Tag: moms

Q&A: Krish Vignarajah on her Baltimore roots, fighting for moms, education funding and her campaign for governor

Photo via Krish for Maryland

Krishanti Vignarajah, 38, is proud of the factors that distinguish her from her competitors seeking to unseat Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in the November general election. Beyond the most obvious difference—aside from her, it’s an all-male Democratic primary field—the former Obama administration State Department senior advisor and policy director for Michelle Obama says she stands alone as the only immigrant in the running, having left civil war-plagued Sri Lanka with her parents for Baltimore when she was a child.

“I had the luck of living a life that allowed me to go from Woodlawn High to the White House,” she says. “And I don’t want my life story to be the exception. I want it to be the rule.”

Holiday Gift Guide 2016 – Wellness Gifts



Welcome to the Baltimore Fishbowl Local Gift Guide series. We’ll be featuring ten themed items each week through the holidays, starting today. 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 week we start with a Wellness theme. Aside from the fact that today is Thanksgiving and we’ll all soon need a pie detox, 2016 is a year that will require some serious healing in many ways. We’ve got you covered on some self-care products that will have you and your loved ones rejuvenated and ready to take on 2017 in no time. 

Rotunda Grocery Store Alert: And The Winner Is … MOM’s Organic Market!




The Rotunda Facebook page – yes, there is a Rotunda Facebook page – has announced that the new grocery store at the Rotunda shopping center in Hampden will be MOM’s Organic Market. The 15,000 sq. ft. store, which is the model size for MOM’s, will replace the 33,000 sq. ft. store that the Giant left last year for their new digs on nearby 41st Street.

Hekemian & Company, the New Jersey based owners and redevelopers of the Rotunda, have planned an official groundbreaking ceremony at the mall today, Wednesday, September 18th, at 11am. Baltimore Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is scheduled to attend. The new plan for the mall development calls for 152,000 square feet of retail space, 379 apartments, and 140,000 square feet of office space, as well as a central plaza for outdoor events and festivals. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2015. As reported last month in Baltimore Fishbowl, Bozzuto Construction Company will be the general contractor for the $100,000 million project.

So why MOM’s?  According to Hekemian Senior Vice-President of Development Chris Bell, speaking to the Baltimore Sun, one of the other leading candidates was Graul’s, which was perceived as “not that different than the Giant, and not as unique as MOM’s”. The other candidate, Fresh Market, “did not appear to do the volume of business that MOM’s does”. “MOM’s brings something uniquely new to the (city) market”, continued Bell. “It’s much more like a Trader Joes. Their stores typically do a very high volume. The customers come back and back and back”. Pointing to the increasing numbers of young people in the Hampden area, he suggested that as people become more conscious of what they eat, MOM’s would be well able to accommodate that need.

The Mom Blog: Capturing Life’s Little Moments


Welcome to our occasional series The Mom Blog by Baltimore Fishbowl contributing photographer Lee Kriel.  Lee has been shooting Sartorial Baltimoreal, our feature on personal style, for the past two years.  Her captivating blog on mothers and motherhood can be found here, but she has agreed to let us re-publish it below for our readers. -The Eds.

meet sue mead.  a mom raising two beautiful, active girls with her lovely husband alex.  the mead family  had some challenges early on when their oldest daughter julia was diagnosed with cancer at the age of three.  avery was just turning one.  julia is now in remission and sue and her family continue to help those in need, especially by supporting families who are making the same transition they made years ago as they embarked on living with cancer.  one way is by organizing a swim-a-thon each summer to raise money for child life at johns hopkins children’s center as well as arranging meals for families who find themselves in the hospital over thanksgiving and christmas.  she gathers all the neighborhood kids and encourages them to get sponsors and swim laps in the river.  it is one of my children’s favorite events — they love to compete with the other kids and make hashtags on the dock to mark their laps.  even the adults have a time to swim (with cocktails too, of course, for those not swimming)!  she has raised thousands and not only has made a difference for johns hopkins but also for our neighborhood, where she has given us all an example of how to give back.  enjoy her story in her own words below (or as she says “off the cuff words” which is what i love about her!) and her continued journey through motherhood.