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An Inside Look at Ellie Boutique in Ruxton

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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.

Green Spring Station Shop Crawl Wednesday Night!

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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.

Holiday Art Show at the Ivy, December 8

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by Elizabeth Cockey

Join the folks at the Ivy Bookshop for a Holiday Art Show on Saturday, December 8 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. The show will feature the work of acclaimed local artists Elizabeth Cockey (co-author of Ivy favorite Baltimore County: Historical Reflections and Favorite Scenes), Elisabeth Gambino and Carolyn Murphy.

A Christmas Perennial: Rutland Beard at Ruxton Station

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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.”

Charm City Cook: Make the Holidays Happier with Graul’s

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If you’ve never been to Graul’s (and let’s be honest, who hasn’t been to Graul’s? It’s a Baltimore institution…) you have to stop in over the holidays.  So many fun specialties line the shelves! House-made marinades, flavor-infused vinegars, cheeses, a full deli section (a little nicer than your ordinary deli section — so many pates!), terrific prepared foods (this time of year gets too busy to cook every night)…and we haven’t even mentioned the bakery!

The Cake Boss is Coming to the Ivy

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Baltimore may be the town of Charm City Cakes, but there’s a new kid coming to town, to the Ivy Bookshop to be exact. Buddy Valastro, known worldwide as the Cake Boss, has a new book out, Cooking Italian with the Cake Boss, and he is coming to the Ivy on Sunday, December 2, for a book signing at 12 noon.

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.

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.

Need a Book Selection? Get Some Ideas from the Pros

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When the folks at the Ivy Bookshop told us representatives from Random House were coming to talk about its new season of books, we were looking forward to learning about new titles for our book group reading lists.  Then Superstorm Sandy came and the event had to be rescheduled.  Now the reps are coming and, as it turns out, the timing is even better: we can get ideas for holiday gift giving, too!  Join us Monday night, November 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ivy Bookshop as we listen to representatives from Random House make book suggestions. Here’s the best part: Random House will offer some pre-release copies of new books at the presentation.  Now, wouldn’t that make a nice gift?

To RSVP, please call 410-377-2966, or email the Ivy at [email protected] .

Join Random House reps at the Ivy Bookshop, 6080 Falls Road  on Monday, November 19 at 6:30 p.mTo learn more about the many benefits of registering your book club with the Ivy, visit the Book Clubs page at the Ivy Bookshop website.

 

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. 

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