Two cities are on everyone’s mind this week – Baltimore and San Francisco.
So it seems only appropriate to devote a couple posts to exploring the best each city has to offer. (I love a bandwagon!)
To start, consider Baltimore:
Named for its founding proprietor Cecilius Calvert, Lord Baltimore of the Irish House of Lords, Baltimore is currently the 24th largest city in the United States.
The Charm City has survived the Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War Riot of 1861, the Great Depression and Panic of 1873, the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904, and the Civil Rights Riot of 1968.
It has also survived ruthless comparison to its shiny east coast neighbors. But don’t count Baltimore out.
The city offers a sparkling array of charms - steamed crabs, the Preakness, Edgar Allen Poe, Mencken, art, The National Aquarium, music, the Orioles, sailing, Babe Ruth, row houses, the Maryland Zoo, the Ravens and, of course, the fabulous companies below.
Each crafts its wares in Baltimore (and/or the surrounding area).
So bring some of the port city’s charm home today, shop Baltimore.
(Even you, 49ers fans.)
Red, White & Blue Anchor Necklace ($50) by Block Party Press
1.5″ x 1.25″ pendant. Made of black polymer clay accented with acrylic paint. Original design created with a hand-carved stamp. Pendant is distressed and sealed with a clear gloss sealer. Sold with a 18″ gunmetal finish brass chain with a lobster claw clasp. Block Party Press makes a variety of creative and colorful items from jewelry to magnets. Custom orders accepted.
Marvin Jelly ($35) by Cotton Monster
5-7″ h. Made of recycled clothes, blankets and sheets. Sewn by the hands of Jennifer Strunge. Each monster is unique and a work of art. Treat with care, love gently and do not machine wash. Cotton Monsters are available in a variety of shapes and colors.
Tag Along Bag ($28) by ebkrobots
8″ w x 9″ h x 4″ d. Made of 100% cotton canvas. Features a velcro closure, strap with a 10″ drop and side loops to hold anything you dare. Washable. Tag Along Bag is available in robot girl or boy (shown) and in 7 colors (yellow shown). ebkrobots makes Tag Along and Messenger Bags in addition to stuffed robot friends.
Caramel Creams® ($24.62/10 lb box) by Goetze’s
Approx. 40 pieces per lb. Chewy caramel wrapped around a rich cream center. Made of the finest ingredients including wheat flour, dairy milk and cream. Individually wrapped sweet treats. Goetze’s is a 5th generation company that has been making confections since 1895.
Rooster Tea Towel ($14) by FuzzyMug
30″ w x 30″ h. Hand screenprinted in small batches. Image has been ironed to set ink. Made of unbleached, 100% off-white cotton. Lint-free and absorbent. FuzzyMug designs and crafts art prints, greeting cards, wire bound journals, tea towels, totes, t-shirts and custom pet and people portraits.
Loose Cannon IPA ($2.50/bottle*) by Heavy Seas Beer
Made of 4 hops (Warrior, Simcoe, Palisade and Centennial) and 3 malts (2-Row, Caramalt and Munich). Approx. 7.25%. Grapefruit hop aromas offset a nice malty balance with a clean bitter finish. Nicknamed Hop3. Heavy Seas crafts seasonal and year-round varieties of well-balanced, full-bodied beers using a combination of traditional and avant-garde brewing methods.
*Price may vary by state.
Live Large Blue Crabs ($49/dozen) by Mid-Atlantic Crab
Large Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs are 6 – 6 1/2″ across. Hand selected for the finest quality and freshness. Prepared and packaged same day. Overnight delivery required. Mid-Atlantic Crab sells a variety of seafood caught by local waterman.
Jeffrey Howard Tattersall Necktie ($60) by Starboard Clothing Co.
Subdued gold and black pattern that can be worn with almost anything. Starboard Clothing Co. makes beau ties, neck ties and pocket squares in a variety of colors, patterns and textures that are just “right.”
Crab Seasoned Popcorn ($12/6 bags ) by Wye River Seasonings
Hot air popped popcorn is seasoned with Wye River Original Red Seasoning (a 27 spice proprietary blend ideal for use on seafood, corn on the cob, hamburgers, salads and even in Bloody Marys). Wye River Seasonings locally manufactures seasonings, soups, snacks and more – all firmly rooted in the Company’s heritage, tradition and uniqueness.
From Our Old Friends
Neon Pink Stripes iPad Sleeve ($85) by Almanac Industries
Made of hand-sewn raw vegetable tanned leather. Screenprinted with neon pink stripes. Designed to hold an iPad 2 or 3. Almanac Industries makes notepads, guestbooks, art prints, gift tags as well as wallets, card cases, dopp kits and tech sleeves.
Original fifty post: The price is right.
Oak & Amber Candle ($20) by Unwined Candle Company
An earthy aroma of sage and lavender relax the body while the lively aromas of orange and amber awaken the mind. Subtle and enticing. Like all Unwined candles, the Oak & Amber is handmade of reused wine bottles and all-natural scent infused soy wax.
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