Shop Small in Baltimore

shop small logo | sunshine & the bear This weekend, November 29, marks the 5th annual Small Business Saturday! This is one of my favorite concepts because it really helps take a break after the terrifying Black Friday and focuses on supporting our local businesses!

We have tons of great spots in Charm City to shop small, find a truly unique treasure and really support our local economy! Check out some of my favorite Baltimore stores:

Trohv: Trohv is one of my favorite shops in the area! It has home goods and furniture, unique gifts, amazing handmade cards, jewelry and much more! Plus, they are right on the Avenue in Hampden – perfect part of a stroll!

Charm City Run: Great one stop shop for all your running and fitness needs! They have a great variety of sneakers, and knowledgeable staff to help you pick the rights ones.

charm city run small business saturday | sunshine & the bear

fells point surf shop baltimore | sunshine & the bear Fells Point Surf Shop: Surfs up, even when your miles from waves! Love this shop, where you can get all the flip flops, great sunglasses and beach brand apparel you need. Also, they just got in a motorized skateboard that is on my Xmas list! Haha

Pandora’s Box: Lovely little accessories shop! They always have fabulous, affordable jewelry, scarves and hostess gifts!

Sound Garden: Vinyl, new/used CDs, new/used DVDs, posted for your basement…they’ve got it all. Such a great hangout where you can really get lost and find some great jams.

Also, while some people can have physical stores, I can’t forget some of my favorite online peoples!

katekatebear and littleasiansweatshop | sunshine & the bear Little Asian Sweatshop: Ok technically she’s in DC, but you have to check out her shop for some adorable hair pieces and pouches! I try to see her every year at Baltimore Comic Con, but she has tons of stuff online in her Etsy store – The Maryland Flag Hair Flower is one of my faves!

The Broken Plate: Juliet truly makes beautiful works of art out of seemingly regular plates! I have two pieces from her and they are truly one of a kind. Each piece is made careful for you – definitely worth checking out for you or a loved one!

Amy Weldon: Do you need the hand-painted hat? Yes. The answer is yes. I work with Amy at the Aquarium but on the side, she makes amazing creations like hand painted hats (like you see on me below) and Toms shoes and more! So awesome.

maryland hat by amy weldon | sunshine & the bear

I hope you get the chance to step out this Saturday (and often!) to support your local businesses. Get to know some of the owners, support your area AND get some cool stuff in the meantime! haha

What are your favorite local small businesses?! 







Star Spangled Baltimore

It was an incredible weekend to be in Baltimore!! Our little Charm City hosted the Star Spangled Spectacular and there were tall ships, Blue Angels, fireworks and fun!

This event is celebrating the 200th anniversary of our Star Spangled Banner, written by Francis Scott Key outside of Fort McHenry. If you’re interested in the history, you can check out more Star Spangled Banner history here OR for the cliff notes, you can just watch Drunk History-Baltimore haha.

Anyway, there has been nation-wide attention on our city and it’s rich history and it’s been great to be right in the middle of it. Think about it – everyone loves where they live (or else you probably wouldn’t have moved there…hopefully), but sometimes you get down on it and forget. It’s nice to have a moment like this to get re-energized and re-romanticized with our city.

Check out some of my photos from this weekend’s party here:

Loved riding around and seeing the different things happening around town!
(and yes, those are star spangled pants Tom is wearing…NOT pajamas. Courtesy of Betabrand haha) 

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Charm City blogger meetup

So this post won’t be very long, but I had to share. I had a lovely experience tonight meeting other healthy lifestyle bloggers in Baltimore! It was great to meet these awesome, like-minded ladies!

HUGE thanks again to Caitlyn for pulling this group together and Rowhouse Grille for hosting us! (The fish tacos were delicious, as always) :)

We even started talking about meeting up more regularly – try a new restaurant, new workout class, etc. I hope we can!

baltimore healthy living bloggers

Not everyone could make it but it’s awesome to have a list of some of my fellow local gals! Check out some of the ladies below:

Brittany- Barr and Table

Caitlyn- City and the Cubicle

Coco- Hot Coco

Colleen- Jimmy Choos on the Treadmill

Danielle- Da Hart Attack

Jami- Fit Jams

Jenny- Love, Eat, Run

Jess- Just Call Me Janks

Kait- Kait Makes A Run For It

Kaitlyn- Simply Complicated

Katie- Skinny Minnie Moves

Kat- The Road I’m Running

Kate- Sunshine and the Bear (oh wait, that’s me haha)

Kerry- Adventures of Z and K

Laura- Hell On Heels

Lauren- Breathe Deeply and Smile

Mary- Aznstarlette

Megan- Outlaw on the Run

Are you a local Baltimore-area healthy lifestyle blogger too? I think all of us would love to chat and meet you! Send your name and website – maybe we can do another meetup soon!