His & Hers Pillowcases from Phina’s for the Home. Made from 100% cotton, 300 thread count and Fair Trade certified.
Cost: $52 per set
Who it’s perfect for:
Newlyweds. While we all love the chance to attend a wedding (at least, when we approve of the match), finding the right gift can be rough. After all, newlyweds don’t always have a ton of space for the appliances, knick-knacks, and heirlooms that friends and relatives rush to load them up with. But they need pillowcases anyway, and these are a perfect blend of romantic and playful.
*Bonus points: Phina’s also offers His/His and Hers/Hers sets. The perfect gift for celebrating Maryland’s embrace of marriage equality!
Anyone celebrating an anniversary. After all these years, grandma and grandpa probably still fight over pillow stealing. This gift puts that all to bed, guaranteeing many more years of marital bliss.
These His/Hers pillowcases are available at Phina’s for the Home, located at 919 South Charles St. in Baltimore.
For some of us, the clichés “TGIF” and “I hate Mondays” don’t always apply. Whether it’s because your job requires you to work hours other than the classic 9-5, or because weekends are all about keeping the kids busy, sometimes Monday can be more Friday than Friday. You know? Except on actual Fridays, you’re less likely to find killer dinner deals at your favorite restaurants, like Corner BYOB. The fine Hampden restaurant (which, as its name indicates, is BYOB) offers a special Monday night $25 Prix-Fixe dinner deal for those looking to start the week off right. Read More →
Last week, Baltimore Fishbowl Weekend explored the world of Baltimore boutiques with women in mind. But don’t fret, guys, Shop Girl knows you’ve got style, too.
Whether you’re a slick clotheshorse who can’t resist the pull of a master tailor or a sports nut who needs new gear for every game, Shop Girl has you covered with this guide for where to find the best men’s clothes in Baltimore.
Spends His Weekends: Squash, cocktails, benefit
On His iPod: Old Blue Eyes and the rest of the Rat Pack
Top DVR Priority: Downton Abbey (his wife watched it first – but he couldn’t resist)
Go-To Outfit: Custom, from collar to wingtip
Style Icon: Don Draper
Where to Shop:
Christopher Schafer Clothier
1400 Aliceanna Street, Harboe East; 410-404-5131; christopherschafer.com
London-trained Christopher Schafer specializes in top-notch tailoring, custom clothes and carefully-selected business attire for men. Schafer isn’t afraid of a little fun – bright colors and unexpected patterns find their way into the shop – but his clothes get noticed for their fit, not their flair.
Samuel Parker Clothier
86 Village Square, Village of Cross Keys; 410-435-5000; samuelparker.com
For the classic sartorialist who seeks out high quality fabric and won’t settle for a less than perfectly tailored fit, Samuel Parker Clothier carries brands with pedigree, including hard to find and made to measure selections from companies like Ralph Lauren, Samuelsohn of Canada, and shoes by Alden of New England, pictured above.
31 South Calvert Street, Downtown; 410-685-7428; theqq.com
A relative newcomer to the Baltimore scene, The QG (aka The Quinntessential Gentleman) originally opened as an old-fashioned, high-end barber shop. Since then, the downtown shop has branched into clothing, offering tailoring and custom clothing in addition to well-respected and classicly prep brands like Smathers & Branson and Gitman Bros.
Loafers & Laces
612 South Exeter Street, Harbor East; 410-244-5344; loafersandlaces.com
The shop started as Baltimore’s only high-end men’s shoe store, but has branched out to include apparel and accessories. Shoes are the main attraction here, though, with an inventory of designer shoes, all crafted in the US..
The Hometown Boy
Spends His Weekends: Coaching lacrosse, walking his lab, throwing back Natty Bohs at the Mt. Washington Tavern.
On His iPod: Dave Matthews Band, Wye Oak
Top DVR Priority: House of Cards – to spy for shots of his office
Go-To Outfit: Khakis, polo, needlepoint crabs-and-lacrosse belt
Style Icon: His dad
Where to Shop:
Yorktowne Plaza, 64 Cranbrook Road, Cockeysville; cohensclothiers.com; 410-666-8020
For over 100 years, Cohen’s Clothiers has been the shop Baltimore school boys head to when they need their first blue blazer. It also outfits men, and specializes in ‘Maryland Pride’ clothing, including the Maryland belt, shown above.
7623 Bellona Avenue; 410-825-5485; jmclaughlin.com
J. McLaughlin is the place for casual clothes that are preppy and classic – but never foppish. Perfect for men who like to add a little flair to their wardrobes but still want to be taken seriously.
Jos. A. Bank Clothiers
Multiple locations; josbank.com
This locally-owned retail powerhouse carries a wide variety of suits, ties, shirts and casual wear. With hundreds of options and sizes kept in-stock, Jos. A. Bank is a one-stop shop for traditional men’s clothing.
Natty Boh Gear
Multiple locations ; nattybohgear.com
It might not be brewed in Maryland anymore but everyone knows that Mr. Boh’s true home is in the Land of Pleasant Living. Whether the Hometown Boy needs a set of Maryland flag cuff links or a “Bohs & Birds” t-shirt, the Natty Boh Gear shop has it covered. Read More →
Two different viewpoints on a classically warm bedroom from our expert consultants that will inspire the way you look at art and the world around you.
The bedroom is the safe haven in a home where we spend most of our free time. Naturally, such a space should be adorned with not only beautiful decor, but also the perfect piece of art to help elevate the mood of the room.
I chose Pezhman’s “Boudoir II” for this classic space. The room has a quiet elegance that is reflected in this contemporary painting. The tall ceilings & ornate details of the space are complimented by the sinuousness and elegance of the piece. The warm palette of the room is contrasted by Pezhman’s infusion of cooler colors.
“Gullion” is the perfect piece for this space. The room is washed with calming neutrals and “Gullion” offers a splash of warm, bold color. The painting draws you to the most important aspect of the space, the bed, where we rest and dream. The artist has embellished the painting with tiny jewels and fragments of glass, which adds a sense of dimension and visual wonder. “Gullion” evokes a sense of tranquility and spirituality, inspiring you to relax and dream freely.
Village of Cross Keys 410.484.8900
Mon-Fri: 10am-6pm Sat: 10am-6pm, Sun: 12-4pm Evenings: by appointment
The Legacy Chase at Shawan Downs is next Saturday, September 27. It’s a Maryland tradition to tailgate at the races, so we thought we’d show you how Halcyon preps for a picnic.
First, think about the menu, taking care to be food safe and making sure that nothing’s too fussy and pretentious. Food that guests can eat with their fingers works best. And keep in mind that people will be grazing all day, so have plenty of food. This is an occasion for good, simple, fun food and plenty of it.
Let’s start with appetizers. We like to bring a selection of cheeses, crackers and grapes, or some pimento cheese. Yes, pimento cheese. It’s a classic. (There’s a reason it’s affectionately called “the caviar of the South.”) Garden & Gun’s recipe is very good and you can make it as spicy or mild as you like by adjusting the Tabasco. Plain crackers are best for this. Your friends will love you if you make deviled eggs. Everyone loves them, they’re easy to make, and they’re always a huge hit.
We love fried chicken. Our go-to spot for the best fried chicken in town? Royal Farms. Order ahead of time, so it’s sure to be ready when you pick it up. Plan on two pieces per person – it’s a long day. Don’t bother with the fries or anything else. Our secret for really crispy chicken? Put it in the oven, interleaved with paper towels, at 175° for about a half an hour. You won’t believe the difference.
You’ll need some vegetables to balance things, so either a selection of crudité or maybe some blanched asparagus wrapped with prosciutto. For the dips, slice off the top of red, yellow and green peppers, clean them out and put the dips in them. Buy the dips or make them – whichever is easiest for you. Don’t bother with a salad unless it’s a potato salad, but you need to be careful about that – the mayonnaise can turn if left in the sun too long.
Now you will need something sweet. Strawberries are always fun, and you can always find them at the store. Cookies are good, and hometown Otterbein chocolate chip cookies almost look homemade. Whip up a box of brownies (we like Ghiradhelli) with a bit of crème de menthe splashed into the batter. They are excellent for a picnic. And since it’s early fall, a bowl of beautiful crisp apples will look wonderful.
Of course, you will need drinks! Mix up a batch of Southsides, using either Mr. Lee’s or Lindsay’s mix (available at Graul’s), and have plenty of ice on hand. Champagne or a sparkling rosè is good, too. Be sure to bring plenty of ice and some bottled water and sodas, especially if it’s warm and sunny. It’s always fun to have silver julep cups on hand, but if they’re heirlooms, be sure to keep an eye on them. Set up the bar in the back of the car, so the hatch shades it.
Get Up & Go!
Ah, mid-September. Usually fall takes its time creeping into Baltimore, but not this year. School’s newly back in session, but already there’s some cool in the air. Though it’s still too early to dive into a pile of leaves, you can definitely dive into fall. Our picks for this weekend:
Head out to Larrliand Farms and spend the day picking Jona Gold apples, kale, raspberries, and tomatoes. While you’re there, be sure to get the scoop on October’s hayride offerings!
For a more mature day trip, you can head out to the Maryland Wine Festival in Westminster. Happening both days this weekend, the wine festival promises live music, food from fabulous restaurants, and of course locally crafted Maryland Wines.
Prefer to stay in-town? You can still get your festival quota in with HampdenFest. The festival that put toilet bowl races on the map stretches into the evening, so as the sun goes down, you can check out the brand new Le Garage, a beer and frites (that is, French fry) shop located on The Avenue. We doubt the frites are as healthy as the kale you could’ve been picking at Larriland, but we suspect that they’re at least as satisfying.
And for those thinking of revamping their wardrobes for the season, be sure to check out the Village of Cross Keys’ Fall Fashion Show– with looks on the runway from Ruth Shaw, Jean Pool, The Pied Piper, and more!
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