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  • IKEA, Wish I Could Be Ya

    So here's a very nice, good news press release about a good company doing nice things for good people doing good things. Perfect fodder for any (or all!) local media outlets dedicated to the building up of good things and the looking always on the bright side of life commerce—particularly as there is a Baltimore angle. As a Ketchum PR professional e-mailed: IKEA, The Life Improvement Store, announced five (5) finalists of the Life Improvement Sabbatical Contest who are in the running to win a year-long sabbatical* (worth $100,000) to improve the lives of others. Understanding that people have a desire to be a positive force within their community, IKEA offered this unique contest to give one deserving winner the opportunity to pursue their passion, and share their experience with the world. From now – January 17, 2011, the public can vote for their favorite project online at to determine the winner, who will be announced on January 31. IKEA will donate $1.00 to Save the Children's U.S. Programs for every vote received (up to $50,000). The local finalist is Philip Filner (Lutherville, MD). When retired scientist Philip Filner learned about an unused greenhouse at Baltimore's Northwestern High School, he knew it was an opportunity to give hands-on courses in biology and environmental science and set students on a path of discovering future career paths. With funding, Philip could create a teaching laboratory, using the greenhouse as a facility for experiments, skilled crafts, and a tool to encourage students to ask questions and learn about nature. Well we think Filner is just swell, and hope he wins. In fact, we wish all these folks could win. And we love us some FLARKE™ shelves and UNNI BJORK™ couches and have filled our respective living quarters with same. It's all good! But consider: IKEA is using a charity giveaway, in which it bestows one lucky winner a year off ($100k value) to go out and do many good things for the peoples. And for this IKEA expects (and will get) many multiples of that back in good will. And it doesn't have to do any actual good, 'cause it's got its contestants doing that part. And the good they'll be doing (if they're the lucky winner), in Baltimore anyway, involves teaching kids in an abandoned greenhouse—which the city/state/government abandoned, in part because of lack of money, i.e. taxes, with which to upkeep it. In an alternate universe in which press releases tracked with reality, media outlets might be fascinated, given that the corporation reportedly pays less than 3.5 percent in taxes because of its Byzantine tax-avoidance machinations.
  • Don’t Forget Your Mama

    Panic not. There's a whole business week until Mother's Day. But it's time to make a plan. Here are a few restaurant brunch specials that have shown up in our inbox recently that are sure to make your mom feel like queen for a day. The Wine Market (921 E....

    X-Content: 10 years ago in City Paper: February 12, 2003

    Van Smith's feature goes deep inside the bars of Curtis Bay. In Mobtown Beat, Erin Sullivan reports on the debate over the future of the Charles Village Benefits District. The Nose tracks Baltimore City Council squabbles over a bill to allow property...

    Kyle Tata

    Kyle Tata
    Last year’s much-maligned Sondheim finalist show was dominated by photographs that felt desperate to appear relevant. While Kyle Tata works in the same medium, his photographs seem to take the opposite, high-modernist approach of eschewing any sense...

    Goods & Services

    Goods & Services
    BEST CONSIGNMENT STORE Fashion Attic 1926 Fleet St., (410) 276-0817, Jam-packed, dimly lit consignment stores can inspire hours-long hunting and lead to armfuls of slightly soiled, sometimes beaten-up clothes to try on only to...