Kit Pollard

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

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.