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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2012
After celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay and his show "Kitchen Nightmares"visited Cafe Hon last year, Denise Whiting agreed to kill her trademark of the word "Hon. " She did as she said. And yet, mention of the trademark appears in literature for this year's Honfest, which is coming up in June. Here is the passage, verbatim, included on Honfest 2012 material that was distributed to potential festival vendors: NOTE: All items sold at HONfest 2012 must be legal and within the family-oriented nature of the event.
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By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2011
The brouhaha surrounding the trademarking of the word "hon" seemed to become more serious Monday as Denise Whiting was granted a restraining order against a man who organized recent protests against her. Judge Joan Bossman Gordan issued the so-called peace order on Monday on Whiting's behalf, barring Steven Akers, a 25-year-old student from Severn, from any of Whiting's Hampden businesses and from contacting her or harassing her. Gordan extended...
NEWS
June 14, 2011
Every year we hear complaints from merchants or residents who don't like Honfest for a variety of reasons. This is fine. The good news is that we all have the ability to choose the festivals (and businesses) we wish to support (or not). The even better news is that if we all have the opportunity to create our own festival, honoring whatever we want to honor and placing restrictions on whatever we want to restrict (or not). We just have to be willing to take the initiative and risks involved, develop and grow the creative idea, do all the hard work, garner volunteer support and sponsorships, deal with the city's permitting process, put up our own capital and then start all over again for the next year.
NEWS
June 14, 2011
I've been watching the ruckus surrounding Denise Whiting, the owner of the Café Hon, with a certain degree of perplexity. I am new to Baltimore, having moved here with my family this past August, so I feel like a person who has stepped into a movie theater halfway into the movie. I know I've missed important parts of the story and am trying to make sense of it all. What I can't understand is why Ms. Whiting is trying to control the use of the word "hon" through her trademarks and restrictions, including the one prohibiting merchants from selling cat's-eye sunglasses during Honfest 2011.
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By Laura Vozzella | June 13, 2011
Anyone with the chutzpah to run for mayor shouldn't be intimidated by a gal in a beehive hairdo and cat's-eye glasses, even if the gal in question is armed with a trademark, a litigious nature and a curious interpretation of the First Amendment. A least a couple candidates for Baltimore mayor showed up at Honfest, despite Cafe Hon owner Denise Whiting's attempted politics ban. City Councilman Carl Stokes was brave enough not only to work the crowd, but to post a photo of himself on Facebook with a group of drag hons.
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By Baltimore Sun staff | June 11, 2011
Baltimore transportation officials warned residents of road closures along West 36th Street in Hampden on Saturday and Sunday, as the neighborhood hosts the annual Honfest celebration. The Baltimore neighborhood's main drag, also known as The Avenue, will be closed to traffic between Falls Road and Chestnut Avenue all day Saturday through 10 p.m. Sunday, according to the Baltimore City Department of Transportation. Intersections along that stretch of 36th Street will be closed as well, and traffic will not be allowed to cross.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2011
There was no shortage Saturday of feather boas, rhinestone-bedazzled cat's eye glasses, leopard prints and bouffant hairstyles at the annual Honfest. Despite threats of protesters and those opting to stay home and boycott, crowds filled Hampden's 36th Street for the yearly weekend festival celebrating the Baltimore hon. "This is my favorite festival. It feels like a big costume party," said Sue O'Neil, who was selling her "O'Crabby Creations" — hand-painted crab shells with logos for the Ravens, the Orioles and the Utz girl, among others.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2011
Where are you dining this weekend? Keep your eye on the Twitter box on the right of Baltimore Diner. I'll be retweeting specials throughout the weekend. Here's what caught my eye. Chazz opens, softly, tonight. Ocean City Restaurant Week continues through next Sunday. On Saturday and Sunday atOregon Ridge, it's Great Grapes, a family-friendly wine, arts and food festival, featuring 20 Maryland Wineries. Sounds like fun. The Greek Folk Festival is runing all weekend at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.
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By Laura Vozzella | June 10, 2011
Cafe Hon owner Denise Whiting stepped up after Sheila Dixon's fall to assume the role of top Charm City villainess. Now, with Honfest protests looming, a city stripped of its favorite term of endearment watches to see if Whiting will lose her hold on "hon" just as Dixon lost her fur coats and Jimmy Choos. Will rebel vendors defy Whiting's orders and sell cat's-eye glasses? Will aspiring mayors and other pols ignore her no-politics-in-a-public-street decree and work the crowd? One hopeful sign that, given enough pressure, Whiting's greedy grip can be loosed: She got so busy defending her "hon" copyright last winter that she let her Twitter account lapse.  "Cafe Hon abandoned this account, so we could swoop in and parody them," writes whoever is tweeting as @cafehon.
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By Stephen Janis and Special to b | June 10, 2011
Shifting through kitschy clothing in Dreamland, the legendary John Waters Baltimore-inspired boutique in Hampden last week, New Mexico transplant and former Charm City resident Connie Murphy had a lot to say about the lingering controversy over the trademarking of the word “Hon.” “I think the controversy has a negative effect in general, it’s sort of absurd to say you own the word that has so much meaning here,” she said....
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