Women Business Magazine

May 8, 2016
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Jackie Bayer


Sadie Sanchez

allied ASID

Carla Snider

Design Directors and CFO, respectively

Amanda Austin Interiors is a full-service interior design firm in Federal Hill. Its motto, in the words of its late founder, is “A house is bought…a home is made. [It] is a sacred place [and] should be the place that you most want to be.” What is your design philosophy? “Less is more, ” say Jackie Bayer and Sadie Sanchez. What sets you apart from other interior designers? “Being a small company allows us to tailor our services to each individual. We treat each project completely differently from the next, while still applying the same talent and fine-tuned skill set we’re known for.” What industry awards have you won? “We were recently named among Houzz.com’s Best of Houzz 2014.” What’s next? “Carrying on the bustling business Amanda Austin created. We continue to be inspired by her memory and her positive outlook on people and life.”

Amanda Austin Interiors
1020 S. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21230
443-759-6177, AmandaAustinInteriors.com

Lisa Phillips


Celeebrate Us Gift Baskets and More
1304 Whatcoat Street, Baltimore, MD 21217
443-591-2658, Lisa Phillips’s new Celeebrate Us shop specializes in custom gift baskets. What’s your goal for Celeebrate Us? “I hope to become a franchise like Edible Arrangements, ” says Phillips. What’s your educational background? “I’m currently in the UB/Towson M.B.A. Program, which I feel will help in the business.” What industry awards have you won? “I was an American Marketing Association scholarship winner.” Tell us about your work in the community: “I’ve worked with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Girl Scouts of Maryland, and Black Professional Men Inc.” If you had a motto, what would it be? “Forget the gift card—get a gift basket and let us do the work. The extra ‘e’ in our name is because we do extra!”

Rita Moore


Colours Salon
2346 York Road, Timonium, MD 21093
410-252-0933, Colours is a full-service salon, handling everything from hair, nails, skin care, and massage to bridal styling and makeup. How did you get into this field? “I grew up in a large family and loved styling my sisters’ hair from a young age, ” says Moore. How has Colours grown? “In 21 years, we’ve tripled our staff to 30, and gone from just hair and nails to full service.” What tells you you’re doing it right? “We hear all the time how Colours creates a warm, inviting atmosphere. Our clients are our family.” What about off-hours? “I’ve been recognized by GBMC and Johns Hopkins for my work promoting breast-cancer awareness.”

Standing(l.-r.): Sue Caldwell, Edye Sanford, Jade Greer, Jacq Jones, and Lindsay Hall. Seated(l.-r.): Amanda Pellerin and Susannah Siger.

Sue Caldwell
3610 Falls Road
Edye Sanford
Designs from the Edge
Jade Greer
K Station Boutique
1007-A 36th Street
Jacq Jones
1001 W. 36th Street
Lindsay Hall
803 W. 36th Street
Susannah Siger
Ma Petite Shoe
830-832 W. 36th Street
Amanda Pellerin
Feldenkrais Practitioner
Ma Petite Shoe Cafe

These seven women in business are leaders in Hampden’s merchant community, having built their enterprises from the ground up. Their stories are as varied as the women themselves.

Tell us about Lovelyarns: Sue Caldwell opened the shop in 2006 and is proud to stock a large selection of locally hand-dyed yarns. Look for her “knit graffiti” at ArtScape and around town.

What is Designs from the Edge? Edye Sanford designs and sews beautiful, original apparel for women and children, whether it’s a dream wedding gown, custom pants, or a vintage re-design.

Why is K Staton Boutique different? Owner Jade Greer’s big idea came when she was flipping through a Baltimore magazine in the checkout line. “I instantly noticed not one boutique catered to me, a woman who loves fashion at size 18/20.”

What’s hot at Sugar? “Fifty Shades of Grey reminded women that passion is important, ” says owner Jacq Jones, “and our body-safe adult toys help bring the spark back!”

What sets Flaunt apart from the other salons? The glass of wine as you enter, followed by a personal consultation, and product education keep Lindsay Hall’s clients both comfortable and current.

How has Ma Petite Shoe evolved? Susannah Siger grew her original boutique into a store that sells not just shoes, accessories, and exotic chocolates, but added in 2013 a Frenchie café.

What happens when an artist creates her own career? Amanda Pellerin is currently on the artist roster with Young Audiences of Maryland, co-owns Ma Petite Shoe café, and is a certified Feldenkrais practitioner.

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