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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2012
The moment she spotted the suede purple-and-cobalt heels by Jeffrey Campbell, Lindsay Hall fell in love. When she learned that the shoe was designed in collaboration with Hampden boutique Ma Petite Shoe, the lure of exclusiveness sealed the deal. "I had to buy them," she said about the gem-toned 31/2- inch platform heels. " I wore them out that night, and everyone freaked out. They thought they were amazing. " By teaming up with designers, local boutiques are hoping to capture a glimmer of the magic experienced by national retailers such as Target and H&M , which have had great success with designer lines created exclusively for their stores.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
Octavia Dugan, who founded a Village of Cross Keys boutique and was considered an arbiter of traditional fashion, died in her sleep of undetermined causes Saturday at Palm City Nursing Home in Palm City, Fla. The former Cromwell Valley resident was 98. Born Octavia Whelan Chatard in Baltimore and raised on Calvert Street, she was the daughter of Dr. J. Albert Chatard, a physician, and Alice Whelan, a homemaker. She attended the Baltimore Academy of the Visitation and Notre Dame Preparatory School, where she graduated in 1934.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2012
Christie Griffiths left behind her New York City life — working with fashion lines like Diane von Furstenberg, Nanette Lepore and Rag & Bone — and opted to cater to more cost-conscious consumers in Baltimore. She opened Brightside Boutique and Art Studio, a clothing boutique specializing in pieces that cost less than $100. The Federal Hill store, which also contains a tattoo shop, opened in January. Shoppers regularly comb through the boutique, choosing from trendy lines such as Mink Pink and Kensie.
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Pete Pichaske and For The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
The Linwood Boutique is a thrift store with a twist. Like most such stores, the historic Ellicott City shop sells used clothing, furniture, books and other donated items. But it uses the profits to provide employment and job-training skills to an often-neglected population that badly needs them: men and women with autism. The boutique is operated by the Linwood Center, an Ellicott City school for the autistic. Opened six years ago, the boutique is staffed by people with autism, a brain disorder that affects the normal development of social and communication skills.
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March 24, 2011
The Junior League of Baltimore hosts its Boutique Warehouse Sale this weekend, with discounted men's, women's and children's fashions from shops around the metropolitan area. You might remember this event from The Sun's 50 ways to spring forward photo gallery , which featured the sale at #8. You can buy a $20 ticket for the "Girls Night Out" preview from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, March 25, or you can wait for the official opening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 26. Either way, the deals from boutiques such as doubledutch , Poppy and Stella and Samuel Parker Clothier will be available in the Timonium Shopping Center, 2135 York Road.
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By Dennis Hockman, Chesapeake Home + Living | June 24, 2011
It's beach season! Time for a week, if you are lucky, on the coast to enjoy all that the Maryland and Delaware shores have to offer — including some really great shopping. With a built-in captive audience of second-home owners, the Mid-Atlantic coastal towns offer a variety of home furnishings and accessories boutiques with merchandise that suggests a laid-back lifestyle without being overly beachy. For me, no trip to the shore is complete without stopping into my favorite shops to see what's new. Here are a few that are worth a beach detour: Boxwood Home 39 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, Del. One of my new favorites, Boxwood Home is perfect for home decorators looking to create a calm, sophisticated look.
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By Vida Roberts | May 12, 1994
Those Barbra Streisand fans who couldn't make it to Tuesday's or tonight's concert at the USAir Arena can buy into the legend at the "Barbra Boutiques" exclusive to Bloomingdale's at Tysons Corner and White Flint.La Streisand has created a range of collectibles and fashion statements including an official concert tour jacket. The baseball-style jacket with wool body and leather sleeves features the Streisand crest, as befitting the reigning queen of this summer's tour circuit. It sells for $400, a lot less than some fans paid for a ticket.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2011
In five years, the District Sample Sale has become the premiere shopping event in the region. The draw of more than 20 of the region's best boutiques selling end-of-season clothes at prices up to 90 percent off regularly attracts 700 shoppers to the twice-annual event. Supermodel Hilary Rhoda, actress Ali Wentworth and New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, have all braved the sea of thrifty fashionistas for a crack at the discounted duds in downtown D.C. "We tell new attendees every year to brace for the chaos," said Barbara Martin, head of the public relations and events firm BrandLinkDC, who founded the event with four other women in 2006.
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April 9, 2010
Some downtown Baltimore retailers will offer bargains and discounts in conjunction with the end of tax season. It's being dubbed as unofficial tax-free shopping during Baltimore Retail Week, April 16-25. Nearly 60 downtown retailers will offer 6 percent or more off purchases. The week is spearheaded by retail marketing firm Epps Consulting and supported by Downtown Partnership of Baltimore. The promotion will include both large national chains and small independent boutiques, including doubledutch boutique, Cupcake, Bratt Decor and South Moon Under.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | March 17, 1993
BEVERLY HILLS -- Rodeo Drive seems every bit the exclusive playground of the rich and famous on a recent Saturday.Ferraris are everywhere; a show of sport and racing models has temporarily blocked every other vehicle from the four-block drive, home to some of the most expensive boutiques in the world: Versace, Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Fred Hayman Beverly Hills, Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Bijan, Ungaro.Here on the drive, ogling the cars, are "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno, Olympian infomercial star Bruce Jenner, and actors Perry King and Michael Nouri, along with many who are obviously tourists, and many others done up in exquisite threads who carry themselves in the rarefied manner that says "I belong."
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By Donna M. Owens and For The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2014
It's a Wednesday evening at the Pop Physique studio in downtown Baltimore, and a dozen women -- most clad in leggings, T-shirts and socks -- are rotating their hips while trying to hold an exercise ball between their thighs.   "Great job, guys!" says instructor Smithy Onattu, directing her students via a headset as a playlist with songs such as Lana Del Rey's "Florida Kilos" and "Tumblr Girls" by rapper G-Eazy pumps through the art-filled space. Over the course of an hour, the group will tackle a series of exercises: planks and push-ups, plies and other ballet moves.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2014
In a city starved for luxury flagship retail stores, consignment shops are the closest thing fashionistas have to getting the same haute couture looks worn by the world's rich and famous. Although the fashions might not always be current, they are always a fraction of the cost of clothes found in the shopping districts of New York, Paris, London and L.A. In Baltimore, the Roland Park neighborhood offers the greatest concentration of high-end consignment shops. "The Roland Park area is ideal for this industry," said Betsy Wendell, owner of Octavia Cross Keys, a women's boutique in North Baltimore.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
Baltimore County police, along with a growing list of law enforcement agencies across several states, are searching for a Maryland pair who they say have stolen thousands of dollars in merchandise from jewelry stores. Baltimore County police said Robert Antoine Weathers, 53, and Robin Tracy Nelson, 50, took jewelry from an unlocked safe in the office of Bijoux Jewels at Green Spring Station's Gatehouse Shoppes on Falls Road on May 8. County police sent out a statement Monday asking for more information about the pair.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
The Ivy Hotel, the “boutique urban resort” under development in Mid-Town Belvedere, will have a modern American restaurant named Magdalena . The Ivy will occupy the massive Gilded Age brownstone at Calvert and Biddle streets that was built as a private residence and was most recently known as the Inn at Government House. Magdalena will be the public face of the 18-unit hotel, which otherwise will operate in the manner of a resort, with lounge areas and spa services available for guests only.
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By Allison Eatough | April 2, 2014
With whiskey barrel chairs, rows of colored glass bottles and mismatched antique teacups reminiscent of a Mad Hatter tea party, Twisted Teahouse is not your traditional teahouse. The Savage Mill business is half tea boutique, half consignment shop and host to tea parties both on and off site.   Angela Vogel, a mother of two and home day care provider, opened Twisted Teahouse in December after years of collecting antique teacups and hosting English-style tea parties in her Severn home.
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By Julia Reed | February 17, 2014
Since it opened at Savage Mill three years ago, Jeannette Kendall's charity resale boutique has received a vast assortment of donations, from skirts and sweaters to boots and handbags. But one unusual donation -- a wedding gown -- has inspired an entirely new venture for Kendall, the founder of the local nonprofit Success In Style. Kendall's newest boutique, Cherie Amour, is lined with donated wedding gowns in all styles and sizes, ready for their next jaunt down the aisle. Proceeds from the bridal shop's sales (just like Kendall's preexisting Charity's Closet and Phil's Closet shops)
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By Jennifer K. Dansicker | June 21, 2011
Whether you prefer big chain stores or smaller boutiques, there is something for every shopper in Harford County. Perhaps the best place to begin your shopping adventure is the town of Bel Air, also known as the “heart of Harford County.” At the intersection of Routes 1 and 24, there are four shopping centers: Harford Mall, Tollgate Marketplace, Bel Air Plaza and Bel Air Town Center. Harford Mall is home to about 80 stores, such as Macy’s, Sears and Old Navy. Recently, the mall underwent a major renovation and remodel, adding a family-friendly outdoor component with new stores and restaurants, including Lane Bryant, Bonefish Grill and Five Guys Burgers and Fries among others.
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December 24, 2009
IMAX AT THE MARYLAND SCIENCE CENTER: The Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St., is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and two IMAX films will be screened. To get ready for the big day, "A Christmas Carol: 3D" is at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. For the more artistically inclined, "Van Gogh: Brush With Genius" is at 1 p.m. There are also showtimes for both films on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $10 to $12. Go to mdsci.org. POP-UPS AT HARBOR EAST: If you're the kind of person who gets a kick out of waiting until the last possible moment to buy your gifts, several temporary boutiques have set up shop on the first floor of the Legg Mason Tower at President Street Circle.
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By Krishana Davis | February 4, 2014
“Fun, affordable and edgy” is how Megan Openhyn, store manager of XO by Saxon's, describes the boutique jewelry store, which opened in November at the Boulevard at Box Hill in Abingdon. The shop's glass windows are lined with one-of-a-kind hair accessories and handbags  from U.S.-based and international brands like Botkier and Dareen Hakim. And it's the only destination in Maryland selling chic, artistic headbands and combs from New York's Colette Malouf. “They are done by hand and really exquisite,” Openhyn says.
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By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore | February 3, 2014
The owner of an aging downtown Baltimore hotel hopes to breathe new life into the property with a gritty, cool makeover that incorporates graffiti, sleek, white couches and a chain link fence. The multi-million dollar upgrade of the Brookshire Suites at Calvert and Lombard streets gives a new street twist to the 1958 building, which began as a parking garage but has been a hotel since the 1980s. Modus Hotels saw an opportunity to stand out in Baltimore, which has traditionally been dominated by big names with conventional reputations, such as Hilton, Marriott and Hyatt, said Aaron Katz, CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based owner of 11 hotels.
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