February 4, 2013
As soon as the confetti dropped in New Orleans, Fred Fillah launched production of thousands of T-shirts adorned with a smiling Ray Lewis standing amid that confetti shower. "We've been printing … all night," said Fillah, president of Fanatics Only LLC, a Maryland T-shirt company licensed by the NFL Players Association. Businesses of all sizes are looking to cash in on the Ravens' success. For small-time online sellers and major international brands alike, the end of the Super Bowl means the beginning of promotional tie-ins, trying to profit from the good feelings that come along with a Super Bowl win. Tide laundry detergent, for instance, was one of the brands that invoked the Ravens during its Super Bowl commercial.
December 24, 2012
The wristband caught his attention several times throughout a typical day. If he took a shower, the blue silicone bracelet stayed on. When he had basketball practice or a game, he moved it from his wrist to his ankle. Pictures of red, yellow and blue puzzle pieces surrounded a simple message Jordan Latham read whenever he glanced at his wrist: I love someone with autism. As the former City center labored through his freshman season at Xavier two years ago, the bracelet kept him connected to home.
November 11, 2012
When Clara Henry was 3, she fell off her bed and hit the corner of a table in her room, breaking her skull in three places. She underwent surgery and stayed at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital for a week. Recovery took a year. When she thinks back on that time, Clara, now 7 and a second-grader at Centennial Lane Elementary School in Ellicott City, remembers that it was "sort of scary," that she wore a paper gown and that she had a homemade blanket donated by a group called Project Linus.
June 14, 2012
One of the many benefits of receiving that long awaited engagement ring is the ease of daily accessorizing. I have always admired the girls who can effortlessly and flawlessly pair the perfect necklace/scarf/belt with a simple outfit, instantly elevating it from boring to stylish. But as much as I compliment and admire these embellishment- savvy ladies, I don't foresee myself ever having the patience for that extra 30 seconds to latch onto my daily routine. I also have a small problem called "champagne taste on a beer budget" where almost every piece of jewelry that catches my eye is comically out of my price range.
November 2, 2011
About that five bucks some pay-it-forward stranger advanced me at the Maryland toll booth on Interstate-95: I spent it at Starbucks, but not for the Salted Caramel Mocha Frappuccino. Instead, I bought a Create Jobs for USA bracelet. In fact, I bought two. That's $10, tax-deductible, with every penny going toward a smart, new effort to help small businesses across the country expand or get started, and put people to work. It's a sweet end-run on Congress and big corporations. If you have any affinity at all with the Occupy Wall Street movement, if you are outraged that major U.S. corporations are sitting on trillions in cash balances while reaping grotesque profits at a time when millions of Americans can't find work, then you should get a bracelet at Starbucks, too. Or, if you can afford it, buy 10 and hand them out to friends, and ask every recipient to do the same.
November 4, 2010
Whether it's models dripping with sparkling gems or hundreds of people scrambling through the Walters Art Museum in search of free jewelry — this weekend, Baltimore will be an epicenter of bling. Can You See What I See: Jewelry Fair at the Walters , will feature 20 jewelers and artisans from across the country. It's an opportunity to learn more about the story behind the design of the pieces and also get a better feel for the museum, according to Rachel Seba, co-chair of the event.