Why did you start this site?
I started @downtownannapolis first, in February 2015, to promote the historic district. It grew quickly, and soon I was getting messages about featuring restaurants, shops, and activities. I knew that it was time for a website.
There are a ton of resources in big cities, but they're harder to find for small cities. A lot of creatives in the area move to Baltimore or DC. I was feeling this- I moved to NYC right after college and stayed there for 10 years! It was time for me to put together something for my hometown.
I like writing from a local perspective, but also including content that's a bit more expansive.
This is a personal blog and not endorsed by the city. All opinions are my own, completely honest, and if content is sponsored, it will be clearly noted.
What's the best part about living downtown?
There are flowers literally everywhere. And I love seeing the inside of historic homes. I've always been a voyeur when it comes to this. I want to see how someone decorates, what historic details they've kept, whether there are secret passageways and rooms (the answer is: sometimes), etc.
What are your favorite restaurants and shops in Annapolis?
I hope to cover some of my recommendations in the blog! I have some guides in the works.
In the meantime, check out my round-up of online Annapolis guides.
Do you have any parking tips?
On weekends and after 6pm on weekdays, I recommend the Calvert Garage (19 St. Johns St, Annapolis)- it's free and close to most things. There's also 9 hour street parking on King George Street- the long stretch against the Naval Academy wall that's west of Wagner Street. This gets filled up early on the weekdays by city employees, but starts to clear out around 2 or 3pm.
There's information on this website if you need more options.
If you are parking in residential two hour on the street, or at a meter, just be sure to move it after two hours. They will ticket quickly.
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in the Annapolis area, studied Marketing and French at the University of Maryland, College Park, and then moved straight to NYC to work in fashion. I lived in NYC for a decade before moving back to start my business, and still travel there frequently for work.
In NYC, I was the first employee for a small fashion label, Vena Cava, with Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock. I got my job by emailing Sophie about a shirt that I wanted to buy- Rachel Bilson had chosen it in Lucky Magazine. I was offered a job a few months later- largely because I loved both business and fashion. I was able to help with the "dry" aspects of running a small business (like cash flow and logistics), as well as the creative parts. So much of life is luck and timing- I learned a ton from this experience.
I started Navette with my sister, Farah, in 2012.
Lauren Faust was our childhood babysitter and would draw us ponies. She went on to create My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and marry Craig McCracken, creator of the Powerpuff Girls. We still have these drawings.