Support Women-Owned Baltimore Businesses this Women’s History MonthMarch 10, 2021
Liberty Harbor East residents, did you know March is Women’s History Month? Women’s History Month was started in 1987 as a way to honor the achievements of women in American history. It’s a great time to learn more about women’s history, support female-owned businesses, and celebrate all of the women in our lives. We created this guide with some special local women-owned businesses in Baltimore to help you shop small and support local this month! Behind each of these shops, eateries, and companies is an inspiring woman who makes our Baltimore community shine. Baltimore Woman-Owned Businesses It’s Tea Time! Teavolve Teavolve is a Baltimore classic and is located just around the corner from your home here at Liberty Harbor East. Founder and owner Sunni Gilliam wanted to create a non-traditional contemporary teahouse experience here in Baltimore, a place where people could come together over tea (or coffee!). There’s something for everyone on the Teavolve dining menu, from brunch favorites, to salads, to burgers. Plus, the extensive cafe menu offers a range of nearly every type of tea you can imagine! Enjoy a favorite like chai or earl grey, or branch out and try something unique like melon pear white tea or rooibos berries and cream. Emma’s Tea Spot Emma Canoles, owner of Emma’s Tea Spot, started her business with a dream of making “our community stronger by reconnecting people to their environment and their neighbors” and promoting sustainable, wellness-oriented practices. Her tea house does just that, as a teahouse, shop, and event venue. You can nosh on scrumptious soups, salads, sandwiches, and––of course––tea. Feeling fancy? Try the High Tea service, which includes your choice of tea, traditional tea sandwiches, a scone with cream and jam, seasonal fruit, and some sweets. It’s the perfect girl’s day activity! You can make reservations here. The shop even has some imported British goods available for purchase, so you can get a taste of the UK right here in Baltimore! Delicious Dining Chef Cindy Wolf is a culinary genius, but don’t just take it from us––she is a nine-times James Beard Foundation Award finalist for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. Her cooking has been featured in Bon Appetit, The New York Times, and more. She is co-owner of Foreman Wolf Restaurant Group restaurants, including Johnny’s, Cindy Lou’s Fish House, Cinghiale, Bar Vasquez, Petit Louis Bistro, and Charleston Restaurant. Cosima Cosmia, owned by Judith Golding, serves up elevated Italian-inspired cuisine, including pizza, pasta, pollo, pesce, and much more. Pair your entree with a glass of wine, or a fun cocktail like the Noemi, made with Aperol, Fever Tree Tonic, Prosecco, and topped with an orange wedge. Feel free to read the full menu here––but beware, you’ll definitely get hungry! Sally O’s Top Chef star Jesse Sandlin is the owner of Sally O’s in Highlandtown. The chef has roots here, having lived in Baltimore with her aunt and uncle as a child. Sandlin stated that she loves to “test things out, go through and find things that I’m really inspired by and try it out for the world”––and we love to get to try her culinary creations! From brown butter cavatelli, to the “Highlandtown Smash Burger,” the menu is chock-full of positively mouthwatering dishes. The restaurant is open for outdoor dining, and you can order carry-out or delivery. Do Some Shopping There’s nothing quite as cozy and magical as an independent bookstore. Julia Fleischaker founded Greedy Reads after working in the publishing industry in NYC for over 20 years. She brought her literary expertise back to Maryland to share books, stories, and book-based events with the neighborhood. Discover your new favorite book, peruse a great assortment of gift items, and check out their event calendar to see what’s happening. For COVID-safe shopping, you can also place an order for contactless pick-up from Tuesday-Sunday. B Willow After a semester abroad in New Zealand, Liz Vayda began thinking about the ways that humans are connected (and too often disconnected) to nature and how greenery and plants can help us feel better in amazing ways. The result of this was B. Willow, a plant shop and event space that helps Baltimore bring the outside indoors so that we can all enjoy the benefits and wonders of nature, even in our homes and offices. Head to the shop or their online storefront to choose from their selection of plants, including succulents, terrariums, tropical plants, and other houseplants. Even if you’re not a natural plant parent, they can provide you with tons of helpful resources and knowledge so that you can help your plant thrive! Experience History and Culture AVAM Rebecca Alban Hoffberger founded the American Visionary Art Museum as a “unique new museum and education center that would emphasize intuitive creative invention and grassroots genius.” Museum visitors can experience exhibits that are an impressive summation of art, intuitive artistry, culture, history, activism, philosophy, humor, and more. With carefully curated exhibitions on everything from “The Science and Mystery of Sleep” to “A Visionary Spirit for Invention“. You can learn more about the incredible story of the museum here, and purchase tickets for your visit here. #LiveLiberty We thank you for taking the time to shop small and support these amazing women this month. If you do some dining or shopping, be sure to tag us in your photos on our social media pages at @LibertyHarborEast and #LiveLiberty.