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.
Beneath damask-patterned walls and soft curtains, red poufs give guests a cushy surface on which to try on the shoes they’ve plucked from the swank store’s glossy, white shelves. In addition to housing a wide selection of shoes, which ranges from heel-free flats to pumps designed to lend wearers a competitive edge in slam-dunk contests, staffers fill the often-rotating inventory with trendy accoutrements such as jewels, cheetah prints, and handbags accented with grommets and charms. They also sling unique pieces of jewelry, including demure pearl earrings and spiked bracelets.
They host a ladies' night every month, inviting clients to peruse new styles while sampling crudités and other treats.
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.
Candylicious Arrangement's sugar-smiths sculpt colorful candies into creative bouquets that, unlike floral arrangements, will never wilt or fade. Their sundaes made of Hershey Kisses, topiaries made from hard candies, and Mickey Mouse heads crafted from gumballs spark conversations and brighten tables at parties, and candy stations offer guests a spread to sample and stuff under their top hats. The arrangements and gift baskets make perfect presents for occasions such as graduations and anniversaries, or thank-yous, and sugar-free options for each arrangement enable everyone to dig in.
Radcliffe Jewelers—one of Baltimore’s best jewelry stores according to CBS Baltimore—whittles prices on its wares between February 20 and February 26. Shoppers can decorate earlobes or Vulcan ear-points with many styles of earrings, such as Radcliffe sterling-silver hoops ($70) or Honora 5.5 mm white freshwater-pearl studs ($60). The stock of upscale accessories, described as an “extraordinarily large selection” by CBS Baltimore, ranges from the Honora purple or mocha-hued freshwater pearl bracelet ($60) to the Montblanc calfskin pen pouch ($135). While navigating display cases for a brand-new ring or compass rose, shoppers can leverage the expertise of nearly 100 well-trained employees. Patrons can also use this Groupon toward jewelry or watch repairs during the duration of the annual sale.
A store created by wine lovers, for wine lovers, and built on a cemetery that only buried wine lovers, DiWine Spirits stocks a large selection of wines from national and international producers. Inside the well-designed store, vine enthusiasts will find themselves surrounded by an array of choices, including quaffs such as Four Vine's 2009 naked chardonnay ($10.99), Montebuena rioja ($9.99), and experienced palate pleaser 2009 Ben Marco malbec ($17.99). All prices listed are subject to change.