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Local Boy Matt Stuart Launches Luggage Line Today

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Matt Stuart and his business partner Jimmy Lau showcase their line Stuart & Lau starting today.

Matthew Stuart, 32, a Baltimore boy, Gilman, Vanderbilt and Columbia Business School grad, travels a lot. He’s lived in China for four years. He splits his time between Hong Kong and New York and, for the life of him, he could not find luggage that fit the bill (should we say, bag?) in the department of style, weight, versatility and water repellency. Ditto his friend Jimmy Lau, whom he met when both worked in Shanghai. So what do enterprising fellas do? They put their creativity and education to use to design, manufacture and market their own line of luggage.

What’s In Store: Outfits with Attitude from Boutique W


A 30-year veteran of the retail industry, you might say that Robin Cohen knows versatile women’s fashion. She recently debuted her first Baltimore-area store Boutique W at Green Spring Station. Her business inspiration? A firm belief that fashion can be both on-trend and affordable.

Trillium and Sima Blue: Keeping Charm City Fashionable for 25 Years


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Sima Blue was turning 50 and life, as it happens, was evolving. She was running the men’s personal shopping department at Macy’s and feeling like she needed a change. She mentioned to a friend that if she was ever looking for help at her boutique, to give her a call.

Her friend called the next day. They went to breakfast the day after that.

“I asked her if she wanted help managing the store. No. Did she want help in the store? No. So I finally asked her, what are you looking for. Know what she said? I’m looking for you to buy my store,” said Sima.

Three Spring Hair Styles from UNO the Salon


They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I’d add especially when it comes to hair styling.

What’s In Store: Bijoux Jewels at Green Spring Station


What's In Store? Bijoux at Green Spring Station

Renee Wilson has been in the jewelry business for over 25 years — first managing Heirloom Jewels and now as owner/proprietor of Bijoux Jewels in Green Spring Station.

As one who appreciates the finer things in life (she and her staff just celebrated their 10th annual blintz caviar and champagne day), Renee believes that each piece in her shop must be special, beautiful, superbly crafted, and wearable.

What's In Store? Bijoux at Green Spring Station

“Jewelry stills thrills me and I love to see it thrill others!” said Renee.

She showed us five of her favorite one-of-a-kind pieces currently in store — perfect for last minute gifting! {PS – they are having a 50% off sale!}

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Perfect for the Holidays! A Harp Playing Cherub Pendant in 18K Gold with diamonds.

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Art Deco Style Ring in 14K Gold Filigree with Diamonds and square cut Sapphires.

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Made 100 years ago! A very special Edwardian, circa 1915, Filigree Platinum Ring with a pear shaped Diamond and Sapphire accents. What's In Store? Bijoux at Green Spring StationBijoux Jewels Pearl Diamonds
Fresh Water Baroque Pearl Necklace studded with Diamonds.

What's In Store? Bijoux at Green Spring Station

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For the Ravens Fanatic! A Large Maltese Cross with Amethysts and Pink Sapphires set in 18K Yellow Gold and Sterling Silver.

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

Shopping Report: The Post-Holiday Rush


Shopping Report

Now that all the gifts have been unwrapped and the cookies eaten, it’s time to take a little break, rest, relax – and shop! This week is an especially good time to stock up on holiday wrapping paper, cards and decorative items for next year, and to find the perfect outfit for New Year’s Eve festivities and upcoming winter vacations.

Many local shops are winding down the year with great discounts – or ramping up for 2015 with new merchandise. A word of warning, though – before you head out to a particular shop, check their Facebook page or give them a call, to make sure they are open. A few local shops are closed until the New Year.

Here’s some of what’s happening in and around Baltimore this week:


  • For decorations, home and garden shops, including Stebbins Anderson in Kenilworth, Watson’s Garden Center in Timonium and Homestead Gardens in Annapolis and Severna Park, are always chock full of great sales on holiday-themed items.
  • For discounted holiday cards and other merchandise, visit The Pleasure of Your Company in Greenspring Station, where the post-holiday sale has just begun.
  • The holidays are over but complimentary holiday parking in Harbor East will continue through the weekend – so take advantage while there’s still time.
  • At South Moon Under, dozens of items are on sale, including a wide variety of winter and holiday-themed home and gift items.
  • From now through the first of January, Brightside Boutique & Art Studio, in Federal Hill and Fells Point, is offering 20% off purchases of $50 or more.
  • At Chezelle in Cross Keys, the Spring ’15 Margaret Winters trunk show continues through the 30th. Now through the 30th, visit the Chezelle website for a coupon for 50% off any $150 purchase (exclusions listed at the link).
  • At Alice Jane on Falls Road, new arrivals include great dresses for New Year’s Eve and casual jeans and tops perfect for winter vacation.
  • Hats in the Belfry has a fabulous selection of fascinators perfect for the most glamorous New Year’s Eve plans.
  • At Something Else in Mount Washington, the After Christmas Sale is going strong, with all coats, sweaters and winter wear is 50% off.

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).

Shopping Report: The More, The Merrier


Shopping Report

The holiday shopping season continues to sparkle all over the region. This week brings a new batch of sales and events that will keep everyone feeling merry and bright. Here is some of what’s happening around the region this weekend and next week:

• On Saturday, December 13th, celebrate an Annapolitan Christmas as the West Annapolis Shopping District holds its Holiday Magic event, including Santa, horse and carriage rides, caroling and more.