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Savvy never did quite understand why it’s “holistic” and not “wholistic.” After all, the idea is to make one’s life fully integrated. Still, she does appreciate the sense of serenity she gets when she steps into Auramé, a new alternative health shop brimming with positive energy. That’s thanks to owner Belinda Schroeder, who, in addition to being a retail maven, is a color therapist. Need a pick-me-up? Let Belinda diagnose you. In the meantime, succumb to the sweet scents of Aura-Soma color therapy oils sold in bright, cheerful bottles, soft bamboo wraps by Angelrox, labradorite necklaces by Bittersweet and one-of-a-kind Art Deco cuffs from Paris by Lotta Djossou. Toss a Hobo bag over your shoulder, grab some bath salts and B.Witching Organic Muscle Rub for hubby, and you’re good to go. 836 W. 36th Street, Hampden. Summer hours vary.
Ask any woman—can you ever have enough beauty products? Silly question. That’s why the opening of Lush at Harbor East is divine. Sidle up to the cosmetics bar, for an array of fragrant soaps with names like Karma, Porridge and Sultana, or perhaps a colorful Bath Bomb called Secret Garden, Honey Lumps or Twilight. (Sorry, sexy vampire not included.) The handmade products are organic, vegetarian, not tested on animals and come with little or no packaging so you can feel good about feeling good. 1001 AliceannaStreet, Harbor East. lushusa.com
Flower power is all the rage this summer. It’s flirty, fun and appeals to all ages—and sexes. Otherwise, how would Hawaiian shirts for men ever have become popular? That’s what behemoth retailer Tommy Bahama discovered long ago, when it amped up traditional tropical offerings with a jolt of sartorial manliness. Now the brand sells everything under the sun, including women’s wear, furniture and home décor. And pervading it all is a “don’t worry, be happy” vibe. Since Savvy can never get enough ocean breezes, she’s cruising to her idyll at the first local store. Towson Town Center. tommybahama.com
Savvy is in awe of people who can craft things with their hands. Intellectual endeavors are all well and good, but when you need the physical attributes of a civilized life, you call on a carpenter. And at Su Casa, owner Nick Johnson is your guy. Besides filling his stores with the beachy keen, urban chic furniture and home accessories we’ve come to expect, he’s now donning safety goggles and geeking out building custom furniture—a new passion. His latest inspiration is reclaimed pallet lumber—oak and pine—done in a chevron pattern for a media stand. Try to resist caressing this baby next time you’re in Fells for dinner. Four locations: Fells Point, Kenilworth, Ellicott City, Dewey Beach. 410-522-7010, sucasa-furniture.com