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Hot Cocoa Happy Hours While You Shop Harbor East


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Tuesdays in December: 12/2, 12/9, 12/16

Warm up street-side Tuesday evenings in December with Harbor East’s Hot Chocolate Happy Hour! From 5PM-7PM on December 16th we’ll be serving up complimentary hot chocolate “shots” and sweet treats to holiday shoppers. Swing by our “bar” on Aliceanna Street (between S. Exeter and S. President Streets) or catch one of our wait staff offering “passed” fare around the district. Watch the street musicians perform festive tunes and enjoy an evening of gift getting and holiday merriment.

Happy Hour Specials from our Merchants:

BIN 604: Holiday Happy Hour featuring $5 wines by the glass, from 5-7pm.

– Callia Alta Malbec, Argentina
– Concannon Pinot Noir, California
– Columbia Crest Grand Estates Chardonnay, Washington
– Snap Dragon Riesling, California

Loafers and Laces: A free pair of stylish socks from our 60 plus styles of byford socks with any shoe purchase or clothing purchase of $250 or more.

Haute Blow Dry Bar: Purchase $60 or more on a gift card and receive a free shower cap, conditioning treatment voucher and a mini hairspray. Purchase $120 or more and receive a free shower cap, conditioning treatment voucher and a choice of any full size Davines product.

Bozzuto: Hot Cocoa and peppermint goodies in the Spinnaker Bay lobby.

Apropoe’s: 1/2 off select bottles of wine!

– See more at: http://www.harboreast.com/events/hot-chocolate-happy-hours/?eID=1651#sthash.Jbgkwx2K.dpuf

The Gift: Rorshock in Color


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What It Is: A non-competitive game (unless you’re competing for “Best Psyche”) based on the iconic Rorshock psychological tests. However, rather than black inkblots, these cards come in bright, beautiful colors, allowing for infinite responses to each card. The game also comes with a book to help you interpret what your responses might mean. Professional psychoanalyst not included. Available at the BMA Gift Shop. $15.95 (discount for BMA members).

It’s Perfect For:

Awkward Holiday Times: It’s possible that early humans invented games as ways to quell the awkwardness of office Christmas parties, gatherings with distant relatives, and first dates. Maybe. If political disagreements start heating up what was supposed to be a pleasant family evening, or you find you and your coworkers have nothing to talk about beyond last week’s reports, you can easily pull this out of your pocket for some instant conversation. You’ll get to know each other a little better, and without any sense of competition.

Families with Young Children: Kids of course are able to see images in everything—clouds, puddles, thin air. And while kids love to play games, purchasing a game for a family with kids of different ages can be tough. The little one is too young for the math and strategy of Monopoly, but the older one is bored to tears by Candyland. Rorshock in Color works for anyone of any age—and may even be easier to engage with for wee ones, since they’re still so in touch with their imaginations.

Rorshock in Color is available at the BMA gift store for $15.95. For more information, visit www.shopartbma.org

Shopping Report: All the Holiday Deals and Delights You’ll Ever Need


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By Kit Waskom Pollard

Now that the turkey has been stuffed and eaten and the leftovers are packed away, it’s time to focus on – what else? – holiday shopping!

From Black Friday sales to Small Business Saturday celebrations and beyond, there are plenty of events and promotions to explore this week. Here’s a look at some of what’s going on around Baltimore today, tomorrow and for the rest of the week:

· Stop by Nouveau in Belvedere Square from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for a Black Friday/Moving Day celebration complete with live music, refreshment, a martini bar and – of course – discounts.

· Towson Town Center shops will open for Black Friday as early as 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and will stay open as late as 1 a.m. on Saturday. Click here for more information.

· From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, November 28th, receive a free Christmas stocking to stuff with accessories or doll clothing at Liza Byrd in Stevenson Village – all items in the stocking will be 20% off.

· Starting on Friday, check in at The Village at Cross Keys, where the shops will offer tons of discounts and great holiday promotions.

· This weekend at Poppy and Stella in Fells Point, the entire store is 30% to 50% off. Stop in for discounts and for treats, from raffles and gifts with purchases of $50 and more to cupcakes from Baltimore Cakery.

· Alice Jane says thank you to its customers with Friday and Saturday promotions. Shoppers will receive 10% off purchases of $100 or more and 20% off purchases of $200 or more.

· Santa has arrived at The Shops at Kenilworth, along with the storied annual holiday train garden. The Shops will have extended holiday hours from November 28th through December 24th and individual stores will offer great promotions and discounts. On Black Friday, WBAL will be on hand from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., with specials, giveaways – and Zeke’s Coffee samples.

· On Friday, November 28th and Saturday, November, 29th, find all sorts of cool and crazy gifts at the American Visionary Arts Museum’s Bazaart holiday art market.

· On Friday and Saturday, shops throughout Hampden will kick off the season with sales and festivities, from scratch-off discounts at Studio C Jewelry to Small Business Saturday gift card promotions at doubledutch boutique.

· In Harbor East, Sassanova will be celebrating all week, with sales on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, plus daily discounts and free gifts every day starting on December 1st. Harbor East parking is complimentary during the holiday season, making shopping easier than ever.

· On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visit Becket Hitch in Greenspring Station as they host a trunk show with FoundStudio, featuring original artworks and archival quality prints.

· This Friday and Saturday, receive 15% off new suits, sport jackets, tuxedos or shirts as Christopher Schaefer Clothier celebrates the start of holiday season – and their fourth anniversary.

· On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wee Chic will host an Etsy pop-up shop with Little Miss Pepper Designs. Designer Stacey Bradshaw will be in the shop to help customize charm necklaces and show off her earrings, bracelets and other jewelry styles.

· Shops throughout Federal Hill are celebrating Small Business Saturday with discounts and refreshments, from 20% off essential oils at SoBotanical to a “Pick Your Own Discount” event at Brightside Boutique & Art Studio. For more information about other participating shops, visit the Historic Federal Hill website.

· On Thursday, December 4th, shop ’til you drop at the first installment of downtown Annapolis’s Midnight Madness. Shops will stay open until midnight and downtown will be full of festive carols, lights and fun.

· At the Baltimore Country Club’s sold out annual Holiday Fashion Show on December 5th, a variety of retailers, including Sassanova, Lori K and Liza Byrd will show off – and sell – some of their favorite holiday season clothing and accessories.

· On December 5th, stop by the new Cross Keys shop The Girl Next Door for a fun grand opening party.

Holiday Artisan Market Comes to the Park School

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December 4th, 3:30 – 7pm

The 10th Annual Holiday Artisan Market is an event showcasing handmade artistic wares, crafts and foods of the Park School and Baltimore community.

Celebrate the Holidays With a Girls (Over)Night Out at Midnight Madness in Annapolis

Photo courtesy of I Stock
Photo courtesy of I Stock

‘Tis the season for serious shopping  – and there’s no place more filled with the holiday spirit than the streets of downtown Annapolis during Midnight Madness.

This year’s annual Midnight Madness extravaganza – two  nights filled with shopping and celebration – will take place on Thursday, December 4th and Thursday December 11th. Both nights, the shops in historic Annapolis will stay open until midnight and downtown will sparkle with festive music, entertainment and activities. With performances from local choruses and bands, a majestic tree and gorgeous decorations sponsored by Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, the mood downtown would put a holiday smile on even the Grinch’s face.

Shopping Report: No Sleep ‘Til Black Friday


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By Kit Waskom Pollard

The big story this week is Thanksgiving but there’s plenty going on outside the kitchen as stores gear up for the holiday shopping frenzy.

  • Get a jump start on holiday shopping at the Friends School Parents Association’s 29th annual Holly Fest, held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 22nd.
  • During November, Urban Threads is offering 10% off blanket purchases with the donation of a gently used, clean blanket. Collected blankets will be donated to Mutts Matter Rescue, Grassroots and other local shelters.
  • Through December 7th, receive 20% off select merchandise, during South Moon Under’s Holiday 2014 event. For online purchases, use the code HOLIDAY20.


On Black Friday, November 28th, stores all over the region will go crazy with extended hours and sales. Here’s just a taste of what’s happening around town:

  • Harbor East shops will feature extended hours and sales – don’t miss Sassanova’s deep discounts on shoes, clothing and accessories.
  • Stop by Nouveau in Belvedere Square from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for a Black Friday/Moving Day celebration complete with live music, refreshments, a martini bar and – of course – discounts.
  • Towson Town Center shops will open as early as 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving and will stay open as late as 1 a.m. on Saturday.

Harbor East Debuts Window Wonderland



catch of the day fish (2)Need some proof that the most wonderful time of the year is really upon us? Well, you can’t really get much more magical than our favorite new local holiday tradition– Window Wonderland in Harbor East. It’s the absolutely fabulous collaboration between Maryland Art Place and Harbor East that brings the vision and work of local artists to the holiday windows of Harbor East’s top shopping destinations. And the big unveiling happens this Wednesday, November 19th. Be sure to head on down from 5:30-8:30pm to tour the windows, meet the artists and watch as a specially appointed panel of judges choose their favorite, and award a  $1000 cash prize the the “Best in Show.” There will also be carolers (of course), acrobats, street performers, ice sculptures and festive music to fill the streets with enough holiday cheer to last you well into December and beyond. And with a chill in the air, you’ll want to warm up indoors as participating Window Wonderland retailers offer complimentary refreshments and treats; plus you can enjoy drink specials and extended happy hours from participating restaurants.

Lululemon Introduces Baltimore-centric Collection from Michael Owen



catch of the day fish (2)You probably already know and love lululemon–the geniuses behind some of the hippest and most functional exercise apparel out there. But now Baltimore has a new reason to flock to the Harbor East shop this holiday season: The Baltimore Love Project Capsule Collection. That’s the name for the 52 unique garments being designed by local artist Michael Owen with Baltimore-specific imagery that will be available exclusively at the Harbor East location for a limited time. The collection gets released this Thursday, and is likely to fly off the shelves. So we recommend you fly down to the harbor yourself to make sure you don’t miss out.

Shopping Report: Holiday Shopping is Here


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The jack-o-lanterns have been stowed and it’s time for Baltimore to start thinking about holiday shopping. Local stores are jump-starting the holiday season with a variety of events and sales – and even an appearance by the big guy in red.


Below, check out what’s happening in Baltimore this week:


  • On Friday, November 7th, new boutique The Girl Next Door opens in the Village of Cross Keys. Launched by the owners of Ruth Shaw, the new shop will focus on contemporary lines with stripped down, but still luxe, aesthetics.
  • Kick off the holiday season at Boulevard of Chic Held at Pierce’s Park at Pier 5 and Eastern Avenue from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 8th, this event will feature several of the area’s top fashion trucks, including Hobo the Original, Side Dish, Grassroots Charm City Mobile Boutique, Celebrities Mobile Boutique, The Pink Armoire and Go Gorgeous.
  • Celebrate Neighborhood Toy Store Day at aMuse Toys in Fells Point and Quarry Lake. On Saturday, November 8th the shops will recognize the day with celebrations of their communities, with 10% of sales donated to a local nonprofit. Over the past five years, aMuse has donated thousands of dollars to local organizations thanks to customer involvement on Neighborhood Toy Store Day.
  • Matava Shoes in Greenspring Station will host a trunk show, featuring the Canadian footwear company PAJAR, on Saturday, November 8th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • At 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 8th, at the Peabody Heights Brewery, the Young Democrats of Maryland Women’s Caucus will host the 6th Annual Divas Fashion Show, featuring Baltimore-brewed and inspired beers and local fashion designers including Christopher Schafer Clothier and Ella Moda Couture.
  • The holiday season gets underway this week at Towson Town Center, with the arrival of Santa Claus on Friday, November 14th.
  • Radcliffe Jewelers will host its annual holiday show from November 14th through the 16th. Representatives from some of Radcliffe’s most loved brands will be on hand to help customers shop for the holidays (or themselves).
  • On the 14th at 5 p.m., The QG will host its annual Fall Trunk Show, featuring the classic boot brand Red Wing. From the 14th to the 16th, the purchase of any Red Wing shoes will come with gifts, an additional 20% off Red Wing accessories and the chance to win a free pair of Red Wing boots.
  • From now through November 17th, The Pleasure of Your Company is offering 20% off numerous holiday photocards (through their website only).
  • And you can catch the Gottex Trunk Show from the 13th-15th at Bare Necessities in Green Spring Station