With a subscription to Style, customers can keep themselves up to date on the latest developments in local dining, entertainment, art, social scenes, fashions, and more. Every year, seven issues filled with glossy, high-definition photos and expertly tamed words deliver valuable information and adorable goats to readers' minds. The September/October 2010 issue offers subscribers multitudinous local opera options in "The Fat Lady Still Sings" and a charming historical study of Stewart's department store laced with local pride and nostalgia. The editorial team at Style, led by editor Brian Michael Lawrence, fills each issue with well-written features and non-disastrous iliads that highlight the vibrant history and goings-on of the Charm City.
The proud winner of multiple Best of Baltimore awards from the Baltimore City Paper, Doubledutch Boutique clothes its clients in striking, sunny pieces of apparel and jewelry from well-known and up-and-coming designers. Like a steam-powered smartphone, the lineup of cute clutches, smart jackets, and flattering dresses blends contemporary design with a vintage charm, decorating customers in twirly polka dot skirts, print dresses, and bold-colored wedge shoes. On the first Friday of each month, Doubledutch invites visitors to join the staff for a shoppers' social, entertaining crowds with food, drinks, and a live DJ as guests peruse the lineup of nautical-themed jewelry, throwback cloche hats, and two-tone handbags.
Cake craftswoman Cynthia adds a sweet, artful touch to weddings, birthday parties, and events with custom cakes pulled fresh from her oven and wildly creative imagination. She sifts, mixes, and ices one-of-a-kind confectionery marvels—in chocolate, vanilla, and red velvet—to each client’s specifications. No two creations look the same, and each custom goody pushes her ingenuity as she achieves such unlikely designs as a Chucky doll, Nikon camera, or motorcycle. Traditional tiered cakes further demonstrate Cynthia’s artistry and attention to detail with precisely crafted flowers, lace, and filigree fit for the Queen of England’s midnight snack.
The photographers at Clapp Studios categorize their snapshots into two themes: LoveStyle and LifeStyle. LoveStyle shoots capture couples at the height of their romance, flashing the camera as lovebirds get engaged, take their vows, or carve their initials into the side of a police cruiser. Documenting the next stages of couples’ relationships, LifeStyle photos tell the stories of growing families with elegant, tasteful shots of expectant mothers, sleepy-eyed newborns, and grinning children. Clapp Studios also helps keep romance alive with flirtatious boudoir photo shoots, which gussy up subjects beforehand with makeovers from a makeup artist.
The artists at Ice Lab don't work with paint, canvases, or stencils. Instead, they rely on chisels, chainsaws, and 3-D mapping technology to transform huge chunks of ice into frozen masterpieces—masterpieces that disappear from existence within a few hours of their completion. As a professional sculpting service, Ice Lab puts a frosty twist on get-togethers by creating displays for food, drinks, and other party favors. Customers can rest assured that the ice used for their sculptures are clean: Ice Lab uses a five-stage, reverse-osmosis filtering process, making sure each drop is pure and has a flawless permanent record.
Cupcake Boutique's lineup of casual- and formalwear preps customers for any occasion with dresses, blouses, and jeans from brands such as Max & Cleo, Donna Morgan, BCBG, and Black Halo. Bead-strung chandeliers bathe racks and jewelry stands in bright light, forming an elegant backdrop for mannequins as they model fetching cocktail dresses or come to life when shoppers aren't looking. Ladies can get ready for winter with plush sweaters, make memorable entrances at formal functions with Yoana Baraschi or Keepsake dresses, or piece together unique ensembles with a wide selection of handbags and jewelry.