Savvy Shopper Bold boutiques, cool crafts, sharp shoes and...skateboards?


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Savvy was delighted to stumble upon the darling Bear Fox Babe while parking in Lot D of Historic Ellicott City. Yes, you read that right—the lot is now home to a small, sweet cottage full to bursting with high-end and designer duds. The unconventional shop was opened this past spring by model and Baltimore local Macy Della (whom you may recognize from STYLE’s April cover). Once a plant nursery, the little red house boasts a carefully curated host of couture from Free People, T by Alexander Wang, Rag & Bone and more, all sourced from showroom samples in LA and NYC. The clothes are couched comfortably in rustic-chic décor that’s giving Savvy serious Anthropologie-meets-Tiny House Movement vibes. 3782 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City, 443-846-8085,

Sniff Test

Honeysuckle, Clean Linen, Driftwood—Savvy can’t help but feel the summer vibes when sniffing the Knits, Soy & Metal fragrance oil and candle collection (though in all honesty, she’s drawn to Berger Cookie and Amaretto…). But K, S &M creator and Baltimore local Letta Moore’s crafting isn’t limited to sumptuous scents. Her chunky knit scarves have Savvy dreaming more of Aspen than Aruba, and her minimalist metal jewelry brings new meaning to “less is more.” (Seriously, get her those concrete-filled sterling silver studs, stat.) Catch Moore’s creations in Baltimore boutiques and cafes like Vita and Artifact Coffee or at Brooklyn’s Shirley and Alice. Love knit and metal, but want to get better acquainted with the soy sector? Check the website for info on candle-making classes.

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If there’s anything more attractive than a well-shod man, Savvy can’t think of it, so she’s more than happy to welcome men’s retailer Allen Edmonds into the old Starbucks in Harbor East. The classic American apparel company is known for shoeing some powerful feet, particularly Presidents Reagan, Bush (times two) and Clinton. “Our customers [range] from the Oval Office to the corner office to the principal’s office,” says the brand’s CEO, Paul Grangaard. The Harbor East location will offer the complete collection, including dress and casual shirts, pants, shoes and accessories. Be on the lookout for an expanded casual line, featuring a third version of the ever-popular Chelsea boot. 635 S. President Street,


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Savvy felt like a fish out of water when she walked into Hampden’s Vu Skateboard Shop with her nephew in a misguided attempt to earn some street cred. But despite her inability to tell a heelie from a half-pipe, she was pleasantly surprised by the friendly vibe. It’s no wonder: Vu has been outfitting and servicing the Maryland skating community since it was opened by pro boarder Gary Smith 10 years ago. Savvy may not be much for high-tops, but even she couldn’t deny the appeal of skate shoes from popular brands like New Balance and Huff. The real kickflip? Vu’s custom tees and decks (a.k.a. boards, for the uninitiated), including special collaborations with area artists like Matt Fouse of Baltimore Rat Czar fame. Vu also offers classes and camps throughout the state. 3608 Falls Rd, 410-532-6113,


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