Kit Pollard

Kit Waskom Pollard is a Baltimore Fishbowl contributing writer. She writes Hot Plate every Friday in the Baltimore Fishbowl.

Proprietor: Talking Shop with Maureen Gold of Ruth Shaw and Betsy Wendell of Octavia


Proprietor: Maureen Gold, Manager of Ruth Shaw

Maureen and Toby at Ruth Shaw

Since it opened in 1973, Ruth Shaw has carried a variety of clothing and accessories brands selected with Baltimore’s most fashionable women in mind. Owner Ray Mitchener, who first joined the shop as a buyer in 1977, is known for his discerning eye and understanding of what makes the shopping experience enjoyable and exciting.

Shopping Report: Holiday Shopping is Here


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

Proprietor: Shop Talk with Local Store Owners


Welcome to Proprietor, our series of interviews with local shop owners. Over the next few weeks, we’ll introduce you to the men and women who own some of the best boutiques and cafes in Baltimore to give you a chance to know who’s who as the local holiday shopping season begins.  First up: Ken Himmelstein of Samuel Parker Clothier, Cookie Schneider of The Pied Piper, and Robert and Rosann Glick of the Village Square Cafe, all in the Village of Cross Keys. Come back next week to meet more local proprietors.- The Eds.

Proprietor: Kenneth Himmelstein of Samuel Parker Clothier


Since its opening in 2002, Baltimore’s best-dressed men have relied on Samuel Parker Clothier for their sartorial needs. This fall, the shop moved to a new, larger location in the Village of Cross Keys, where owners Kenneth and Ellen Himmelstein expanded their selection of men’s clothing and accessories, adding a selection of home goods and furnishings.

Trendy vs. Tasteful: Finding the Right Look in Tween Fashion

Dress by Pink Picken New York
Dress by Pink Chicken New York at Wee Chic

During New York Fashion Week this past November, Miley Cyrus made headlines when her outfit for the Alexander Wang after-party was a pair of tight black pants, some colorful sunglasses…and two stickers instead of a shirt. (Earlier in the evening, she did wear a shirt – one sheer enough that the stickers were visible.)

Shopping Report: Special Guests & New for Fall


Shopping Report

This week, local shops host in-store speakers, artists and sales, and debut new products for the season. Check out these events going on around Baltimore:

The Ivy Bookshop will host two events in its Falls Road store this week. The first, at 6 p.m. on Saturday November 1st, is a talk with epidemiologist and humanitarian Sandy Althomsons, author of Inside a Refugee Crisis: My Time in South Sudan. The second talk, held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4th, is with George W. Liebmann, author of The Last American Diplomat, a book about the diplomat John D. Negroponte.

On Wednesday, November 5th and Thursday, November 6th, silhouette artist Lena Bengtson will be creating silhouette portraits at The Pied Piper in Cross Keys. Call ahead for appointment availability.

Starting on Thursday, November 6th, Lori K will host a Lafayette 148 trunk show to preview the brand’s new collection. The show will run through Sunday, November 15th.

Hampden’s local shops will go big on Friday, November 7th to celebrate November’s First Friday with extended hours and fun specials. Check the Hampden Village Merchants’ Association website for details as they emerge.

While you’re in Hampden, check out the new music collection at Cloud 9. The store’s Hampden location has started carrying a small collection curated by Jason Willette of the record shop True Vine.

Head to Handbags in the City in Harbor East to check out the new Tory Burch fall bags, which just arrived in the store this week.

Shopping Report: Pups, Pop-Ups & Boos


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.

Shopping Report: BFA Fashion Show, Sweater Weather, the QG and more!



Shopping Report

Here’s the scoop for shopping all weekend long…and well into next week, too!

Find great deals on custom-ordered upholstered furniture at The House Downtown’s semi-annual upholstery sale, taking place from now through October 26.

This weekend, receive 20% of the sassy leopard Jones & Jones “Dress of the Week” (pictured) with the code MAYLEO20 – then check the Jones & Jones Facebook page for next week’s dress and code.

Proprietor: Talking Fall Fashion with Sassanova Owner Angela Tandy

Angela Tandy of Sassanova. Photo by Shan Gordon.
Angela Tandy of Sassanova. Photo by Shan Gordon.

At Harbor East boutique Sassanova, new owner Angela Tandy carries an ever-changing collection of fun clothing, shoes and accessories, perfect for the Baltimore woman who keeps up with fashion trends but also appreciates the classic look of preppy wardrobe staples. Angela bought the store last year from former owner Sassy Jacobs, who still owns the Bethesda store.

We spoke with Angie just after she returned from a post-Fashion Week trip to New York, where she was scouting looks for next season. Here’s what she had to say about owning a shop in Baltimore, her favorite classic pieces, and the top trends in fashion this fall:

You’re a relative newcomer to Baltimore – and new owner of Sassanova. What were you doing before your move here? How did you get into the fashion business?

I spent over 15 years in Washington, DC, before moving to Baltimore three years ago.  I worked as a investor relations and marketing executive for technology companies prior to having children.  I was a frequent shopper at Sassanova’s Georgetown and Bethesda locations while living in Washington and knew one of the owners because our children went to school together. 

 Shortly after moving to Baltimore, I received a call from her asking if I was interested in getting involved with the Baltimore store.   The rest is history.  Owning Sassanova is the most fun I have ever in my life had (while working).  I love every part of being a boutique owner from the daily interaction with customers and employees to analyzing financial and performance metrics, meeting designers and of course buying for each new season.  

Shopping Report: Jeans, Jewels, and Orange Ties for Rounding Out Baseball Season

Shopping Report
La Chic Boutique in Mt. Washington

Check out Lafayette 148’s 2015 Resort line at Chezelle in the Village of Cross Keys this weekend and enjoy 10% off trunk show purchases and orders. Also in Cross Keys, J. Jill is offering an extra 30% off sale items until October 13th and at Chico’s Fall Sale, everything in the store is 25% to 60% off.