Scott Nash started MOM's Organic Market in his mom's garage. He repurposed the space as a warehouse for organic goods, dispatching orders to local buyers. When he outgrew the space, he rented an actual warehouse, and then a bigger one, eventually outgrowing the home-delivery business and replacing it with a retail outlet. From there, the business mushroomed like a naturally grown, pesticide-free mushroom—it now maintains 10 retail locations across Maryland and Virginia. Each location subscribes to a single mission—to protect and restore the environment. Store managers stock organic and local products whenever possible, and reduce waste by minimizing packaging. To power their stores, they call upon natural energy sources, such as wind and the earth's molten core. As an added benefit, they buy in bulk to keep prices low and author recipes that transform organic produce into delicious meals.
Hanger Alley founder Nichole Daley relishes her role as a female fashion Robin Hood, liberating the latest women’s apparel from Los Angeles and New York and bringing it to new homes in closets and wardrobes throughout Baltimore. Her sartorial savvy has been highlighted in bmore and Style magazine, which praises Hanger Alley’s affordable, versatile selection. Most pieces pair flowing, bohemian silhouettes with feminine flourishes such as bows, ruffles, and epaulettes made of live bluebirds. The shop also stocks clutches and delicate jewelry, as well as bath and body essentials.
Color pops inside of La Exotique Beauty & Fashion. It?s seen not only in the jewel-toned cocktail dresses that hang from racks, but also in the lipsticks, blushes, and eye shadows that line the beauty counter. These beauty products do more than present a colorful palette, however. They?re hypoallergenic and made from natural fruit extracts, which are gentler on the skin. Earth?s bounty also goes into La Exotique?s line of skincare products?including botanical facial cleansers, mango hydrating cream, and mineral mud masks.
Makeup and lingerie may seem like an odd pairing, but they get cheek-to-cheek at Aboni Cosmetics. Babydoll-style chemises and red polka-dotted bustiers appear alongside comfy pajamas emblazoned with kiss marks. To go along with these sassy looks, makeup artists enhance features with glittery eye shadows and flawless-finish mineral foundations.
The brand American Apparel, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary, conjures up images of stylish and well-fitting fashion basics. It also likely brings to mind sassy advertisements featuring long-haired beauties in natural makeup posing in skin-bearing bodysuits and loungewear.
But what many don't know about the brand?despite its name and the slice of apple pie that comes with every purchase?is that all of its clothes are made in America. Everything from sewing and cutting to accounting and marketing happens in one building in downtown Los Angeles, and the rest occurs within a 30-mile radius. Not only that, every slim-fitting pair of pants, spandex bodysuit, and v-neck T-shirt is made in a sweatshop-free environment.
Plus, keeping everything in house means the company eliminates unnecessary and wasteful factors, such as shipping fuel and packing materials, as well as provides jobs to Angelenos, instead of outsourcing them.