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April 2014


Synchronicity

Synchronicity

Ever since glamour store nonpareil Vasarri left Pikesville, some of us have been crying the blues. But we needn’t be. For right around the corner from Vasarri’s venerable location, Synchronicity has been supplying Baltimore’s grande dames and teenage girls alike with a huge selection of evening gowns, prom dresses and formal wear of all kinds. Whether you’re looking for stalwarts such as Jovani and Faviana or something a little more off the beaten path, Synchronicity’s 3,000-plus square feet of merchandise is likely to have it. Oh, and they carry tuxes, too. 25 Hooks Lane, Hooks Village, Pikesville, 410-486-8866

Simply Noted

Simply Noted

Being a woman of a certain age, Savvy remembers the days when people actually wrote letters to each other. Even, if you can believe it, thank-you notes. Though she, like everyone else, has largely gone over to email, she still enjoys putting pen to paper, especially if the paper is beautiful. Thank goodness, then, for Simply Noted in Ruxton. Not only will you find oodles of cards, notepaper and stationery, but also wrapping paper, candles, hostess gifts and dog treats. Yes, dog treats. Apparently Fido also knows a quality product when he sees one. Simply Noted also carries the work of local printmakers and letterpress designers such as Gilah and Maggie Stewart. 1515 LaBelle Ave., Ruxton, 443-275-7094

Lime Blossom Boutique

Lime Blossom Boutique

Heaven knows there are already plenty of boutiques for bright young things stocked with skimpy T-shirts and miniskirts and the remnants of grunge chic. So it was with special pleasure that Savvy walked into a sunny new space and was greeted with loads of feminine, grown-up clothes. It also has the cheeriest colors and cutest name you’ll find anywhere: Lime Blossom Boutique in Fells Point. Owner Shannon Burdick says she wanted to offer more than club wear or party dresses, while still appealing to women of all ages. Savvy flipped over the bright tribal print skirts by Flying Tomato for only $40 and the floaty beaded, embellished tops by Endless Rose. And one can never get enough of those handy, lightweight crocheted cardigans to throw over your shoulders in the frigid air conditioning of modern America. Add in Italian leather wedges, vegan bags by Melie Bianco and a smattering of affordable jewelry, and you can walk out with a whole new outfit and not go into debt. Now that’s savvy. 1716 Fleet St., Fells Point, 410-563-5060

Bottle of Bread

Between the proliferation of online shops and their brick-and-mortar counterparts tucked away into tiny corners of the city, Savvy is getting dizzy with all the offerings. The latest Charm City shop to expand from the cyber powerhouse Etsy to a spot on the street is Bottle of Bread, part vintage clothing store, home furnishings shop, gallery and “dream zone.” Walking in here is like opening up a trunk of your grandmother’s lifelong collections. Sweaters, skirts, boots, scarves, doilies, jewelry, paintings, even X-rated salt and pepper shakers—if you can’t find something you like here, there’s no hope. 2007 Fleet St., Fells Point, 443-963-9388

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