Catch of the Day

McCormick World of Flavors at the Inner Harbor

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Baltimore McCormick Store

 

Remember learning in school about the importance of the spice trade in global history? How empires were built or ruined based on explorers’ abilities to sail great distances, trading with other civilizations  for spices that were so valuable they functioned as forms of currency in their own right? We don’t know if spice giant McCormick decided to open up its first ever retail store right here in Baltimore  because of the historical connection between spices and sailing, but it sure does feel good to have new businesses crop up that somehow speak to our maritime traditions and our history as an important port city.

McCormick World of Flavors shop stocks not only the spices that you’re familiar with from your own grocery store, but also McCormick’s European lines as well. Making this much more than just a shopping experience, the store also has interactive displays including Guess That Spice, FlavorPrint and Flavors in the Making. And in keeping with the theme of spices so highly prized that they could be their own form of currency, there is even an exclusive McCormick World of Flavors product line only available in the store.

McCormick World of Flavors, Harborplace – Light Street Pavilion, Baltimore Inner Harbor
301 Light Street #1470, Baltimore, MD 21202

Baltimore’s Hottest Stylists Go to the Big Apple

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K Co Design Salon and Day Spa in Baltimore

At long last, Baltimore hair is getting recognition for something other than the Beehive. Surely we haven’t seen the last of the Hons, but there are two hair stylists bringing updated versions of Baltimore to New York this week.

At New York’s Fashion Week, Jimie Machiniak and Kenneth Saenz, stylists at K Co Design Salon and Day Spa, will showcase their skills on the runway for designers such as The Row, Theory, Jill Stuart, Monique Lhuillie and Libertine. The application process was extremely rigorous, and Saenz and Machiniak are the only two stylists from the northeast to be selected for this honor. Looks like they’ll be representing our little state with a big splash on the catwalk.

For those already planning this weekend’s regrets…

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Gore Dean Baltimore Behavior Card

Mae West famously said, “When I’m good, I’m very, very good, but when I’m bad I’m better.” That attitude (along with her looks and Hollywood star status) surely helped keep her in the good graces of hostesses, dates, and others who  likely cleaned up behind her after a particularly good time. Many of us, however, could use a little something extra when begging pardon for, shall we say, less than perfect behavior.  What to do? Flowers? A homemade pie? A replacement lampshade?

New in Hampden: Hunting Ground

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Hunting Ground in Baltimore

It’s easy for clothes to look good on mannequins and hangers, and in store windows. But when the all the baristas at a super hip new coffee shop (Spike Gjerde’s Artifact Coffee on Union Ave) are sporting your duds, you know you’ve hit on something. And where does the Artifact Coffee team go to be outfitted? Hunting Ground—a new boutique just off The Avenue in Hampden.  Hunting Ground specializes in that rare combo of amazing vintage finds and choice picks from independent designers. Not only that, they also do what they call “in store pop-up shops” (think a rotating mini-gallery of items and accessories curated by your friend with enviably perfect taste).

This month’s pop-up is called STOCKPILE and was curated by Melissa Moore. Some of the designers include Fort Standard, Ladies & Gentleman, Pat Kim, Nikkuu, and DMFD. It’s up until October 14th and the items are unique, so we recommend swinging by sooner rather than later.

Hunting Ground is located at 3649 Falls Road  Baltimore, MD 21211

Beers & Spears — that’s local brew and pickles — at Trohv

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Trohv in Hampden, Baltimore

Walking by Trohv’s famous window displays (named “Best of Baltimore” by the City Paper), it’s easy to speculate about how supernaturally hip and artsy the brains behind this place must be. But once you step inside, every item on display makes a perfectly-furnished life seem surprisingly attainable. They’re onto something at Trohv—something unquestionably cool and classic but without any kind of pretension. Case in point: this Sunday, rather than inviting us all over for wine and cheese (not that we’d decline), Trohv will be hosting “Beers & Spears,” a special event during which you can shop the store while sampling locally made pickles from Gordy’s Pickle Jar and craft beer from Union Craft Brewing (located just up the road in Woodberry).

Trohv stocks Gordy’s pickles regularly, but for this event they’ve ordered specially etched commemorative mason jars available for purchase on Sunday. You can call ahead to reserve your limited edition jar ($10), or simply show up and cross your fingers that there’s one left. And as though the folks at Trohv needed to prove any further how cool they are, ten percent of all sales on Sunday will be donated to Blue Water Baltimore.

Trohv is located at 921 W. 36th Street, Baltimore. Beers & Spears takes place Sunday, September 9th from 12pm-3pm. To reserve a limited edition etched jar, call: 410-366-3456.

Silhouette Artist Erik Johnson at Wee Chic

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Erik Johnson visits Baltimore

Oh, the elusive muse. Artists can spend their lives waiting for her to strike. And even once she shows her bad self, one’s masterpiece will still take hours (or years) of toil to complete.

Such is life for the dedicated bohemian. Unless of course you’re Erik Johnson, the renowned traveling silhouette artist. That’s right: he  travels the country creating hand-cut silhouettes—a traditional form that his family has practiced for three generations. As classic as the medium is, it’s clearly still as charming and resonant as ever—Johnson has become something of a celebrity in the world of portraitists. And he’s coming to the Baltimore area for one day only.

Local Fashion Brings Fashion’s Night Out to City and County

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Baltimore Fashion's Night OutFashion’s Night Out is tomorrow night and Baltimore’s getting in on the act. Limited edition items, a specialized beauty lounge, complimentary gifts and more will abound! You can even finish the night by walking down the runway showing the world the style only you can rock.

Did we mention that it’s all part of an international fashion extravaganza? Fashion’s Night Out is the fashion industry’s promotional push and it happens in eighteen countries, with more than 4,500 events in the United States. From Harbor East in the city to Towson Town Center in the county, Baltimore boutiques large and small plan a special night.

Introducing E.N. Olivier

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When you see the digital fish, you’ll know it’s a Catch of the Day!

It’s hard to keep a secret in this town—especially when it’s a good one, and especially when it involves the epicurean arts. And when it comes to out-foodie-ing your foodiest friends (and aren’t we all trying just a little bit?) you’ve got to have a trick up your sleeve.

Might we suggest that before hosting your next dinner party that you make the trek to E.N. Olivier?  It’s a brand new (July 2012) food boutique that “cordially invites you to experience the finest flavors of the highest quality olive oils, vinegars and artisan pantry products.”

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