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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2010
How many Donna's were there? In the days following the Park Plaza fire that closed the flagship location, I tried to piece together all of various Donna's cafes, coffee bars, kiosks and full-service restaurants that have come and gone over the past 18 years. Somewhere in the mid-1990s, though, when there were cafes and kiosks in bookstores and malls stretching from Bel Air to Columbia, the timeline unravels, and not even principal owners Donna Crivello and Alan Hirsch have been able to produce a full and detailed timeline.
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June 18, 2012
Donna's not returning to Park Plaza Donna's isn't coming back to the Park Plaza building. Neither are Indigma or My Thai, the other former restaurant tenants of the Mount Vernon property that was damaged in a December 2010 fire.  The news, not unexpected, was announced in a press release from the Time Group and WPM Real Estate Group, its property management arm. The Park Plaza is now owned in part by Connie Caplan and her son, Mark...
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By Steve Rhodes and Steve Rhodes,special to the sun | April 19, 1998
CHICAGO - "We're in the midst of an odor revolution," says Dr. Alan Hirsch.This is not a statement to sniff at, particularly when uttered by Hirsch. As the man in charge at the Smell & Taste Research and Treatment Foundation here, he is among America's foremost odor investigators; a visionary, if that's possible, in the realm of smell.At least part of Hirsch's revolution, though, will not be televised - not if the people who make Good & Plenty candy have anything to say about it. They are not exactly keen on the unusual marketing opportunity Hirsch handed them earlier this year, when he pronounced that the aroma of the sugar-encrusted licorice arouses women sexually - especially when mixed with the perfume of a cucumber.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2010
How many Donna's were there? In the days following the Park Plaza fire that closed the flagship location, I tried to piece together all of various Donna's cafes, coffee bars, kiosks and full-service restaurants that have come and gone over the past 18 years. Somewhere in the mid-1990s, though, when there were cafes and kiosks in bookstores and malls stretching from Bel Air to Columbia, the timeline unravels, and not even principal owners Donna Crivello and Alan Hirsch have been able to produce a full and detailed timeline.
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By Carl Sessions Stepp | March 10, 1991
TALKING HEADS:POLITICAL TALK SHOWSAND THEIR STAR PUNDITS.Alan Hirsch.St. Martin's.250 pages. $17.95.Pundit Tom Braden once arrived for a taping of the televisioshow "Crossfire" only to encounter a Ku Klux Klan grand dragon decked out in full regalia."
NEWS
June 18, 2012
Donna's not returning to Park Plaza Donna's isn't coming back to the Park Plaza building. Neither are Indigma or My Thai, the other former restaurant tenants of the Mount Vernon property that was damaged in a December 2010 fire.  The news, not unexpected, was announced in a press release from the Time Group and WPM Real Estate Group, its property management arm. The Park Plaza is now owned in part by Connie Caplan and her son, Mark...
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By Nick Madigan and Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | December 8, 2010
Holding a little wooden toy and a pair of computer discs that she had salvaged from her desk, Denise Miller Martin was sobbing, her face lined with tears. "Your office is gone, Donna - it's burned out," she kept telling Donna Crivello, owner of the Mount Vernon restaurant that bears her given name, now closed in the aftermath of Tuesday's fire. Martin's revelation came Wednesday after she had inspected the devastated second floor of 800 N. Charles St., which housed both the law firm in which she worked and the offices Crivello shared with her business partner.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES SYNDICATE | November 29, 1995
A recent Shape magazine quotes Alan Hirsch, neurological director of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, on a biological study of what odors have the most arousing effect on men. Home cooking, he reported, turns out to have a much more aphrodisiac effect than perfume."
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2012
Word got out on area blogs over the weekend, and it's true. The Donna's on Snowden River Parkway in Columbia closed Sunday after a 10-year run. “It's been tough,” onwer Alan Hirsch said about the closing. ““It was a great experience. Our customers became our friends. We had a decent business there but just not enough for us to commit to another 10-year lease.” Hirsch said that business continues to be excellent at the Donna's locations in Charles Village and Cross Keys. One factor in the Columbia closing, Hirsch added, was so he and co-owner Donna Crivello could devote their energies to a return to Mount Vernon.
BUSINESS
By Karol V. Menzie and Karol V. Menzie,SUN STAFF | July 30, 1997
Restaurateur Donna Crivello on long-term vacation? Forget it.Crivello, the entrepreneur who has studded Baltimore with her Donna's restaurants and coffee bars, has no intention of abandoning her empire. In fact, Crivello and partner Alan Hirsch are deep in plans for three more Donna's locations -- bringing to 15 the total of restaurants, coffee bar-cafes and kiosks opened around the area since 1992.The notion that Crivello might be retiring resulted from a joking exchange with WWMX-FM deejays JoJo Girard and Kenny Campbell yesterday morning.
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By Nick Madigan and Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | December 8, 2010
Holding a little wooden toy and a pair of computer discs that she had salvaged from her desk, Denise Miller Martin was sobbing, her face lined with tears. "Your office is gone, Donna - it's burned out," she kept telling Donna Crivello, owner of the Mount Vernon restaurant that bears her given name, now closed in the aftermath of Tuesday's fire. Martin's revelation came Wednesday after she had inspected the devastated second floor of 800 N. Charles St., which housed both the law firm in which she worked and the offices Crivello shared with her business partner.
FEATURES
By Steve Rhodes and Steve Rhodes,special to the sun | April 19, 1998
CHICAGO - "We're in the midst of an odor revolution," says Dr. Alan Hirsch.This is not a statement to sniff at, particularly when uttered by Hirsch. As the man in charge at the Smell & Taste Research and Treatment Foundation here, he is among America's foremost odor investigators; a visionary, if that's possible, in the realm of smell.At least part of Hirsch's revolution, though, will not be televised - not if the people who make Good & Plenty candy have anything to say about it. They are not exactly keen on the unusual marketing opportunity Hirsch handed them earlier this year, when he pronounced that the aroma of the sugar-encrusted licorice arouses women sexually - especially when mixed with the perfume of a cucumber.
NEWS
By Carl Sessions Stepp | March 10, 1991
TALKING HEADS:POLITICAL TALK SHOWSAND THEIR STAR PUNDITS.Alan Hirsch.St. Martin's.250 pages. $17.95.Pundit Tom Braden once arrived for a taping of the televisioshow "Crossfire" only to encounter a Ku Klux Klan grand dragon decked out in full regalia."
NEWS
By Lorraine Mirabella and Laura Vozzella and Lorraine Mirabella and Laura Vozzella,SUN STAFF | March 11, 2001
Bibelot, the homegrown bookstore chain that became a neighborhood hangout and forum for local authors, is shutting its doors nearly six years after it emerged on a retail scene dominated by bigger, national stores. The Baltimore area's largest independent book and music seller filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Friday in Baltimore. It plans to close its four stores and lay off an estimated 100 employees within three months. "It's a real loss for the independent book-selling world," said Avin Mark Domnitz, chief executive officer of the American Booksellers Association in Tarrytown, N.Y. Bibelot, known for showcasing Maryland authors and luring shoppers with entertainment, comfortable lounges and Donna's restaurants, had expanded even as dominant chains Barnes & Noble and Borders Group Inc. forced hundreds of independent chains out of business.
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