As the pandemic lingered through the end of 2021, we again amped up our support of the community through our new “Community Spotlight Festival.” We are providing dedicated spaces within our retail warehouse to highlight local artisans, nonprofits, and small business enterprises that help our community thrive.
Each month several participants will showcase their business and mission, from providing support to formerly enslaved women to candy makers opening their kitchen to upcoming entrepreneurs. Our goal is to solidify the idea of community and community support, particularly during these challenging times.
Enjoy discovering and interacting with your “community” while shopping at Second Chance and supporting our mission. We are better…together!
In celebration of the Spring season and Earth Day, throughout the months of April and May the Community Spotlight Festival will feature local community gardens, florists and artisans whose work is influenced by nature. Welcome the season by discovering organizations that protect Baltimore’s waterways, green spaces, local farms and forested areas, as well as the work of artisans who inspire a love of the wildlife and plants around us.
Clean water. Strong communities. Blue Water Baltimore’s mission is to restore the quality of Baltimore’s rivers, streams and Harbor to foster a healthy environment, a strong economy and thriving communities.
r mission is to provide Fells Point and Baltimore with unique houseplants that are both Row-Home friendly and easy to maintain. We believe in the mental and physical benefits of plants as both a way to brighten a home and a create a space of self-reflection and meditation. Partnering with local artists and makers, we also proudly offer a wide array of goods from pots & soil to self-care items and beyond.
This spring, we are thrilled to provide our own locally sourced small-batch soil MUSH LOVE. Made from our sister company BALTISPORE’s upcycled mushroom substrate and blended with local compost and organic soil conditioners, MUSH LOVE reflects our commitment to sustainability and promotion of all that Baltimore has to offer.
Located in the historic BUCK APPLIANCES building at 1814 Fleet Street in Fells Point, open Wednesday-Saturday 12-7 pm and Sunday 12-5 pm.
The Farm Alliance of Baltimore is a membership organization of urban farms, neighborhood growers and friends. We use connection, resource sharing and collective advocacy with respect to food, land and water to expand communities’ self-determination and power.
Home and body goods handcrafted by women survivors with the healing power of love. Hon’s Honey is a social enterprise dedicated to giving dignity and purpose to women survivors of addiction, trafficking, generational poverty and trauma.
Rachel Lundak was born in the mountains of Arizona in the small town of Lakeside. She received her MFA from the University of Cincinnati-DAAP in 2014, specializing in ceramics and sculpture. In 2010 she received her BFA from Alfred University. Rachel is currently an active member of the art community in Baltimore and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. She is an adjunct professor at Towson University and lives in White Marsh, MD. firstname.lastname@example.org
David Scheirer is an artist specializing in watercolors. He paints in two distinct styles, brought together by an interest in animals and nature. He lives in Aberdeen, Maryland, and is inspired by the Chesapeake Bay and East Coast, which gives much of his work a focus on coastal subjects During his career as a self-employed artist David has had the pleasure of collaborating with various wildlife organizations including Audubon’s Project Puffin in Maine, International Bird Rescue, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
David’s realistic painting style often features birds, animals, plants and other subjects from nature, where he enjoys finding interesting combinations between realism, crisp detail, and the expressive fluidity of watercolors. The other style-graphic and simplified-is also created with watercolors and features animals in their habitats. In these paintings he finds a balance between reality and simplicity and enjoys discovering ways to capture the essence of an object in a few simple lines.
Our vision is to be a leader and partner in ensuring that communities’ open spaces and forest patches are considered priority assets in the growth and redevelopment of Baltimore. We believe that green spaces provide unmatched opportunities for recreation, civic engagement, and community revitalization. It is essential to retain existing natural spaces that have ecological value and biodiversity. Our impact includes the scientifically documented social, health, environmental, and economic benefits that create strong neighborhoods and a vibrant city.
Sandra Y. Street is a lifelong resident of Baltimore. She saves, collects and recycles almost everything to fulfill her mission of recycle, recreate and rejoice. Her specialty is her doll designs, adorned with beads, trims and unusual fabrics and trinkets. Her dolls have been offered in the gift shops of the Smithsonian Museum, the Kennedy Center and Baltimore Museum of Art. A few reside in the homes of celebrity doll collectors, including Congresswoman Maxine Waters. In addition to dolls Sandra creates unique plant holders and pots from recycled materials.
Jennifer McBrien is a Baltimore textile artist who uses her sewing machine as a drawing tool to honor her fragile subjects. Trained as a painter, with only one sewing class, she had relied on her experimentation and creative thinking skills to make her original designs. Her process begins with her ink drawings that are than translated through the eloquence of the stitched line. Her use of found, vintage or cotton duck canvas fabrics, set the stage background to deliver the message or feeling of each piece. She also experiments with transparency and overlay with a variety of fabrics and embroidery techniques. Her color thread pieces are created by “mixing color threads” in her needle to render realistic effects.
Crimson & Clover evolved out of a love and obsession for stunning flowers, whimsical details, and a desire to create memorable experiences. The company began in 2003 as a small retail boutique in Downtown Baltimore. Over the years it has thrived under the loving direction of owner and founder, Amy McManus, and has moved to its current retail space, conveniently located in the heart of Roland Park. Crimson & Clover services the DC/MD/VA region and is available for travel.
Crimson & Clover’s work is on the cutting-edge and exudes a subtle sophistication that has made them one of Baltimore’s most coveted florists. Dedicated to delivering the freshest styles and highest-quality blooms, Amy’s greatest joy lies in providing her clients with more than simple beauty- Amy seeks to establish meaningful connections with her clients that last a lifetime.
Elizabeth is an artist and illustrator in Baltimore, MD drawing for books, magazines, shops and personal commissions. She works in watercolor and gouache paint on paper and digitally creates patterns for wallpaper and fabrics. Shop stationery, wallpaper, pillows and more on her site elizabethgraeber.com.
International Landscaping & Design focuses on bringing your home or commercial space a high-end, environmentally friendly installation that is unique and detail-oriented. The emphasis is on native planting, installed with our heavy equipment where possible to minimize environmental impact on job sites. Past work includes the National Arboretum and an installation for Greek artist Jannis Koonelllis at the Hirshorn Galleries.
We are grateful for the strategic and impactful role a plethora of women have played in the success and expansion of our mission through the years. And so, we’re honored to spotlight several local, women-owned enterprises during this International Women’s Month! Please come visit them and encourage the extension of what they are doing…for the benefit of us all….
Home and body goods handcrafted by women survivors with the healing power of love. Mon’s Honey is a social enterprise dedicated to giving dignity and purpose to women survivors of addiction, trafficking, generational poverty and trauma.
A 100% woman-owned business, we produce globally inspired, small-batch artisanal toffees and barks. We live and work in Southwest Baltimore. Supporting and growing our community is at the core of our mission. MFG has donated more than 2,000 bags of toffee and bark to medical professionals, first responders, and front-line workers.
We love the neighborhood! For us, local shops stand at the heart of the community. We like to surround ourselves with wonderful customers, creatives, food makers, and other independent retailers. We champion small-scale artisan producers throughout our shop. We hope that our years of knowledge and experience help you find the best quality, value, and, above all, flavor. Ours is a love affair with people, places, and great products. With these pillars, we hope to do right by everyone. It’s our passion.
Erin Draper’s clothing is made in her Baltimore studio. She carefully selects fabrics that feel great to wear, many of which are sustainably produced. With an innovative and original approach to pattern-making, Erin uses draping, athletic-inspired seam lines and color blocking to create flattering designs that combine comfort with a unique and timeless style.
Found Studio is a maker-owned studio by artist Kacey Stafford. It offers carefully curated gifts made primarily by locally/regionally small maker-owned businesses who create small batch goods. You can feel good knowing that when you shop at Found Studio/Shop, located in the heart of NE Baltimore, you are supporting not only one small business but several.
Located in the historic neighborhood of Mount Vernon, Chase Street Accessories & Engraving offers custom awards, branded promotional products, personalized gifts, and Baltimore City souvenirs. Our state-of-the-art engraving and customization services unite in-house production with an international network of socially-conscious suppliers and vendors.
I strive to create art that makes people smile while increasing their appreciation for animals and nature. My passion for animals stems from my vast experience volunteering with rescue animals and working in wildlife rehabilitation. I love creating custom pet stickers and watercolor pet portraits that capture your pet’s best qualities and personality.
Greedy Reads is an independent and locally owned bookstore, with two locations in Baltimore (Fells Point and Remington). We are committed to fostering inclusive and welcoming spaces, championing Baltimore’s incredible literary community, and celebrating books and stories from Baltimore and beyond.
Icosa is a luxury clothing and home goods brand making small batches in Baltimore, MD. We focus on quality and sustainable materials whenever possible, and we pay our workers a living wage.
Through an ongoing partnership with the Sew Bromo Aprenticeship Training Program, we’re aiming to make a difference by teaching apprentice stitchers how to create well-made products in a factory environment. Projects like the Everyday Tote and Ultimate Utility Tote allow apprentices to build their sewing skills in order to pursue employment in the local garment industry.
Naughty Naturals World is dedicated to empowering women that are multifaceted within their lifestyle.
In celebration of Black History Month, we are featuring these Baltimore area black-owned businesses and artisans during February….
We created Afrothreads in order to preserve traditional African Textile Art, promote creativity, and increase Black ownership within the textile and fashion industry. We also aim to spread awareness about fast fashion, textile waste, and cultural exploitation.
The BYKE Collective is a youth enrichment program dedicated to personal and professional development through learning bicycle mechanics, practicing safe ridership, and building community. BYKE is black-led and youth-centered to increase access to bike maintenance and youth employment for Baltimore City youth residents.
Black Women Build Baltimore was founded in 2017 by Shelley Halstead, who combined a law degree, skills and experience as a master carpenter, and a passion for economic and social justice. A homeownership and wealth-building initiative, BWG trains black women in carpentry, electrical work, and plumbing, as they restore vacant and deteriorated houses and are helped to buy them. The organization offers its holistic training program to capable women who are ready for change and would not otherwise have the opportunity.
Regal Clothes is a Baltimore-based fashion brand that believes in the transformative power of fashion. We use the vibrant Ankara tribal fabrics of West Africa to create unique clothing and accessories. I was raised with one foot in Africa and one foot in the West, the memories of my diverse childhood are strongly reflected in the fashions. The Regal Clothes Collection is a representation of my vibrant worlds coming together. Our mission is to reconnect culture and self-awareness through fashion.
The Drama MaMa Bookshop is a stationery manufacturing company that promotes mental and emotional wellness through the art of journaling, bookbinding and creative writing. Our mission is to create a safe space for our journalers to express themselves authentically and to map out how they will enact change in the world within and around them. Creating a safe space for authenticity is what we do and the mission behind each journal we bind.
Nina’s Cookie Explosion is a Black Woman-owned Baltimore-based business that has a big emphasis on helping the community. At Nina’s Cookie explosion, you can express your creativity by mixing and matching any dough and topping to make the perfect cookie for you! Cookies and cookie dough are always made in small made-to-order batches.
It’s Major Creations Apparel was created to express our pride in being HBCU alumnus. With each design created, our continued mission is to provide quality apparel that highlights African-American culture, expressions, and experiences.
“Building Communities of the future in the present, serving the underserved, both internal and external environments.” At SynergyGrid, we take great pride in our excellent workmanship, competitive fees, and ability to deliver outstanding results. Since our founding, we’ve worked hard toward building and maintaining a stellar reputation as a leading Sustainable Real Estate Construction and Development. We provide clients with a wide range of services to cover all their needs.
The five special guests joining us during our open hours in January are all Baltimore Social Enterprises….
The Station North Tool Library seeks to empower all people to improve their lives and environments, through affordable access to tools, skills, and workspace. This nonprofit tool-lending library and community hub is in the heart of Baltimore City. We offer over 3,000 tools, 30 classes, a public woodworking shop, a dedicated DIY workspace, and a home repair classroom.
The Greenmount West Power Press (GWPP) is a community-centered boutique screen printing social enterprise of the Greenmount West Community Center Foundation. The mission is to use screen printing tools to expand opportunities for community members of all ages and backgrounds to create and thrive.
The Greenmount West Community Center Foundation mission is to serve as an incubator invested in the greatness and talents of youth and their families. We do this through innovative programming which develops and evolves based on the needs of our youth and their families and through intentional partnerships which provide new experiences and exposure. Our vision is to create and maintain safe, welcoming, & inclusive space where opportunities to grow, learn, and create are boundless
Voices of Baltimore Youth is a literary arts organization founded on the belief that kids’ voices matter. Our mission is to help young people develop as writers and amplify their own voices.
CLLCTIVLY is a place-based social change organization centering Black Genius, Narrative Power, Social Networks, and Resource Mobilization. Our mission is to end the fragmentation and duplication of programs, to learn from and about each other, and to be a resource for the Greater Baltimore community that seeks to find, fund and partner with Black social change organizations.
The five special guests joining us this December are….
Words with Boards was conceived in 2013 out of our desire to make handcrafted American-made gifts for family and friends which were thoughtful and functional. It all started in the basement of our 1850’s Baltimore row home making one product, a personalized cutting board like no other.
“Words” traveled fast, as did their popularity. In 2015 our custom cutting boards were a finalist in the Martha Stewart AMERICAN MADE design contest. Later that year the custom cutting boards landed on Oprah Winfrey’s iconic Favorite Things holiday list. What a year!
Today, we have a fully equipped wood shop and design studio in Baltimore’s eclectic Hampden neighborhood where we specialize in artisan made one-of-a-kind heirloom gifts.
We believe in creativity and the art of thoughtful gift-giving. Each item we bring into our homes deserves a story, a style and must have a purpose. We believe made in America matters. We believe in giving back to our planet and community. The American hardwoods we use are sustainably forested and for each wooden product sold a tree is planted in the USA.
What if a run could ignite a new wave of industry? What if the clothes you wear could fuel the engine to rebuild manufacturing in your hometown?
WhitePaws RunMitts warmed the hands of Stacy Stube, who ran 200-miles in 8-days in the dead of winter to fundraise the opening of an abandoned garment factory in Baltimore, Md. Susan’s WhitePaws RunMitts are also creating manufacturing jobs in New York City for one of the last glove makers and woman-owned, Wing & Weft Gloves.
She now wants to create an exclusive WhitePaws RunMitts and produce it in that very factory in her hometown of Baltimore. The mittens will be cut & sewn at SEW BROMO, a minority woman-owned factory that she helped to open. In five years, Susan has grown to a point where REI is now stocking WhitePaws RunMitts in select stores for Fall/ Winter.
Nina’s Cookie Explosion
Nina’s Cookie Explosion is a black woman-owned Baltimore-based business that has a big emphasis on helping the community. At Nina’s Cookie explosion, you can express your creativity by mixing and matching any dough and topping to make the perfect cookie for you or as a gift! Cookies and cookie dough are always made in small made-to-order batches. We deliver free of charge in the Baltimore area and ship nationwide!
Maria Louise High
I like taking the overlooked and nearly invisible and turning them into coveted objects. Modern treasure.
Much of my design inspiration comes from shore and marine life, places I travel to, and my own backyard. I use found objects, natural elements, and specimens to create textural, organic pieces that are a remembrance of a specific intersection of time and place. A shared experience. A pin on the map of a human life. An entry in a journal. An authentic souvenir.
The jewelry on display at Second Chance includes pieces created from building fragments found here.
Brian Anthony High Jr.
My body of work delves into the history of railroading through various media including photography and metalwork. Unisex jewelry includes etched cuffs, pins and neckwear that bear designs from railroad car textures, logos and hobo communications. Hand-printed/painted shirts bearing semiotic insignia will be added to the collection soon. HOBO Signs & Code Symbols were used by the community of American nomads, who typically traveled by railway seeking works and shelter, as a system of communication for seeking help and averting danger.
The first three special guests joining us are….
TOH loves people and we put our artisans first. We engage in dignified partnerships that provide a marketplace for women to promote their business, enabling them to avoid the destructive forces of poverty and trafficking.
When you purchase these hand-made, fair-trade items you become part of the cycle of sustainability that allows women to change their circumstances. Instead of being a passive recipient of charity, they become an active person of influence in their families, their community and even their country!
When you shop with Kara, not only will you create an opportunity for dignified work and receive a beautiful product, but you will also invest in the lives of women who have survived the trauma of trafficking right here in the United States. All sales from this event will contribute to Elevate Academy, an innovative online school created BY survivors of human trafficking FOR survivors of human trafficking.
Specializing in artisan brittle, gourmet popcorn, and handcrafted chocolates, female and black-owned, Natasha’s Just Brittle takes pride in using the freshest preservative-free ingredients. Beginning with cooking in her grandmother’s kitchen, Natasha now has her own commercial store outfitted with finds from Second Chance and opened to others striving to become entrepreneurs.
Thread Coffee Roasters is a women and queer employee-owned roaster based in Baltimore, Maryland. In our city and far away, we support other democratically-run organizations fighting for a better world. Thread Coffee is a WBENC, women-owned business, and B Corp certified roasting Fair-Trade and Organic.