Many Mini Cakes specializes in sweet treats of small stature that overcompensate for their size with artful decoration and rich, addictive flavors. Vividly colored green frosting sets the grassy foundation for jungle-theme mini cakes covered in edible faux rivers and fondant animals, and Lego–inspired cupcakes rely on vibrant colored frosting and the signature building blocks to conceal centers of double chocolate or zesty lemon meringue. For those looking for a one-bite treat, cake pops are also available in fun flavor and color combinations, offering all the indulgence of a cupcake with the stick-mounted convenience of a frosting-covered microphone.
Personal Touch Custom Auto's owner, Ron Sanders, started detailing cars at the age of 19, and he still enjoys the work as much as he did back in his community-college days. Though he handles the operations of the shop, you won't find Ron sitting behind a desk—he gets his hands dirty right alongside his crew. During detailing treatments, he and his technicians gently hand-wash cars before slathering them in coats of wax and carnauba-sealant applications to protect paint. They also employ their expertise to install audio equipment, patch dents, and wrap auto glass in quality scratch-resistant films that guard auto interiors from 98% of UV rays, lingering heat, and direct eye contact with strangers.
The Hook Up’s technicians give electronic devices large and small a new lease on life. The team repairs touch screens, digitizers, lenses, and buttons to restore broken smartphones and tablets to like-new conditions. Gaming consoles made unplayable by freezes can once again take their place inside the living room after visits to The Hook Up. Though their primary focus is on repairs, the staff also stocks a variety of smartphone and tablet accessories, with an entire wall full of cases for all the different cellphone brands and models. They also carry batteries, as well as data cables that enable phones and computers to communicate without the lag of postcards.
Joanna Gray Shoes specializes in chic designer hoof-holders that are equally at home at the office, out on the town, scuba diving, or in blue jeans. Knowledgeable staff will help browsers locate their solemate, be it a pair of boots, sandals, or the featured sling-backs by Spanish designer Pura Lopez. Pick up four pairs of flip-flops from the spring 2011 collection for $100, or choose from Joanna Gray’s full array of classy clodhoppers ranging in price from $80 to $450.
Founded by Henry Tucker, Heels & Soles, Etc. keeps clothes and accessories intact with shoe-and-handbag repair, dry-cleaning, and alteration services. The professional staff follows a tradition forged in the course of 40+ years in business by coddling delicate fabrics, purses, belts, and shoes made of any material except snow.
Radcliffe houses a wide selection of fine jewelry, luxury watches, and accessories from respected brands such as John Hardy, TAG Heuer, Charriol, and more. Shoppers can turn to nearly 100 well-trained employees for help navigating extensive product displays throughout their 10,000 square-foot Towson space and 17,500 square-foot Pikesville space. Classic pieces, such as the simple Radcliffe sterling-silver hoop earrings ($70) and Honora 5.5 mm freshwater white pearl studs ($60) are found alongside more exclusive finds such as the Meisterstuck pen pouch ($135) by upscale writing-implement purveyor Montblanc. On-site gemologists also provide free appraisals for all new goods purchased in the store upon request.