Hot Plate: National French Toast Day at Blue Moon Cafe, Nickel Taphouse Turns Four, Holiday Shopping at Local Restaurants

Hoopers Island Oysters and Parts & Labor are collaborating on a vintage-style oyster tin filled with shucked oysters, available for gifts (or for your personal use) at P&L this holiday season.

With Thanksgiving behind us and holiday shopping season stretching over the next few weeks, it’s time to fortify and fill up. Here’s a look at where to do that in and around Baltimore this week:

Small Business Saturday

Most of the press about Small Business Saturday focuses on shopping, but it’s also a great day to support locally-owned restaurants and cafes. No matter where you’re shopping, when you’re ready for a break, look around for a spot owned and run by folks from Baltimore. There are tons of great locally-owned options, all over the city and in the surrounding counties.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Baltimore Fishbowl

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We’re cutting out early today to get a jump on the holiday weekend. We’ll be back with a few posts on Friday and in full force on Monday.  Enjoy the holiday weekend; we know we will! Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at the Baltimore Fishbowl.

Shop Local: Bazaart Holiday Art Market Opens Friday at AVAM

Bazaart Vendor, Jennifer Strunge aka Cotton Monster. Image via Cotton Monster

The crafters are coming! On Nov. 24 and 25, the American Visionary Art Museum in the Inner Harbor will once again host its Bazaart Holiday Art Market, an annual holiday craft sale featuring artisans from Baltimore and the surrounding region.

15 New Civil Rights Lawsuits Filed Against City, Baltimore Police

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The City of Baltimore and police are facing a fresh set of lawsuits filed by locals who claim they were beaten, sexually assaulted, threatened or wrongfully arrested between 2013 and 2016.

UB’s Women Entrepreneurs Leading the Way in Baltimore


A packed auditorium at the University of Baltimore witnessed the 2017 Leonard and Phyllis Attman Competitive Business Prize presentation by UB students and young alumni last week. While the ideas for start-ups and expansions to existing small businesses ranged far and wide – everything from an innovative crab shelling tool to a high-end watchmaking company – an interesting theme resonated throughout the evening: More women than ever before are becoming entrepreneurs. Walls are breaking down. And cities like Baltimore are leading the way and reaping the benefits.

Women Take Charge: Meet Sarah David


Attorney and new mother Sarah David was never one to get down on the floor with a group of kids and start teaching games. However, that is where she found herself when she visited the Kids Safe Zone in Baltimore City with The Associated’s Young Leadership Council (YLC). That visit caused her to realize the enormous potential of young children and the difference she could make in their lives.

Meet Baltimore Comedian Ivan Martin


We are partnering with ATB Productions to showcase new video.  Watch this space to see occasional short spots about interesting people and places in Baltimore. – The Eds.

Ray Lewis Named as Hall of Fame Semifinalist, but is Also Being Sued

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Yesterday was an overall great day for Ray Lewis, who’s now a step closer to crossing into official legendary territory as a Pro Football Hall of Famer. Unfortunately, no (allegedly) broken endorsement deal goes unpunished.