Shop & Eat

Inside The Little Shoebox



Between the cheetah print carpet that lines the floor and the pink-hued walls that create a feminine feel, The Little Shoebox in Ruxton is the ultimate shop for shoe-loving women in Baltimore.


Book Giving Recommendations from the Ivy


We asked the book lovers at the Ivy Bookshop — “Baltimore’s literary book store” — to give us a few suggestions for gift giving this year. Here are some staff favorites.


From Ed Berlin, Ivy Bookshop Co-owner

 Fiction: An American Spy by Olen Steinhauer

On the heels of bestsellers The Tourist and The Nearest Exit,  An American Spy, follows the adventures of CIA agent Milo Weaver and is said to be Steinhauer’s most stunning thriller yet.





Non-fiction: Why I Left Goldman Sachs by Greg Smith

Who can forget last March when Greg Smith, a former vice president at Goldman Sachs, made a scorching exit from the Wall Street investment bank with a searing Op-Ed in the New York Times?  Now comes his book, which picks up where the Op-Ed left off with more details about the nation’s most high-profile investment bank.







Coffee Table Book: Elegantissima by Louise Fili

Elegantissima covers the nearly forty-year design career  of Louise Fili, an artist whose elegant designs created over 2,000 book jackets and  helped market Sarabeth’s, Bella Cucina, Jean-Georges, and Good Housekeeping and other brands. A must-have for graphic design students and professionals.




Inspired Habitat: Oh Tannenbaum…Eco-Friendly Tree Alternatives


Maybe you don’t have the space. Maybe you’re going on vacation so you can’t do a “real” tree, and just don’t want to purchase and put up an artificial one. Or, maybe you want to go really green and forgo the traditional options in favor of something… alternative. We’ve scoured the web to find some great ideas for festive tree alternatives. Done right, these could all be very green indeed. Swap out regular lights for LEDs, add some eco-friendly ornaments and you’re good to go!

The Holidays at Halcyon House – Gift Guide 2012


Short on Christmas-list enthusiasm? Enter Halcyon House Antiques on Greenspring Avenue in the Greenspring Valley and find inspiration for the holidays like none other. The beloved antique shop of former BMA board chairman, art and antique historian, interior designer, style-setter and bon vivant Stiles Colwill, Halcyon House presents a feast for the shopping senses. Garland and lights adorn the entrance, delicate, beautiful glass ornaments decorate the tree and mantels, scents for the home fill the air, while goodies await in the kitchen. Yes, it has begun to look a lot like Christmas at Halcyon House, where you’ll find everything you need for the season of giving and more giving. We’ve assembled a few standout items you should not miss. Get started now!

Photos by Krista Smith.

Pigtown Design: Gift Giving with a G?


Our new family Christmas tradition is to pick names at Thanksgiving. It’s easier said than done with families of six, five and four. We have to make sure that no one in the same family picks another member. To make things a little trickier, we also pick a letter, and everyone has to buy something that begins with that letter. It encourages creativity and adds some fun.

This year is brought to you by the letter:image

I am trying to think of some interesting G presents, and have taken to searching my blog for some ideas.

An Inside Look at Ellie Boutique in Ruxton


Walking into Ellie, the first overwhelming sensation one has is, wow—this is fun. The second is whoa—where do I start? The Ruxton boutique offers such a great variety of clothing, accessories, and gifts that unless you came in looking for something specific, you’re likely to find yourself heading for the dressing room with a pile of clothing so high that you can’t see over it.

Ellie Boutique’s 12 Days of Christmas Starts Tomorrow


Ellie Boutique is located at 7701 Bellona Avenue in Ruxton.  For more information, visit the store website.

Local Chocolatier Competes on Food Network Show Tomorrow Night


Tune in as Josh Rosen, owner of Charm School Chocolates, a Reisterstown-based chocolate company (and featured at Ma Petite Shoe in Hampden), competes on Food Network’s Sweet Genius on Thursday, December 6th at 10pm. Susannah Siger, owner of Ma Petite Shoe, a shoes and chocolate store in Hampden, was approached earlier in the season by Mr. Rosen to be one of the first stores in Baltimore to carry his line of vegan bars and couture barks.

What Gives? 2013 Calendars by Baltimore’s Greg Otto



For more more than a decade Baltimore artist Greg Otto has signed poster reproductions of his paintings the second Saturday in December at Gundy’s Gifts in Roland Park. He’ll be there again this Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with two new posters among others of New York and Baltimore.