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Mind – Land – Sea – City Scapes:­ A Regional Art SHOWShow at Renaissance Fine Arts

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 11:00am



November 1 ­ 29, 2014

Monday through Friday: 10am ­ 6pm, Saturdays: 10am ­ 5pm

This November 2014, join Renaissance Fine Arts in a celebration of our Regional Artists.  Explore the exquisite collection within all three of our locations, and discover the unique art of our diverse region. This exhibition will showcase a variety of genres and media featuring the work of Eric Abrecht, Jeff Erickson, Vitali Miagkov, Tina Palmer, Alice Pritchard, and John Sills. Please check our website for further details. | 410.484.8900

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Tomorrow at The Ivy Bookshop – Generic Drugs: What You Should Know About Their Surprising History And Use

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 3:30pm


Generic Drugs: What You Should Know About Their Surprising History And Use


Co-sponsored with Johns Hopkins University Press and the Johns Hopkins Healthy Living Program.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 – 7:00pm

Generic drugs are now familiar objects in clinics, drugstores, and households around the world. We like to think of these tablets, capsules, patches, and ointments as interchangeable with their brand-name counterparts: why pay more for the same? And yet they are not quite the same. They differ in price, in place of origin, in color, shape, and size, in the dyes, binders, fillers, and coating used, and in a host of other ways. Claims of generic equivalence, as physician-historian Jeremy Greene reveals in this gripping narrative, are never based on being identical to the original drug in all respects, but in being the same in all ways that matter. Click to view more


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Shop-a-Paw-Looza: Final Bidding Today!

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 8:00am


Today is the last day to bid on hundreds of fabulous items in this year’s Shop-a-Paw-Looza. Every single item in our auction was generously donated, which means that your bids will go directly to help us save the lives of over 3,000 pets every year. Read More →

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The Little Shoebox Has a New Look

0 Written by: | Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 2:00pm

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The Little Shoebox has had a facelift.  Over the end of the summer, while rumors were flying that the Ruxton shoe and gift boutique had closed (oh no!) , the shop was having a re-do! The walls are freshly painted, new mirrors have been installed and gorgeous new lights have been added to give the boutique a fresh, new look.

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The other news is that long time co-owner Janie Griffin has moved to Florida with her new husband.  The shop is now solely owned by mother-of-four and shoe fashionista Emilie Blaze.  Don’t worry: Emilie will continue to carry the stylish designers in the low-to-high range that devotees of the store love.  

We’ll miss you Janie.  Good luck!

The Little Shoebox is located in Ruxton at 7625 Bellona Avenue. For more information visit the store website.

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The Gift: Faribault Woolen Blankets from Becket Hitch

0 Written by: | Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 1:15pm

The Gift

What it is: Thick, warm, and 100% wool blankets renowned for their comfort and quality. Faribault has been making blankets since 1865; it’s the company that provided blankets for pioneers heading west and to US troops for two world wars. As the weather gets cooler and we gear up for holiday traditions, these blankets are a welcome addition to any cozy home. $200.

Who it’s perfect for:

Your Friends with the Cabin: If you find yourself every few months “borrowing” a friend’s cabin for the weekend, well, firstly, good for you. But secondly, it may be time to show your gratitude with something more than a card and a bottle of wine. These charming blankets are perfect for a rustic setting, and send the message that you truly appreciate their generosity. And whenever your hosts cuddle up under it themselves, they’ll be reminded of what an excellent guest you are!

Your Luddite/Ascetic/Earthy Relative: You know that relative (a niece or nephew, maybe) who always looks slightly uncomfortable when everyone’s tearing open presents on Christmas morning? The one who’s always saying they don’t need anything? The one who would rather die than be given an iPad? Well you won’t see any eye-rolling with this gift. The classic design, traditional quality, and all-natural (and super warm) wool make this a gift even Thoreau could get behind. We promise.

A variety of Faribault woolen blankets are available at Becket Hitch (located in Green Spring Station ( 2360 W. Joppa Road). For more information, or to purchase, visit their website.


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On The Wall With Renaissance Fine Arts: A Sleek and Vibrant Living Room

0 Written by: | Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 11:00am

Two different viewpoints for a sleek and vibrant living room from our expert consultants that will inspire the way you look at art and the world around you.

Bright and bold hues give this living room lots of energy. The sleek and linear furniture with its simplistic design create a contemporary feel. This open space is thriving with shades of red and orange. Both colors excite and give life but also warm up the space with a pleasant welcome.


I would place Edmunds “Bulls Eye” in this space.  The room is strong in color and “Bulls Eye” just punctuates the drama. The neutral white in the background of the piece gives the eye a chance to rest and the bit of black in the piece ties into the chairs in the adjoining space giving a lovely flow to the entire area. “Bulls Eye” has just the right amount of presence and power to complement the rich color palette.  It is truly the icing on the cake!



“1500 Broadway” by Gbatu is the perfect fit for this ultra modern room. Not only does the painting pull in the primary colors of the space, but heightens the urban sophistication of the space. The technical approach to Gbatu’s work is unlike any other. Each detail and character has a purpose to the story he creates with his paintings. “1500 Broadway” is the focal point that pulls you in to the room, creating interest and complementing the unique vision of the overall atmosphere.




Village of Cross Keys   410.484.8900

Mon-Fri: 10am-6pm  Sat: 10am-6pm, Sun: 12-4pm  Evenings: by appointment


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Only Three Days Left for Shop-a-Paw-Looza

0 Written by: | Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 9:30am

SPCA auction

unnamedShop-a-Paw-Looza closes this Tuesday, October 28, at 9 p.m., and homeless pets like Denali are counting on your bids!

So what are you waiting for? Bid now! For Denali, and the over 3,000 pets that are saved every year because of your support.

Browse the entire auction catalogue and be sure to check out the list of New & Reduced items! Every single bid in Shop-a-Paw-Looza helps loving pets like Denali find new homes. The MDSPCA receives no operating funds from the government or the ASPCA. It relies on donations from events like Shop-a-Paw-Looza to continue its work. Your support saves lives!

And this weekend only, our adorable kittens like Denali (under 6 months old) are half price! Visit for a complete list of all adoptable pets, along with adoption hours and locations.

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Shopping Report: Pups, Pop-Ups & Boos

0 Written by: | Friday, Oct 24, 2014 3:00pm

Shopping Report

Local shops are going pop-up and trick-or-treat crazy this week. Check out these events and sales in and around Baltimore:

 It’s Halloween season and shopping centers all over the region are hosting parades and trick or treat events for little ones. Check out Belvedere Square on October 26th for  trick or treating and a special appearance by The Kelly Bell Band. Read More →

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Sales & Happenings This Weekend at The Village of Cross Keys

0 Written by: | Friday, Oct 24, 2014 3:00pm


Samuel Parker Fall Champagne Open House

Oct. 25th 10:00am – 5:00pm


Cooking with Donna: Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Tuesday, November 18
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $50

Donna Crivello will prepare savory side-dishes to dress up a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Menu items include winter squash risotto, balsamic glazed Brussels sprouts, roasted root vegetables and cranberry granita. Wines selected to accompany a Turkey Day feast for family and friends will be served. Email


Donna’s Coffee Bar & Café

The first is Oyster Night

Every Wednesday
5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Enjoy $1 raw oysters and half-priced beer. Fried oysters are available, too!



Suited to Succeed Week! Donate and Save!


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Displays and Gifts Offer All Treat, No Tricks at Dutch Floral Garden

0 Written by: | Friday, Oct 24, 2014 1:30pm

As Halloween nears and we feel the change of seasons, Dutch Floral Garden in Belvedere Square gets into the spirit with seasonal decor and gifts to get you ready to fall into fall!

Botanical sculpture is an art.  The careful combination of colors, textures and contrasting materials adds visual interest to a centerpiece, entry table, or any large room that beckons a focal point.


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