Think Local to Find Treasures for Everyone on Your Holiday Shopping List This Season

At Bead Wear with Laura LeBrun Hatcher

Towson graphic designer Laura LeBrun Hatcher discovered Bead Wear at 29 Allegheny Ave. in Towson about a year ago and was immediately smitten.

“It’s a tiny little jewel box of a place with beautiful handmade jewelry created by shop owner Patti Hall and other really unique pieces by local artisans, including vintage handbags and tiny paintings,” says Laura, an adjunct professor who is also active with Little Lobbyists, a grassroots group that advocates for children with complex medical needs like her son, Simon.

Patii has operated Bead Wear for more than 15 years. She uses part of the shop for her jewelry-making.

“I’ve tried to create a store with an art gallery feel to it—but not the heavy price tag.”

At Baltimore Coffee and Tea Company with Pastor Ed Kay

It’s the tantalizing aroma that keeps Pastor Ed Kay returning to Baltimore Coffee and Tea at 9 W. Aylesbury Road, just a mile from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in historic Lutherville.

“I love the wide variety of coffees they roast, plus it’s a great place to find gifts for all the coffee and tea drinkers in my life,” he says.

When not pastoring his St. Paul’s congregation, you’ll find him cheering his daughters at rec sports games or attending PTA and community association meetings.

“It’s important to me to be a part of our community, to experience the joys and challenges of our neighbors, and supporting local businesses is an extension of that.”

At Charm City Run with Christine Michel Carter

After the birth of her second child three years ago, Christine Michel Carter visited Charm City Run at 2045 York Road in Timonium intent on getting back into shape.

“They were so helpful. They wanted to see how I walked in various shoes and find the manufacturer exactly right for me,” says Christine, a global marketing strategist who recently moved to Cockeysville and maintains a robust social media following as a voice for Black millennial moms.

She’s been featured in media segments in The New York Times, Ebony and Women’s Health.

“The customized care at Charm City, where they also sell leisure and athletic wear, has been so helpful to me on my journey to be a more healthy and well-rounded individual,” she says. “I love shopping there!”