South Moon Under is an upscale retailer that offers an eclectic mix of clothing and home décor for fashion-savvy shoppers. Browse digital or physical shelves stocked with brands and designers including Marc by Marc Jacobs, French Connection, UGG, and more. Women's apparel includes stylish staples such as Michael Stars v-neck tees in a rainbow of season-flattering hues ($49.75), and menswear includes shirts such as the whimsical Topo Ranch tour bus tee ($39.50). Undercover princesses can peruse jewelry adornables such as a bow-bedecked Floral bracelet, sure to punch up colorless ensembles and add color to ensemble punch parties ($38). Present the ideal present with a prettily practical Vieta whip-stitch saddle bag ($49), or accessorize homes with touches such as an Illume monogram votive, ideal for a thoughtful personalized gift for anyone who still spells their name using the alphabet ($12).
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.
Stebbins Anderson houses a full-service Ace hardware store and a full range of Benjamin Moore paints, serving as a mecca of home-repair essentials. Customers can take advantage of services such as screen repair and key cutting or peruse thousands of items that are priced under $25, ranging from electrical supplies and plumbing goods to gardening tools and mystery-bookcase-hinge grease. The expansive assortment of hardware goodies such as Mail Wraps mailbox covers ($18.99), Ace premium enamel ($3.49), and Benjamin Moore color samples ($3.99 each) saves amateur home-repair gurus from wasting precious rehab time by driving around to multiple hardware stores. A knowledgeable staff equips domestic whizzes for just about any home-repair challenge. Make over the kitchen with brightly colored walls and new décor, install a new deck rail to banish looting baboon colonies for good, rid bedrooms of cold drafts with new attic insulation, or score cleaning supplies to scrub away bathtub grime and multiplication tables scribbled on kitchen walls in hot sauce.
Cloud 9’s sartorial sages drape women and men alike in colorful, layered threads from a plethora of brands, creating youthful, vibrant looks that have earned kudos from Baltimore Magazine. Sunglasses ($20/pair) join body wrappings such as durable denim, kaleidoscopic sundresses, and knotwork tunics that double as fishing nets in case of shipwreck. While offerings vary by location and availability, possibilities include a white AnM tank blooming with rolled fabric roses ($24) and a Tickled Pink floral-patterned, gathered green clutch ($15). Enswathe tigress torsos in a leopard-print Free People tank top ($38), or breeze by in a gauzy Tickled Pink scarf shot through with silvery threads ($22) to ward off vampiric combs.
With an eye for detail and seasonality, the team at Better Than New curates a clothing collection that swathes their customers in affordable styles. Eveningwear, purses, and casual and office clothing, all in pristine condition, fill the shop's racks, but the selection isn't just a mishmash of garments. Items are generally available ahead of the season they're meant to be worn in, helping customers stay on trend in advance. The staff also knows just about every item in the store, from the designer labels to the simplest summer dresses, making each clothier an invaluable resource when you need something occasion specific or special.
No Worries Salon founder Jill Turnbull, who was selected best colorist by Baltimore magazine in 2011, leads a talented team of stylists who work out of the salon's chic, chandelier-bedecked confines. When customers enter the salon, the friendly staff welcomes them into the inviting space, showering them with attention during their visits. On top of basic haircuts, the staff colors, glosses, straightens, and curls strands. After each visit, stylists provide guests with a complete haircare maintenance program to ensure new hairstyles stay fresh, styled correctly, and don't run away before an important business meeting.