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High End Consignment, For Girls Who Know From Helmut Lang…

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 11:33am

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Love Me Two Times, Boutique Consignment

Where: 600 Wyndhurst Avenue, Baltimore, 21210 (410) 323-1070

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11-5. Closed Sunday and Monday.

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Love Me Two Times is high-end consignment for women who know their stuff. Barely worn Chanels, Dolce & Gabbanas, Helmut Langs, Manolo Blahniks and Yves St. Laurents rival the selections of vintage shops in L.A and Manhattan. Its owner, Andrea Kaplan, a former buyer at the former Octavia, is that rare bird, a lovable, unintimidating fashionista who knows her Prada, but is also happy to admire your Missoni-for-Target dress. She’s been collecting vintage clothes for decades, and has the loyal consigners that keep her selection ever-changing and always worth a visit. “We get a surprising amount of stock that is new with tags – buyer’s remorse is this shop’s best friend,” she says happily. Read More →

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Outgrown Ikea? Head For Arhaus in Harbor East

0 Written by: | Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 12:34pm

Welcome to our new column Shop Girl, a bi-weekly post that will review area stores.

Arhaus Furniture

Where:
660 Exeter Street, Baltimore 21202
410-244-6376

harboreast@arhaus.com

Hours: 10am-9pm Monday-Saturday, 11am-6pm Sunday

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Of all the trendy shops in Harbor East, Arhaus Furniture is the largest, its 16,000 square feet occupying nearly half a city block. It’s a confident presence in a neighborhood of repurposed lofts and open-plan condos — full of young buyers looking for furniture that’s a cut above Ikea, but less serious than mom’s dining room table. Arhaus’s southern entrance, on Aliceanna Street, across from South Moon Under, lures shoppers with floor- to-ceiling windows and great-looking room displays.  Next thing you know you’re inside, whether you were really looking for a distressed oak daybed or not.

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The shop floor is light and bright, with furniture and accessories on the fashion-forward side of Restoration Hardware. Comparisons between the two are inevitable: quality and pricing is similar, both stores tend toward large scale pieces in solid hardwoods. Both favor neutral-toned fabrics in linen, leather and tweed. Arhaus’ strength is in a brighter and more varied fabric selection (because, really, shades of grey is not decorating) with more one-of-a kind items and a more fun aesthetic.

On the day I was there, customers ranged from fashionable young women, one with decorator in tow, clearly on a buying mission, to couples dreamily putting together a wish list, and even a few wistful-looking single guys.  A pleasant and knowledgeable young man approached me immediately, letting me know about a weekend sale event, and guiding me towards the “statement” armchair I had spotted across the floor ($1,599 down from $2,199 with free fabric upgrade). He wandered off when I wanted to browse, but reappeared, with flawless timing, to answer questions.

arhaus:room2Prices here are not cheap, but not outrageous by any means. Sales and promotions are frequent and varied. There’s a plain linen sofa marked at $809, down from $2700. Beautifully framed butterfly prints at $159 each, down from $349 (would anyone buy them at $349? Probably not.) A giant bed is piled with throw pillows in an pretty assortment of fake fur, bright silks and soft flannels, marked down from the $150 range to the $39 range.Some interesting India patterned cotton lamp shades from $39-$59.

A line of architectural salvage pieces add character. Accessories make use of organic materials — glass, stone and wood. There are interior specialists who will come to your house with highly rated (according to Yelp) advice on choosing colors, styles and mixing new stuff in with the old. They had a number of complaints about delivery and post-sale problem solving, (Yelp again) but so do other interiors stores.

Creativity: B+ good for what it is – a high-end mall store

Service: A+ staff is enthusiastic, relaxed and very informed

Price: $$$  for the level of quality, it’s on the money

Best find: Turquoise painted bombay chest, $599

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New Store In Old Church: The Hunting Ground In Hampden

0 Written by: | Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 12:30pm

Welcome to our new series, Shop Girl, which will review a local store every other week.  

Hunting Ground

Where: “In the Old Church”
3649 Falls Road, Hampden, 21211
410-243-0749

Hours: M-Thurs. 11-7, Fri. and Sat. 11-8, Sunday 12-6

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It’s hard to write about Hunting Ground without using the words “hipster” or “Brooklyn,” but let’s just say that if you’ve ever wondered how you’d look in an orange wool-plaid CPO jacket ($48), a white fringed leather bolero ($52) or a floral prairie apron ($12), this is the place. Since opening in 2012, young owners Jenna Hattenburg and Jess Soulen have a demonstrated a strong fashion sense, separating the gold from the dross with an expert eye. Mixed in with the vintage, which the owner defines as “over 20 years old,” are small, preppie-retro brands like MinkPink, Commune, and Courtshop Denim. Prices are about the same as Target, (mostly under $100, vintage cheaper than new) at a higher level of quirkiness and quality. Still, vintage is an acquired taste, and the staff (aka owners) while pleasant, did not seem that interested in pursuading customers of its charms. On the other hand, an online review describes the service gratefully as “Chill. They leave you in peace.”  Which certainly has its appeal.

From the super-cool space itself, an old stone former church (Hampden Presbyterian) on Falls Road, to the fun displays inside — taxidermy, art, Indian blankets, old books, antique cabinets and a rotating series of pop up shops — and the indie music you wont hear anywhere else, Hunting Ground is super on trend for its folk-chic customer. Tongue-in-cheek, yes, but heavy-handed irony, no.  Think “Laverne & Shirley”  meets “Girls.”

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