Monday, November 28, 2011

Don't miss Moonlight Madness!

A Federal Hill Holiday Tradition is coming soon. It's Federal Hill's Moonlight Madness: Friday, December 9, 8 pm to midnight.

Shops and galleries offer discounts, specials, and treats. “Larksong” strolling carolers in Victorian dress serenade shoppers.

Get something unique for everyone on your list!

Stop by Federal Hill Main Street, 42 E. Cross Street, to get your Moonlight Madness Passport and Map. Get it stamped at 10 participating businesses during the night and enter in a drawing to win prizes.


Alexandra Webb Jewelry, 1028 S. Charles,

Alliance Comics, 904 Light,

Apothecary Wellness, 1200 Light,

Artesanos Don Bosco, 828 S. Charles,

Bobabooi's Treasure Chest, 1129 Light, 410-528-5180

Crystal Moll Gallery, 1030 S. Charles,

Curiosity for the Home, 1033 S. Charles,

Divine Designs & Events, 1049 S. Charles,

Doggie Style, 1030 Light,

Federal Hill Main Street, 42 E. Cross,

Kim's Day Spa, 1135 S. Charles,

Klein’s Antiques, 912 S. Charles, 443-854-3605
LoveLace The Showroom, 1201 Light,

Lucinda Gallery & Gifts, 929 S. Charles,

Mark Cottman Gallery, 1014 S. Charles,

Pandora's Box, 50 E. Cross, 410-244-1442

Phina's for the Home, 919 S. Charles,

SoBotanical, 14 E. West,

The Book Escape, 805 Light,

Vanessa's Vintage Treasures, 1132 S. Charles, 410-752-3224

Zelda Zen, 46 E. Cross, 410-625-2424

-Leah Witter, intern

Friday, November 18, 2011

Urbanite Profiles Federal Hill Artist

Jessica Damen, a renowned artist and Federal Hill resident, was featured this week in the Urbanite Arts/Culture e-zine. Jessica is a full-time painter of oil paintings and Chinese-inspired ink brush paintings, and she is a part-time portrait artist, painter of notecards, and a teacher of art. Currently, she is exhibiting new work in a show entitled "Altered Truths Fractured Myths" at the City Arts Gallery through January 9.

In a piece entitled "Q&A with Jessica Damen, A Baltimore artist shares her love for artichokes, Federal Hill, and vintage hats," Jessica discusses her art, her life, and her love for our "very walkable" neighborhood and its "esprit de corps." She named many of the local businesses she supports (Phina's for the Home, Matsuri, Regi's American Bistro, Thai Arroy, to name a few) and even gave a shout-out to Historic Federal Hill Main Street for helping to generate "this common spirit" with festivals and other activities to beautify and encourage this cohesive and vibrant neighborhood."

Jessica received her MFA from MICA'S Hoffberger School of Painting in 2001 and has received many fellowships, grants, and awards since. Read the full article:

Pictured here is Jessica Damen's painting, "It is Rumored," inspired by the mystery surrounding "Bloody Point on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay."


-Leah Witter, Intern

Monday, November 14, 2011

Local B & B Featured in Wall Street Journal

Federal Hill’s favorite bed & breakfast establishment and its popular owners were featured in the Wall Street Journal on November 14. Scarborough Fair Bed & Breakfast (801 S. Charles) co-owner Barry Werner described the experiences that he and partner Jeff Finlay have had since purchasing the business in 2007.

The charming property has six bedrooms and six baths, and the owners' living quarters. Scarborough Fair is known for its fantastic breakfasts and Festive Flavors spreads. It has won several awards and is the #1 rated B&B in the city and state on

You can read the article, entitled “Living the Dream of Owning a B&B,” by clicking here:

-Leah Witter, intern

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Try Sunday Gravy at Spoons!

If you haven't tried Spoons (24 E. Cross St) for dinner yet, now is a good time to check it out. In November, Spoons is serving “Sunday Gravy” from 4 to 7 pm. Co-owner Deb Cogan explains, “It is an Italian family-style meal that is usually served on Sunday afternoons or evenings when the whole family would get together.”

The gravy (sauce or ragu) is not your typical spaghetti sauce. It is cooked for over four hours and then enriched with a variety of cooked meats: links of Italian sausage, meatballs, and baby back ribs. Spoons' Sunday Gravy includes antipasto salad, pasta plus meat, and dessert. Price is $19 for adults and $5 for kids under the age of 12. Italian wines are also available. “Sunday evenings will be for gravy only, so no other food items will be available,” explained Deb.

Be sure to check out the regular dinner options on other nights. You will be glad you did!

--Leah Witter, Intern

Friday, November 11, 2011

Lovelace Showroom: Welcome to Federal Hill!

On 11/11/11 at 11 am, Federal Hill's newest boutique, The Lovelace Showroom, opened its doors at 1201 Light Street.

Owners Lakierra Blackston. and Dara White. have transformed the space into a stunning showroom for their unique clothing designs. You'll find lots of attractive and interesting items for men and women.

Stop in and welcome Lovelace Showroom today! Open until 8 pm on Thursday, 11/11, and offering treats so you can sip and mingle while you shop.

~Leah Witter, intern