Baltimore—it’s our first holiday time together. It hardly feels like it’s been four weeks since our debut. We’ve all been working hard coming up with story ideas, running around covering news, and planning ways we can better serve this city. The time has flown by.

As this crazy, busy, taxing, whirlwind of a year comes to a close, we are all grateful to be here. Grateful to have this opportunity to be working journalists as more and more news outlets shutter, and grateful for the welcome you’ve given us.

We’ve channeled those warm fuzzy feelings into what we hope will be a holiday guide that the whole city can enjoy. In this guide, with a cover designed by Baltimore artist Jermaine Bell (, you’ll find local stores and locally produced gifts and art you we recommend you purchase for your favorite people, holiday drink recipes that will warm you from the inside out even if you’re not exactly in the spirit, and seasonal events you can hit up with friends and family.

Mostly, we hope this guide helps you spread some holiday cheer to the people you love the most. Check out some of my own picks for stores and items not to miss below, and then make plans to join us at our holiday happy hour and coat drive at Pen & Quill on Dec. 21 from 5-8 p.m

Lisa Snowden is Editor-in-Chief and cofounder of Baltimore Beat. Previously, she was an editor at Baltimore City Paper, Baltimore Sun, and The Real News Network. Her work has also appeared in Essence,...

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