Before Comfort One Shoes' sole experts are allowed to fit a single shoe to a customer's foot, they must graduate from Comfort One University and undergo a mentorship process. It's only then that they can help shoppers find their desired footwear, whether it be lace-up Ziera boots, On running shoes with CloudTec technology, or Thierry Rabotin shoes, handmade without uncomfortable, rigid components. Alongside men's and women's footwear, the shop stocks an assortment of bags and accessories such as colorful iPhone cases from Triple C Designs that protect phone exteriors and conceal scratches from the last time you transformed into a werewolf.
Comfort One Shoes also seeks to better the world through creative philanthropic efforts, such as collecting 25,000 shoes for those without and offering their employees half their pay and time off to volunteer in the community. Perhaps such initiatives are part of the reason Comfort One Shoes earned the National Shoe Retailers Association’s Retailer of the Year Award in 2011.
Whether you take Learn to Knit or Learn to Crochet, you'll pick up a new hobby at Lovelyarns. Each beginner's class includes two two-hour sessions (scheduled about one week apart) and teaches participants to craft their own attire and beer koozies. Students will get their scarf-knitting underway by learning to knit, purl, cast-on, and bind-off with a Learn to Knit class. Students can also glean valuable stitching and chain-crafting techniques during Learn to Crochet classes. Lovelyarns' experienced instructors provide helpful tips for crafting homemade apparel, and customers will be able to knit their own personalized gifts for loved ones and jittery Chihuahuas. Protect necks from nature’s coming winter onslaught with today’s side deal to Lovelyarns.
With help from the store mascot, Spike the Chihuahua, co-founders Scott Wable and Josh Dunkin use their fashion and design expertise to pair Jean Pool patrons with their ideal boutique denim. The selection—which won the Best Denim award from Baltimore Magazine in 2012—includes styles for men and women from brands such as J Brand, Joe’s Jeans, Hudson, and 7 For All Mankind, whose hemlines span from skinny to flare. In-store alterations ensure jeans fit every curve and vestigial tail, and accessories such as belts, tops, and jewelry help complete each new look.
Fashion Attic works with more than 2,000 consignors to stock brand-name fashions for women. Popular names such as Banana Republic, Nine West, Coach, Gucci, and Guess grace the labels of the boutique’s items, which range from costume jewelry to designer jeans. The store's selection rotates daily, and it even carries a few vintage items, such as a mink fur coat or Napoleon's underwear.
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.
Since opening in 1922, for generations, Samuelson's Diamonds has passed down the secret of bejeweling and bedazzling empty appendages. Purchase a loose diamond to design your own artistic adornment (starting at $79.95 for approximately 1/8 carat, in-store), or add dazzle to ear wiggles with a duo of 1/8-carat-total-weight diamond studs, set in your choice of yellow or white gold ($79.95+/stud, in-store). A thoughtful gift such as a sterling-silver heart necklace ($49.95) provides the perfect way to say “I love you” or “Sorry for duct taping your car shut.” For those looking for more practical polish, classic mini clocks, such as Seiko and Pulsar watches ($59.95+) or Citizen timepieces ($79+), track the hours with a flick of the wrist.