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Baltimore Fashion Week: Recovering from a sudden change of plans

It was eight days before the fourth installment of Baltimore Fashion Week, and suddenly Sharan Nixon had no place to hold it.

In a couple of days a crew from New York City was scheduled to arrive to erect a 16,000-square-foot tent.

“Wow, I have all these people wanting to be a part of my event and I still don't have a place to hold it,” she said as she selected clothes from Cold Water Creek, which was scheduled to present a line at her event.

An initial agreement with the Harbor East neighborhood had just fallen through — Nixon alleges that H&S Properties Development Corp., the group responsible for developing the area, dragged its feet getting her a lease. (H&S Development Manager Christopher Janian did not return calls seeking comment.)

Thus began the scramble for a new site. The War Memorial Plaza in front of City Hall would cost thousands of additional dollars. City parks were unavailable. The Sheraton in Towson — site of last year's event — was already booked. The Hilton in Pikesville was available, but only for three of the four nights she needed.

Ultimately, she found the Scottish Rite Masonic Center north of the Hopkins Homewood campus.

“I couldn't allow this to be a nightmare. I've been dealing with adversities like this since I've begun,” said Nixon. “We just had a hiccup, but the event will still happen.”

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If you go

Baltimore Fashion Week

When: 7:44 p.m. Thursday-Sunday

Where: Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 3800 N. Charles St., Tuscany-Canterbury

Tickets: $65-$100 daily; $220-$360 four-day pass


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