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By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,SUN STAFF | November 6, 1998
Consumers went shopping at specialty stores and discounters in October, handing a blow to department store chains that have been losing customers.Reports on October sales from the nation's biggest retailers yesterday showed mixed results, amid concerns over Wall Street volatility and signs of an economic slowdown."
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Lorraine Mirabella | April 24, 2014
Under Armourwill open its newest Brand House store -- its largest yet -- today in New York's SoHo district in a building once owned by John Jacob Astor. The Baltimore-based sports apparel maker hopes to attract international tourists and other visitors to the two-level store at 583 Broadway, which is expected to help raise the brand's global profile as well as highlight the fast-growing women's and footwear categories. "It is an enormous strategic play that we believe complements our overall distribution strategy and ultimately will lift all channels of distribution,"  including sales online and through specialty sporting goods stores, said Susie McCabe, Under Armour's vice president of global retail.
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BUSINESS
By a Sun Staff Writer | June 6, 1995
Oakloom Clothing Inc., a South Baltimore maker of suits, sport coats and trousers sold in men's specialty stores across the country, announced yesterday that it has been bought by Frederick-based Hartz & Co. Terms were not disclosed. Malcolm Katzen, who will keep his position as president of Oakloom, said the sale will enable his company to establish a higher profile in the menswear trade. "Oakloom was not a much-known name," he said. "We did not advertise. With the strength of Hartz & Co.'s marketing, advertising and sales force, we look forward to becoming a recognized high-quality brand name."
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Lorraine Mirabella | October 25, 2013
Under Armour is taking its Brand House specialty store concept to the Big Apple. The Baltimore-based sports apparel brand launched the new retail format in February with a store in Harbor East, and this week set a Nov. 7 opening date for a previously announced location in Tysons Corner Center in Virginia. The apparel and footwear powerhouse is not stopping there. Plans are in the works to bring the first Under Armour specialty store to New York City. Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank briefly mentioned the new store on a conference call Thursday when the company released its third quarter earnings.
BUSINESS
January 20, 1993
Saks plans global expansionSaks Fifth Avenue plans to have 120 stores open worldwide within five years, Vice Chairman Philip Miller said. The company, whose 49 stores generated $1.3 billion in revenue in the latest fiscal year, plans to open department stores as well as specialty stores.Mr. Miller said the company plans to expand in Europe, the Far East and Mexico. He also said the company plans an initial public offering within the next three to five years.Martin Marietta in Greek dealMartin Marietta Corp.
BUSINESS
By Amanda J. Crawford and Amanda J. Crawford,SUN STAFF | July 21, 1999
American Retail Group Inc., the parent company of Norcross, Ga.-based Uptons department stores, will close the 75-store chain, which has two outlets in Maryland.More than 4,000 people, including the 99 employees of the stores in Columbia and Gaithersburg, will lose their jobs.The stores will close by the end of the year after liquidating their inventory."It's a very competitive industry," American Retail spokeswoman Shira Weissman said yesterday."Our financial performance is not meeting our expectations."
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2013
What if there was a guide to Baltimore's best restaurants, markets and specialty stores, broken down by neighborhood, that told you where the food-lovers' destinations were but didn't neglect the beloved landmarks? And what if you could put the guide in your purse - you know, like a book? On Thursday, Chazz: A Bronx Original will host a release party for “Food Lovers' Guide to Baltimore,” a just-published book from Globe Pequot Press written by Baltimore residents Kathy Wielech Patterson and Neal Patterson.
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By Sharahn D. Boykin and Sharahn D. Boykin,Sun Reporter | June 29, 2007
Attention shoppers: Pottery Barn, McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant and Lucky Brand Jeans are coming to Westfield Annapolis Mall. Mall officials announced yesterday that 21 national retailers -- 10 of which are new to Anne Arundel County -- would soon call Westfield home and gave community leaders and entrepreneurs a hard-hat tour of the expansion site, which is scheduled to be complete in November. New stores range from a variety of popular clothing retailers, such as Levi's and H&M, to specialty stores and boutiques.
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG NEWS | August 27, 1997
WILMINGTON, Del. -- Montgomery Ward Holding Corp. is considering closing more stores to cut its losses as part of its bankruptcy reorganization, company officials said yesterday."
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By Hanah Cho and Stephanie Newton and Hanah Cho and Stephanie Newton,Sun reporters | August 15, 2007
Shopping at Barstons Child's Play in North Baltimore yesterday, Elizabeth Carhuapoma had safety on her mind as she heard news of the latest toy recall by Mattel. "Certain brands I trust more, so it's disappointing when Mattel and Fisher-Price drop the ball," said Carhuapoma, 34, of Baltimore, who bought a Webkinz doll for her 6-year-old son Ethan. "So we got into more specialty stores to get higher-quality toys even though we pay more." While big toy retailers and discounters scrambled yesterday to pull millions of toys from stores across the country, independent shops like Child's Play say a wave of recalls of Chinese imports is bringing in customers worried about lead paint and other hazards.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2013
Founded just last year, Union Craft Brewing has established itself as a major player in Baltimore's craft-beer movement. Tours and tastings are given every Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the brewery's headquarters in Woodberry, in the shadow of the Pepsi sign, The brewery is also developing into a popular venue for medium-sized events, indoor and out. Parking is easy, and the brewery is steps away from a light rail stop. On Friday, the brewery is hosting an event called the Truck Party Food Rally, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., featuring a group of popular food trucks, including Gypsy Queen , Kommie Pig , Kooper's Chowhound and Sultan . Guests at the event can buy $4 pints of Union Craft beers.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2013
What if there was a guide to Baltimore's best restaurants, markets and specialty stores, broken down by neighborhood, that told you where the food-lovers' destinations were but didn't neglect the beloved landmarks? And what if you could put the guide in your purse - you know, like a book? On Thursday, Chazz: A Bronx Original will host a release party for “Food Lovers' Guide to Baltimore,” a just-published book from Globe Pequot Press written by Baltimore residents Kathy Wielech Patterson and Neal Patterson.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella | April 13, 2012
Specialty golf store Golfsmith, opening Friday morning in Lutherville Station in Timonium, is promising "a golfer's paradise" --  with a mission. At what will be the largest golf store in the Baltimore area at 22,000 square feet, golf enthusiasts can take a swing on an indoor putting green, try out a hitting simulator, take a video recorded golf lesson, get fitted for golf clubs, or maybe even buy a club or two. "Our goal is to help golfers...
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By June Arney and June Arney,Sun reporter | March 19, 2008
A new grocery store anchor for Wilde Lake is not viable, so re- inventing the space as a mixed-used development with residences, offices and retail is the best way to make the village center successful for another 30 years, its landlord said this week. "How do we create a place that's special and vibrant and different from what we already have?" asked Geoffrey Glazer, vice president of acquisitions and development for the mid-Atlantic region of Kimco Realty Corp. "We're trying to make this a very festive place [where]
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By Hanah Cho and Stephanie Newton and Hanah Cho and Stephanie Newton,Sun reporters | August 15, 2007
Shopping at Barstons Child's Play in North Baltimore yesterday, Elizabeth Carhuapoma had safety on her mind as she heard news of the latest toy recall by Mattel. "Certain brands I trust more, so it's disappointing when Mattel and Fisher-Price drop the ball," said Carhuapoma, 34, of Baltimore, who bought a Webkinz doll for her 6-year-old son Ethan. "So we got into more specialty stores to get higher-quality toys even though we pay more." While big toy retailers and discounters scrambled yesterday to pull millions of toys from stores across the country, independent shops like Child's Play say a wave of recalls of Chinese imports is bringing in customers worried about lead paint and other hazards.
NEWS
By Sharahn D. Boykin and Sharahn D. Boykin,Sun Reporter | June 29, 2007
Attention shoppers: Pottery Barn, McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant and Lucky Brand Jeans are coming to Westfield Annapolis Mall. Mall officials announced yesterday that 21 national retailers -- 10 of which are new to Anne Arundel County -- would soon call Westfield home and gave community leaders and entrepreneurs a hard-hat tour of the expansion site, which is scheduled to be complete in November. New stores range from a variety of popular clothing retailers, such as Levi's and H&M, to specialty stores and boutiques.
BUSINESS
By Liz Bowie and Liz Bowie,SUN STAFF | December 20, 1996
The glimmer of gold may be lighting up Christmas for the wealthiest, but retailers say the majority of shoppers aren't spending big this year.With less than a week before the big day, retailers say they will have an average selling season."
FEATURES
By Karol V. Menzie and Karol V. Menzie,Sun Staff | August 2, 1998
Hurtling toward the unknown future at the end of the millennium, consumers seem to be looking nostalgically back over their shoulders, longing for the comfort of items from days gone by - even if they're not quite old enough to have been around when those particular days went.In addition, makers of household products are increasingly making it easy for renovators and others with a reverence for the past to capture the historic look without sacrificing modern convenience.Here's a sampling of some things that are brand-new, designed to look old.Grandma's StoveHand-built stoves from Elmira Stove Works of Waterloo, Ontario, look like Grandmother's ornate, cast-iron beauty, but the "Cook's Delight" offers gas burners or smooth glass cook tops, and standard, true convection or gas ovens.
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By Tanika White and Tanika White,Sun reporter | September 2, 2006
Officially, the calendar still declares it summertime. But this weekend, fall has arrived -- in stores, at least. It's Labor Day weekend, and that means it's time to shop for a new fall wardrobe. The prospect is thrilling for some and daunting for others. A new fall wardrobe might amount to great outfits and accessories, but it could also mean sucking the fresh-from-summer-vacation bank account dry. It doesn't have to be that way, fashion experts say. Fall shopping on a budget is not an oxymoron.
BUSINESS
By Andrea K. Walker and Andrea K. Walker,SUN STAFF | April 15, 2005
Safeway Inc. is caught in the middle of extremes in a supermarket world where specialty stores dominate one end and discounters the other. With new television commercials set to begin Monday, the California-based company - the second-largest grocer in the Baltimore area behind Giant Food - is spending $100 million on a new advertising campaign. To further redefine itself, the 90-year- old chain is remaking stores, its logo and its slogan. "Wal-Mart at one end of the spectrum, and Whole Foods and Trader Joe's at the other end of the spectrum have chipped away at the total grocery share," said Michael Minasi, Safeway's senior vice president of marketing.
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