Side Dish Mobile and Hard Rock Cafe Baltimore Present “Gem Social”

Boulevard of Chic and Side Dish Mobile’s jewelry designers Alyssa Luberto and Tracey Beale teamed up with Hard Rock Cafe pier in the Inner Harbor to create the first jewelry night, Gem Social – a night of jewelry and crafting with your friend on Tuesday June 3, 2014. It was the perfect evening for guests to learn the art of jewelry making.

If you missed it, and want to join on the fun next time then don’t worry. The team will be back in two weeks on the pier for another session! For more information or to reserve your space email Lauren Wilson, Media Star Promotions commercial development manager, at Lwilson@mediastarpromo.com

In August 2013 Media Star Promotions (MSP) launched its latest project, Side Dish, Baltimore’s first accessories only, mobile boutique. The concept was developed by Carin Lazarus, president and CFO of Media Star Promotions and Lauren Wilson, MSP’s commercial development manager, while brainstorming ways to diversify the agency’s mobile DJ unit.

Side Dish’s collection of designs is thoughtfully curated, balancing a variety of styles with affordability. Customers can shop a unique assortment of designs from the latest trends in contemporary fashion jewelry and accessories, the classically modern jewelry collection of ECB Vintage and select, handmade designs by Tracey Beale Jewelry.

Side Dish can be found out and about in various Baltimore neighborhoods and is available for private event bookings. For more information, visit: http://www.sidedishmobile.com/

Boulevard of Chic: Mobile fashion trucks stage shopping event

On Saturday, April 26, 2014 Boulevard of Chic (BOC) sponsored Baltimore’s first fashion truck rally and shopping event, featuring a variety of mobile boutiques and vendors from Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia.

Participating mobile boutiques included Side Dish Jewelry, Street Boutique, Hobo, Pichardo Eco Chic Boutique, Curvy Chix Chariot, Urban Pearl, Tin Lizzy, Passionista, Thread Truck, and more.

Gina Geppi, “Baltimore Bachelorette” and host of WKHZ’s Gina Geppi’s Social Scene, MC’d the event. Shoppers found the latest styles from mobile retailers including clothing, accessories, handmade designs, beauty products and services, while supporting local businesses.

BOC was a great place to shop for exclusive designer brands and a great celebration for entrepreneurs, artists in the area. Proceeds from a raffle went to the Maryland SPCA, an independent non-profit organization improving the lives of pets and people in the Maryland community.

Media Star Promotions (MSP), a Baltimore based marketing agency, produced the event.

For more info on how to become involved: http://www.boulevardofchic.com/

A People United: Improving education in Nepal

Back in 2013, Robert Gruber, the owner of A People United collaborated with the Santi School Project with the goal of improving education in Nepal. Gruber was thrilled to receive the 2013 Humanitarian Award at The Maryland Fashion Awards for his work in educating Nepali children. His mission to help others began by being drafted in the Vietnam War.

After finishing law school after the war, he started a law practice with a group of friends to specialize in non-profit and cooperatives. Feeling as though his practice wasn’t giving him any satisfaction, Gruber found that he really enjoyed teaching law instead. Before coming to Baltimore to get a master’s degree in public health, he visited India and Nepal. He said, “It was like going back in time but I was very, very aware of how poor they were at the time and this was between 1985, or 86.” He decided to switch his major to Third World Public Health.

One day while driving to work on a sunny day he had an epiphany that he should work with women in India and Nepal to help send their kids to school. “I was very liberated. Even if you misstep a thousand times, but you go into something with enough passion it will work itself out.” Gruber first began by working with farming cooperatives but later focused on working with women in India and Nepal. That’s where he found his love for beading and fabrics, which took him Guatemala to study weaving techniques.

In 1990, he teamed up with a designer he met at a fashion show in Nepal to create great products. While wholesaling in America, he provided educational opportunities for children in Nepal. In time, the schools grew from fifteen students to two hundred and employed more staff, but progress was halted by Nepal’s Maoist Revolution and he moved his production to India.

Wanting to keep on the path of his mission, he found a group called Santi School Project and became a board member to help both sponsor and give money. “Our outlook is quite different. Instead of just trying to send a small group of kids to private school, we decided that we would work on improving the public schools throughout Nepal. That’s a pretty big task that we’re probably not going to be too successful, but that’s actually the goal.”

Despite challenges including children dropping out after 8th grade and low teacher pay, the Santi School Project continues to thrive. Gruber says he’s feels blessed to be able to help people across the world

“I’m not a religious person but I have always liked the phrase ‘Do your best and leave the rest to the Lord’ because all we can do is our best. I feel blessed being able to travel and see people living lives differently than mine,” he said.