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Favorite Daughter...favorite things! 

After all, this is Favorite Daughter. And about that name. I'm the youngest of three kids and the only girl. My dad loves to introduce me as 'his favorite daughter' and it just seemed like a perfect name for my business consulting work. As a company focused on smaller businesses, we tend to become family. On this page you will find great brands, interesting products, wonderful businesses. Stop by often it's an ever-evolving list. I have intentionally added women-owned and black-owned companies. If you have something you think people need to know about, send me a note.

Creatives - Design, Illustration, Words, Photography

Melanie Royster - Artist

I met Melanie through my work with Elizabeth Seton HS and I'm blown away by her creativity and vision. She is a versatile Caribbean-African artist using her artwork to influence change and to empower the community, especially women.

IG: @melryoart


Art Pod Studio - Meredith Meer

Feel Your Best: one art project at a time. Meredith is a rock star artist who can take your team, family, friends on a creative journey. Even those of us who say, "but I'm not an artist..." can learn from Meredith.

IG: @artpod_studio



Two Roses Two Passions - Rose McManus Coleman

Curiosity. Discovery. Learning. Creativity. Connection. Joy. What more can you ask for? Visit Rose's website for her unique offerings or her Zazzle store where she applies her art onto all sorts of products

IG: @tworosestwopassions


Row House Publishing

Row House’s mission is to create an equitable publishing model that represents the values and diversity of


the authors and audience we embrace.


Business Remixed

Trudi Lebron hosts this podcast. She explores how entrepreneurs are remixing their businesses in a shifting


social climate. Business leaders, take a listen.


Melina Cordero

Food & Drink - i can't list them all! So many loves.

Mocktail Club

I came across this brand at Whole Foods Market. I was stopped by awesome package design.

The flavors are so great.



Goldie Falafel

Hands down, the best falafel ever. And, the tahini shake is epic. Worth a trip to Philly!


Nettie's House of Spaghetti

The food was phenomenal and the vibe of the space was perfect!

GREEK Things - because you know, Greeks.

Gus Constantellis

Greek-American comedian who brings to life the reality of having Greek parents.




Greek Festivals

Search for one in your community - the most fun you'll have at a church.


Stray Dog Gin

Greeks make gin? Of course, we make everything. Johnny Livanos comes from a line of food and restaurant folks. He has taken this passion to create a very special spirit.

Shops & Retail Therapy

Community Forklift

Community Forklift is a nonprofit reuse center for home improvement supplies. They collect donations of unwanted and salvaged building materials then, make the building materials available to the public at low cost. They also and provide vintage materials for restoring old homes.

I love this place so much - right now they could use some help as they are losing their location.



Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center

Have you been to the PAAC gift shop? So many local artists and makers are selling their work. You can buy gifts, cards, jewelry, prints. And right now, they are taking pre-orders for their very popular letter-press calendar.


Chartreuse & Company


Inspired Chaos

Doing Good

Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center
I serve on the board of this non profit contemporary art center. Visit the store for unique, handmade gifts. Insider tip: visit Vigilante Coffee across the street.


Silver Spring Cares

Started by realtor Liz Brent (go brent) this organization supports many causes in my local community.


STABLE is a studio complex in DC that provides visual artists with an active work-space and programming for the community

Beauty & Things that Smell Good

Candles by Margot
Vintage & Upcycled 100% Soy Candles. Found Margot a street fesitval. She can turn any vessel into a candle - you can even give her some of your own vintage glassware (that's what I did!) 


Savvy Scents by Sherrie

Beautiful products from a small DC-based business.

Where I’m Eating..?

Compass Rose
Woman-owned restaurant that takes you around the world in one meal.



Your special occasion place.


Officially obsessed. there have been weeks that I've been to Zinnia more than…twice. It's because they have something for everyone - choose your dining adventure. Coffee shop in the morning, lunch in the garden, the downstairs tavern and now the fine dining menu. This is such a great use of a historic space.

Home Cooking

Yes, it's the time of hear to hunker down and get into the kitchen. I love to cook and I'm fortunate that my partner is an excellent cook. He is better at "Iron Chef" - no recipe, just ingredients. I like a recipe - must be the pastry chef training! Some current favorites:

- Sautéed cherry tomato sauce over spaghetti squash;

- My birthday dinner of steamed mussels and grilled branzino.

- I'm hoping for chili soon! What are you cooking? 

Places to Visit - an all maryland/dc list this time.

Philadelphia, PA

Philly is very walkable - we went from Rittenhouse Square to Penn's Landing/Spruce Street Park. We walked the Schuylkil River Trail. From DC, it's an easy trip.

Such a good food town. I might have a mild addiction to all of Michael Solomonov's cooking. The Israeli chef has a few restaurants, Zahav being a favorite of many. Should I mention Goldie again?? We also had a fantastic Italian dinner at Little Nonna. And we headed to Fishtown for a really nice seafood dinner at Kensington Quarter. Sunday wrapped up the weekend with a restaurant that had been on my list for a while - Tulula's Garden.


Charleston, SC

Most of my friends know this is one of my favorite cities. With flights being quite expensive, I'm "forced" to fly to Charleston and drive to Columbia, SC. I'm gonna update after my trip with what the latest and greatest is in Charleston!


Silver Spring, MD

A ‘suburb’ of Washington, DC which is not an actual city. We are unincorporated and we have over 80k residents. I grew up here, but never thought I’d move back. Instead of me telling you what I like about the place, I asked some locals. Check out what they had to say!

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