Baltimore Fishbowl Weekend, Culture, Food & Drink, Giving

Pigtown Design: Oh What a Night! The Baltimore Museum of Art Celebrates 100 Years

0 Written by: | Monday, Nov 17, 2014 12:00pm

Over the weekend, we celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the opening of the Baltimore Museum of Art, with a gala party in the museum’s galleries. It was the most amazing party, and I am so lucky that I had an opportunity to attend the dinner and then the after-party.image

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Culture, Food & Drink, Giving, Lifeline, Schools

Friends Welcomes the Holiday Season With Holly Fest, Artisan Market & Holiday Fair

0 Written by: | Monday, Nov 10, 2014 12:38pm

holly fest 2014 flyer (1)The Friends School Parents Association will host its 29th annual Holly Fest on Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 10 am to 4 pm in the school’s gymnasiums, located at 5114 N. Charles Street, in Baltimore, 21210. Read More →

Giving, Shop Girl, Shop Local

Shopping Report: Holiday Shopping is Here

0 Written by: | Friday, Nov 07, 2014 1:00pm

Shopping Report

The jack-o-lanterns have been stowed and it’s time for Baltimore to start thinking about holiday shopping. Local stores are jump-starting the holiday season with a variety of events and sales – and even an appearance by the big guy in red.


Below, check out what’s happening in Baltimore this week:


  • On Friday, November 7th, new boutique The Girl Next Door opens in the Village of Cross Keys. Launched by the owners of Ruth Shaw, the new shop will focus on contemporary lines with stripped down, but still luxe, aesthetics.
  • Kick off the holiday season at Boulevard of Chic Held at Pierce’s Park at Pier 5 and Eastern Avenue from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 8th, this event will feature several of the area’s top fashion trucks, including Hobo the Original, Side Dish, Grassroots Charm City Mobile Boutique, Celebrities Mobile Boutique, The Pink Armoire and Go Gorgeous.
  • Celebrate Neighborhood Toy Store Day at aMuse Toys in Fells Point and Quarry Lake. On Saturday, November 8th the shops will recognize the day with celebrations of their communities, with 10% of sales donated to a local nonprofit. Over the past five years, aMuse has donated thousands of dollars to local organizations thanks to customer involvement on Neighborhood Toy Store Day.
  • Matava Shoes in Greenspring Station will host a trunk show, featuring the Canadian footwear company PAJAR, on Saturday, November 8th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • At 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 8th, at the Peabody Heights Brewery, the Young Democrats of Maryland Women’s Caucus will host the 6th Annual Divas Fashion Show, featuring Baltimore-brewed and inspired beers and local fashion designers including Christopher Schafer Clothier and Ella Moda Couture.
  • The holiday season gets underway this week at Towson Town Center, with the arrival of Santa Claus on Friday, November 14th.
  • Radcliffe Jewelers will host its annual holiday show from November 14th through the 16th. Representatives from some of Radcliffe’s most loved brands will be on hand to help customers shop for the holidays (or themselves).
  • On the 14th at 5 p.m., The QG will host its annual Fall Trunk Show, featuring the classic boot brand Red Wing. From the 14th to the 16th, the purchase of any Red Wing shoes will come with gifts, an additional 20% off Red Wing accessories and the chance to win a free pair of Red Wing boots.
  • From now through November 17th, The Pleasure of Your Company is offering 20% off numerous holiday photocards (through their website only).
  • And you can catch the Gottex Trunk Show from the 13th-15th at Bare Necessities in Green Spring Station

Baltimore Fishbowl Weekend, Featured, Giving, Health and Fitness, Lifeline

Bon Secours Cleans & Greens The Wire

1 Written by: | Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 11:17am

“Oh yeah, I loved the The Wire.”

The young sales guy at Stirling Castle in Scotland said that to me this summer when I shared that we were visiting from Baltimore.  As I left the shop, I immediately thought of the Bon Secours Clean & Green program that I suspected at that moment was operating near “the corner,” mowing a lawn or installing a rain garden. 

Baltimore leads the country in many ways that we’d rather not lead, and the HBO shows The Corner and The Wire brilliantly captured some of our metro’s challenges. Yet, the city is also home to many upbeat stories about cool people trying to make this quirky and interesting town better. Located literally on “the corner” near Fayette and Monroe Streets in Southwest Baltimore, the Bon Secours Clean & Green program is one of those stories.

Lionel Terrell credits the Clean & Green program for helping him turn his life around, now heads the program.

Lionel Terrell credits the Clean & Green program for helping him turn his life around, now heads the program.

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Annapolis, Giving, Lifeline

Annapolis Hailed as National Treasure, Braces for Future Flooding

0 Written by: | Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 2:27pm

photo via City of Annapolis

photo via City of Annapolis

A historic preservation group bestowed “National Treasure” status on Annapolis today, but they didn’t have Nicolas Cage or tourism dollars in mind. Instead, they’re aiming to keep the jewel from disappearing underwater. Read More →

Giving, Lifeline, Money & Power

Piper Kerman, Bill Keller to Speak at Big Change Baltimore, Oct. 27

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 3:20pm


Following the success of Big Change Baltimore 2013, the Open Society Institute-Baltimore is reconvening business, philanthropic and political leaders to discuss how to improve the city at Big Change 2014 on October 27 from 3:30 p.m to 7:00 p.m. at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert Street. Speakers this year include Piper Kerman, of “Orange is the New Black” fame, former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller and several other extraordinary thinkers, researchers and visionaries. Guests will learn about progress in Baltimore’s communities, share stimulating conversation and ideas, search for answers to stubborn city problems and help chart the course for a promising future for all who live and work in Baltimore. Read More →

Cross Keys, Giving, Shop Local, Sponsored Post

Suited to Succeed Week! Donate and Save at Chezelle in the Village of Cross Keys

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 11:00am


Help other women get off welfare and back into the workforce!
Your clothing donation makes a difference.

Suited to Succeed Week

October 23 – November 1



*Selected designers excluded. Excludes prior sales, layaways and special orders.

Suited to Succeed is a non-profit organization designed to help low-income
women make a successful tailored transition back into the workforce.

Donation must be presented for discount.

STORE HOURS   |   MondaySaturday: 10–6   Sunday: 12–4

Giving, Shop Local

Shop-a-Paw-Looza Update: 300 Items to Bid On, $20K Raised

0 Written by: | Monday, Oct 20, 2014 4:05pm

SPCA auction

The Maryland SPCA has close to 300 items to bid on now (more being added every day)!  So far the organization has almost $20,000 in bids which is half of its $40,000 fundraising goal.

Each day the MDSPCA features one Item of the Day on its Facebook page (check it out here) as well as general auction posts.  One item available for bid: A One of a Kind Ravens Weekend Experience for Two that includes (Saturday, November 8), practice at Ravens facility (Owings Mills); dinner at Sullivan’s Steakhouse; overnight stay at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore, and (on Sunday, November 9), pre-game passes; tickets to the Ravens game vs. Tennessee Titans (near 50-yard line). Cheer on the Ravens, experience a weekend you’ll never forget, and help homeless pets at the MD SPCA, by placing your bid at Read More →

Featured, Giving, Health and Fitness

Under Armour Donates Fancy Gyms to Baltimore’s Firehouses

0 Written by: | Monday, Oct 20, 2014 9:15am


Not long ago, the Baltimore Fire Department was so cash-strapped that they considered selling ad space on the sides of their fire trucks. Clearly, there was no extra money in the budget for fancy gym equipment–even though staying in shape is a crucial part of a firefighter’s job. Luckily, some of our favorite local do-gooders decided to adopt this problem as their own, resulting in new, state-of-the-art gym equipment in the city’s three busiest fire houses.

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Giving, Shop Local

Have You Visited Shop-a-Paw Looza Yet?

0 Written by: | Friday, Oct 10, 2014 2:45pm

SPCA auction

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