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Trillium and Sima Blue: Keeping Charm City Fashionable for 25 Years

4 Written by: | Wednesday, Jun 01, 2016 3:06pm

Trillium and Sima Blue: Keeping Charm City Fashionable for 25 Years -

Sima Blue was turning 50 and life, as it happens, was evolving. She was running the men’s personal shopping department at Macy’s and feeling like she needed a change. She mentioned to a friend that if she was ever looking for help at her boutique, to give her a call.

Her friend called the next day. They went to breakfast the day after that.

“I asked her if she wanted help managing the store. No. Did she want help in the store? No. So I finally asked her, what are you looking for. Know what she said? I’m looking for you to buy my store,” said Sima. Read More →

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Three Spring Hair Styles from UNO the Salon

0 Written by: | Friday, Apr 29, 2016 10:00am

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I’d add especially when it comes to hair styling. Read More →

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What’s In Store: Bijoux Jewels at Green Spring Station

0 Written by: | Thursday, Dec 24, 2015 7:00am

What's In Store? Bijoux at Green Spring Station

Renee Wilson has been in the jewelry business for over 25 years — first managing Heirloom Jewels and now as owner/proprietor of Bijoux Jewels in Green Spring Station.

As one who appreciates the finer things in life (she and her staff just celebrated their 10th annual blintz caviar and champagne day), Renee believes that each piece in her shop must be special, beautiful, superbly crafted, and wearable.

What's In Store? Bijoux at Green Spring Station

“Jewelry stills thrills me and I love to see it thrill others!” said Renee.

She showed us five of her favorite one-of-a-kind pieces currently in store — perfect for last minute gifting! {PS – they are having a 50% off sale!}

What's In Store? Bijoux at Green Spring StationBijoux Jewels Cherub
Perfect for the Holidays! A Harp Playing Cherub Pendant in 18K Gold with diamonds.

What's In Store? Bijoux at Green Spring StationBijoux Jewels Diamond Sapphire Ring
Art Deco Style Ring in 14K Gold Filigree with Diamonds and square cut Sapphires.

What's In Store? Bijoux at Green Spring StationBijoux Jewels Pear Diamond
Made 100 years ago! A very special Edwardian, circa 1915, Filigree Platinum Ring with a pear shaped Diamond and Sapphire accents. What's In Store? Bijoux at Green Spring StationBijoux Jewels Pearl Diamonds
Fresh Water Baroque Pearl Necklace studded with Diamonds.

What's In Store? Bijoux at Green Spring Station

Bijoux Jewels Purple
For the Ravens Fanatic! A Large Maltese Cross with Amethysts and Pink Sapphires set in 18K Yellow Gold and Sterling Silver.

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Shopping Report: New Year, New Sales

0 Written by: | Friday, Jan 02, 2015 2:11pm

Shopping Report

The champagne corks have been popped and everyone is gearing up to go back to work and school. Around Baltimore, post-Christmas sales are winding down, though even in the thick of winter, there are sales to be shopped. Here’s some of what’s happening in Baltimore this week:

  • The Winter Clearance sale has begun at Jones & Jones in The Village of Cross Keys, with fall and winter clothes on sale for up to 50% off.
  • Also in Cross Keys, shoes are discounted up to 70% at Ruth Shaw.
  • From January 8th through the 11th, the discounts will expand at Cross Keys, during its annual winter sale, with stores featuring discounts of up to 75% off.
  • On January 3rd, newly engaged couples can get a head start on planning at the Bow Ties & Bubbly event, held just over the Bay Bridge at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club. The event includes numerous vendors from Baltimore, from florists and dress shops to stationery stores.S

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Shopping Report: The Post-Holiday Rush

0 Written by: | Friday, Dec 26, 2014 3:00pm

Shopping Report

Now that all the gifts have been unwrapped and the cookies eaten, it’s time to take a little break, rest, relax – and shop! This week is an especially good time to stock up on holiday wrapping paper, cards and decorative items for next year, and to find the perfect outfit for New Year’s Eve festivities and upcoming winter vacations.

Many local shops are winding down the year with great discounts – or ramping up for 2015 with new merchandise. A word of warning, though – before you head out to a particular shop, check their Facebook page or give them a call, to make sure they are open. A few local shops are closed until the New Year.

Here’s some of what’s happening in and around Baltimore this week:


  • For decorations, home and garden shops, including Stebbins Anderson in Kenilworth, Watson’s Garden Center in Timonium and Homestead Gardens in Annapolis and Severna Park, are always chock full of great sales on holiday-themed items.
  • For discounted holiday cards and other merchandise, visit The Pleasure of Your Company in Greenspring Station, where the post-holiday sale has just begun.
  • The holidays are over but complimentary holiday parking in Harbor East will continue through the weekend – so take advantage while there’s still time.
  • At South Moon Under, dozens of items are on sale, including a wide variety of winter and holiday-themed home and gift items.
  • From now through the first of January, Brightside Boutique & Art Studio, in Federal Hill and Fells Point, is offering 20% off purchases of $50 or more.
  • At Chezelle in Cross Keys, the Spring ’15 Margaret Winters trunk show continues through the 30th. Now through the 30th, visit the Chezelle website for a coupon for 50% off any $150 purchase (exclusions listed at the link).
  • At Alice Jane on Falls Road, new arrivals include great dresses for New Year’s Eve and casual jeans and tops perfect for winter vacation.
  • Hats in the Belfry has a fabulous selection of fascinators perfect for the most glamorous New Year’s Eve plans.
  • At Something Else in Mount Washington, the After Christmas Sale is going strong, with all coats, sweaters and winter wear is 50% off.

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Shopping Report: The Home Stretch

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

Santa Key

With the Festival of Lights well underway and Christmas coming mid-week, the annual shopping rush is at its peak. As you scurry around the city to finish shopping, keep your spirits up with events, carols and sales around the region, including:

  • The Village of Cross Keys will remain festive up until the last minute, with carolers and live music on both Saturday, December 20th and Wednesday the 24th.
  • Seasonal magic will also stay alive at The Shops at Kenilworth through Christmas Eve, with Santa and the holiday train garden. On Saturday, December 20th, join Santa for breakfast and a holiday magic show, with proceeds benefiting the Salvation Army. Local musical groups will also perform, on the 20th, 22nd and 23rd.
  • Evenings from the 20th through the 23rd, Falkenhan’s Hardware in Hampden will host the Street Meat Hot Dog Cart and The Local Oyster. Plus, on the 20th, Santa will make an appearance for photos.
  • From now through December 24th, all throws are 20% off at Linens & Lingerie in Ruxton.
  • Take a break from shopping at Belvedere Square to catch a Christmas Eve showing of “Miracle on 34th Street” at The Senator Theatre (show times throughout the day).
  • Complimentary holiday parking in Harbor East will last all week – through Christmas and beyond – making your last-minute shopping excursions a little easier.
  • At Chezelle in Cross Keys, the Spring ’15 Margaret Winters trunk show will be a little ray of sunshine in the midst of the busy Christmas season. Lasting from December 15th through the 30th, it’ll give you a great excuse to think spring, even if just for a moment. Plus, now through the 30th, visit the Chezelle website for a coupon for 50% off any $150 purchase (exclusions listed at the link).

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Shopping Report: The More, The Merrier

0 Written by: | Friday, Dec 12, 2014 3:30pm

Shopping Report

The holiday shopping season continues to sparkle all over the region. This week brings a new batch of sales and events that will keep everyone feeling merry and bright. Here is some of what’s happening around the region this weekend and next week:

• On Saturday, December 13th, celebrate an Annapolitan Christmas as the West Annapolis Shopping District holds its Holiday Magic event, including Santa, horse and carriage rides, caroling and more. Read More →

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Shopping Report: Santa, Sales, and So Much More

0 Written by: | Friday, Dec 05, 2014 3:00pm

MICA Art Market

By Kit Waskom Pollard

Bells are ringing and children are singing all over Baltimore this week. With the Monument lit and a chill in the air, the city is in full-fledged holiday mode – which means shopping has never been better.

This week, find sales and events all over the region. Here’s a look at some of what’s happening this weekend and all week long.

  • Santa has arrived at The Shops at Kenilworth, along with the storied annual holiday train garden. Breakfast with Santa, benefiting the Salvation Army, will take place every Saturday between now and Christmas, and stop in frequently to hear local choral groups and enjoy the season’s festivities.
  • Head to  The Village of Cross Keys on December 6th, starting at 9 a.m.,  for special holiday events including the Poinsettia Patrol, a book signing with cookbook author Nancy Baggett and live music at Village Square Café. (updated- Breakfast with Santa was canceled.)
  • Visit Wyndhurst Station on December 6th for the Holiday Spree, including “cheer” and excitement at each Wyndhurst shop
  • The Roland Park Country School Holiday Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 6th. With food, musical performances and raffles – plus shopping – the fair is fun for the whole family.
  • Becket Hitch, in Green Spring Station, is featuring pop-ups all month long. Stop in on Saturday December 6th to check out Sassy’s Tomato Jam and visit on the 11th to meet local leatherworkers Almanac Industries. While at Green Spring, drop into Cupcake Shop to check out their new digs – the Fells Point shop made the move north just recently – and stop by Panache to catch the tail end of the Blessings in Disguise trunk show.
  • Hampden will be buzzing with events all week long, including a Kinderhook snacks pop-up at Trohv on the 7th and the “Night of the Krampus” from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the 12th. The Night of the Krampus will include a book signing at Bazaar, carols and a Krampus-themed ice cream flavor created by The Charmery.
  • Charm City Craft Mafia presents their annual Holiday Heap at Space 2640, in St. John’s Church on St. Paul Street, on December 6th. The fair will feature over fifty local artists and artisans selling all kinds of handmade goods.
  • Find unusual gifts for everyone on your list at the Merry Mart Holiday Craft Show at the Creative Alliance. Taking place on Sunday, December 7th, the show will feature dozens of cool, unique vendors and their wares.
  • On Tuesday, December 9th, shop while you nosh during Federal Hill’s 19th annual Festive Flavors walking tour of shops, galleries, restaurants and bars. Tickets are $55 and include seven food and drink stops throughout the historic neighborhood.
  • The Shops at Ruxton will host a Holiday Sip & Shop on Wednesday, December 10th starting at 4 p.m. Each shop will offer something special – so be sure to make the rounds.
  • On Thursday, December 11th, Midnight Madness makes its second appearance in Annapolis, with shops open until midnight and a whole host of fun events and activities.
  • Catch Liza Byrd and Sassanova, among others, at the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club’s Ladies Holiday Luncheon on Thursday, December 11th. And from now through Christmas Eve, visit Sassanova in Harbor East to experience the Advent of Savings, including discounts up to 40% off and free surprise gifts.



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Shopping Report: All the Holiday Deals and Delights You’ll Ever Need

0 Written by: | Friday, Nov 28, 2014 3:00pm

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By Kit Waskom Pollard

Now that the turkey has been stuffed and eaten and the leftovers are packed away, it’s time to focus on – what else? – holiday shopping!

From Black Friday sales to Small Business Saturday celebrations and beyond, there are plenty of events and promotions to explore this week. Here’s a look at some of what’s going on around Baltimore today, tomorrow and for the rest of the week:

· Stop by Nouveau in Belvedere Square from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for a Black Friday/Moving Day celebration complete with live music, refreshment, a martini bar and – of course – discounts.

· Towson Town Center shops will open for Black Friday as early as 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and will stay open as late as 1 a.m. on Saturday. Click here for more information.

· From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, November 28th, receive a free Christmas stocking to stuff with accessories or doll clothing at Liza Byrd in Stevenson Village – all items in the stocking will be 20% off.

· Starting on Friday, check in at The Village at Cross Keys, where the shops will offer tons of discounts and great holiday promotions.

· This weekend at Poppy and Stella in Fells Point, the entire store is 30% to 50% off. Stop in for discounts and for treats, from raffles and gifts with purchases of $50 and more to cupcakes from Baltimore Cakery.

· Alice Jane says thank you to its customers with Friday and Saturday promotions. Shoppers will receive 10% off purchases of $100 or more and 20% off purchases of $200 or more.

· Santa has arrived at The Shops at Kenilworth, along with the storied annual holiday train garden. The Shops will have extended holiday hours from November 28th through December 24th and individual stores will offer great promotions and discounts. On Black Friday, WBAL will be on hand from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., with specials, giveaways – and Zeke’s Coffee samples.

· On Friday, November 28th and Saturday, November, 29th, find all sorts of cool and crazy gifts at the American Visionary Arts Museum’s Bazaart holiday art market.

· On Friday and Saturday, shops throughout Hampden will kick off the season with sales and festivities, from scratch-off discounts at Studio C Jewelry to Small Business Saturday gift card promotions at doubledutch boutique.

· In Harbor East, Sassanova will be celebrating all week, with sales on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, plus daily discounts and free gifts every day starting on December 1st. Harbor East parking is complimentary during the holiday season, making shopping easier than ever.

· On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visit Becket Hitch in Greenspring Station as they host a trunk show with FoundStudio, featuring original artworks and archival quality prints.

· This Friday and Saturday, receive 15% off new suits, sport jackets, tuxedos or shirts as Christopher Schaefer Clothier celebrates the start of holiday season – and their fourth anniversary.

· On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wee Chic will host an Etsy pop-up shop with Little Miss Pepper Designs. Designer Stacey Bradshaw will be in the shop to help customize charm necklaces and show off her earrings, bracelets and other jewelry styles.

· Shops throughout Federal Hill are celebrating Small Business Saturday with discounts and refreshments, from 20% off essential oils at SoBotanical to a “Pick Your Own Discount” event at Brightside Boutique & Art Studio. For more information about other participating shops, visit the Historic Federal Hill website.

· On Thursday, December 4th, shop ’til you drop at the first installment of downtown Annapolis’s Midnight Madness. Shops will stay open until midnight and downtown will be full of festive carols, lights and fun.

· At the Baltimore Country Club’s sold out annual Holiday Fashion Show on December 5th, a variety of retailers, including Sassanova, Lori K and Liza Byrd will show off – and sell – some of their favorite holiday season clothing and accessories.

· On December 5th, stop by the new Cross Keys shop The Girl Next Door for a fun grand opening party.

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Celebrate the Holidays With a Girls (Over)Night Out at Midnight Madness in Annapolis

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 12:30pm

Photo courtesy of I Stock

Photo courtesy of I Stock

‘Tis the season for serious shopping  – and there’s no place more filled with the holiday spirit than the streets of downtown Annapolis during Midnight Madness.

This year’s annual Midnight Madness extravaganza – two  nights filled with shopping and celebration – will take place on Thursday, December 4th and Thursday December 11th. Both nights, the shops in historic Annapolis will stay open until midnight and downtown will sparkle with festive music, entertainment and activities. With performances from local choruses and bands, a majestic tree and gorgeous decorations sponsored by Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, the mood downtown would put a holiday smile on even the Grinch’s face. Read More →

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