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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.

Soko Butcher - I don't cook a lot of meat at home, so when I do I want it to be high quality and have a real butcher tell me about it. 




Zinnia - From the same folks as Soko Butcher (and Motorkat, and Takoma Beverage I think I inadvertantly have a favorite local restaurant group...Zinnia takes a historic building and resturant (Mrs K's Tollhouse) and utilizes every space in a unique way. From the gardens to the tavern - you can experience the restaurant your way. 



Mastiha Artisan Greek Bakery - New Location! 

Yeah, no shock this is a favorite. But have you seen their new location in Rockville, MD? More space for the team to make more good! Not just sweets, but savory Greek foods, imported greek provisions and small gifts. Check it out. 

GREEK Things - because you know, Greeks.

Some delicious provisions here:


Ancient Foods

The best foods come from places that stay true to their roots and heritage. We work tirelessly to find locations that are off the beaten path and are often the talk of legends.


Fancy Peasant

My friend Alexandra introduced me to this amazing woman-founder and her olive oil brand. First, did you see the packaging?? Love it so much. 


Opaw Pets

Are you obsessed with your pet? Are you equally obsessed with puns - Opaw Pets (get it? Opa?) Anyway, delightfully Greek pet toys. A portion of the proceeds supports animal rescue and charities in Greece. 


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.


Salt & Vinegar - Philadelphia, PA

So happy and proud of my friend and former colleague Jen Honovic Herczeg for opening her own shop in the Italian Market in Philly. Their mission "serve as a launch pad and testing ground for startups, emerging brands and those from traditionally marginalized and underrepresented groups." Check them out on IG and when you next visit Philadelphia. 

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!) 
IG: @candlesbymargot


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.



Georgia Grace Cafe, Ellicott City, MD

I meet my friend (and CEO//founder of @shearadiance) every month or so for lunch. We love to help each other with our businesses and more importantly to help keep us each grounded. I'm biased - my cousin owns this restaurant! But the food is amazing. The space is lovely. And Ellicott City is one of those charming towns you want to visit.


Mandala Pies, Berlin + Vienna, MD

Oh. My. God. The pies here are some of the best ever. If you are heading to the beach from DC - make the stop. Especially the seasonal pies. Why do I even bother making pies anymore?!


Susana Food Truck, Silver Spring, MD

We have a lot of spots for pupusas in my community. Somehow as we were getting gas, we decided to order some from this food truck. They are the best we've ever had. And we've tried them all! The truck is parked at 8225 Piney Branch Road at Dale Drive. No website. Call or just go there. 301-898-6301

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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