Shop Local

Shop Local

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.

The shops at Kenilworth will host a Halloween parade on October 30th and there will be trick or treating and a costume contest along Falls Road, 36th Street and Chestnut Avenue in Hampden starting at 5 p.m. on the 31st.

Pop the cork and celebrate Samuel Parker Clothier’s new Cross Keys location with bubbly! The shop will host a Fall Champagne Open House on Saturday, October 25th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Head to “Yappy Hour” at Stevenson Village’s Mutts, Merlot & Merriment. From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 25th. The party is outside and dogs are welcome at Stevenson Village, with live jazz and wine from Boordy Vineyards. Several Village shops, including Stone Mill Bakery, Lori K, Papers Plus and Liza Byrd, will donate 10% of sales from the event to the Maryland SPCA.

Katwalk Boutique hosts two pop-up shops: Hair Affair by Minktresses and Loud Love Accessories from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 25th. Stop in for a drink and to browse and order custom items to arrive before the holidays. Plus, now through October 31st, coats and jackets at Katwalk are 15% off.

Calling all expecting moms: On Sunday, October 26th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wee Chic Boutique in the Village of Cross Keys and (cool) progeny will host CRAVINGS: A Pop-Up Babymoon for New and Expectant Moms. Perks include private shopping, a great swag bag, neck massages, mocktails and chances to win some great gear.

Think Pink at Fashion Saves Lives: Celebrating the Beauty of Breast Cancer Early Detection, a fashion show hosted by the American Breast Cancer Foundation in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Breast Center. Held on Hopkins’ Bayview campus on Tuesday, October 28th from 7 p.m to 10 p.m., the event includes a fashion show and design challenge judged by local fashion celebs as well as food, exhibits and even dancing.

And finally, on Thursday, October 30th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Radcliffe Jewelers in Towson Town Center will host a trunk show featuring the classic jewelry of Elizabeth Locke. Don’t miss it.

That’s the scoop for this week’s shopping report. But there’s plenty more where that came from! Check back throughout the weekend for more from the new  Baltimore Fishbowl Weekend.


Cross Keys, Shop Local, Sponsored Post

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!


Belvedere Square, Shop Local, Sponsored Post

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.


Read More →

Greenspring Valley, Lutherville, Shop Local, Sponsored Post

Fun Fashion Friday Pics from Wee Chic Boutique (Kids Rockin’ it Out)

0 Written by: | Friday, Oct 24, 2014 11:00am


All you need is love! Brand new boys line headed our way before holiday @popkidsusa #weelove #weeordered #kidsfashion #boysfashion #hipkids

These gorgeous new prints from @adenandanais just arrived. Wee are so excited to offer Baltimore’s largest selection of their bamboo and organic products. Swaddles, sacks, bibs, & their *brand new* gift sets are available in store now. #weelove #organic #bamboo #swaddleblankets #aden+anais#babygifts


Brotherly love from our buddies, rocking Tea Collection from Wee Chic Boutique. So much fun watching all of our wee chic’s growing up


This Wee Girl is rocking this @desigual dress like it was made for her! What you can’t see are the comfy Skeemos {fleece lined leggings} she picked for underneath.#weelove #fashionista #fallthreads #desigual #funkystyle #weegirls


Beautifully bundled cutie and her mom came in to do some rainy day shopping and we couldn’t resist her cuteness in the @eggbysusanlazar sherpa jacket and @splendidla tunic set. #socute #weelove #weechic #fashionista#splendid #eggbaby



Shop Local, Sponsored Post, Stevenson Village

Join Papers Plus Tomorrow, October 25th for Mutts, Merlot & Merriment

0 Written by: | Friday, Oct 24, 2014 11:00am


Join Papers Plus on Saturday, October 25th  12 – 4 o’clock for Mutts, Merlot & Merriment


20% Off Holiday Cards

Boxed, Personalized & Photo Cards including Crane, William Arthur, Vera Wang, Anna Griffin , Printswell


Papers Plus
Stevenson Village
10433a Stevenson Road
Stevenson, Maryland

Shop Local, Sponsored Post

October Offerings from Green Spring Station

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 12:30pm


Baseball jacket available at Magda Fine Fashions, shirt and pants available at Panache, earrings available at Bijoux, shoes available at Matava Shoes #GreenSpringStyle #FallStyle


Available from Francesca’s Atelier #GreenSpringStyle #FallStyle



Pants, fringe top and handbag from Panache, shoes from Matava Shoes, ring from Bijoux #GreenSpringStyle #FallStyle


Available at @Wee Chic Green Spring Station #GreenSpringStyle #FallStyle #Boys #Kids

Monogrammed Cuff Bracelet available at Misha & Co. #GreenSpringStyle #FallStyle

Culture, Lake Falls, Shop Local, Sponsored Post

Book Club Pick From the Ivy Bookshop – Book Worms Book Club

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 11:00am

A little known fact: There are over 80 book clubs throughout the city of Baltimore (and beyond) that are registered with The Ivy Bookshop. Starting this week, Baltimore Fishbowl will feature a current read from a local book club that is currently registered with the Ivy. Lucky for us, their pics are noted online at Club Ivy.

This week’s pick from the Book Worms Book Club:

When Britain Burned the White House: The 1814 Invasion of Washington (Hardcover)

Usually Ships in 1-5 days


In August 1814, the United States army was defeated just outside Washington, D.C., by the world’s greatest military power. President James Madison and his wife had just enough time to flee the White House before the British invaders entered. British troops stopped to feast on the meal still sitting on the Madisons’ dining-room table before setting the White House on fire. The extent of the destruction was massive; finished in wood rather than marble, everything inside the mansion was combustible. Only the outer stone walls would withstand the fire.

The tide of the War of 1812 would quickly turn, however. Less than a month later, American troops would stand victorious at the Battle of Fort McHenry. Poet Francis Scott Key, struck by the sight of the American flag waving over Fort McHenry, jotted down the beginnings of a poem that would be set to music and become the U.S. national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.”

In his compelling narrative style, Peter Snow recounts the fast-changing fortunes of that summer’s extraordinary confrontations. Drawing from a wealth of material, including eyewitness accounts, Snow describes the colorful personalities on both sides of those spectacular events: including the beleaguered President James Madison and First Lady Dolley, American heroes such as Joshua Barney and Sam Smith, and flawed military leaders like Army Chief William Winder and War Secretary John Armstrong. On the British side, Snow re-creates the fiery Admiral George Cockburn, the cautious but immensely popular Major General Robert Ross, and sharp-eyed diarists James Scott and George Gleig.

When Britain Burned the White House highlights this unparalleled moment in British and American history, the courageous, successful defense of Fort McHenry and the American triumph that would follow, and America’s and Britain’s decision to never again fight each other.

About the Author

PETER SNOW is a highly respected British journalist, author, and broadcaster. He was ITN’s diplomatic and defence correspondent from 1966 to 1979 and presented Newsnight from 1980 to 1997. An indispensable part of election nights, he has also covered military matters on and off the world’s battlefields for forty years. Peter is married and has six children.

Praise for When Britain Burned the White House: The 1814 Invasion of Washington…

“[An] excellent account…Snow, an experienced British journalist, has told the story of those engagements with brio and a fine gift for making sense of the complexities of battle… a fine example of serious and literate popular history… It ranks with Anthony S. Pitch’s fine “The Burning of Washington” (2000) as among the best accounts of a war that hardly deserves to be forgotten.”—Washington Post

“With ample quotes from English letters and diaries, Snow ably brings out the humanity of his subjects.”—Kirkus Reviews


The Ivy Bookshop is Baltimore’s literary bookstore.We actively support book clubs and their members throughout the city.

As a registered Club Ivy member, you are entitled to a number of benefits:

1 Club Ivy participants will receive a 10% discount on all book club purchases.
2 Upon request, The Ivy will host catered book club meetings for its registered clubs.
3 Registered Club Ivy members will be invited to participate in publisher-sponsored receptions and other book events, some of them invitation-only.


6080 Falls Road

Baltimore, MD 21209



Health and Fitness, Lifeline, Shop Local

Wee Chic and Cool Progeny Present CRAVINGS: A Pop-Up BabyMoon for New and Expectant Moms

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 4:27pm


Wee Chic, the children’s boutique in Green Spring Station, and cool progeny present Cravings, an event for new moms and moms-to-be, on Sunday, October 26, from 2 pm to 5 pm. Read More →

Lake Falls, Shop Local, Sponsored Post

Tomorrow at The Ivy Bookshop – Keith Donohue: The Boy Who Drew Monsters

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 4:00pm


Keith Donohue: The Boy Who Drew Monsters

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 – 7:00pm

Celebrate Halloween early with Keith Donohue and a hair-raising discussion of his newest novel.

By The Author

Ever since he nearly drowned in the ocean three years earlier, ten-year-old Jack Peter Keenan has been deathly afraid to venture outdoors. Refusing to leave his home in a small coastal town in Maine, Jack Peter spends his time drawing monsters. When those drawings take on a life of their own, no one is safe from the terror they inspire. His mother, Holly, begins to hear strange sounds in the night coming from the ocean, and she seeks answers from the local Catholic priest and his Japanese housekeeper, who fill her head with stories of shipwrecks and ghosts. His father, Tim, wanders the beach, frantically searching for a strange apparition running wild in the dunes. And the boy’s only friend, Nick, becomes helplessly entangled in the eerie power of the drawings. While those around Jack Peter are haunted by what they think they see, only he knows the truth behind the frightful occurrences as the outside world encroaches upon them all.

In the tradition of The Turn of the Screw, Keith Donohue’s The Boy Who Drew Monsters is a mesmerizing tale of psychological terror and imagination run wild, a perfectly creepy read for a dark night.

Keith Donohue is an American novelist, the author of the national bestseller The Stolen Child, Centuries of June and Angels of Destruction. He has also written reviews for The Washington Post. Donohue has a Ph.D. in English with a specialization in modern Irish literature and wrote the introduction to the Complete Novels of Flann O’Brien.


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

Most Comments This Week


Is There Email After Death?

Written by Marion Winik

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 7:39pm


Pigtown Design: Gone to Ruin

Written by Meg Fielding

Monday, Oct 20, 2014 9:09pm


Baltimore Judge Suspended for 'Sarcastic' Comments

Written by Robert OBrien

Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 9:01am

Recent Comments

Forget He/She: Going Gender Neutral in the Classroom

"I'm a queer person in Seattle, and many of my friends and others in my community use the...

Susie Fisch
Is There Email After Death?

"Dear Marion, Now, I just want to call my mother to read your wonderful piece to her....

A Linguist Explains the Baltimore Accent (and Kathy Bates)

"My daughter is "making" me watch AHS with her and the only thing that gets me past that...

Druid Hill Park Gets a Waterfall and Rowboats for its Birthday

"Why the city is insisting on filling in roughly 25% of the lake to put the cisterns in,...

New White House Fence Jumper Is From Bel-Air

"Former Stevenson University student. Another consequence of letting anyone with a pulse...