Dedicated to rewriting the traditional furniture-store formula, the well-edited shop eschews the sales in sales. Here, you can bed flop and couch surf without interruptions from sales-hungry staff. The hassle-free environment, coupled with a policy to only stock first-line releases and brand-new inventory, gives the 50,000-square-foot facility showcasing more than 350 manufacturers a comfortable, shopable feel. With items running the gamut from vanities to lighting to the bathroom sink, Brandon Home Furnishings is a one-stop fix for any painfully plain corner, closet, nook, cranny, or dollhouse cranny.
The Casual Cup’s tiered tea service tantalizes sophisticated sippers with richly flavored libations and elegant eats. Diners commence their ambrosial afternoon with a steaming pot of tea of their choice. Scones slathered in house-made lemon curd and decadent clotted cream make diners feel as important as workers at a red-carpet manufacturing plant. A cup of belly-warming soup or a verdant helping of salad warms up taste buds for the main event, which consists of chef-picked tea sandwiches and assorted desserts elegantly displayed atop a tiered platter. The service requires 24 hours notice prior to guests’ arrival.
Amazing Glaze makes it simple for amateur artisans and ceramic virtuosos to produce colorful pottery pieces using a variety of stencils, stamps, and tracing outlines. Start by choosing your desired paint-vessel from a vast selection of more than 400 ceramic compositions ($3–$50), including coffee mugs and dinner plates to adorn kitchens and vases to grow your pet panda's bamboo snacks in. Pick a design from the store's volumes of sample books or enlarge a wallet-sized photo of your homecoming date on the studio's copy machine, select from more than 100 colors, and then create a design for your earthenware masterpiece. For the artistically stymied, on-staff artists will be standing by to assist with the pigmenting process. Glazing, firing, and brilliantly hued paints are included in the $7 per hour studio fee (caps off at $12/day), and polished objects are ready five days later.
Maryland China Co. has a long tradition of ordering fine china pieces from around the world: over a century long, in fact. Today, the staff maintains the shop's reputation by carefully vetting every item in the 1,250-piece collection, which comes from eight countries and four planets. Quality is paramount, so the shop demotes items to the seconds room for minute imperfections, such as slight color variation. A single piece of hand-painted china, such as a cup and saucer decorated with intricate loops and whorls, can take hours to complete. Full tea sets, then, celebrate the careful craftsmanship and leisurely traditions of the Old World.
Despite the large selection of hand-painted wares, undecorated white china and porcelain vases, pots, cups, and bowls dominate the shelves. Sometimes designed with ornate details, such as scalloped edges or antique-style handles, the items are otherwise blank slates for artists. Customers can purchase a small paint set with their china to transform it into a modern work of art with colorful chevrons or 2011 1040 forms.
Phina's for the Home offers a comprehensive collection that includes everything from bedding sets and decorative home accents to soap and skincare products. Declared best linens in the city by Baltimore magazine in 2007, the luxury linens are far from bulky, but garner the largest chunk of customer attention in the home-décor haven. The tranquil hues and delicate textiles found in the Bliss Living Harmony bedding collection can soften the grinchiest houseguest with peaceful slumber, while the selection of giant-sized tablecloths might help to hide the emergency card-tables erected to accommodate holiday house parties. Prices start around $10 for candles and luxury soaps and can reach into the hundreds for premium linens and bedding.
Shofer’s features one of the largest displays of furniture in the state of Maryland spreading out over 70,000 square feet on five floors; our selection of furniture is incomparable. Unlike most furniture stores in the area, Shofer’s has one of the most unique assortments of furniture styles with prices to fit any budget