Baltimore Fishbowl Weekend, Featured, Shop Local

Weekend Shopping Report: Sympli Trunk Show, Trendsitions, and Fall Fashion

0 Written by: | Friday, Sep 19, 2014 3:00pm


There are sales galore this weekend, thanks to the Baltimore Fashion Alliance’s TRENDSITIONS Shop Local event.

But before you map out your route for hitting every participating boutique, be sure to pencil in a stop at the Sympli Trunk Show, presented by Jones & Jones now through Sunday! You may even want to time your appearance to coincide with the Village of Cross Keys Fall Fashion Show.

If you’re heading to Shawan Downs on September 27, head to Halcyon House for equestrian-themed linens, portable plates, sporty cutlery and all you need for a pretty picnic spread.

As for the TRENDSITIONS event…Saturday, September 20th, you can snag super deals (along with light bites and tasty sips) at some of the city’s top independent boutiques. Most participating shops are offering at least 20% discounts on a variety of merchandise. Be sure to check out:

Katwalk Boutique (1709 Aliceanna St) 20% off on all tops, and free gifts, to boot!

Handbags in the City (840 Aliceanna St) Bejeweled Prada sunglasses at over 25% off, anyone?

Exclusively Yours (827 N.Charles St) Bold prints and daring designs—particularly fall one-pieces

Poppy and Stella (728 S. Broadway) Shoes, shoes, shoes

LoveLace Showroom (1201 Light St) For gals who like a whole of sparkle

Cristopher Schafer Clothier (1400 Aliceanna St) 20% off of EVERYTHING

And many more. Be sure the check out the Fashion Alliance website for a complete listing.

Worried about parking? The Charm City Circulator provides transportation, so you can hop on and off, shopping without worrying about parking meters.

Culture, Downtown, Featured, Money & Power

Horseshoe Casino, Reviewed: Bets and Bars, Without the Free Drinks

0 Written by: | Friday, Sep 19, 2014 11:40am


As that little skirmish on the first weekend indicated, a fighting stance belies the glitz of the Horseshoe Casino’s coming-out party.

The highway-side billboards for the Maryland Live! Casino in Arundel Mills advertise “Over $10 billion in payouts and counting,” a reminder that the two-year-old gaming complex was there first, and could be easily accessed on the way home.

At a time when Atlantic City casinos are folding and Horseshoe corporate parent Caeser’s has fewer chips to bet, the appeal of a competitor outside the gates is more necessary evil than welcome opportunity for brand synergy.

As such, the Horseshoe’s farriers have taken great pains to make sure wipe from the memory banks and any thought of the neighbor to the south. In fact, from the moment visitors walk safely under cover from the massive parking garage into the casino itself, a neverending stream of bright lights and loud noises wipe away all thoughts of the outside world. The bar doesn’t even close, so there’s no reason to leave.

That first moment entering the casino doesn’t seem designed to appeal to the old school riverboat gambler. Rather, the flash of fluorescent lights seems to be seeking the same disorienting burst of energy that makes children light up when they walk into Chuck-E-Cheese, or wherever the kids go to get silly with their parents’ money these days. At the Horseshoe entrance, however, there is a security guard checking IDs, and the lights shimmering above strive for a bit more elegance.


Elegant lights shine from above.

Striving for elegance at the Horseshoe Casino

The entrance spits patrons forth into a maze of slot machines and tables that form the main event for most casino-goers. After taking a couple of laps around the first floor, it became immediately clear that all of the shining, buzzing machines were the main attraction. The gambling takes up most of the center, with the exception of the 24-hour bar. Read More →

Featured, Lifeline, Money & Power

Thousands of Ravens Fans Replace Their Ray Rice Jerseys

0 Written by: | Friday, Sep 19, 2014 11:09am

Ravens kicker Justin Tucker. Which player's jersey would you pick as a replacement?

Ravens kicker Justin Tucker. Which player’s jersey would you pick as a replacement?

NFL replica jerseys can cost as much as $300. So it’s only fair that the Baltimore Ravens set up an exchange for fans who no longer want to wear their Ray Rice jerseys after he was ignominiously cut from the team for assaulting his then-fiancee.

This morning, “[t]housands of Ravens fans” showed up at M&T Bank Stadium to turn in their Rice jerseys for replica jerseys of the players of their choice. One 19-year-old fan, interviewed by the Baltimore Sun, was planning to get a Justin Tucker jersey in exchange. A skinny kicker who sings opera? Hopefully he won’t be committing any unconscionable acts any time soon. Read More →

Featured, Money & Power

Trouble in Tom Clancy Land

0 Written by: | Friday, Sep 19, 2014 10:44am


Tom Clancy’s lawyer and Tom Clancy’s widow are in the middle of a very big legal fight. If this were a Tom Clancy novel, there would be some sort of international political intrigue at the heart of it, but it’s real life, so it seems mostly to be about boring old money.

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Featured, Fells Point, Inner Harbor, Lifeline

HuffPo Lavishes More Praise on Baltimore

0 Written by: | Friday, Sep 19, 2014 10:28am

Photo via HuffPo

Photo via HuffPo

It was a mere four months ago that the Huffington Post decided Baltimore was a great place to visit. I guess they felt as though people didn’t get the message, because they’re at it again, with a list of “10 reasons why Baltimore should be your next weekend getaway.”

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Featured, Food & Drink

Baltimore Seafood Festival – this weekend in Canton!

0 Written by: | Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 2:05pm


Seafood. My favorite…and thankfully, living so close to the Chesapeake Bay, Baltimoreans are lucky to have access to fresh, delicious seafood. To me, sitting in someone’s backyard picking crabs is quintessential Baltimore. Some of my best family memories are definitely the backyard crab feasts. Crabs can be very expensive, so it was always a huge treat to have them – my parents had six kids, so a million other things had to come ahead of buying a bushel of crabs! When I was a teenager, I worked a summer job at a carry out crab house and it was always fun, especially at closing time. The two big questions were: 1) how many crabs will be left over tonight and 2) will I ever get this smell out of my sneakers? (Those Tretorns were NOT allowed in my house. The leftover crabs were…)

So, yes, Baltimore loves its seafood, so it’s fitting that there is now a seafood festival IN the City (#ilovethiscity) and it’s this weekend! The Baltimore Seafood Festival at the Canton Waterfront Park will offer tons and tons of seafood from over twenty local restaurants, drinks, live music by Strykers Posse (reggae band) and Super Bueno (cover band), cooking demos and an area for families with toys, games, face painting and more. The Baltimore Seafood Festival is the only large scale seafood festival in Baltimore City.

LOOK at this list of participating restaurants: Read More →

Featured, Health and Fitness, Lifeline

Ex-Raven Donates Kidney to Ex-Steeler

0 Written by: | Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 10:36am

Photo via WJZ

Photo via WJZ

With all the awful news about football players circulating these days, it’s nice to hear a heart-warming story every now and then. Like this one, about former Raven Ma’ake Kemoeatu donating a kidney to his brother, Chris, even though his brother used to play for the Steelers.

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Featured, Lifeline

Towson’s 4.23-Mile Bike Loop Is Now Open

0 Written by: | Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 8:51am

Towson Bike Beltway

The original Towson BIke Beltway concept, via Baltimore Velo.

Just the promise of the Towson Bike Beltway was apparently enough for Livability.com to rank Towson as the 42nd most livable mid-size city in the country. Now, the ambitious project, two years in the making, is completed and ready for cyclists.

According to the Baltimore Sun, the loop hits the shopping district, both Towson University and Goucher, and the city’s government center. The Towson Bike Beltway is patched together from a mix of “dedicated bike lanes where possible, bike lanes next to parking lanes and routes that are not marked but have signage to remind drivers to share the road with bicyclists.” Read More →

Featured, Lifeline

Baltimore City Hall Turns Orange for Division-Champ O’s!

0 Written by: | Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 8:30am

Division Champ

Via Twitter.

The Baltimore Orioles hadn’t won their division since 1983. Plus, at the beginning of this season, most baseball opinionators didn’t give us very good odds of coming out on top. So, expect us to celebrate our postseason-bound Birds for a while.

When it comes to grand Orioles-inspired gesturs, City Hall really brought their A-game. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake posted the above photo to her Twitter profile Wednesday night with the following caption:

“Paint the City orange starting w/ City Hall! Go O’s!

FYI, the Orioles are holding a series of “We Won’t Stop” rallies featuring former O’s players at various locations around Baltimore beginning today. See the schedule here.


Featured, Lifeline

Chris Davis Lifts Truck Off Accident Victim

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 10:03am


On Monday, a car accident on I-295 left one victim pinned underneath a pickup truck. A bunch of people gathered to help lift the pickup off the trapped man… and one of them happened to be Baltimore Oriole Chris Davis.

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