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.
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.
Amaryllis offers a bounty of limited-edition, handcrafted jewelry, featuring the sparkly creations of lesser-known artists and local artists, such as Karen Clark, Zoe Chicco, and Mark Edge. Peruse the daily-changing selection of necklaces, sets of earrings, or home adornments inside Amaryllis's sleek, 500-square-foot studio. Bangle bracelets ($18+) and glass necklaces ($12+) make for classy dermal decoratives, while giftables, such as a hand-painted picture frame ($58.50) or a Baggallini purse ($40+), are appropriate for birthdays or Labor Day. Amaryllis’s warm and knowledgeable staff makes it a priority to ensure customer satisfaction, going to great lengths to hunt down unexpected jewelry gems.
Quarry's approachable, contemporary shop caters to sippers of all skill sets. With more than 800 wines and selections divided according to price (under $15 and under $25), taste (light, medium, full), color, and common-sense descriptions (food pairings, flavor notes, astrology-sign compatibility), Quarry makes it easy for wine explorers to discover their grape grail. For truly monumental decisions, Quarry's expert, friendly staff is always on hand to toss out suggestions on the perfect pour and how to raise goats to have human emotions. Come summer, pack an elegant liquid-based picnic, one-up neighbors at the annual block party, or just wipe a sweaty brow with a chilled bottle of Riesling.
Cloud 9’s sartorial sages drape women and men alike in colorful, layered threads from a plethora of brands, creating youthful, vibrant looks that have earned kudos from Baltimore Magazine. Sunglasses ($20/pair) join body wrappings such as durable denim, kaleidoscopic sundresses, and knotwork tunics that double as fishing nets in case of shipwreck. While offerings vary by location and availability, possibilities include a white AnM tank blooming with rolled fabric roses ($24) and a Tickled Pink floral-patterned, gathered green clutch ($15). Enswathe tigress torsos in a leopard-print Free People tank top ($38), or breeze by in a gauzy Tickled Pink scarf shot through with silvery threads ($22) to ward off vampiric combs.