On January 7, 2011, House of Ruth Maryland (HRM) opened Ruth’s Closet in the Valley Village Shopping Center in Owings Mills. Ruth’s Closet, the first social enterprise by House of Ruth Maryland, is an upscale, resale boutique featuring new and gently worn women’s clothing and accessories. All proceeds from Ruth’s Closet support House of Ruth Maryland’s programs and services for victims of intimate partner violence. The enterprise’s goal is to generate revenue for the programs and services of HRM, to provide the public with an opportunity to purchase fabulous clothing at affordable prices, and, at the same time, provide information about HRM services to individuals who may be in need of help or may know someone who needs our services.
Ruth’s Closet has exceeded those goals consistently over the past twelve years and HRM is extremely grateful to the dedicated staff, committed volunteers, and loyal shoppers that have made Ruth’s Closet what it is today. In light of that history and faced with the economics of a post-COVID retail environment and a pending lease renewal, HRM has made the decision to relocate Ruth’s Closet from the Owings Mills location to the existing retail outlet located in the House of Ruth Maryland Community Engagement Center at 2521 North Charles Street in the Charles Village neighborhood of Baltimore. This decision was made by staff leadership and the House of Ruth Maryland Board of Directors to best position Ruth’s Closet for another twelve plus years of success.
By moving to an existing HRM location that was designed for retail operations and consolidating our donation and retail footprint, HRM will help to ensure that the social enterprise best supports the mission of House of Ruth Maryland while remaining a strong presence in the community.
An exact timeline for the move is currently being finalized. Please continue to follow House of Ruth Maryland and Ruth’s Closet social media channels over the next few months, as we will be hosting special sales and events at our Owings Mills location before holding a grand opening in the new Charles Village location. We appreciate everyone that has made our Owings Mills location feel like a home for the past twelve years and we cannot wait to have you join us in our new home in Charles Village.