Savvy Shopper: March


Gallery Girl

“Collecting art doesn’t have to be daunting,” Rebecca Myers says, gesturing to her new retail space in Cross Keys. And Savvy must admit, Myers has made it easy: Her new store, formally called Rebecca Myers Collection, is a pint-sized primer on contemporary art. The showroom consists entirely of works by friends and colleagues Myers has met in her 25 years of showing, like sculptors Mark Chatterley (whose ceramic ravens Savvy will certainly be back for) and Kaiser Suidan (whose industrial-chic cubes are to die for). The star of the show, of course, is Myers herself, and her diverse jewelry collections. Savvy was particularly fond of the Bark and Branch line, which features pieces designed and made from natural forms (like pebbles from a tidal pool in Costa Rica or a poppy seed from Myers’ garden). Most fascinating, however, is the workroom in the back where all of the jewelry is handmade—Savvy wouldn’t dream of getting her hands dirty, but she loves a little behind-the-scenes action. The Village of Cross Keys, 5100 Falls Road, 1-800-575-4569,

All That Glitters

Savvy has a love/hate relationship with ever hard-to-park-at Towson Town Center. But she’s pleased to report that her motivations for making the trek have skyrocketed, thanks to the addition of a new multilevel Zara. Savvy adores the trendy chain—its sleek modern layout, ambient house music and endless shelves of sparkling sheaths and cool neutrals speak to her … as do its beyond-reasonable price tags. The store’s men and kids’ selections are swell, too—Savvy’s loving the longline and high-necked trends for men, but she was particularly charmed by the sweet sartorial selections for the younger set: little houndstooth skinnies, pewter bomber jackets and, of course, tastefully sparkling tutus in a darling dusty pink. 825 Dulaney Valley Road, 410-825-1101,

Still Got It

Home on the Harbor’s grand reopening as Design Distillery pleases the house-proud Savvy very much! The store now leans a bit toward the commercial side—owner Karen Graveline started the company in 2002 with the intent to outfit rowhomes—and it’s indeed a bit more upscale and universal in its appeal (while still relying heavily on a chic-yet-cozy mid-century modern aesthetic). The new space is double the size with a front boutique of cute giftables giving way to a stunning showroom of both customizable and shop-and-ship furniture. “Modern design can be pretentious, but we want it to be fun!” Graveline says. 1414 Key Highway, 410-443-1616,

Fancy That

Walking into thoughtfully curated boutique A Touch of Fancy, Savvy couldn’t help but be charmed. Tucked away on Annapolis’ Maryland Avenue, the store’s every surface is covered in adorable housewares and tchotchkes, from ceramic dog statuettes and metalwork octopi to nautical votive candles and teacup bird feeders. The sheer quantity of “I-need-this” items is giddily overwhelming, and one fact thrilled Savvy: Literally everything in the store is for sale, including its antique furniture. (Well, almost everything—the sweet shop dog snoozing on the counter is presumably not up for adoption.) 31 Maryland Ave., Annapolis, 443-223-2824, everyoneneedsatouchoffancy .com

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