Charm City Fashion Show

April 21, 2011|By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun

The third annual Charm City Fashion Show promises to be a funky mix of local and national designers, boutiques, live music and visual arts all housed in the Baltimore Museum of Industry. The runway show, coordinated by Colleen Kimberly, will offer looks from boutiques and designers, including Whimsy Boutique, F.L.E.X Clothing, Boulevard Boutique at DeBois Textiles, Chela Vintage, Adorn by Sarah Lewis, Babe (a boutique), Couture Closet, Sixteen Tons and Christopher Schafer Clothier. Funds raised at the event will be donated to Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter and "Little Kids Rock," a program that brings music to underfunded public schools.

The third annual Charm City Fashion Show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway. Tickets are $20-$25. Call 410-727-4808 or go to for tickets.

Urban Baby

Cara Schrock, owner of Urban Baby, a children's boutique in Hampden, has found success since expanding her business last September from its online origins. Schrock launched her online site in 2006 as a stay-at-home mother. When her son, Julian, entered school, Schrock decided to open a store. "I try to find clothing that is unique to Baltimore," says Schrock, who describes the clothing style as a mix of rockabilly music and tattoo-inspired design. The combination has attracted the likes of Halle Berry, whose assistant purchased clothes online last summer for the actress' daughter, Nahla. Schrock still carries the brand, Llum, coveted by the actress.

Find Urban Baby at 3608 Falls Road. Call 410-366-2270 or go to

Cross Keys Cares

Ruth Shaw, Jones & Jones and Chezelle are among the more than a dozen shops from the Village of Cross Keys collecting used clothes and other items for Cross Keys Cares. Since its inception last April, the event has become a twice-annual event. Chezelle and Jones & Jones are collecting business apparel, which will be donated to Suited to Succeed. House of Ruth is the charity for Ruth Shaw, which is collecting clothing and cash donations; J.Jill, which is collecting clothing; and Jean Pool, which is collecting jeans. The Store Ltd is collecting toys and blankets for dogs and cats, as well as cash donations for the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter.

Cross Keys Cares ends Saturday. Call 410-323-1000 or go to

Misha & Co.

There's a new boutique in Green Spring Station. Misha & Co. opened last week, and designer and owner Misha Gilkis uses hand-wrought techniques and computer-animated design programs to create classic and contemporary jewelry. "Everything is made on the premises," says Gilkis, who has been making jewelry for close to three decades. "We hand-fabricate all of our jewelry. That's very rare. Most jewelry stores buy and resell." In addition, Gilkis encourages the recycling of jewelry, which will result in contemporary-looking pieces.

Misha & Co. is at 10751 Falls Road, Suite 119, in Lutherville. Call 443-275-1321 or go to

Nordstroms here play on

Call it a sign of the times. For years, pianists were featured at Nordstrom department stores, which provided a little sophistication and an upscale shopping experience. But they are are a thing of the past in Nordstroms in the Los Angeles region, which recently fired their piano players. For now, Nordstrom locations in Maryland are keeping their piano players. "These decisions were made on a store-by-store basis, and we don't anticipate any changes being made to the Maryland Nordstrom stores at this time," says Kristen Gonzales, spokeswoman for the company.

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