Tag: holiday shopping

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.

MICA Art Market


Presenting…yet another holiday craft shopping opportunity. And this is one of our personal favorites. For the last six years, MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) has hosted their own fabulous art market just in time for holiday shopping. The sale features original work by more than 300 MICA students, faculty, and staff. That’s 300 local folks whose entire education and professional lives revolve around creative expression and creation. These artists are often leaders in their fields, or working right on the cutting edge of their chosen medium. Truly, this is the place to find some of the most unique, stand-out gifts this season.

Clothing by Red Prairie Press


Red Prairie Press Baltimore

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.

Out of Hand Craft Show


Out of Hand Craft Show Baltimore

UPDATE: The 2013 show is Sunday, Dec. 8 from 10 am to 4 pm at the same location.

You can contact Anita Klein at 410 235 5321 for information, but the basics have not changed.


If you read yesterday’s Catch (and of course you did), you know how we feel about holiday-time craft shows. So as promised, we’ve got the scoop on all the best spots to find locally made goods this season. And since craft fairs offer totally awesome and unique treasures in abundance (meaning we’re not afraid of you getting there first and scooping up all the good stuff), we’re happy to share. Assuming you don’t drain your bank account and you’ve still got names to check off the gift list after tomorrow’s Holiday Heap, head out on Sunday to the Out of Hand Craft Show. The fact that this one is on Sunday means you get a whole night’s sleep to re-up the shopping energy from Saturday’s bonanza.

Holiday Heap by Charm City Craft Mafia


Holiday Heap by Charm City Craft Mafia Baltimore

So, it’s confession time. Here at Catch of the Day, we don’t actually think of this as the Holiday Season. We think of it as the Craft Fair Season. Specifically, we think of it as the finally-I-can-buy-myself-all-the-cool-handmade-stuff-I-want-while-pretending-to-be-shopping-for-gifts season. Because that’s what it is! Those of us who just aren’t naturally inclined toward Martha Stewart-esque meticulous crafting have to wait all year for those who are so inclined to set up shop and hawk their wares. We’ve been waiting all year for a new crocheted hat, a faux-taxidermy dear head made of felt, and a wooden iPhone stand! And no, we are not joking…

If your personal wish list reads like ours, be sure to make it to the Charm City Craft Mafia’s Holiday Heap—a  bazaar of super talented local and out-of-town artists and artisans. Beware: it’s one day only, so mark your calendars! The heap will have everything from handmade clothing to artists’ prints, to pottery, and yes, felt faux taxidermy.  This promises to be a really good one, as far as holiday craft markets go, so gear up and bring the wish list.

Holiday Heap takes place Saturday, December 1st from 10am to 5pm at 2640 St. Paul Street in St. John’s Church in Baltimore.

Cotton Monsters by Jennifer Strunge


Cotton Monster by Jennifer Strunge Baltimore

So we’ve been through Black Friday and its subsequent shopping weekend. We’ve gotten a good amount of gift-getting out of the way. But the perennial question of, “what do you get for the man/woman/child/inner-child who has everything?” remains. As does the other classic, “what’s handmade, made of recycled, materials, huggable, more cute than scary, one of a kind, and has an unpredictable number of eyes/teeth/arms/legs?” Of course, the answer to both questions is the same:  local artist Jennifer Strunge’s cotton monsters, of course. 

Black Friday and Small Business Saturday in Hampden


Black Friday in Baltimore in Hampden

So how’s everyone’s turkey hangover? Did everyone else have pie for breakfast today? Assuming you’re reading this from somewhere other than the Toys R Us escalator or the probably-empty-by-now racks at Macy’s (which, if you are in either of those places:  Put down the device! You need to be alert! It’s a jungle out there!) you’re probably spending the day recovering from yesterday’s feasting and bracing for the full-on holiday season that has officially begun. Why not get things off to a pleasant (and quintessentially Baltimore) start by heading down to The Avenue in Hampden for great deals, local finds, and the opportunity to stroll off that second slice of pecan pie from last night.

Station North Black Friday Art & Craft Market


Station North Black Friday Market Holiday Shopping in Baltimore

Well, it’s almost here. Thanksgiving is tomorrow, which means a non-stop month of shopping, decorating, card-mailing, wining, dining, packing bags, unpacking bags, and hopefully having time to breathe in between it all. There’s no shortage of great things to do this weekend in Baltimore. There’s Small Business Saturday shopping, drop-in family art activities at the Walters, and music at the Creative Alliance to help you dance off some of that extra stuffing. And of course, the city’s offerings go well beyond that. But if you’re staying in town this weekend, one great place to start the season off might be the Station North Black Friday Art & Craft Market.

Celebrate the opportunity to avoid the mad rushes through sliding glass doors, and instead head down to the Station North Arts District. The Station North Art & Craft Market will feature locally made goods that run the gamut from silkscreened tote bags to hand-crafted jewelry. The famed Gogo’s Retread Threads bus will also be in attendance. Sure, you might not find that 94 inch 3-D, flat screen, touch screen monitor for sixty percent off, but the mental health and well-being savings will be well worth it. We promise.

The Station North Black Friday Art & Craft Market takes place on Friday, November 23rd at D Center Baltimore, 16 W. North Avenue . The event will be held from 3pm – 8pm.

Holly Fest, A Christmas Bazaar, Holiday Tea Time and a Free Giveaway at BWI


It’s not even Thanksgiving yet but the holiday spirit abounds! This weekend (and next and the weekend after that) local groups and institutions offer handmade crafts and local treats — from gifts to goodies — to help you get through your holiday to-do list. (There’s even a free giveaway of something you might actually want!)

Friends School Holly Fest:  This popular holiday shopping event features more than 70 regional artisans, crafters and vendors selling unique handcrafted items. Visit the Gourmet-to-Go booth to pick up homemade dishes, from pies and cakes to casseroles and more made by school parents and staff. Take little ones to the popular Elf Booth where they can make handmade ornaments and holiday gifts. Make bids at the silent auction, featuring themed gift baskets by grade, vacation get-aways, and a range of merchandise, services and gift certificate from area shops, salons and restaurants, including Paper Moon Diner and Woodberry Kitchen. Festive greens and wreaths available for order and pick-up. Yummy grilled food (veggies too!) from Milt’s Catering will be on hand to satisfy appetites while shopping. With all to be offered, you’ll love having the freedom to browse without hearing a chorus of “I’m sooo bored!” When: Saturday, November 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Friends School, 5114 N. Charles Street.  Admission: $5. Children under 18, free. Open to the public. 

St. David’s Christmas Bazaar: From old fashioned jellies, jams and pickles to beautiful sterling silver jewelry and country antiques to great toys for children, there is something for everyone at the St. David’s Episcopal Church Christmas Bazaar. Shoppers will delight in the assortment of vendors at the Bazaar including Candy Point Collection Jewelry, Fran Fare handbags, Silverbird Jewelry, Paperly stationery products,  McHiggins headbands and children’s clothing, Macraw & Co. fine gifts for men and Gourmet-to-Go, an array of pre-cooked, frozen meals homemade by friends of St. David’s, among others.  There will also be fresh greens for sale for holiday home decorating. A Toy Shop and Santa’s Wonderland area where children can participate in crafts, games, face painting and visit with Santa Claus will also be available as well as a Food Court for hungry shoppers. When: Saturday, November 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: St. David’s Episcopal Church, 4700 Roland Ave. Admission: The event is free and open to the public 

Cylburn Arboretum’s Holiday Tea at the Mansion:  Tour the mansion’s elegant first floor, main hallway, grand staircase and stone porches all decked with wreaths, swags and greenery from the mansion’s grounds and decorated by the District IV Federated Garden Clubs. The traditional tea, by local catering favorite Carey Talucci Catering, will feature tea-time treats such as delicate sandwiches, quiche, petite scones, skewered fruit, tea breads, an assortment of bite-sized desserts, and, of course, seasonal teas. Distinctive garden and nature-themed gifts for children and adults in the holiday boutique and a raffle including a topiary pig (decked in holiday finery!), a handmade wreath fashioned from Cylburn greens, a Pandora bracelet (with 3 beautiful beads) courtesy of Smyth Jewelers,  handmade jewelry, theater tickets, a crystal vase help you take care of your holiday shopping list. Adding to the holiday spirit will be a seasonal serenade by The Gilman School’s Traveling Men, a 12-member a cappella group.  When: Sunday, December 4 from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. Where:  Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Avenue, Baltimore. Admission: $40 for CAA members, $45 for non members, and $300 for table of 8.  A limited number are available and reservations are required. Please call the Cylburn office by November 29 at 410-367-2217 for more information and to purchase tickets.  

And if you’re traveling out of BWI for Thanksgiving, be on the lookout for…

FREE Product Giveaway: M-Edge staffers will be at BWI during the busiest travel weekend of the year handing out iPad and e-reader covers to any traveler who has a device with them and discount cards to anyone who doesn’t. Products are each valued between $30 and $50 and will be handed out – no strings attached. Why: According to publicist Caitlin Mills, “M-Edge wants to bring a little holiday cheer to traveling and have the gift-giving start early.” Well, thanks! When: Wednesday, November 23 – Wednesday, November 30, all day. Where: BWI Airport.