Before Comfort One Shoes' sole experts are allowed to fit a single shoe to a customer's foot, they must graduate from Comfort One University and undergo a mentorship process. It's only then that they can help shoppers find their desired footwear, whether it be lace-up Ziera boots, On running shoes with CloudTec technology, or Thierry Rabotin shoes, handmade without uncomfortable, rigid components. Alongside men's and women's footwear, the shop stocks an assortment of bags and accessories such as colorful iPhone cases from Triple C Designs that protect phone exteriors and conceal scratches from the last time you transformed into a werewolf.
Comfort One Shoes also seeks to better the world through creative philanthropic efforts, such as collecting 25,000 shoes for those without and offering their employees half their pay and time off to volunteer in the community. Perhaps such initiatives are part of the reason Comfort One Shoes earned the National Shoe Retailers Association’s Retailer of the Year Award in 2011.
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.
Family owned and operated since 1914, Smyth Jewelers lavishes customers with expertly cut gems and attentive service. Fill Valentine's present voids with designer necklaces ($32.50 and up), adorn lonely lobes with earrings ($28 and up), or add panache to foosball matches with sparkling rings ($50 and up). The caring staff will not force shoppers into splurging on baubles, but rather will introduce them to pieces that fit their needs in design and price. Smyth also purveys gifts such as silver platters, wine coasters, crystal decanters, and decorative bowls to fill with fruits, pocket change, or collector edition condiment packets. Perusers of higher-end items may fuse two Groupons to put towards purchases over $300, selecting from shinables such as the 18-karat diamond stud earrings clasped in white gold ($340). Smyth's six certified gemologists ward off showy intruders, admitting only GIA or AGS approved gems with the most refined facets and credible qualities.
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.
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.
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.