Poppy and Stella’s knack for curating a stylish, eclectic inventory has not gone unnoticed. “The people behind Poppy and Stella just get shoes,” according to the Baltimore City Paper, who named Poppy and Stella the Best Women’s Shoe Store in 2009. In 2011, CBS Baltimore praised Poppy and Stella for its “atmosphere, selection and service.”
That atmosphere is found in a tidy, eclectic boutique, where customers can peruse a stylish array of designer shoes, boots, handbags, and apparel from brands such as Dolce Vita, Pour La Victoire, Sam Edelman, and Frye. Throughout the store, neat displays highlight both seasonal trends and classic designs, all of which can keep friends and neighbors from giving you disparaging nicknames like “old-shoes Jack.”
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.
Artistic Costumes & Dance Fashions outfits patrons with more than 5,000 high-quality theatrical costumes for Halloween, plays, and various dress-up occasions. Run from house to house pilfering sweets as a swashbuckling pirate or trick or treat as a Civil War solider to get extra candy from members of the Robert E. Lee fan club. Customers can slip into a flapper's dress to hearken back to the 1920s or evoke a time closer to 1920 BC with Greek outfits. The shop also features scores of popular character and couples costumes, a small sampling of which can be found on the website.
Newbury and Smith’s fashionable shopkeepers peddle boutique consignment items including discounted clothing, handbags, and accessories from designers such as Gucci, Prada, and Louis Vuitton. Stash a poodle or a small poodle-shaped purse inside a handbag from Coach ($140) or adorn wrists with handmade glass beaded jewelry ($88–$120). Women can turn heads at a party in a Carlisle dress ($198+) or turn a game of tennis into a sauna by wearing an Ann Taylor suit ($68) on the court. Consignors regularly fill the shop with a stream of new products that change constantly, and workers often restock shelves with finds purchased during trips afield.
Longtime friends and shoe sidekicks Janie Griffin and Emilie Blaze are the slipper specialists behind The Little Shoebox’s sizeable selection of brand-name ladies' shoes. Like an indecisive metamorph, the selection of fabulous flats and popular pumps is always changing, but includes unique designer names not typically found in department stores, such as Bettye Muller, Kors, Martinez Valero, and Pour La Victoire. Keep foot hinges from rusting in winter with a pair of Vivien Westwood black ankle boots ($150). Toes can stay stylishly snug in Kors Winston Brown shearling clogs ($195). Eliza B’s black patent ballet flats ($135) will have you pirouetting in any outfit, while the eco-friendly cork flats ($110) keeps walking comfy with a wedge-shaped heel that preps customer for the day when it becomes socially acceptable to wear pie on one’s feet.