Shopping, dining, and fun… Harbor East has everything a mom needs for a day out, especially around the holidays! We brought together three (cool) readers an afternoon of holiday shopping in Harbor East. Here’s what happened….
Owned by Baltimore mom Angela Tandy, Sassanova is a must-visit for any fashionista! It’s inviting, carefully-curated, and you’re guaranteed to find something you’ll love. From shoes and dresses to jackets and accessories, Angela’s boutique has it all.
“This is fun for New Year’s Eve!” said Ali Berney, as she slipped into a Yumi Kim feather jacket. She also happened to find Sassanova’s gorgeous collection of Mignonne Gavigan earrings — a particularly great find since she had been eyeing the designer on Instagram.
We asked Angela what her favorite finds are this season. She immediately led us to the double pom knit hat — and all of our moms had to try them on. Angela also mentioned that Sassanova is known for their dresses and is carrying everything a gal need for holiday soirees.
Personal service, great finds, and some laughs. Kicking off our afternoon supporting this mom-owned business was perfection.
After trying on clothes, everyone needed a little hydration and refueling. Enter cocktails and nosh from Roy’s Baltimore. (There is just something decadent about enjoying Hawaiian-inspired cuisine on a chilly Maryland afternoon!) Although we all had to stifle some giggles when manager Matt Ellis jokingly asked if moms really liked happy hour. The Happy Hour menu did not disappoint!
Sitting around the chef’s table was an ideal opportunity to get to know one another. Farin Doran and Ashley Kaskel have built a successful health coaching business and recently launched a non-profit, Run 2 Inspire. Their organization helps individuals train and raise awareness for their cause when they sign up for a charity run. Ali Berney is Chief Innovation Officer at CarBiz, the car dealership she owns with her husband, Evan.
Needless to say, these mamas work hard and were well-deserving of some delicious TLC from the (cool) culinary team at Roy’s!
What do you get your husband for Christmas?” It’s the age-old question. So we swung by Allen Edmonds to see what we could find.
Allen Edmonds is U.S. based manufacturer of premium men’s footwear and accessories. Their shoes use only premium leathers and are handcrafted via a 212-step process. The Harbor East location is the only one in Maryland.
In addition to shoes and accessories, our moms found a Camo Tote Bag that makes the perfect diaper bag for dad. Just in case you’re looking!
It’s not surprising the Lululemon Athletica was a must-stop for this mom crew. (After all, Ashley and Dorin are in the health and fitness industry.)
Yoga is at the core of everything the Canadian-based retailer offers — from the clothes to the mission. The first thing comment our moms made while trying on pants? It wasn’t “Oh, the buttery-soft and sweat-wicking Nulu™ fabric!” It was “look at these pockets!” Pockets: a must for any multitasking mom!
The Baltimore top was a huge hit and would make a great gift for any Charm City gal on your list.
Charm City Cakes
Did you know Charm City Cakes has a small shop in Harbor East? Goodies are made fresh daily in their Remington bakery and sent to the Harbor East shop. There isn’t a place to sit and enjoy your treat, but it’s a great place for a sweet pick-me-up. (Yes, you can order your specialty hamburger cake there, too.)
Of course, cupcakes are a hot commodity for the shop (hello, red velvet!). But another not-so-surprising best seller? Cake in a jar. The pumpkin with cream cheese frosting is a must-try!
Bin 604 Wine Sellers
Finding a great bottle of vino to pair with holiday meals — or take as a hostess gift — is definitely something we all are searching for this holiday season. Our next stop? Bin 604 Wine Sellers to ask their advice.
Surprisingly, their experts steered us away from the bubbly. Instead, we tasted two different Beaujolais Nouveau wines from the Domaines CHERMETTE Estate in France. Beaujolais Nouveau wines are annually released on the third Thursday in November and are as close as you can get to drinking wine straight off of the vine. These light and fruity reds are usually the first of the years’ harvest, which makes drinking them a fitting way of celebrating the holidays and toasting the New Year.
If you’re in search of a wine to compliment your holiday dinner, ask the pros at Bin 604. You’ll thank us! (And the wine shop is located right next to Whole Foods — really convenient when you’re running pre-entertaining errands!)
Our last top was to another locally-owned store… Curiosity. Owned by interior designer Kate DeStefano, the shop boasts a stunning selection of home accessories, furnishings, apothecary, and distinctive gifts.
Curiosity is a bit of a hidden gem, tucked away on Lancaster Street next to The Charleston, away from the hustle and bustle of stores on Aliceanna Street. It’s not surprising that it was our moms’ first time visiting!
Everyone loved it.
“I’m going to go back and spend my whole last paycheck,” joked Ali.
Our favorite find? Curiosity’s new signature candle collection. They worked with regional vendors to create their own line (down to a local artisan who crafted the label). You can’t go wrong with the Paris Market scent.
PS – Kate’s Instagram account is worth stalking.
Editor’s Note: This article is sponsored by Harbor East. Photos by Laura Black.