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Today is Small Business Saturday!

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Today is small business Saturday. It’s a day to  celebrate small businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and invigorate neighborhoods around the country. Show your support by shopping small.

Shop Small on Saturday, November 24

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Small Business Saturday is November 24th.

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is another day, one dedicated to the businesses that boost the economy and invigorate neighborhoods in Baltimore.

Five Days Until Small Business Saturday

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We’re really into Small Business Saturday.  Why? Because we like having small mom and pop shops in Baltimore, and we’re glad to see a movement to give them the support they deserve.  Join us on Saturday, November 24 and visit your favorite local boutique.  Where will you shop small?

For the Love of Flowers: Bringing Dutch Floral Design to Baltimore

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The Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh loved flowers. When his good buddy Paul Gauguin was coming to visit, Vincent quickly set about painting what is now his immortal Sunflowers,  as a decoration to spruce the place up for his guest. He understood flowers’ ability to give a space a bright and welcoming quality, and to let guests know you care. And to this day his floral paintings are some of his most celebrated works, for which he is remembered. But wait… Did Van Gogh have good table manners? Were his personal relationships enviable? Wasn’t there something about an ear? Unimportant. But the sunflowers? The irises? They endure. The lesson here? Bring flowers. The other lesson? Get help from the Dutch.

Paula Dobbe-Maher grew up in the Netherlands surrounded by flowers in her parents’ nursery. Since then, her travels and studies have taken her everywhere from law school in Amsterdam, to pastry chef training in Paris—a rather circuitous route to get to opening one’s own floral business in Baltimore. But we’re oh so glad she did.

Gift Guide

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Photos by Krista Smith

Pigtown Design: Holidaze

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When I lived in the UK, I realized that there was no psychic speed bump like Thanksgiving to slow people down en route to the winter holiday season, just a scant 40-ish days from now.shift your shopping

Shopping and Styling at Ma Petite Shoe

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There’s something almost Victorian about Ma Petite Shoe. By that we mean that the Hampden boutique captures all of the decadence, romance, indulgence, and classic beauty of that period while dispensing with the restrictiveness of corsets and the fact that the chocolate of the period bore almost no resemblance to the treats we enjoy today.  That’s why we will be sure to visit the Hampden boutique on Sunday, November 18 from 1 – 4 p.m. for a special event. 

ABS Trunk Show at Fresh! Boutique… right now

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ABS Trunk Show of Holiday Dresses Baltimore

Anyone not doing anything right now? If that’s you, throw on your what-I-wear-when-I-know-I’m-going-to-be-trying-on-clothes clothes and run right out the door to the trunk show happening at Fresh! Boutique. Fresh! Boutique, (which might ring a bell as the winner of the “Best of Baltimore” spot for buying party dresses) is hosting (today) a trunk show with the ABS line from Allen Schwartz.  The line features a variety of dresses that run the gamut from day to cocktail style to evening wear—and they’re all perfect for the holiday season.

And in keeping with today’s themes of “Happening Right Now” and “Instant Gratification,” anything you buy at the trunk show you get to take home with you that day (er… today). No ordering, no waiting, no weeks of longing pouts directed at the UPS guy (unless of course you’re into that kind of thing). Any dress you try on today, you can go home with. Which means you could wear it out this weekend, or to meet the parents at Thanksgiving. Stop by any time today before 7pm for refreshments, door prizes, and a 10% discount on any dress purchased.

The ABS trunk show takes place today, November 15th from 12pm-7pm at Fresh! Boutique. Fresh! Boutique is located in Green Spring Station at 10749 Falls Road in Lutherville.

HARBOR EAST UNVEILS WINDOW WONDERLAND – A HOLIDAY ARTS EXHIBIT

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Window Wonderland unveiling in Harbor East in Baltimore

Absolutely save the date (it should be easy—it’s two days from now). On Thursday, November 15th, Harbor East merchants are unveiling the Window Wonderland Holiday Arts Exhibit in a grand event from 5:30pm-8pm. But what makes the event so noteworthy? So worth cramming everyone into the car for? It’s got everything!

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