Friday, December 31, 2010

Federal Hill's Angel Tree: Success!

For two weeks before Christmas, the Angel Tree stood in the middle of Cross Street Market, encouraging passers-by to sponsor a child in need by providing him or her with a present. Over 102 packages, $1,700 worth of gifts, were donated to the cause. Market merchants encouraged giving by awarding those who donated gifts with a $5 Marketbuxx coupon, good at participating merchants in Cross Street Market.

Robert Wilson of Konstant’s Hot Dogs worked with other Market vendors to coordinate the project. "It came as no surprise that this year's economic downturn affected abnormal numbers of families. The Angel Tree program was a way for the merchants in the market to give back to the community, as the community gives so much for the Cross Street Market," said Robert Wilson.

The program was so effective that the program will be expanded next year with Angel Trees at multiple Baltimore public markets.

--Chelsea Ryder

Monday, December 27, 2010

"Body By Donavon" of Federal Hill

Donavon Israel, personal trainer at Federal Hill Fitness, is partnering with Federal Hill restaurants to make working on your ideal body easier than ever. His program is designed to help steer clients toward healthier, yet still delicious, options when dining out.

“I hope to show people that they can have fun at the gym and that they can enjoy their favorite restaurants without sabotaging their diets,” said Donavon, one of the most popular trainers at Federal Hill Fitness.

The business plan incorporates hand-picked meals Donavan selects at restaurants as well as some of his own signature dishes, indicated on menus with a “Body By Donavon/Federal Hill Fitness” logo.

As of now, participating Federal Hill restaurants include Abbey Burger Bistro, Big Jim’s Deli, Mad River Grill, Metropolitan Coffeehouse & Wine Bar, Mother’s Federal Hill Grille, Ryleigh’s Oyster, Taverna Corvino, Pizza Bolis, and Spoons. Spoons, Mad River, Big Jim's Deli, Pizza Bolis, and Miguel’s already have the revamped menu's out and open to the public.

Helping people lead a healthy lifestyle is what Donavon does everyday. "As a trainer I try to emphasize a holistic approach to fitness: nutrition, physical activity as well as sustaining a positive mindset," he explained. "All three should be in balance; finding physical activity that isn’t a chore and finding nutritious foods that you actually look forward to eating will help you stick to a diet.”

Check out the Body by Donavon Facebook page:!/pages/BODYbyDONAVON/146374812080584

The page includes posts by Donavon, providing simple tips on how to stay healthy, exercise, as well as heads up about sponsored dishes in specific restaurants.

--Chelsea Ryder

Friday, December 10, 2010

Angel Tree in Federal Hill’s Cross Street Market

The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree now sits in the middle of the Cross Street Market. Help brighten the holidays for a child in need by sponsoring an Angel (or more than one). Pick yours from off the tree and then drop off the unwrapped gift underneath the tree on or before December 18th.

Thanks to you, Cross Street Market, and the Salvation Army, one more child's Christmas will be made very very merry.

--Chelsea Ryder

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Santa Claus in Federal Hill

Bring your wish list and your camera, Santa will be at the Cross Street Market (1065 S. Charles Street) on Saturday, December 11 from noon to 3:00pm.

In the market, there will be a face painter as well as crafts and treats from Santa for all good boys and girls.

Ho Ho Ho-pe to see you there!

--Chelsea Ryder

Friday, December 3, 2010

Moonlight Madness in Federal Hill

This coming Friday, December 10, is Moonlight Madness! One of Federal Hill's most popular holiday events, the night will offer the opportunity to shop for everyone on your list - at generous discounts!

Starting at 8pm, shops and galleries stay open until 12am, extending progressive discounts to neighborhood shoppers. There will be carolers wandering the decorated streets and FREE gift wrapping as well as light refreshments in the Main Street Office (42 E. Cross Street).

As of now, participating businesses include: Amy's Boutique, Artesanos Don Bosco, Babe, Crystal Moll Gallery, Doggie Style, Federal Hill Kitchen and Bath, Klein’s Antiques, Honey’s Treasure Chest, Mark Cottman Gallery, Ladybugs & Fireflies, Lucky Lucy’s Canine Cafe, Lucinda Gallery & Boutique (pictured above), Pandora’s Box, Phina’s for the Home, So Botanical, The Bottom Drawer, Vanessa’s Vintage Treasures, Whimsy Boutique.

This is a great chance to shop local and save!

--Chelsea Ryder

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Tonight in Federal Hill: Another First Thursday

Tonight, December 2, is the next First Thursday!

Come down to Federal Hill from 6-8pm and enjoy bargains, refreshments, and fun. Shop local and save at shops throughout the neighborhood.

Participating shops:
Alexandra Webb Artisan Jewelry, Amy's Boutique, Artesanos don Bosco, Babe, Crystal Moll Gallery, Honey's Treasure Chest, Jordan Faye Contemporary, Ladybugs&Fireflies, Lucinda Gallery, Mark Cottman Gallery, Pandora's Box, Phina's for the Home, The Book Escape, The Bottom Drawer, Tradestone Gallery, and Whimsy (pictured above)

--Chelsea Ryder

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Coming soon: Federal Hill's Festive Flavors

A friendly reminder that one of Federal Hill's most popular holiday events is right around the corner. Festive Flavors will take place this coming Tuesday, December 7 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Groups tour the streets, receiving tasty treats at seven different establishments throughout the neighborhood. Eat, drink, socialize, and be festive! Tickets are $55 and can be ordered online at