| Nov 25, 2012
Just as Tom and Claudia Towles were opening their second Baltimore toy shop four years ago, the recession hit. The owners of aMuse Toys decided to cut back — not on staff or selling space — but on the number of manufacturers whose products...
| Dec 3, 2012
| 5:33 PM
At GameStop Kids at White Marsh Mall, shoppers will find plush Mario book bags and Angry Birds hats mixed in with the Lego Star Wars and other kid-friendly video games, a mix meant to attract both serious "gamers" as well as those who've never played...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 4:27 PM
PARADISE, Pa. — On the day after Thanksgiving, the day on which millions of Americans turned their attention to shopping for bargains, a large family from Virginia decided to kick off the holiday season in a different way, with a trip back to an...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 4:37 PM
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — "Ook na how tuk," Verna Dommek cheerily said in Inupiaq, the language of the Inupiat people, who live north of the Arctic Circle, scattered across Alaska's barren permafrost.
Dommek, an Inupiat, then explained in English that...
| Sep 27, 2011
| 1:20 PM
If the thought of making your children's costume is scarier than facing down an evil demon, relax. Do-it-yourself Halloween projects can be as involved or as simple as your skill, time and patience will allow.
We've collected no-fuss party and costume...
| Nov 30, 2011
| 8:31 AM
Joanie Cox (left) and Dita Von Teese
The midday sunshine dances across Dita Von Teese's alabaster skin as she sits on an antique brocade couch in a hotel room at the Mondrian South Beach. Most celebrities come to South Florida to bake in the sun, but...
| Dec 4, 2012
| 7:24 PM
Jay Strongwater's elaborate picture frames, jeweled vases and whimsical holiday ornaments have earned an impressive fan base which includes everyone from Elton John to Kate Hudson. While the collection is hand-enameled and hand-set with Swarovski...
| Dec 20, 2011
| 5:56 AM
“The best color in the whole world is the one that looks good on you.”
— Coco Chanel
When I look back on 2011, I'll remember three outrageous fashion moments: all the weird hats guests wore to Kate Middleton and Prince Williams'...
| Aug 14, 2012
One of the largest business expenses for Santoni's Supermarket in Highlandtown is interchange fees — what the grocer pays a bank to process customer's credit card transactions.
Even so, Santoni's has no plans to charge shoppers more for paying with...
| Feb 12, 2012
Stef Gray recently delivered a petition to Sallie Mae's Washington office, asking the giant private lender to eliminate a fee that unemployed college graduates must pay to suspend payments until they find a job.
The 23-year-old New Yorker's online...
| Oct 12, 2012
| 5:36 AM
Get a free Cafeè Latte at participating Starbucks on Monday and get a free Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino or Latte with purchase at Target Starbucks stores, too.
On Monday, stop in from 4 to 6 p.m. to get a taste what's brewing with the Verismo System. The...