Kit Pollard

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

Shopping Report: Super Shopping for Super Bowl Weekend & Beyond



This weekend is the big game – but that only lasts a few hours, leaving plenty of time before and after to shop, shop, shop. Stores all over the region are wrapping up their winter sales, as they make room for new spring merchandise. So bundle up and brave the weather for deep discounts – and a glimpse of what’s to come when the weather gets warmer.

This week’s sales and events in and around Baltimore include:

  • At Sassanova in Harbor East, new winter markdowns mean select styles are discounted as much as 70%.
  • On Saturday, January 31st, catch the last day of Green Spring Station‘s annual Winter Sale, with sales of up to 75% off.
  • On Saturday and Sunday, Su Casa’s floor model clearance includes sales of 15% to 75% on floor models at all locations.
  • In Ruxton, JG Sassy’s Semi-Annual Sale is going strong with discounts throughout the store. Plus, check JG Sassy’s Facebook page frequently for announcements about additional flash sales, with deep discounts on specific merchandise.
  • This is the last week of the winter sale at The Little Shoebox in Ruxton – which includes 50% off winter shoes and boots.
  • Buy tickets for The QG’s annual Bourbon & Bowties fundraiser before February 1st and take advantage of a $25 discount. On Sunday, ticket prices for the event, which takes place at the Baltimore Museum of Industry and supports Health Care for the Homeless and the Semper Fi Fund, will jump from $75 to $100 per person.
  • Let fashion inspire you at the first ever Wear It Out Baltimore Fashion & Film Series event, taking place at The Creative Alliance on Thursday, February 5th at 6 p.m. Organized by The Creative Alliance, Bonneau Caprece LLC and Foxxforo Studio, the premiere event “A Runway Salute to the Little Black Dress.” Choose your own attire carefully – there will be prizes for the chicest and edgiest LBDs in the audience.
  • Starting February 5th, Panache in Green Spring Station will host a Nicole Miller trunk show.
  • Don’t miss Hamdpen’s First Friday, this week on February 6th, when shops on and around The Avenue will feature discounts.
  • Doubledutch Boutique is offering great vintage finds from Gogo’s Retread Threads this winter, while Gogo’s owner, Stacey, is on vacation.
  • On February 6th, Halcyon House will host a cocktail reception to preview for the Julie Vos trunk show, which starts, officially, on February 7th.

Shopping Report: Spring Is On Its Way (Eventually)



Though winter sales – with their heavy discounts – are still raging, every day, new spring and resort clothes and accessories make their way to Baltimore’s shops. This week, check out these shops for the best deals from last season and the newest finds for spring:

  • Happening now, Alice Jane‘s Half Off Half Yearly sale includes 50% discounts on great items from this past season.
  • At Ma Petite Shoe, winter merchandise is 30%-50% off – including 50% of toasty scarves.
  • At Cloud 9 Clothing stores throughout the city, winter clearance merchandise is 30%-50% off.
  • On Saturday, January 24th, catch the tail end of Samuel Parker Clothier‘s last call After Christmas Sale.
  • Shop the winter sale at L’Apparenza for discounts on all winter merchandise.
  • At Poppy and Stella in Fells Point, daily deliveries of new shoes and accessories will help you get in the mood for springtime. And at Cupcake in Green Spring Station, customizable Resort/Spring accessories in fun colors will make spring feel even closer.
  • Madewell fans should make their way to Harbor East this Tuesday, January 27th, for the grand opening of the store’s newest Baltimore location. Starting from the 10 a.m. opening, the first 25 customers will receive a Madewell gift card and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the shop will be buzzing with drinks, hors d’oeuvres and a DJ – and complimentary Bien Fait tote bags with purchases.
  • Get a head start on Valentine’s Day at The Pleasure of Your Company, which now has a great selection of cards celebrating the season of love.

Shopping Report: Shop for Warmth!

Pink Glow at JG Sassy
Pink Glow at JG Sassy

As local shops report the arrival of new items for spring – it can’t come quickly enough! – they’re also offering deep discounts on fall and winter clothes. Stock up for the rest of the chilly season, and dream of sunshine, at these sales:

Shopping Report: Shake Off the Cold, It’s Time for Great Sales

Tea Collection paired with "Another Brother," at Wee Chic.
Tea Collection paired with “Another Brother,” at Wee Chic.

With 2015’s first snowstorm officially behind us, it’s time to march bravely forward into the coldest months of the year. Fortunately, this week’s chill comes with a warming side of sales, including deep discounts on everything from shoes to furniture.

Here’s some of what will keep you toasty as you shop Baltimore this week:

Shopping Report: New Year, New Sales


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The champagne corks have been popped and everyone is gearing up to go back to work and school. Around Baltimore, post-Christmas sales are winding down, though even in the thick of winter, there are sales to be shopped. Here’s some of what’s happening in Baltimore this week:

  • The Winter Clearance sale has begun at Jones & Jones in The Village of Cross Keys, with fall and winter clothes on sale for up to 50% off.
  • Also in Cross Keys, shoes are discounted up to 70% at Ruth Shaw.
  • From January 8th through the 11th, the discounts will expand at Cross Keys, during its annual winter sale, with stores featuring discounts of up to 75% off.
  • On January 3rd, newly engaged couples can get a head start on planning at the Bow Ties & Bubbly event, held just over the Bay Bridge at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club. The event includes numerous vendors from Baltimore, from florists and dress shops to stationery stores.S

Enjoy Christmas Eve at Johnny’s in Roland Park


DSC_2757It’s the most wonderful time of the year – especially when someone else is cooking the holiday meal. What’s more festive than a dinner out, with great food, in a fantastic space? This Christmas Eve, skip the stove and start your celebration with a leisurely dinner at Johnny’s in Roland Park.

Johnny’s is open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve. The new a la carte menu will be available in its entirety and the bar will feature festive drink specials, including hot toddies, boozy cider and “grown-up” eggnog for $5.

The restaurant’s Western-influenced flavors, fabulous desserts and top-notch drinks  are the stuff holiday dreams are made of. For traditional diners, meals like the 16-ounce t-bone steak will be just right, while the more experimental types might go for one of Johnny’s intensely flavored fusion dishes, like the Korean-style short ribs or pulled duck in mole sauce.

With about 50 wines and 17 different whiskeys available in addition to the holiday specials, dinner is sure to be full of cheer. Plus, Johnny’s coffee program – one of the best in the city – will give everyone the fuel they need to finish last minute, late-night wrapping before Santa’s arrival.10569008_526634057436875_7830911244619378864_n

Johnny’s basement space feels as cozy and festive as a warm sweater – but it’s also large enough to accommodate big groups, coming together to celebrate. So gather up the family but put away your apron. Instead of making dinner, make a reservation at Johnny’s.

Johnny’s is located at 4800 Roland Avenue in Roland Park. For reservations, call 410-773-0777or visit


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


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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.

Proprietor: Alan Hirsch Knows Why We Love Donna’s



A much-loved institution in the Baltimore region, Donna’s Coffee Bar & Café has been a favorite Cross Keys destination since 1999.

Proprietor: Scott Wable on What’s in the Jean Pool



For denim-loving Baltimoreans – both men and women – Jean Pool has been a must-shop boutique since its opening in 2006.

Shopping Report: The Home Stretch


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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).