Harbor East and Knits, Soy & Metal today announced that Homegrown Baltimore, a collection of Baltimore-based and women-owned small businesses, is now open in Harbor East. The pop-up shop, located at 830 Aliceanna Street in the former Amaryllis space, houses local artisans Knits, Soy & Metal, B.Willow, and Cedar & Cotton.
After an unsuccessful search to find unique, comfortable clothes for their own children, Jessica Chappel Kremen and Lily Brown sought out their own fix. Together, they launched their kids apparel line, Worthy Threads, in May.
Doubledutch Boutique in Hampden has always focused on featuring independent clothing and accessory lines. Owner Lesley Jennings goes out of her way to find quality local products to mix with her more established, independent brands.
While the latter bring new shoppers into Doubledutch, the former is what often make them return time and time again. Now, two women from Jennings’ staff have launched a second shop, focusing entirely on more such Baltimore-made goods.
Welcome to the Baltimore Fishbowl Local Gift Guide series. We’ll be featuring ten themed items each week through the holidays. Let us help you find that special something for everyone on your list, while supporting local businesses, and getting out to shop in different parts of this diverse and thriving city.
This weekend, Makers and shoppers alike will descend on Green Spring Station for the first annual Green Spring Station Maker’s Market. From 10am-5pm on Saturday, some of Baltimore’s best artists and crafters will ‘set up shop’ around the center of Green Spring Station. The day will host DIY workshops, cocktails, and snacks for reasonable ticket prices (the craft show itself is free). In addition to the individual crafters, a unique pop-up shop, called Taken, will feature a curated mix of vintage finds and handmade goods by local makers. Taken is “popping up” in multiple city locations this holiday season (they are also taking over the new Strand Theatre on Harford Rd every weekend through the holidays).
Here it comes, friends. The dreaded inbox full of black Friday e-blasts from big box stores makes landfall this week. This time of year, retailers are desperately trying to rope you into the excitement with alluring deals, and loud, panic-inducing advertisements. It’s hard not to feel the pull of shopping even if, in theory, you’d much prefer a quiet season of friends, family, and foods covered in cheese.
You’re invited to join neighbors in Charles Village at the Village Learning Place tonight as they jumpstart the holiday season with their annual Artisan Market. Crafters from all over the city will descend on the free, neighborhood run, library for a nighttime celebration of community, craft, and fundraising (20% of all sales go to the VLP itself). Jewelers, Sculpture Artists, Painters, Home goods makers and more will be selling their own wares. Snacks, refreshments and lots of community spirit on hand, free of charge, to cheer everyone up on this rainy fall day.
Village Learning Place is an independent non-profit library that houses educational programs, enrichment opportunities, and informational resources for Baltimore City. Their mission is to serve as a repository for books, and a community center for personal and professional growth of patrons. The library, originally part of the original 6-branch Enoch Pratt Library system in Baltimore, was dropped by the city in 1997, and re-opened by Baltimore residents in the community the same year. Since its grassroots inception, the VLP has worked to keep up with diverse needs of the community, and now houses both a library and computer lab as well as new classroom space across the street from its main location for kids programs, a reading resource room and staff offices.
Village Learning Place’s Holiday Artisan Market is open tonight, 7pm-9pm. 2521 St. Paul St., Baltimore, MD 21218. The event is free and open to the public. More info at www.villagelearningplace.org
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Sometimes what pairs best with age are age-old traditions. If you agree, then look no further than Mount Vernon. Local vintage clothing goldmine, Keeper’s Vintage, has been in multiple locations in Baltimore, both permanent and nomadic. Starting at outdoor events, and in shared spaces, owner Erica Bentley eventually opened her own space in 2015. Craftswoman Letta Moore of Knits, Soy & Metal has been selling her earth-conscious line of hand-poured Soy candles, chunky hand-knit scarves, and delicate handmade jewelry at art fairs and online, as well as to local retail shops for years. Both women collected sizable followings as they grew their small businesses. Now the two are teaming together in a new, more permanent location of Keeper’s Vintage on Read Street, opening just in time for unique holiday shopping.
We’re happy to report that we made good on last week’s promise to shop ‘til we drop at all of the weekend holiday craft shows. And judging by the crowds we often had to wade through to get to the goods, it seems many others had the same idea. Nothing like a fabulous (and well-organized and well-attended) craft show to renew one’s Baltimore pride. So many talented and entrepreneurial artisans right here in our own backyard? And a community that supports them and makes this a great city for artists and small-business owners to set up shop in? Yes! This is home!
Some work we just loved this weekend was Red Prairie Press. Red Prairie designs and prints lovely images on clothing all from the comfort of a Charles Village row home. The work includes everything from silly/charming onesies for babies to really lovely scarves and cardigans. The images all seem so simple, yet genuinely interesting–whether it’s a cartoonish pirate on a onesie or elegant silhouettes of lotuses on an A-line skirt. Each piece truly looks like it was carefully considered and made with an artist’s discerning eye. Look for Red Prairie goods at more upcoming craft shows, in local shops, and of course, online.
Red Prairie Press items can be found for sale at Trohv, Double Dutch, the BMA, and other local shops. You can also shop online (and find out about other upcoming shows) at www.redprairiepress.com.