Savvy Shopper: January 2016


Betty or bust

For B’more Betty, just as quickly as the store began (as an eBay shop turned burgeoning brick-and-mortar), it nearly ended in Federal Hill during the April riots. In November, Betty—which caters to both men and women—reopened in Fells Point. Owner Camille Edwards opted for a new location for a myriad of reasons, first and foremost a fresh start. The new spot offers all the same brands B’more Betty customers love: Chanel, Gucci, Prada, etc. While Savvy enjoyed the excuse to visit the National Harbor (where Betty’s second location is), she’s glad to have her back in the city of Charm. According to Edwards, you can’t take the B’more out of Betty and you certainly can’t take Betty out of B’more.

1500 Thames St.



Catch me if you can

Last September, Charm City Run, after seeing a prime location open up in Columbia, dashed at the opportunity for a change of scenery. The running apparel store now calls the spot next to Starbucks and Three Brothers home. Charm City’s run clubs love starting from their shops and traveling on fast foot through the neighborhood, and the new location affords them better routes. Scenic Lake Elkhorn is steps away from their door. Another location perk is the optimal floor-to-ceiling shoe window display, which faces the busy Snowden River Parkway. After grabbing a new pair of leggings, you can find Savvy at the Three Brothers…on her (perhaps breathless) way up the hill to the neighboring Supreme Sports Club of course!

7090 Deepage Drive



Star Wars for her

Considering that the Star Wars franchise is constantly under scrutiny—whether for being absorbed by Walt Disney or for its recent casting choices (or the fact that there’s even a new installment)—it’s not surprising that Under Armour’s attempt to honor the series with The Imperial Collection hasn’t escaped criticism. The line debuted sans women’s styles—so not OK. UA promised they were on their way, and they’ve made good on. Now, women and girls can don cotton t-shirts with the series’ signature slogan, “May The Force Be With You,” and images of iconic characters like Darth Vader embossed on them. Savvy has her eyes on a white Stormtroopers tee. Judging by the sold-out presale back in December, safe to say all is forgiven.

Celeb sighting

Maybe it was the creamy white fresh coat of paint—or the fact that couture designer Nicole Miller was in the house. Whatever the reason, Savvy sure felt like she was in New York when last at Panache. The Green Spring Station boutique underwent a lovely makeover last fall: the windows, covered in winter-white sheers, the perfect canvas for the store’s special clothes; the carpet replaced with tile. “I want people to come to Panache instead of going to New York,” says store owner Vanessa Fava Pivec. Since Pivec took over three years ago she’s brought in more high-end clothing and attached designers, like Ms. Miller in November. Stay tuned for more VIP guests. “It’s only going to get better,” Pivec says.

10751 Falls Rd. #103

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