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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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Shopping Report: No Sleep ‘Til Black Friday

0 Written by: | Friday, Nov 21, 2014 3:00pm

Shopping Report

By Kit Waskom Pollard

The big story this week is Thanksgiving but there’s plenty going on outside the kitchen as stores gear up for the holiday shopping frenzy.

  • Get a jump start on holiday shopping at the Friends School Parents Association’s 29th annual Holly Fest, held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 22nd.
  • During November, Urban Threads is offering 10% off blanket purchases with the donation of a gently used, clean blanket. Collected blankets will be donated to Mutts Matter Rescue, Grassroots and other local shelters.
  • Through December 7th, receive 20% off select merchandise, during South Moon Under’s Holiday 2014 event. For online purchases, use the code HOLIDAY20.

 

On Black Friday, November 28th, stores all over the region will go crazy with extended hours and sales. Here’s just a taste of what’s happening around town:

  • Harbor East shops will feature extended hours and sales – don’t miss Sassanova’s deep discounts on shoes, clothing and accessories.
  • 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, refreshments, a martini bar and – of course – discounts.
  • Towson Town Center shops will open as early as 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving and will stay open as late as 1 a.m. on Saturday.

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Making Spirits Bright at Sassanova

0 Written by: | Friday, Nov 21, 2014 12:00pm

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Be sure to follow SassanovaofBaltimore on Facebook and Instagram, and shop Sassanova on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday for special treats including an in-store scavenger hunt and a special gift with purchase!

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Shopping Report: Sales with a Side of Champagne

0 Written by: | Friday, Nov 14, 2014 3:00pm

Shopping Report

Holiday shopping season has started in earnest, with a bevy of sales and events happening around town. Local shops are getting into festive mode, pairing their discounts with snacks, wine and champagne. Cheers!

Here’s what’s on the shopping radar in Baltimore this week:

  • On Saturday, November 15th, catch the last day of the Ronen Chen trunk show at Lori K. Check out the designer’s Spring 2015 collection and receive 20% off all orders.
  • From now through November 17th, Chezelle in The Village of Cross Keys will host a trunk show featuring the clothing of JSS and Margaret Winters. Check their website for a 10% coupon on trunk show purchases or orders. Also, through November 16th, receive a free gift from Chezelle in exchange for three nonperishable food times to be donated to Paul’s Place in Washington Village.
  • It’s a Personalization Palooza at Simply Noted on Wednesday, November 19th. All day, personalized items will be 10% off, with free shipping. And from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., the store will be in party mode, with champagne, wine and snacks.
  • It’s Ladies’ Night Out in Fells Point on Thursday, November 20th. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., local shops will offer discounts and sales. Check in at The Admiral’s Cup to pick up a special shopping bag and find out more details.
  • Beaujolais is back! On November 20th, Francophiles will rejoice as the new vintage of the young French wine hits stateside shelves. Celebrate all day at BIN 604 in Harbor East, with complimentary tastings and festive fun.
  • It’s all about the sweets at the Kinderhook Snacks pop-up at Becket Hitch. From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday November 20th, stop in to pre-order Kinderhook cookies for the holiday season and to stock up on goodies for the weekend.
  • Silhouette artist Karl Johnson will be at The Corduroy Button in The Shops at Kenilworth on Friday, November 21st. Stop by or call the store to make an appointment with the “Silhouette Artist to the Stars.”

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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

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Fall Fashion Guide: Local Shopping Destinations to Suit Your Style

0 Written by: | Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 12:40pm

The leaves are changing and nights are getting cooler. That means it’s Shop Girl’s favorite time of year: Wardrobe Replenishment Season. Fall shopping is a simple process. Step one – Send all sundresses to the cleaners before packing them away until next spring. Step two – Survey all those empty hangers. Step three – Grab wallet and get thee to a boutique. It’s time to shop. But not all shopping is created equal – and not all tastes are the same. Make the most of your time – and money – with our handy guide. See which fashion profile fits you and find the shops in Baltimore to satisfy your sense of style.

The Fashionista

Photo by Lee Kriel for Sartorial Baltimoreal.

Photo by Lee Kriel for Sartorial Baltimoreal.

Starts Her Day: At MEGABarre class

On her calendar: Meeting with her interior designer

Favorite Outfit: Changes every day (and always involves the latest look in jeans!) – but it’s never boring

Wouldn’t Be Caught Dead Wearing: Lilly Pulitzer sweater

Style Icon: Aerin Lauder

Where to Shop:

Alice Jane 1407 Clarkview Road #500; 410-296-2233; www.alicejanejewelry.com

Alice Jane’s ever-changing collection includes everything from trendy denim and leather leggings to downtown-friendly accessories.

Jean Pool 92 Village Square, Cross Keys; (410) 466-1177

Only best-selling jeans sold here. We’re talking AG, JBrand, Citizens and more.

JG Sassy 7701 Bellona Avenue, Ruxton; 410-321-8100; www.jgsassy.com

JG Sassy’s collection is “classic with a smack of attitude” – accessible designer goods that won’t go out of style in a year.

Panache 10751 Falls Road #103, Green Spring Station; 410-321-0110; www.youvegotpanache.com

The name says it all – Panache is all about the sophisticated side of fashion.

South Moon Under Multiple locations including 815 Aliceanna Street, Harbor East (410-685-7820) and 822 Kenilworth Drive, Kenilworth Mall (410-337-7484); www.southmoondunder.com

From bikinis to maxi-dresses, this grown-up surf shop is perfect for fashion followers on the younger side.

The Preppy Mom

Photo via diaryofapreppymom.com

Photo via diaryofapreppymom.com

Starts Her Day: In the carpool line

On Her Agenda: Volunteering at school until 2 p.m., then shuttling kids to games and practices until dinner

Favorite Outfit: A colorful tunic over jeans, ballet flats

Wouldn’t Be Caught Dead Wearing: A tattoo

Style Icon: Kate Middleton

Where to Shop:

J. McLaughlin 7623 Bellona Avenue, Ruxton; 410-825-5485; www.jmclaughlin.com

This well-appointed shop specializes in Ivy-style classics for parties, work and home.

Liza Byrd 10435 Stevenson Road, Stevenson Village; 410-215-2525; www.lizabyrd.com

Fun tunics, kicky accessories and plenty of pink and green make Liza Byrd prep heaven.

Sassanova 805 Aliceanna Street, Harbor East; 410-244-1114; www.sassanova.com

For the prep who doesn’t mind mixing in a little edge, Sassanova covers the bases. Only shop in town that carries Calypso.

Collections 870 Kenilworth Drive, The Shops at Kenilworth; (410) 823-7973; www.collectionstowson.com

Shoes, sweaters and accessories, casual to formal.

 

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High End Consignment, For Girls Who Know From Helmut Lang…

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 11:33am

SHOP GIRL

Love Me Two Times, Boutique Consignment

Where: 600 Wyndhurst Avenue, Baltimore, 21210 (410) 323-1070

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11-5. Closed Sunday and Monday.

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Love Me Two Times is high-end consignment for women who know their stuff. Barely worn Chanels, Dolce & Gabbanas, Helmut Langs, Manolo Blahniks and Yves St. Laurents rival the selections of vintage shops in L.A and Manhattan. Its owner, Andrea Kaplan, a former buyer at the former Octavia, is that rare bird, a lovable, unintimidating fashionista who knows her Prada, but is also happy to admire your Missoni-for-Target dress. She’s been collecting vintage clothes for decades, and has the loyal consigners that keep her selection ever-changing and always worth a visit. “We get a surprising amount of stock that is new with tags – buyer’s remorse is this shop’s best friend,” she says happily. Read More →

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Outgrown Ikea? Head For Arhaus in Harbor East

0 Written by: | Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 12:34pm

Welcome to our new column Shop Girl, a bi-weekly post that will review area stores.

Arhaus Furniture

Where:
660 Exeter Street, Baltimore 21202
410-244-6376

harboreast@arhaus.com

Hours: 10am-9pm Monday-Saturday, 11am-6pm Sunday

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Of all the trendy shops in Harbor East, Arhaus Furniture is the largest, its 16,000 square feet occupying nearly half a city block. It’s a confident presence in a neighborhood of repurposed lofts and open-plan condos — full of young buyers looking for furniture that’s a cut above Ikea, but less serious than mom’s dining room table. Arhaus’s southern entrance, on Aliceanna Street, across from South Moon Under, lures shoppers with floor- to-ceiling windows and great-looking room displays.  Next thing you know you’re inside, whether you were really looking for a distressed oak daybed or not.

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The shop floor is light and bright, with furniture and accessories on the fashion-forward side of Restoration Hardware. Comparisons between the two are inevitable: quality and pricing is similar, both stores tend toward large scale pieces in solid hardwoods. Both favor neutral-toned fabrics in linen, leather and tweed. Arhaus’ strength is in a brighter and more varied fabric selection (because, really, shades of grey is not decorating) with more one-of-a kind items and a more fun aesthetic.

On the day I was there, customers ranged from fashionable young women, one with decorator in tow, clearly on a buying mission, to couples dreamily putting together a wish list, and even a few wistful-looking single guys.  A pleasant and knowledgeable young man approached me immediately, letting me know about a weekend sale event, and guiding me towards the “statement” armchair I had spotted across the floor ($1,599 down from $2,199 with free fabric upgrade). He wandered off when I wanted to browse, but reappeared, with flawless timing, to answer questions.

arhaus:room2Prices here are not cheap, but not outrageous by any means. Sales and promotions are frequent and varied. There’s a plain linen sofa marked at $809, down from $2700. Beautifully framed butterfly prints at $159 each, down from $349 (would anyone buy them at $349? Probably not.) A giant bed is piled with throw pillows in an pretty assortment of fake fur, bright silks and soft flannels, marked down from the $150 range to the $39 range.Some interesting India patterned cotton lamp shades from $39-$59.

A line of architectural salvage pieces add character. Accessories make use of organic materials — glass, stone and wood. There are interior specialists who will come to your house with highly rated (according to Yelp) advice on choosing colors, styles and mixing new stuff in with the old. They had a number of complaints about delivery and post-sale problem solving, (Yelp again) but so do other interiors stores.

Creativity: B+ good for what it is – a high-end mall store

Service: A+ staff is enthusiastic, relaxed and very informed

Price: $$$  for the level of quality, it’s on the money

Best find: Turquoise painted bombay chest, $599

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New Store In Old Church: The Hunting Ground In Hampden

0 Written by: | Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 12:30pm

Welcome to our new series, Shop Girl, which will review a local store every other week.  

Hunting Ground

Where: “In the Old Church”
3649 Falls Road, Hampden, 21211
410-243-0749

Hours: M-Thurs. 11-7, Fri. and Sat. 11-8, Sunday 12-6

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It’s hard to write about Hunting Ground without using the words “hipster” or “Brooklyn,” but let’s just say that if you’ve ever wondered how you’d look in an orange wool-plaid CPO jacket ($48), a white fringed leather bolero ($52) or a floral prairie apron ($12), this is the place. Since opening in 2012, young owners Jenna Hattenburg and Jess Soulen have a demonstrated a strong fashion sense, separating the gold from the dross with an expert eye. Mixed in with the vintage, which the owner defines as “over 20 years old,” are small, preppie-retro brands like MinkPink, Commune, and Courtshop Denim. Prices are about the same as Target, (mostly under $100, vintage cheaper than new) at a higher level of quirkiness and quality. Still, vintage is an acquired taste, and the staff (aka owners) while pleasant, did not seem that interested in pursuading customers of its charms. On the other hand, an online review describes the service gratefully as “Chill. They leave you in peace.”  Which certainly has its appeal.

From the super-cool space itself, an old stone former church (Hampden Presbyterian) on Falls Road, to the fun displays inside — taxidermy, art, Indian blankets, old books, antique cabinets and a rotating series of pop up shops — and the indie music you wont hear anywhere else, Hunting Ground is super on trend for its folk-chic customer. Tongue-in-cheek, yes, but heavy-handed irony, no.  Think “Laverne & Shirley”  meets “Girls.”

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