters and Williams H. Waters, II, enrolled him in The Peabody Preparatory School of Music. His education includes:
• The Baltimore City Community College, where he earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Music with a concentration in piano,
• The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music with a concentration in choral music,
• University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Ronald E. McNair Scholars Doctoral Program, with a concentration in ethnomusicology, choral
In February of 2014, he performed at The White House for their Annual Historical Society Black History Month Program. (see picture).
Glenn’s goal is to extol GOD and build a fine arts and cultural music department that would minister to the body of Christ and serve as an evangelical tool to win souls to Christ.
Giraud FosterGiraud Foster, now retired from Johns Hopkins, served as royal physician in Yemen in the early 1960s. He is shown here at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.
Illustrates ART-COLLECTOR (category e), by Gabe Oppenheim (c) 2008, The Washington Post. (CREDIT: Washington Post, photo by Susan Biddle.)
Nanci YoungNanci Young (on left) is a walking miracle. She was a first time breast cancer survivor at 37. At the ripe old age of 61, she has been diagnosed for the 4th time.
Today her cancer is in remission and her attitude is that you can never, ever, ever give up. She will soon publish a book, and has started a cancer foundation to help others on their difficult journeys.
Shown with Nanci on the right is our master furrier, Cynthia Parks.
Beatrice PayneBeatrice Payne was born on April 16, 1909. You do the math!
For decades she has purchased fine minks, only to be traded in years later. Still living independently in good health, "BeBe" touches all who meet her. Her strength of kindness along with her charisma make for a meeting never to be forgotten.
Each year Richard Swartz and Ms. Payne celebrate their birthdays by going out to lunch. They are 2 days and 50 years apart. Love you BeBe, you are truly remarkable.
Nathaniel BennettOur dear friend and customer Nathaniel Bennett has a zest for life and is well known throughout Baltimore for his "gator" wardrobe, his sharp looks and a gregarious personality.
In 2005, at age 54, he had liver cancer and received a liver transplant at the University of Maryland. His strong spirit and family support helped him recover.
Today he is playing with his grandkids and working for The Department of Transportation for Baltimore City.
Thank you Nate, you inspire us all.
Sharon TuckerIn 1992, Sharon was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Pictured here in November 2014 with her long time work-dog "Tommy," Sharon continues to live a life that is not only independent but also full of zeal.
The day of this photo, she was picking up her furs and driving away all on her own. Sharon is so nice and so caring. She has taught us how gracefully to deal with anything life throws at us.
Thank you, Sharon.
Anne EmeryAnne Osborn Emery, Ed.D. contributes above and beyond to her community and worlds. She is a native of Alabama and has been a resident of the Asburton Community since 1964. Dr. Emery has served as a Hospital Dietitian, a Physics and Chemistry teacher, a Science Department Head, a High School Principal, and Assistant Superintendent in Baltimore City Schools.
During her retired years, Dr. Emery has served in leadership for the following organizations. Her tireless work has helped to make each the viable organization they are today.
•The Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy
• The Ashburton Community Association
• The Liberty Medical Center Board
• The Board of Care First, Blue Cross-Blue Shield
• The Tuskegee University Alumni Association
• The College Tour for Baltimore area students
Maj. Gen. Linda L. SinghLinda is one of the nicest, down-to-earth people you will ever meet. But her story is also about perseverance and determination.
From a very humble beginning, this determination has lead her to The U.S. Army War College, Kosovo, and Afghanistan. She became the 29th adjutant general of Maryland and Commander of the Maryland National Guard. In Afghanistan she won a Purple Heart. And while you are meeting her, you will realize she is a true star.
Kami GarciaKami Garcia is the #1 New York Times, USA Today, Publisher Weekly, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Indiebound & international bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures Series and the author of Unbreakable.
Beautiful Creatures has been published in 39 countries and translated into 28 languages. It was made into the 2013 film Beautiful Creatures.
Patti LabelleMs. Patti is a true American treasure. Mano Swartz custom made this full-length natural chinchilla coat for her.
She was as extremely nice and down-to-earth. Now we are rooting for her on dancing with the stars.
Oprah WinfreyOprah lived in Baltimore when she had her first TV job. Her story is well known but incredibly remarkable as well.
Hasim Rahman"The Rock" is a two-time Heavyweight champion. In 2001, he shocked Lennox Lewis and the world in Brakpan, South Africa. Lewis and Rahman traded hard blows for five rounds before Rahman, a 20-to-1 underdog, stunned the crowd by defeating Lewis via 5th-round KO.
He looks great in his Mano furs!