A Real Friend

When Jeffrey Love learned The Central Perk Coffee Shop would open in New York for one month during the fall of 2014, he asked girlfriend Lauren Bilenky to visit. Lauren, a huge “Friends” fan, was ecstatic. The replica coffee shop marked the 20th anniversary of the sitcom’s first episode, and Lauren had to go. Today,… Read More

Cupcake Love

David Goldstein, from Owings Mills, and Laura Schimberg, from Pikesville, had friends in common in high school through USY. David, a former regional president, was active, and Laura attended the occasional conference. Their paths crossed a few times in high school as well as through college. Eight years after first meeting in 2002, they began… Read More


It was love at first sight for Ethan Zweig. Ethan met Brooke Shemer briefly at a party on New Year’s Eve 2014. Afterward, they connected at Walt’s Inn in Baltimore. “Her smile really stuck with me,” said Ethan, 30. “I really enjoyed talking with her.” Brooke noticed Ethan as well, even pointing him out to… Read More

The Tour Guide

On a stifling hot August afternoon in South Beach, Fla., Drew Bloomberg suggested to Maya Smith that they walk their Miniature Goldendoodle puppy, Jessie, at South Point Park. Upon their arrival, they experienced a challenge with parking, and Drew quietly stewed. After deciding to valet at Smith & Wollensky, one of Miami’s finest restaurants, Maya… Read More

The Sands of Time

In September 2007, Jonathan Maxa took Melissa Dahne on a long weekend trip to the North Carolina Outer Banks. An excursion to Ocracoke Island had its ups and downs. They took a ferry to the island, spent the day and had a lunch that neither enjoyed. At day’s end, they hopped back into Jonathan’s car… Read More

Comfortable, Casual and Fun

Naomi Pinson and Jordan Tucker enjoyed the time of their lives in college. “We would joke that we wished we met each other much later,” said Jordan, 28, a partner in Pikesville commercial real estate firm Deronda Corporation. “We were so happy at such a young age.” Jordan, then 20, and Naomi, 19, connected at… Read More

Camp Connection

Adam Kruger and Samantha Ellis did not go to the same summer camp growing up. But a camp connection through friends brought them together. While a University of Delaware senior in August 2008, Adam hosted a visiting international counselor. At a fraternity party, his friend’s friend brought Sam along. During Sam’s first week on campus,… Read More

At Last

At the encouragement of mutual friends, Melinda Greenbeg and Keith Michel spent two hours at a bakery in April 2010, sharing pastries, smooth conversation and a stroll along the waterfront. Before parting, they arranged their second date, at Peter’s Inn in Fells Point. Meanwhile, they spent several hours each evening sharing their histories by phone…. Read More

School Daze

On June 10, 2014, Mary Lee and Richard Dannenberg brought cupcakes to their daughter’s kindergarten classroom, just as they did each year. Ross Nochumowitz joined them at Southwest Baltimore Charter School that day, to help celebrate teacher Lisa’s 30th birthday. Ross was a familiar visitor to the school, and the students knew him by name…. Read More

A Roller Coaster

At a December 1987 Young Judea convention at Camp Kanata in Wake Forest, N.C., 16-year-old Aaron Becker noticed a cute, smiley girl. “I remember her walking in the room, and I remember I was done. It was love at first sight,” said Aaron, about Karen Hurwitz. They spent the weekend hanging out late into the… Read More