With so many purchases being made online these days, it’s getting harder for brick and mortar retailers to hold onto customers, even in the busier season. Many Baltimore neighborhoods are making the extra effort to push for local holiday shopping this year, by offering inventive perks like happy hours, caroling, or even a cookie crawl. Rather than sitting alone on an office computer to do your shopping this year, shoppers are taking advantage of the chance to see holiday shopping as an event, or fulfilling experience, rather than just a chore.
It’s been a long four months for historic Ellicott City, but the town wasn’t going to let its arduous flood recovery stop it from having some holiday fun.
Nearly four months ago, a flash flood changed the lives of business owners on Ellicott City’s Main Street by dumping six inches of rain and sending a surge of water crashing through their historic section of town. Tomorrow morning, most of those merchants will finally be back in business.
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.
The first annual Green Spring Station Holiday Makers Market takes place December 3rd. The Market will feature a carefully curated selection of artisans, selling hand made Jewelry, Leather Goods, Artwork, Candles, Children’s Gifts and more. In addition to the craft fair setup, the event will have DIY workshops, cocktails, and small bites.
What better way to spend an autumn afternoon: Taste wines from Harbor East restaurants, poured by their top sommeliers and connoisseurs, while you swirl, sample, snack and shop in the vast number of shops in Baltimore’s ever-evolving center for style & fashion. Enjoy the cobblestone streets, beautiful harbor view, and lovely weather as you shop & sip. Two of falls best activities, in one of Baltimore’s most beautiful neighborhoods…
Bring on the 2nd Annual Vino in Vogue! Saturday, November 5th, 12-4pm.
Tasting tables hosted by select neighborhood venues will line the sidewalks of Harbor East, offering pours of three wines from each of their impressive cellars. Love one of the selections? Full glasses will be available for purchase.
Complimentary cheese, sweets and lite bites offered inside retail shops, with select stores hosting special sales and promotions. Live music from Pressing Strings and eats from Whole Foods Market Harbor East make the afternoon a festive fall affair.
Event check-in will be located at the Harbor East tent on Aliceanna Street (b/w S. Exeter & President Street Circle). Pre-ticketed guests will receive their signature tasting glass and a booklet of tasting tickets (4 tickets or 8 tickets, depending on your ticket package) which you can then redeem at any restaurant tasting station. Information on shopping sales and events will also be available.
- 4 Venue Tastings – Advanced $30, Onsite $35 : 3 pours per venue, 12 tastings total. Includes a signature event tasting glass and complimentary bites.
- 8 Venue Tastings – Advanced $50, Onsite $55: 3 pours per venue, 24 tastings total. Includes a signature event tasting glass and complimentary bites.
CLICK HERE for event info and a full list of participating businesses.
*Limited tasting tickets will also be available for purchase onsite the day of the event for an increased price, but Vino in Vogue sold out in its inaugural year, so best to buy in advance.
It’s lip balm season, all right. But before you reach for the store-bought stuff… have you ever considered what’s in the products you’re putting precariously close to your mouth? What about skincare products? You know to eat organic, but is that artificially scented lotion something you feel comfortable absorbing into your skin? Can you pronounce all (or any) of the ingredients?
On a recent Wednesday afternoon, Liza Byrd’s new location in The Shops at Kenilworth was bustling.
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.
Hampden’s comeback as a successful retail & dining locale has been credited largely to restauranteur Denise Whiting, who in the early 90s opened her quirky Café Hon on 36th street with a celebratory (if not slightly mocking) acknowledgment of the area’s traditional personalities.