December 11th, 2020
The holidays are upon us and whether you
are buying for yourself or a loved one, it is hard to know where to begin.
Living at Spinnaker Bay opens you up to amazing opportunities to shop local and support
Baltimore businesses, while also getting the items you want and need! From food
and drink, to accessories, art, self-care, and more, the Baltimore community
has exactly what you need for any of your retail needs.
Food & Drink
Charm City Chocolate
Chocolate makes everything better and after
taking a look at the chocolate gift collections at Charm City Chocolate, your
mouth is sure to water from its sweetness. Charm City Chocolates are
handcrafted, so you can be sure this chocolate was made from the finest local
ingredients! Be sure to check out their new holiday collection, like the Signature Holiday Baking Box and the Merry Maryland Gift Collection. The holiday baking box includes bittersweet
chocolate, semisweet dark chocolate, and beligian white chocolate wafers, along
with dark baking cocoa, sugar cookie mix, a digital timer, mixing spoon, and
festive pot holder, all for $50. Get a taste of “Merry-land” with the gift
collection that includes milk and dark chocolate crabs, Chesapeake Crunch bark,
chocolate covered Oreos, Goetz caramels, and chocolate mustache lollipops; for
Stay cozy this winter with hot chocolate
bombs from Bakeology! Bakeology is another way to eat sweet goods made
from locally sourced ingredients. Their hot chocolate products are ideal for
the holiday season, with hot chocolate bombs in sampler boxes or a gift set.
Bakeology’s hot chocolate bombs come for $6 with a choice of milk chocolate,
peppermint cocoa, and mexican flavors. Buy the hot chocolate bomb gift set for
a loved one for $15, cost includes a marshmallow stirrer, milk chocolate bomb,
and a mug.
Wight Tea Company
Spill the tea by supporting this small
business with their tea blends. Wight
Tea Company was founded by two
siblings who have a shared love for tea and wanted to spread their love to the
local community. Their mini-sets of tea are the perfect way to test their brand
with Tea in the Garden or the No Caffeine sets. The newest additions to their
collection are Stay Caffeinated, BMore Local Love, and the mini sampler. With
the Tea in the Garden, get three tins with lavender Earl Grey, Jasmine green
tea, and Sage Rose white tea for $15. The No Caffeine set contains Blueberry
Basil, Fireside Fig, and Evening Tisane tea, while the Stay Caffeinated set
includes Baltimore Breakfast, Cinnamon Walnut Yaupon, and Wight Tea Co Chai.
Both are $15. If you want an even smaller taste, try the BMore Local Love set
with Baltimore Breakfast and Maryland Mint for $11. Can’t decide, then get the
mini sampler of all the teas for $30.
Black Acres Roastery
Most days aren’t possible without coffee
and Black Acres can make this craving accessible. Black Acres Roastery offers artisan
coffee from ethically-sourced beans. Shop their products of coffee, merch, and
holiday gift bundles. Coffee comes in different flavors ranging from $13-$15
and merch ranges from $5-$30. Buy both in a holiday gift bundle from $23-$45.
If you love them, stay subscribed to the B.A.R Coffee Club to save 15% and get subscription coffee each
week for up to 4 weeks in 12 oz or 5 lbs. Grab a Cold Brew from Black Acres
Baltimore Spirits Company
Explore the art of Baltimore through the
world of drinks and spirits. Baltimore
Spirits Company was founded by a
musician, philosopher, and anthropologist to create creative distillation that
moves the industry forward. Try their Baltamaro, which contains their Amaro
with three volumes. The Fernet, Szechuan, and Coffee Amaro’s can attend to
the rich, fruity, and chocolaty needs of
your tastebuds. Baltimore Spirits Company was ranked number one at the New York
International Spirits Competition.
Angels Ate Lemons
There’s always time for wine and at Angels Ate Lemons that time is now! Inspired by poet Etel Adnan in 1990, Angels Ate
Lemons was born. They now have wine, cider, beer, and other cocktails/spirits.
The item to buy right now is the Holiday Trinity 3-liter pack which has pink,
white, and red wines made by the Weingut Schmitt family. Wine has been in this
family for over 200 years beginning in the Rheinhessen region of Germany. This
all-in-one pack comes for $75.
The Seasoned Olive
For all of your flavoring needs, try The Seasoned Olive! The Seasoned Olive is a flavorful store located in the historic waterfront area of
Fell’s Point in Baltimore selling award-winning Olive Oils and Balsamic vinegars.
Their monthly subscription boxes are now available with 1, 3, 6, or 12 month
subscriptions. The prices per month are $60, $55, $50, $45 respectively with $5
off in-store pickup. The first box includes Tuscan herb olive oil, Fig
Balsamic, two stainless steel weighted pour spouts, a ceramic dipping dish, and
a bottle herbed dipping/cooking seasoning blend. Substitutions for boxes are
available upon request.
Pink Kiss Pottery
Shop small businesses in Baltimore by
Kiss Pottery for your ceramic
needs! This Etsy run shop is owned and operated by Shawna Pincus. Take a look
at the handmade cups, mugs, bowls, plates, home decor, jewelry and more! They
are especially popular for their graphic print ceramic earrings that come for
either $15 or $35 in various styles. Check out their Instagram, @pinkkisspottery for more information and updates!
Rosie Posie Design Company
Stay warm outside this winter with designs
from Rosie Posie Design Company! Rosie Posie is run by Mandi, a woman who loves
bright, fun colors and uses 100% merino and acrylic materials for her work.
They have all kinds of hats from beanie to pompoms all handcrafted for men and
women. Winter hats from Rosie Posie are normally between $40 to $65. Shop small
with these accessories for the winter!
Bottle of Bread
For all your safety needs in 2020, and the
coming year, check out Bottle of Bread. Bottle of Bread is a tightly curated vintage and handmade collection
for men and women in the 19th century Mount Vernon neighborhood. Their handmade
cotton mask is great for staying safe outside and showing off your style with
the pattern of your choosing. The mask is made from pre-washed vintage fabrics
and an elastic drawstring in the back. For $14 stay safe this season and support
a local business!
Tiny Dog Press
Customize announcements, invitations, and
cards at Tiny Dog Press! Each announcement is printed on 100% cotton paper through a handmade
and letterpress process. Check out their Baltimore-themed art and stationary to
make you feel at home. It’s a perfect time for a chocolate advent calendar
(yes, chocolate!), or coasters, tea towels, pins and more! Prices normally
range from $15 to $40 for your exciting, customized picture of home.
Art by Barton
Bring home with you wherever you go with Art by Barton’s Baltimore map! Art by Barton makes handmade silk-screen artwork of
landmarks and icons, each print coming signed, numbered, and ready to hang in a
wooden or steel frame. They have numerous Baltimore maps made with different
materials, but one in particular is 24 x 24 inches made by wood and ink. This
Baltimore map comes on a solid wood frame for $75. Check out their other work
on Instagram @artbybarton!
Heal and smell good while you’re at it with
a gift box from Hon’s Honey. Hon’s Honey provides an opportunity for women of Baltimore, to rise
above challenges like addiction, abuse, poverty, sex-trafficking, and
prostitution. Products are handmade by women survivors of who seek to create a
difference in the Baltimore community by providing the healing power of love
through community, opportunity, and creating quality, locally sourced products.
Hon’s Honey was founded by an umbrella organization called The Well, which
established a Community, Opportunity, and Responsibility Life Mentorship
program. Support their cause and the work they do by buying the Best of Hon’s
Honey Gift Box which includes a lip moisturizer, Rosemary Mint Warsh Bar, 3 oz
of honey, lotion bar, Hon’s Healing ointment, beeswax candle and a coupon &
personalized note, for $60.
Cozy Care Package from Homebody General Store
Take care of yourself with a cozy care
package from Homebody General Store! Homebody General Store knows there’s no place
like home, so they sell gifts, jewelry, home textiles, fragrances, skincare,
stationary, and more through ethical sources around the world. They carry five
types of care packages all in collaboration with Wight Tea Company. No. 1 includes
an aromatherapy rollerball with lavender & peppermint essential oils, Le
Bon Shoppe Cloud Socks, and two tins of Wight Tea for $45. No. 2 comes with Le
Bon Shoppe cloud socks, a Rosemarine Textiles scrunchie and two tins of Wight
Tea for $50. No. 3 contains a
Rosemarine Textiles scrunchie, Remedy nail polish, and two tins of Wight Tea
for $50. No. 4 includes a handmade mug, Le Bon Shoppe Cloud Socks, and two tins
of Wight Tea for $55. No. 5 is the ultimate care package with a handmade mug,
Le Bon Shoppe cloud socks, an aromatherapy rollerball with lavender &
peppermint essential oils, a Rosemarine Textiles scrunchie, Remedy nail polish,
and four tins of Wight Tea all for $100.
Cherry Almond Body Butter from Earth Elements Soapworks
Choose products that are healthy for the
planet and for your skin by shopping at Earth Elements Soapworks. The founder, Kellie Martin, uses safe, non-toxic,
and highly effective natural ingredients for the products. In particular, Earth
Elements creates body butters like their Cherry Almond Body butter which
contains non-greasy antioxidant-rich coconut, avocado, Vitamin E Oils ,
linoleum, and oleic acid with a sweet cherry and almond fragrance. This 8 oz
almond body butter comes for $24.
For the Home
Son of a Hon
Get yourself iconic monuments of Baltimore
in candle form at Son of a Hon. Son of a Hon was founded by two native residents of Maryland who make
creations like cocktails, candies, butter, soap and much more! Their Baltimore
candles set contains the Washington Monument, Patterson Park Pagoda, and Bromo
Seltzer Tower, each 3 inches tall made with beeswax. These candles can also be
found in silicone molds for $30.
Invest in your botanical interests with a
purchase from B Willow. B Willow has all the plants you can imagine and they work to provide
beneficial ways to experience nature with a focus on Baltimore homes,
businesses, and schools. Their Wide Corked Bottle Moss Terrarium sells for $48.
It does not need to be watered and only needs indirect light!
Annie Howe Papercuts
The holidays are upon us and there is
nothing more festive than decorating your Christmas tree with a
Baltimore-themed handmade ornament from Annie Howe Papercuts. Annie Howe is a Baltimore based papercut artist who uses her work for
prints and ornaments. The Baltimore Ornament features cut outs of the Baltimore
bench, Aquarium, and Patterson Park Pagoda; measuring 3 x 3 inches, made out of
brass and painted white. Your very own Baltimore-themed ornament comes for $22.
Glass Straws from Good Neighbor
More ways to save the environment provided
by Good Neighbor! Good Neighbor is an environmentally friendly small business that
sells furniture, books, textiles, coffeeware, homeware, and plantware. Check
out their glass straws that come in a 6 pack of different colors for $25!
If you’re spending more time at home this
holiday season, invest in board games from Canton Games! Canton Games provide family board and card games, strategy games,
collectible card games, role playing games, and vintage video games; all at
prices that beat Gamestop. Their board game collection has more than 300
available games, from traditional board games to European style, poker,
educational, Hasbro, and more. Satisfy all your gaming needs at Canton Games!
Make the youngest in your life feel loved
with purchases from aMuse Toys! Considered Baltimore’s Best Toy Store, aMuse Toys is an Indie toy
store based in Baltimore, completely family owned and operated. Buy the cutest
Jellycat Whispit Red Panda plushie for $24.99, or the AirFort for indoor fun! The AirFort is the first kid’s fort that can fit
several kids and adults when inflated, but also fits into a carry-on bag when
deflated. It inflates in less than 30 seconds and the big fort is 6.5 ft by 4ft
and 24 oz. All this fun stuff stuffed into AirFort is about $49.99 and comes in
Starry Night, Pink/White, Blue, Gray, or Camo colors.
From the Spinnaker Bay family to yours, we wish you a very happy holiday season and hope you are able to find the perfect gifts for your family and friends, locally.