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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.

Open House at The Shops at Ruxton


See the Shops at Ruxton Gift Guide to view what you will find at the Shops at Ruxton.

Green Spring Station Shop Crawl Wednesday Night!


You’re invited to Green Spring Station’s and Baltimore magazine’s VIP Shop Crawl – a complimentary event that combines neighborhood shopping, exclusive sales, champagne, gift bags (for the first 100 only),  in-store raffle items, and, of course, you and your fabulous friends! End your evening at Tark’s Grill with food and drink specials!

Green Spring Station

Wednesday, December 5, 6-9 PM

View the Green Spring Station Gift Guide to see what you’ll find at the shop crawl.

A Christmas Perennial: Rutland Beard at Ruxton Station



Okay, this is the year you’re going to be ready for the holidays. You can easily wait to get the tree, but not to start the planning.  A wreath or two? A big statement with greens?  Magnolia branches and fruit, Southern style?  Garlands, ropes of pine, floral centerpieces…whatever it is, Rutland Beard — a family owned florist who’s been at its Ruxton location since 1921 —  has a long history of getting it done, beautifully.

Floral designer Alison Webb. AIFD, who also answers to “Lee,” listens as well as she decorates. “So much of it is understanding what a client wants,” she says. “If they have an idea, we’re happy to collaborate.” And if it happens, as it sometimes does, that a client has really no idea at all? “Never mind,” she laughs, “we have plenty of ideas.”

Sophisticated and Local JG Sassy Keeps “It” in Baltimore

Francis James, Kearny Dietrich and Paul James

It all started with the quest for the perfect pant. And though many of us have been on this quest ourselves, and know how difficult it can be, few of us would go so far as to start our own design company and clothing line in order to make the perfect pant manifest. But this is exactly what Kearny Dietrich did, and it’s how the JG Sassy line was born.