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Proprietor: Pam and Brent Berwager of Sprezzatura Share their Gift-Giving Expertise

0 Written by: | Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 12:45pm

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In the two years since it opened, Sprezzatura in Stevenson Village has earned a reputation among Baltimore’s best gift-givers as a place to find sophisticated and well-designed items – to give as gifts or keep for themselves.

The duo behind the shop, husband-and-wife team Pam and Brent Berwager, pride themselves on their shop’s collection of high quality, interesting products. Here, they share a bit about what goes on behind the scenes at Sprezzatura and some of their favorite items in the shop right now:


How did you get started at Sprezzatura? What made you open the shop?

We recognized a need in Baltimore for a shopping experience that emphasized good design, attention to detail, and personal service in the areas of home décor, art and fashion.


What is it like working together as a couple?

Our business engages us seven days a week, so being both husband and wife and business partners provides certain distinct advantages: each of us has in the other a collaborator who is available 24 hours a day.


What’s the story behind the name Sprezzatura?

Valentino once said that Jackie Kennedy exemplified the notion of Sprezzatura; in a nutshell, it’s about living a life where one cares about, and is successful at, fashioning a life that values good taste, and a sense of balance in design. Overall, we would define Sprezzatura as an informed and enlightened approach to personal style.


Why did you choose Stevenson Village as a location?

What drew us to Stevenson Village initially was the beauty and pastoral nature of surrounding Greenspring Valley. It never disappoints and it always inspires.


How do you choose what to carry in the shop? And what makes your selection different from other local stores?

Over the course of a month, we look at hundreds of potential products to carry in our shop and only a few are actually selected. One might say that our criteria is subjective, but we look for timeless design, clean line, sophistication, superior construction and of course, beauty.


What is your favorite thing in the shop right now?

We have a number of favorite things in the shop – it’s hard to narrow it down to one thing. It depends on the season, too. Now that we’re in the holiday season, the thing that we like the most are our boxwood wreathes. They come in squares and rounds and different sizes; there’s also garland. Both the wreathes and garland are preserved, so they will keep their look for many years.


What is your go-to holiday gift recommendation?

Our Foo Dogs. We work with a high-end Chinese porcelain studio and we get very high quality work. Right now, the go-to thing for a gift is one of our variety of Foo Dogs. They are porcelain and in different colors. For example, one pair is white and another pair is blue in tone but has many colors.

A Foo Dog’s job is to guard the home and garden – and we think they’re a great complement to any home décor.

Sprezzaturra is located in Stevenson Village at 10429 Stevenson Road in Stevenson, MD. For more information, visit



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Marion Winik’s Baltimore Books Gift Guide

0 Written by: | Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 12:00pm

The year 2014 brought us a number of new books from Baltimore’s prolific community of local authors – all are available at The Ivy Bookshop right now, and there is truly something for everyone.

James Magruder, Let Me See It

a collection of linked short stories about gay cousins in the 70s, 80s and 90s



John Waters, Carsick

a wild report on our local hero’s cross-country hitchhiking trip



Mikita Brottman, The Great Grisby

a must for the dog-lover on your list


Jen Michalski, From Here

short fiction from the popular local fiction writer


Laura Lippman, After I’m Gone

you can never go wrong with the mystery queen


Rafael Alvarez, Tales from the Holy Land

short stories set in Highlandtown


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What’s New at Wee Chic? Resort Wear & Fashionista Finds

0 Written by: | Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 11:15am


“Baby B” bags are back in stock {they go fast} come snag one to complete your wee fashionista’s holiday outfit. Can’t get in? Call us to ship #weelove #wowgifts#inspiredbabybirkin #fashionista #designerkids


Who’s going away for the holidays?! {wee’re jealous} come snag some resort swimwear before you head to the beach. #cabanalife #upf50 #marylandcrab#resort2014 #inspiredbabychanel


Wee are so excited to welcome Maaji Swimwear to Wee Chic Boutique just in time for holiday travel! Girls sizes 2-16 available. ‪#‎maajiswim‬‪#‎cruise2015‬ 10846329_743311612384757_5623212362227513380_n


Green Spring Station 2360 West Joppa  (410) 878-7400




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On The Wall with Renaissance Fine Arts: Chic Simplicity

0 Written by: | Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 10:45am


Chic Simplicity

Two different viewpoints for a simplistically chic sitting area from our expert consultants that will inspire the way you look at art and the world around you.

Ornate white walls united with strong angular lines and deep hued accents creates this unique space. Beautifully simple, this room can only benefit from the complement of a piece of art.

This room is exciting to behold with its black and white palette and textural interest.  The space over the fireplace was calling for a burst of color contrast and I think “Chi Chi” by Ngurah fits perfectly.  Not only does the muse’s red dress add additional drama to the space, but with the subject facing away there is an air of mystery and romance as well. Wanting to know more about her pulls the viewer’s gaze, and allows one to create their own story.



I chose “Quest” by Vered Gersztenkon because of the personality it infuses in this blank canvas. The raw earthy accents are perfectly reflected in this painting which is primitive and textured. Additionally, the viewer gets to experience the wonderful and warm charm of the subtle characters embedded in the piece without extraneous distractions.



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Sassanova’s 12 Days of Christmas, Day 12: Jewelry by Marcia Moran

0 Written by: | Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 10:24am


Marcia Moran earrings, $165

Welcome to the final day of Twelve Days of Christmas at Sassanova!  Christmas is only five days away.  Have you finished shopping yet?  Have you started shopping yet?   Head to Sassanova in Harbor East for great gifts.

On the twelfth – and final! – day of Christmas, Sassanova is full of sparkle and shimmer. For a fabulous last minute gift for the special ladies in your life, stop in to browse the jewelry of Marcia Moran.

A Brazilian who emigrated to Los Angeles in 2003, Moran’s creations are brilliant and bold, frequently incorporating druzy, semi-precious gems coated in crystals. Her designs range from sleek to funky – but all are full of sparkle, fun and glamour.

Marcia Moran necklace, $195

Marcia Moran necklace, $195

Slipping on a Marcia Moran necklace or finishing a special outfit with a pair of her fabulous earrings is a surefire way to make any evening feel like an occasion worth celebrating.

Don’t forget to like Sassanova on Facebook and follow Sassanova on Instagram. Sassanova is located at 805 Aliceanna Street in Harbor East.

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Samuel Parker Clothier for the Finest Clothing & Accessories for Gentlemen

0 Written by: | Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 10:15am

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Shopping for Gentlemen Made Easy at Samuel Parker Clothier

Whether you’re dressing to impress, refined by design, or shopping for the gentlemen in your life that appreciate quality and distinction, you will find everything on your list at Samuel Parker Clothier.  Some of the best picks: Barbour jackets make a great gift! 4 styles in stock! For something warmer, consider our Chrysalis British Walking Coats, exclusively at Samuel Parker! Of course, we can’t forget Cashmere, cashmere and more cashmere!  Finally, for those that appreciate a good pant, year-round wool serge trousers available in mid-gray and charcoal brown. Read more

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Beautiful Selection of Tops & Tunics for any Occasion at Liza Byrd Boutique

0 Written by: | Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 9:15am


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Shopping Report: The Home Stretch

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

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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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Carolers, Sales, Local Merchants & Holiday Happenings this Weekend at Village of Cross Keys

0 Written by: | Friday, Dec 19, 2014 2:00pm



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Courtyard – Larksong


Chris Monaghan – Village Square Café



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December 15-30

Made in New York
Cotton sweaters in ottoman, crunchy cotton and honeycomb patterns
8 solid colors and 15 color combinations
Delivery in 6 weeks

Now-December 30 at Chezelle

Includes regular and sale price merchandise.
Excludes trunk show merchandise, special orders and layaways.



Take 40% Off Your Entire Purchase

Joyful, Joyful Take 40% off your entire purchase now through December 24. That’s 40% off everything—new arrivals, our top gift ideas (and one or two things for yourself)! Offer Valid 12/11-12/24. See Store Associate for details.

Joyful, Joyful Take 40% off your entire purchase now through December 24. That’s 40% off everything—new arrivals, our top gift ideas (and one or two things for yourself)!
Offer Valid 12/11-12/24. See Store Associate for details.


Make Great Gifts in Our Gift Boxes

We're wild for our gift boxes and bows. No wrapping required. Shop these great items in stores!

We’re wild for our gift boxes and bows. No wrapping required. Shop these great items in stores!

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Shop in store today and take 25% off entire purchase. See sales associate for more details; exclusions may apply.

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Catch of the Day, Shop Local

Holiday Breakfast with Santa

0 Written by: | Friday, Dec 19, 2014 1:09pm


catch of the day fish (2)Yes, you hear about him all day, everyday now. They’re singing about him coming to town, his face is plastered on soda bottles and billboards. He’s all the kids talk about (is he real or isn’t he?). So you may be up to your nose in Santa right now, and we feel that. But then, come on. It’s Santa! And he’s only around once a year, so you’ve got to get in some quality time with the big guy while he’s still here. After all, you want to make sure he understnads the nuances of your wish list, and it’s always smart to make a good impression so he’ll remember you next year, right? Read More →

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