Tag: Shop Local

Supporting Star Bright Farm during Coronavirus Quarantine

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Small businesses and non-profits are especially hard hit during the coronavirus outbreak. We get it! Baltimore Fishbowl is a small business, too. To help small businesses and non-profits, we will provide regular updates to let you know how they are coping. 

The following is an update from Helen Norman at Star Bright Farm, on how the business is adapting and coping. In the traditional sense, the farm is not open as a bricks and mortar business BUT it is very much open online! Helen and team also welcome and encourage visitors to take a walk around the farm and enjoy the fresh air. Star Bright Farm is located at 2950 Garrett Road in White Hall, MD 21161.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
We are offering more online sales with “on-farm pick up” and shipping.

Are you doing something for the community or your employees that you want to share with our readers?
We are allowing people to come take walks on the farm. We have 130 acres that people can take advantage of to enjoy the country air, while also practicing social distancing.

Stan Lee is All About the Experience

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Seize the day, seize the book… just make sure you pay for it first. Stan Lee, the store cat at Carpe Librum needs the bucks for his kitty treats. He loves his treats, but more than that, Stan is all about the experience. Books and bookstores are a crucial part of the cat and human community.

Humans, those handy two-legged head scratchers, might be able to buy books online, but you can’t pay homage to felines or to Stan Lee by staying home in your PJs. Supporting Carpe Librum is supporting your local cat and human population.

Stan Lee has been with the store since it opened in January of 2020, but he’s an experienced bibliocat and has been selling online since 2016. Sometimes, you just need to expand your fan base and create your own reality by opening a storefront.

Stan’s thought on books, bookstores, and holding court with his adoring fans run deep. We talked with Mr. Stan Lee from his favorite pile of books at Carpe Librum.

Visit Carpe Librum Bookstore and Art Gallery for the Literature – But Stay for the Bookstore Cat, Stan Lee

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Some bookstores boast having a cat on the premises, but a new bookstore in Parkville has dedicated a Twitter account and part-ownership to its domestic, short-haired black beauty.

Carpe Librum Bookstore and Art Gallery, which opened Jan. 21 at 7221 Harford Road, counts 361 Twitter fans for its bookstore cat Stan Lee. And bookstore owner Melissa Eisenmeier even jests that her cat is her business partner.

“It’s something I started half joking about after seeing an article about a bookstore cat in New York City, who apparently said he was the co-owner, and Stan Lee acted like he was in charge. Some might have a bookstore cat, but the bookstore cat being part owner is something of a novelty.”

Rahne Alexander and Harry Carpenter spending some time with the co-owner, Stan Lee.

The bookstore specializes in both new and used books from small press publishers, including Philadelphia’s Lanternfish Press, Lethe Press of New Jersey, Oregon’s Ashland Creek Press and Baltimore’s own Mason Jar Press. The shop also stocks fun non-book items, including dog bandanas, bookmarks and notecards made by locals. The gallery also features local artists and emphasizes abstract art. Eventually she would like to stock more locally made arts and crafts.

Join the Shops at Kenilworth on 12/19 for Holiday Sip & Shop

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Deck the halls at The Shops at Kenilworth this month during their Holiday Sip & Shop on Thursday, December 19. Enjoy complimentary valet, a glass of bubbly and special offers. Check off that list with in-store offers. Plus, the first 50 guests to spend $50 between 5pm-8pm will receive a swag bag! Nothing says holidays like an evening of shopping, indulging and a little FaLaLa-ing. For more details, click here.

Holiday East Presents Cookies and Cocktails on 12/11

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Next Wednesday, December 11, head to Holiday East for Cookies & Cocktails – a tasty quest through Harbor East from 6pm – 9pm. Still looking for that perfect gift? Enjoy the sounds of the season, sweet treats and festive drinks while shopping the best of Baltimore. Participating neighborhood shops will each feature a unique bite-sized holiday confection. Reserve your Cookie Passport! The $10 pass includes one cookie at each participating shop, a signature ornament, and parking for the evening. 100% of tour sales will benefit The Family Tree. Plus enjoy photos with Santa Claus, music and cocktail bars along the way.

Holiday Shopping at the Village of Cross Keys

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The Villages of Cross Keys

Retail trends may come and go, but in Baltimore’s the Village of Cross Keys, some things have stayed the same. The 54-year-old shopping center has remained a fixture of North Baltimore with loyal customers who come for the unique merchandise, personalized service and walkable, outdoor courtyard with seasonal plants and benches. Anchored by Williams Sonoma and Talbots, the center’s small businesses include the Pied Piper, Store Ltd., Octavia Boutique among other specialty tenants.

The Village of Cross Keys is the perfect spot to support local stores as you kick off your holiday shopping on Nov. 30, also known as Small Business Saturday. Bring the kids to visit Santa and enjoy the carolers and hot cocoa during its Holiday Hoopla. Some of the stores will feature their own celebrations, like the Pied Piper, which will have champagne for the adults and lollipops for the kids along with a festive window display.

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