A web of scrolls, acanthus leaves, and flowers weaves its way around a polished metal serving tray, encircling edibles with an intricately wrought border. This baroque pattern dates back to the 17th century, when Parisian silversmiths created the design for Queen Mary. This motif has since been revived by sculptor Stan Baskett, one of Wilton Armetale Factory Store's cadre of skilled designers. Like many of the pieces in Wilton Armetale’s serveware collection, the designs are rooted in history but have been updated and streamlined for daily use.
Even though the shop's pieces are ornate, they never sacrifice durability. This nontoxic serveware and grillware is oven- and freezer-safe and sturdy enough for cooking, baking, and grilling. The metal workers also vow that their pieces will not rust, break, chip, or heckle you as they usher meals from the kitchen to the table.
The staff at Monica Jewelers’ locations in Columbia and Annapolis guides clients through a selection of thousands of pieces, helping them to find the ideal wedding rings, anniversary gifts, and accessories. Their watches include those from Citizen, Bulova, and La Vie, and their stock of gold necklaces save wearers the trouble of growing their own gold. The jewelers also sell a vast selection of earrings, bracelets, chains, and colored gems.
T and A Detailing's vehicle artists give cars a new lease on life with hand cleanings and classy modifications. Technicians install custom wheels, alarms from Avital, and three hues of window tint. They're also entrusted to tend to the flocks of several auto dealerships with their detailing and car-herding services.
All About Yarn equips web weavers with a continually updated inventory of top-notch yarns and knitting tools including needles, hooks, and patterns. Knitters can construct textile masterpieces or craft snuggly scarves or chic silo koozies with Cascade 220 skeins ($7 each). Berroco Vintage yarn ($6.50/ skein) supplies strands of colorful filaments, and a cornucopia of needles ($5+) cater to knitters of all experience levels. Shoppers can try out potential purchases in All About Yarn’s designated testing area, where guests can gauge how much yarn they need for upcoming projects or demonstrate creative knitting techniques such as the hook and ladder or the reverse halfback pass.
Bellabeads 925 proffers stringable beauties ready for adorning appendages. Opt for one of the multi-chromatic Murano glass beads ($15 each), such as the pink- and white-swirled cherry lollipop or the deep purple Martha's Vineyard, or select a sterling-silver charm ($22 each) so shiny that it could double as the Silver Surfer's currency. DIY jewelers can decorate leather cords ($15 each) with a Venetian dazzle charm embedded with sparkling crystals ($30) to produce a sense of satisfaction that’s unmatched even by drafting an impressive fantasy curling team or finally realizing that you’re (spoiler alert) a ghost.
Every person runs with a unique gait, and thus requires a unique shoe to keep their stride even and their posture straight. The staffers at Feet First?in business for 35 years and staffed with all experienced runners, triathletes, or coaches?understand this, and they spend their days helping runners find exactly the right shoe to meet their needs.
In addition to conducting a visual analysis of each customer's feet and gait, they use an iSTEP computer-analysis system to detect important information not visible to the naked eye. This system analyzes the points on the foot that endure the most pressure while running, and then can even make orthotic recommendations based upon that information. But it takes more than a good pair of shoes to maximize a workout's efficacy, which is why the store also sells orthotic inserts, fitness apparel, and socks that tickle you if you try to slow down.