B. Willow
Reconnect with nature and hone your green thumb

B. Willow

Owner Liz Vayda loves spending as much time outdoors as possible, but understands that not everyone’s lifestyle is the same. She wants everyone to feel the benefits of connecting with nature and taking a break from technology. That’s why B.Willow’s mission is to help bring a little bit of the outdoors in, through plant care classes and terrarium building workshops. Vayda started by selling at craft markets and pop ups and eventually opened her own storefront in 2017 in Remington, and recently expanded to Canton.
Meet Liz Vayda

What do you love most about your community?
LV: “Smalltimore" sums it up. I really do enjoy being part of a small city. There’s so much support and camaraderie between businesses, community members and residents. You can get to know so many people doing so many different things here, because everyone is so easily connected, and so excited to work together and collaborate.

Where do you spend the most time when you’re not working or at home?
LV: Outside, ideally with my dog, George! Living across from Druid Hill Park means I can get into the woods every day; I'm incredibly grateful for such a large expanse of green space right in the middle of the city.

Where do you recommend a visitor go for an authentic Baltimore experience?
LV: As a more artistic, creative person who loves historic architecture and natural areas, I would recommend Station North, Mount Vernon and the rehabbed mill areas along the Jones Falls in Woodberry.

  • Station North: The Parkway Theatre for really thought-provoking, independent films or old favorites; The Crown for local music
  • Remington: Sweet 27 for delicious Indian inspired food; Clavel for mezcal and tacos (and a stop at B.Willow of course); R.House for amazing drinks and your choice of delicious food
  • Mount Vernon: walking along the cobblestone steps and taking in the beautiful historic architecture; visiting the Walters [Art] Museum; getting a drink at Topside and marveling over the view of the city
  • Rawlings Conservatory in Druid Hill Park for a day of botanic wonder in a beautiful historic conservatory
  • Walking along the Stoney Run Trail in Hampden

This interview has been condensed; portions of it have been edited for clarity.