Babe (A Boutique)

910 S. Charles St., 410-244-5114

It's all about being trendy, but not looking like you're trying too hard. That's where Babe comes in, offering popular lines that fall in the moderate-price range.

Couture Closet

1003 Light St., 410-528-2999

Fashion addicts who don't have the pocketbook to fit their cravings know to regularly check in at Federal Hill's Couture Closet. Owner Jessica Atkins is a master at nabbing top-tier designer pieces and offering them to customers at "an average of 85 percent off full price."

Dan Brothers Shoes

1032 S. Charles St., 410-752-8175

Don't let anyone tell you men's shoes are generally boring and look all the same. Dan Brothers has been in Federal Hill since the 1930s and it still offers the best selection of men's shoes in the area — from the top established lines to the trendy and exotic.

Home on the Harbor

1414 Key Highway, 410-433-1616

Home on the Harbor features modern furniture lines by such designers as Knoll, Kartell, Blu Dot and Alessi. There's also a selection of rugs, lighting and gifts.


Inside the Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway


Hands down, this shop is the end-all be-all for wacky, irreverent and creative gifts, art and stocking stuffers. It's clear that owner Ted Frankel looks at life with his tongue firmly planted in cheek. Whether you have one buck or a hundred, you'll find something at Sideshow that will put a smile on your face.


1033 S. Charles St., 410-234-0204

South Baltimore's girly girls count on this fashion boutique to satisfy any craving for cute. Many of the pieces at Whimsy feature touches that add that little extra "oomph" to an outfit, whether it's in a patterned fabric, a ruffle or embellishment.

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