Although Linthicum Heights is mostly known today as the home of BWI, it's been around much longer than the airport. The Linthicum Heights Historic District dates back to the 1910s, and it shows—colonial, Tudor, and Dutch Revival houses sprinkle its tree-shaded hills. These are sedate surroundings; if you want to get to the heart of Baltimore, though, it’s just a short trip away.Among the many museums downtown, the Baltimore Museum of Art holds the largest collection of Matisse paintings in the world, and the American Visionary Art Museum displays the works of self-taught artists. If you’re looking to get away from meticulously climate-controlled buildings, there’s plenty to do outside, too. The entire area surrounding the Inner Harbor of the Chesapeake Bay is known as the Baltimore National Heritage Area. On a walking tour you can check out the vibrant immigrant neighborhoods and or look for monuments to Supreme Court justice and Baltimore native Thurgood Marshall to pay respect to his mustache. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
Gangs of ottomans and mattresses populate Atlantic Bedding and Furniture, whose continually changing designs from top brands help customers capture the furniture species of their choice. Treat hard-working eye awnings to a decadent break with a solid hardwood Leonardo bed ($347–$516), backed by a strong, modern headboard the color of morning espresso but the flavor of tufted upholstery. Taking home a Davenport nightstand ($125) means never having to precariously perch glasses or bequeathed dentures on thin windowsills.
Steve Appel and Lee Whitehead found themselves in a design dilemma regarding the messy home of a wealthy client. She wanted to sell her house, but no one would buy the building in its current state. Instead of passing on the case, the duo visited the home and constructed a battle plan during a 10-hour consultation. Within the week, they'd completely repainted and replaced most of her furniture, readying her for a Saturday open house, and by Sunday, she'd received multiple offers from potential buyers. By Monday, the house was sold. As graphic-design majors and interior-design enthusiasts, Steve and Lee have used their talents in many such situations, under short time limits and with exceptional challenges, to refurbish a range of spaces—even helping famed baker Duff Goldman of Food Network's Ace of Cakes choose furnishings for his lobby at Charm City Cakes.
At Nouveau Contemporary Goods, the duo fills their space with an ever-changing roster of upholstery, dining sets, bed sets, and colorful crystal-infused wallpaper. Modern furnishings such as egg chairs and aquamarine crushed-velvet benches share a mutual territory with traditional pieces such as a red cabinet with a marble top and the actual couple who posed for American Gothic. In addition to showpieces, samplings of glass panels, blinds, and other window treatments ooze inspiration for potential clients coming up with their own projects. Anyone on a tight deadline can also count on the design duo for same-day delivery, be it for full showroom sets or unique recycled artwork and furniture.
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.
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.”
Whether you take Learn to Knit or Learn to Crochet, you'll pick up a new hobby at Lovelyarns. Each beginner's class includes two two-hour sessions (scheduled about one week apart) and teaches participants to craft their own attire and beer koozies. Students will get their scarf-knitting underway by learning to knit, purl, cast-on, and bind-off with a Learn to Knit class. Students can also glean valuable stitching and chain-crafting techniques during Learn to Crochet classes. Lovelyarns' experienced instructors provide helpful tips for crafting homemade apparel, and customers will be able to knit their own personalized gifts for loved ones and jittery Chihuahuas. Protect necks from nature’s coming winter onslaught with today’s side deal to Lovelyarns.