Media/In the News
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Cambridge in the News!
Chesapeake Bay Magazine
This monthly magazine geared toward the boating community published a major feature story by Jody Argo Schroath about downtown Cambridge. The bottom line is this: "I would hazard a guess that Cambridge, with its new restaurants, shops, and galleries, as well as events that run the gamut from arts nights to scuba-flipper races--is the fastest growing boating destination on the Bay." Read the whole thing here.
Eastern Shore Savvy
This article in an online magazine talks about the revival of downtown Cambridge and describes some of the new businesses that'll be opening in the coming months. Writer Amanda Priestley concludes: "Cambridge is doing something right. As Cambridge Main Street and its volunteers lead the charge, a true revitalization is under way on Race and High Streets." Read the whole thing here.
Maryland Life Magazine
Three downtown Cambridge businesses were honored in the magazine's "Free State's Finest" awards. Bistro Poplar was named the best "Fine Dining" restaurant on the Lower Eastern Shore; Jimmie & Sook's was named the best "Family Restaurant" on the Lower Shore; and Joie de Vivre Gallery was named the best Art Gallery on the Lower Shore. You can see the rest of the results at this link.
During a recent broadcast, WMDT-TV News focused on the fact that five new businesses are getting ready to open in downtown Cambridge. They talked with Mari Stanley of Cambridge Main Street and three of the business owners investing in our downtown--JT Merryweather of Realerevival Brewing, Leslie Grove of Magnolia Grove, and Patrick Fanning of Stoked restaurant. You can see a print version of the story here, and and you can also read more about all five of the businesses at this story.
In a story outlining all of the various "Gems Along the Chesapeake," this newspaper in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. says Cambridge is "now one of the Eastern Shore's prime destinations." The lead photo in the article shows crabpickers plying their trade during the annual Taste of Cambridge festival. Read the story here.
This online travel guide sends "food ambassadors" on whirlwind trips to top destinations. In an article titled "Calming Cambridge Retreat," writer Ken Alan dubs Cambridge "the best-kept up-and-coming secret" on the whole Eastern Shore . . . "thanks to a revitalization effort that has taken hold in and around its charming-as-all-get-out main street." Lots of kind words for the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort as well! Check out the whole article here.
Shore Life Magazine
The luxury lifestyle magazine for the Eastern Shore delivers a rave review of downtown Cambridge's award-winning French restaurant, Bistro Poplar. The restaurant is "a wonderful find and is the child of Chef Ian Campbell, a Cambridge native. . . . An evening at Bistro Poplar is a true testament to Chef Campbell's training and professional experience." The magazine also lauds restaurant manager Natalie Brewer as "very possibly the best server on the Eastern Shore." Read the whole thing here.
This monthly magazine featured the Choptank River Lighthouse in the cover story for its September 2012 edition. "Beginning this month a new landmark will brighten up Dorchester County," writes author Donna Wicher. "Cambridge will celebrate the completion of a beautiful, historically accurate lighthouse replica." Located near downtown on the waterfront at Long Wharf, the lighthouse will be dedicated on Sept. 22. For more information, visit the Lighthouse Society website and follow the Lighthouse on Facebook.
This story about local foods and farm-to-table dining found Chef Chad Wells of Alewife Restaurant in Baltimore raving about the work done by the historic J.M. Clayton seafood processing house on Cambridge Creek in downtown. Wells reports visiting other seafood operations, but then says, "Nothing was quite like what the J.M. Clayton Company does." Indeed. Learn more about "the world's oldest crabhouse" at the J.M. Clayton Company website.
The magazine's special "Tour the Shore" package for the summer season touted Cambridge and its downtown as a rising-star travel destination: "This once-dowdy town is downright fashionable now with a Hyatt-run luxury resort/spa, downtown art galleries, studios, gourmet and gift shops vibrant with community spirit, and restaurants praised by food critics, travel writers, and even Tom Brokaw. Taste for yourself at Jimmie & Sook’s, the locally owned (and recently relocated) seafood joint whose against-the-odds startup Brokaw chronicled; Bistro Poplar, a perennial 'best of' winner among Maryland fine-dining restaurants; and the city’s new hotspot, The High Spot, a dormant eatery reborn as a gastropub." The Richardson Museum's boatbuilding efforts and the skipjack Nathan of Dorchester are also featured.
AAA Travel Views
AAA's online travel magazine featured the Harriet Tubman Museum and several other downtown stops in this story about following in the footsteps of the Underground Railroad heroine who was born right here in Dorchester County.
What's Up Eastern Shore
May 31, 2012
A record eight dowtown businesses won honors in the 2012 edition of this lifestyle magazine's Best of the Eastern Shore package. Read the news story on our website to find out about the amazing businesses that our leading the way in the revitalization of our downtown. Congrats to all the winners!
Main Line Today Magazine
This Philadelphia-area lifestyle magazine featured a number of downtown Cambridge businesses--a B&B, restaurants, shops, galleries, and a museum--in this package about traveling to the Eastern Shore.
Maryland Life Magazine
The Austin American Statesman
February, 11, 2012
This Texas newspaper featured the Harriet Tubman Museum and praised our downtown restaurants in a story about traveling to Maryland.
What's Up Eastern Shore
A Chesapeake Blog
While driving through downtown Cambridge, writer Kathy Bosin catches a glimpse of Simmons Center Market and says, "Whoa, let's stop in THERE!" Here's the whole essay.
Writer Gary Lee checks out the Harriet Tubman Museum in downtown Cambridge in "The Black Bucket List: Underground Railroad."
What's Up Eastern Shore
Four dowtown business won 2011 "Best of The Eastern Shore" honors from this regional magazine. Find out who the winners were in this story on our website.
Writer Jeanne Maglaty takes readers "On the Trail of Harriet Tubman," stopping at the Harriet Tubman Museum and taking a walking tour of High Street between dowtown and the waterfront.
Washington Examiner writer Marie Gullard discovers a relaxing mid-winter escape in the story, "Cambridge, Md., is a quiet haven for winding down." "And who would blame the most stressed-out among us for darting out of town, seeking a day or two of blessed escape, toward any tranquil port in the storm?" she writes. "Cambridge, Md., a quaint and colorful maritime town hugging the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, should be calling your name right about now." The story highlights Cambridge House B&B, the Dorchester Center for the Arts, antique shopping, Bistro Poplar, and A Few of My Favorite Things. Read the story.
Marina Life magazine
In "A Bay for All Seasons," Jeff Merrill describes boating and fishing during a fall visit to Cambridge, Maryland in Marina Life magazine. He fishes along the Honga River, Tangier Sound, and the mid-Chesapeake Bay waters. He also discovers the area's maritime history with stops at the Richardson Maritime Museum and the Ruark Boatworks, and a meal at Jimmie and Sook's. Read the story.
What's Up Eastern Shore
Amanda Bramble, owner of Jimmie & Sook's Raw Bar and Grill in Cambridge, was named one of the "People to Watch" in What's Up Eastern Shore magazine. "She admittedly hates to cook—a strange confession for a restaurant owner—and couldn’t wait to leave the Eastern Shore after finishing high school," writes Kelsey Collins. "And leave she did, attending college in southern Maryland and majoring in biology with a plan to enter the medical field. 'I fell back in love with my town, with my downtown, and unexpectedly found my next move in the last place I had thought to look,' Amanda says."
Delmarva Drives blog
Travel blogger Fran Severn makes a visit to the Danny Doughty Gallery on Race Street in Cambridge in a story, "Danny Doughty: Eastern Shore's Joyous Artist." "With vibrant colors, smooth shapes, and gentle themes, he transports us back to a simpler time and place," writes Severn, whose blog is part of Chesapeake Life magazine. "The scenes are far from dramatic—people planting in their truck garden, doing laundry by a stream, cooking outside, or fishing in a creek. Each one is suffused with joy and the happiness of a simple life well-lived." Read the story.
November 14, 2010
The Boston Globe featured Cambridge, Maryland, in a story about great winter escapes. "The town of Cambridge, where time is measured by the tides and the migration patterns of snow geese from Canada and great blue herons, provides a much needed off-season regroup," writes Beth D'Addono. For "retail therapy," she mentions Joie de Vivre Gallery and A Few of My Favorite Things, both on Race Street. Read the story.
The Huffington Post
November 10, 2010
In her story, "On the Trail of Annie Oakley in Cambridge, Maryland," Huffington Post arts writer Susan Dormady Eisenberg writes about the legendary sharpshooter's time in Cambridge and the house where she lived (which still stands, although it's a private residence now)—her only surviving abode. Read the story.
In "Richardson Museum building Cambridge's future by capturing its past," the Bay Journal describes ambitious plans to reinvent the Richardson Maritime Museum and the Ruark Boatworks in Cambridge into the Richardson Maritime Heritage Center. "When it's finished, the museum will no longer be a static place to relive moments in maritime history. It will also be where Cambridge rewrites its future: a waterfront community that not only embraces condos and restaurants but also its rich working-waterfront heritage," writes Rona Kobell. "They include a marine railway that will be able to haul boats out of the water and allow workers to repair them, a boat-building school that will eventually employ more than a dozen skilled craftsmen and a public park along the water. All told, the project could employ close to 100 people in an area where jobs have been scarce." Eventually, she points out, the center hopes to work on the historic replica, Pride of Baltimore II (currently it has to leave the state for repairs.) Read the story.
The Observer News (Florida)
Sailor Mitch Traphagen brings us along on his journey sailing from Cambridge, Maryland down the Intercoastal Waterway to Florida. In this four-part series in the Observer-News out of Florida, he shares the trials, tribulations, and friendly folks he meets along the way. "Cambridge, Maryland, is a friendly community on the Choptank River," he writes. "Founded nearly a century before the Declaration of Independence was written, it is a bustling city with traffic and development that seems to defy its relatively small population. During the age of sail, it was the second largest port in Maryland and today a city park that greets visitors coming from the Baltimore / Washington area is centered upon a large artistic rendition of a sail. Along the waterfront, boat builders restore skipjacks and other historic boats to their former glory and the well-managed city-owned marina is surrounded by parks and historic homes." Read the story.
AAA World magazine
AAA World magazine, which goes out to 2 million homes in the Mid-Atlantic area, ran a story on visiting the Eastern Shore. Cambridge, the Hyatt, and Blackwater figured prominently. Here's an excerpt: "To best appreciate the many diverse sights and experiences the Eastern Shore offers, choose lodging near a central location such as the town of Cambridge, the county seat of Dorchester and one of the oldest towns in Maryalnd. Located on the banks of the Choptank, Cambridge—now in the midst of a revitalization—is home to a variety of attractions, shops, and lodgings. It also offers the conveniences of a big city while maintaining the picturesque charm of a small seaside town."
Cambridge artist John Root Hopkins, whose work is at Cambridge's Joie de Vivre Gallery and elsewhere in town, was highlighted in a Baltimore magazine story by John Lewis. Several of Hopkins’ pieces will be part of the new show at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, “What Makes Us Smile?” co-curated by Simpsons creator Matt Groening and opening October 9.
What's Up Eastern Shore
What’s Up Eastern Shore featured a cover photo and story on ChesapeakeMan, the September triathlon that happens in Cambridge (this year on Sept. 25). In the same issue Summer Send-Off was one of the featured events, and there was coverage of the new historic sign (on library grounds) about native son and award-winning author John Barth. And both Cambridge Main Street members Avé Salon Spa and the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort picked up "Best of the Eastern Shore" mentions in the magazine’s Best of Beauty and Fitness Readers’ Poll.
The Parent Paper, Bergen County Record's magazine
September 1, 2010
This Bergen County, New Jersey publication featured a story about visiting Cambridge and other parts of Dorchester County with children. The story mentions the Harriet Tubman Museum on Race Street, Portside Restaurant, the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort, and more. Read the story.
The Washington Post Weekend Section
August 15 and August 22, 2010
The Washington Post featured Cambridge two weeks in a row in its Sunday Travel section. Post writer Nancy Trejos wrote about her stay at the Mill Street Inn, owned by Jennie and Skip Rideout. Calling Cambridge "charming," she said the Rideouts "brought attentiveness to a new level." She mentioned the bed and breakfast's "scrumptious pecan waffles" (with pecans picked from their own tree). Read the Mill Street Inn story here. Trejos wrote a separate story about Cambridge's ties to famed sharpshooter Annie Oakley. "I was paying homage to this symbol of late-19th, early-20th-century girl power on the 150th anniversary of the year she was born. And there was no better place to do it than in Cambridge, Md., the Eastern Shore town she called home from 1913 to 1915. The entire town is celebrating Oakley this year, with a two-day festival held earlier this month and a renewed sense of pride in the sort-of native daughter's accomplishments..." Getting mentions in the story are Amanda Bramble, owner of Jimmie & Sook's; Kevin Davidson, owner of Backfin Antiques; Carol Baker-Jones, owner of the house where Annie Oakley lived in Cambridge; and Capt. Phil Gootee of Gootee's Marine, who took Trejos out on a fishing charter. Read the entire Annie Oakley story here.
What's Up Eastern Shore
Four downtown Cambridge businesses won "Best of the Eastern Shore" honors from What's Up Eastern Shore magazine. Congratulations to Bistro Poplar (Best French Restaurant, Best Seasonally Inspired Menu), Jimmie & Sook’s Raw Bar and Grill (Best Raw Bar), Joie de Vivre Gallery (Best Artisan Jewelry), and Sunnyside (Best Women's Apparel). UPDATE: In the September 2010 issue, Avé Salon Spa won "Best of" honors for “Best Relaxing Spa Experience” and “Best Salon for Coloring."
Maryland Life tells the backstory behind Jimmie & Sook's Raw Bara and Grill in Cambridge. If there’s anyplace where it takes a village to open a restaurant, it has to be Cambridge, where a cadre of true believers is busily restoring the city’s once-bustling downtown business district—often, it seems, one brick at a time," writes Chris Guy. "This close-knit community of earnest “come-heres” and determined natives has stepped up big for the latest entrepreneur, Amanda Bramble, a hometown 20-something former bartender and restaurant manager who wouldn’t quit when the bankers scoffed at her plans for opening her own place in the dead of winter and in the depths of a recession." Read the story.
Urbanite editor-in-chief David Dudley writes about Bistro Poplar in downtown Cambridge, an unexpected French eatery tucked away in the small downtown, founded by a 29-year-old chef and native son. "Bistro Poplar is the kind of place you'd wish would open in your neighborhood, a warm room dominated by a zinc bar and menu full of rustic, uncomplicated French fare: coq au vin, steak frites, buttery duck breast paired with polenta, a rich rare lamb leg atop of winey bed of flageolet beans. There's poached lobster with celeriac remoulade, and not a crab cake in sight," he writes. "The restaurant offers as accomplished a take on bistro cooking as you'll find in Baltimore, if not better, and priced well below the city norm." Read the story.
Tom Brokaw's hourlong documentary on Route 50, which premiered Jan. 18, opens with a segment on Cambridge. “Tom Brokaw Presents: American Character Along Highway 50” features local watermen, crab-pickers, the mayor, and downtown entrepreneur Amanda Bramble, who opened Jimmie & Sook's Raw Bar and Grill in January 2009. In the documentary, Brokaw travels 3,000 miles on Route 50, from Maryland to California, to take the pulse of the country from folks living in towns along the highway. Brokaw says of Jimmie & Sook's owner Amanda Bramble: "Her fight is indicative of a kind of American spirit that seems alive and well in Cambridge." Watch the documentary here.
What's Up Eastern Shore
Three Cambridge residents—all involved in one way or another with making downtown a better place—were named "People to Watch" by What's Up Eastern Shore magazine. Congratulations to Ian Campbell, chef at Bistro Poplar; Jermaine Anderson, co-chair of the Cambridge Lives! revitalization program; and Amanda Fenstermaker, director of Dorchester County Tourism. They are three of nine people under 40 across the Eastern Shore selected as people who are making a difference in the January issue of the magazine.
December 3, 2009
"It was the best cream of crab soup we’ve had anywhere, no question." This is just one quote from a glowing review of Jimmie & Sook's in a Daily Times review. One more quote: "Come to Jimmie & Sook’s because it’s a good place to start rediscovering downtown Cambridge, which is experiencing an impressive renaissance." Read the whole review.
December 2, 2009
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot made several stops at downtown Cambridge shops Dec. 1 during his 'shop local' tour to promote buying locally for the holidays. He said he wished he could "bottle" up what's happening downtown and take it to towns around the state. Read the story.
Chesapeake Life magazine
Chesapeake Life magazine asks 10 top chefs where they like to eat on their days off. Bistro Poplar in downtown Cambridge is where Chef Giancarlo Tondin of Scossa Restaurant (Easton) dines. And Chef Ian Campbell of Bistro Poplar himself? He heads to Main Street member Ocean Odyssey. Read the story.
Maryland Life magazine
Jimmie & Sook's Raw Bar and Grill captures the limelight in the November Maryland Life feature story, "Food Among Friends: How Cambridge Built a restaurant," by Chris Guy. An excerpt:
Cambridge embarks on Pine Street revitalization
WBOC-TV, September 2009
WBOC-TV's Brie Jackson talks to residents of the Pine Street area, which adjoins the downtown district, about a new program that aims to help revitalize Pine Street. Watch the video here.
Bella Luna restaurant reviewed in Chesapeake Life magazine
Chesapeake Life, September/October 2009
A few quotes: "If you order gnocchi 'made Barb’s favorite way,' you’ll learn that she loves simplicity and why the plump, charmingly misshapen potato dumplings dressed in butter and cream and flecked with bits of prosciutto, basil, and tomato could be anyone’s favorite." "The made-in-house desserts at Bella Luna were some of the best I’ve had." .... “Cambridge is fast developing a dining scene that’s worth the trip.” Read the full review.
Chesapeake Foodie raves about Taste of Cambridge
Chesapeake Foodie, September 2009
Chesapeake Foodie features lots of great photos of Taste of Cambridge, along with this: "We walked away from this one saying it had to be one of our favorite food festivals of the year. A terrific community event, with the growing list of great Cambridge restaurants treating us to their top crab dishes.... If you're looking for a new hotspot on the Eastern Shore to discover, put Cambridge on your short list." They also share the recipe for spicy crab salad in a ginger crepe from Bistro Poplar's Ian Campbell. Read the full story.
Bistro Poplar restaurant reviewed in the Daily Times
The Daily Times, August 2009
A few quotes: “...the restaurant creates delectable dishes,” the Daily Times wrote, noting the green tomatoes and crab hash appetizer, the peppercorn-crusted bison rib-eye, and the broccoli rabe (“a complete triumph”). Read the full story.
Quotable: Peter Franchot in the Star Democract
Star Democrat, August 29, 2009
From a story about downtown Cambridge, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot "said he wished he could bottle up what's going on in Cambridge and export it to towns all across Maryland that lack the diverse retail and restaurants that Cambridge has attracted recently. 'I wish we could take the lessons learned and give them to every area around the state,' he said, adding he would love to see his hometown of Takoma Park attract a restaurant like Bistro Poplar or Bella Luna."
Cambridge restaurants gear up for Crab Cook-Off
WBOC-TV, Channel 16, July 9, 2009
Cambridge chefs Barbara Helish of Bella Luna and Paul Shiley of Clearview at Horn's Point were featured in a story by WBOC-TV previewing the Taste of Cambridge's Crab Cook-Off. Unfortunately, the video is no longer available for viewing.
Governor O'Malley visits downtown Cambridge, announces Maple Street area as a new "Smart Site"
WBOC-TV, Channel 16, June 29, 2009
Governor Martin O'Malley took a walk through downtown Cambridge June 28 and announced that Cambridge would be one of 15 "Smart Sites" selected in Maryland. Unfortunately, the video is no longer available for viewing.
Cambridge entrepreneur is 'reinventing the American dream'
Today Show, June 2009
A 3.5-minute segment featuring Amanda Bramble, owner of Jimmie & Sook's Bar and Grill in Cambridge, MD, appeared on the June 1 Today Show. The piece is part of an ongoing series by Tom Brokaw, who's traveling the country talking with people in towns along Route 50. Brokaw told the Today Show, "We thought we should hear from people from the ground up. What was so heartening was that there was very little complaining, and I think Amanda, who opened a restaurant in Cambridge, Maryland, maybe is the best example of all that." He went on to say that people like Amanda "are reinventing the American dream." The segment was also featured on CNBC's The Closing Bell and MSNBC's Morning Joe. Watch the segment here.
Salon Today, June 2009
The June issue of Salon Today magazine features a photo of Avé Salon Spa in Cambridge in a story titled, "Trends from 2009 Salons of the Year," looking at which salons nationwide are pioneering design trends. Cambridge designer and faux painter Bob Ritz created the dimensional beautiful tree on the wall (with a pastry bag, of all things). See the story.
Cambridge residents save historic home
WBOC-TV, June 2009
June 1, 2009—Cambridge residents band together to save a historic High Street home from demolition. Unfortunately, the video from WBOC is no longer available online.
Cambridge crab house struggles to find employees
NBC Nightly News, May 2009
May 27, 2009—J.M. Clayton Co., a longtime crabhouse in Cambridge, MD, was featured on NBC Nightly News. Tom Brokaw did a 4-1/2-minute news segment about the challenges facing area crabhouses trying to find workers to pick their crabs because of H2B visa restrictions. This is a crucial issue for our local economy.
Cambridge restaurants, shops earn raves in 'Best of the Eastern Shore 2009'
What's Up Eastern Shore, June 2009
June 1, 2009—Two downtown Cambridge restaurants — Bistro Poplar and Jimmie & Sook's Bar and Grill — along with Chesapeake Classics, won honors in the annual "Best of the Eastern Shore 2009" in What's Up Eastern Shore magazine. The reader's choice awards named Bistro Poplar the "Best French Restaurant." Jimmie & Sook's tied for the "Best Raw Bar" with Harris Crab House. And Chesapeake Classics topped the "Best Unique Gifts" category. If you haven't been to them yet, now's the time to see why people are raving! Read the article.
USA Network, May 2009
Watch Amanda Bramble, owner of Jimmie & Sook's Bar and Grill at 421 Race St. in downtown Cambridge, on national TV. USA Network aired the first of an ongoing series of Tom Brokaw's "Dispatches from the Road," highlighting American characters along Route 50. Amanda Bramble is the first "American character" to be featured. Click here to watch! There will be more monthly updates on Brokaw's travels along Route 50, which stretches from Maryland to California. The dispatches will become part of a documentary, "Tom Brokaw Presents: American Character Along Highway 50," set to air in early 2010 on USA. Reports were also featured on NBC's television and online properties including the Today Show and NBC Nightly News. Veteran journalist Tom Brokaw spent a few days in Cambridge in April, interviewing Bramble and exploring the city and its waters. USA Network's website also includes written profiles of Amanda, local crab house owner Jack Brooks, and local waterman Boo and Bubby Powley. Read them here.
Star-Democrat and Dorchester Star, May 2009
Community members join together to save historic High Street home from demolition. The home at 202 High Street in Cambridge, Maryland, was damaged by fire in May 2008. The Star-Democrat and the Dorchester Star ran stories. Read the story.
Coastal Living magazine
Meet a few of Cambridge's creative types featured in Coastal Living magazine.
Second Saturdays in downtown Cambridge
Enjoy free receptions at the downtown art galleries, check out special sales in the shops, and have a drink or a meal in one of the restaurants that are attracting increasing media attention. Click here to find out what is in store this month.