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Independent bookstore Charm City Books coming to Pigtown’s main strip

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Daven Ralston in front of the future home of Charm City Books in Pigtown. Photo courtesy of Charm City Books.

After years spent as actors, musicians and educators around the Baltimore and D.C. metro areas, Daven Ralston and her husband, Joseph Carlson, have cast themselves for a new role as small business owners.

The couple plans to open a bookstore on the main strip of Southwest Baltimore’s Pigtown neighborhood after recently relocating to Woodberry from Alexandria, Virginia, where Ralston has worked part-time for newcomer Old Town Books since the spring.

Sip and Shop at Harbor East’s Vino in Vogue – 9/7

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Harbor East Vino in Vogue

Enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting and shopping in Baltimore’s hippest neighborhood – Harbor East – at the 5th Annual Vino in Vogue on Saturday, September 7. Swirl, sip and sample wines from some of the neighborhood’s most notable restaurants and venues while enjoying shopping events, lite bites and live music in the heart of Harbor East. This not-to-be-missed event is perfect for both serious oenophiles as well as casual wine drinkers looking to mix, mingle and imbibe. Make a date and reserve your tasting glass today! We couldn’t dream of a better way to spend a Saturday.

Eddie’s joins other grocers in rewarding customers who bring reusable bags

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Stephen Shaffer bags groceries for a customer. Photo courtesy of Eddie’s of Roland Park.

As city lawmakers weigh banning plastic bags and levying a new tax on paper ones, homegrown Baltimore grocer Eddie’s of Roland Park is joining its peers in trying to incentivize shoppers to bring their own receptacles from home.

Design Distillery’s Summer Spruce Up Event – 8/16 – 8/18

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What’s better than a house party? A Design Distillery Summer Sale! Head over to the Summer Spruce Up Event this Friday, Saturday or Sunday (8/16 – 8/18) for design inspo, give-aways, special savings and a dash of fun. You’ll find everything you need at Design Distillery, Baltimore’s go-to spot for modern home furnishings, located at 1414 Key Highway in Baltimore.

Store-wide savings include: 20% savings on all Gus* Modern Upholstery; markdowns on outdoor furniture and showroom models; and event savings on all in-stock gifts and accessories. While soaking up design inspiration throughout the expertly curated 9000 square foot showroom, enjoy complimentary beer and wine from 3-5pm each day, as well as free Skee-Ball games all day long. Test out some of the gorgeous sofas and chairs while sipping on a cold one and when you are ready to tackle your design dilemmas, a friendly expert will be on hand to help you solve them.

PLUS – Jump-start your sprucing up process by registering to win a Modern Leather Sofa valued at $5700, In-Home Design Consultations, or a Design Distillery $100 Gift Card. No purchase necessary but you must be present to register. Six winners will be announced on 8/21.

Baltimore Spirits Co., McClintock Distilling swapped ingredients for twin Genever-style gins

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Image courtesy of Merchant Professional Services

In a first-of-its-kind collab among Maryland booze makers, Medfield-based Baltimore Spirits Company and Frederick’s McClintock Distilling have traded grains to produce a unique pair of gins.

Gaming haven No Land Beyond plans comeback in bigger space with two bars in Old Goucher

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The future home of No Land Beyond on Maryland Avenue. Photo courtesy of No Land Beyond/Patreon.

After a year of serving the city’s gamers in Station North, followed by an ongoing hiatus after its lease expired in April, No Land Beyond is picking back up with a bigger vision in Old Goucher this fall.

Belvedere Square bringing in Korean BBQ, a CBD store and a new pharmacy

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Photo via Belvedere Square/Facebook

North Baltimore’s Belvedere Square is filling several vacancies across from its market space later this year with a new Korean barbecue spot, a full-service pharmacy and a store specializing in hemp-derived goods.

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