When the storied Vasarri closed in Pikesville seven years ago, the Baltimore area was left with a void for special-occasion and evening dresses. Francesca's Atelier has filled that with designers like Monique Lhuillier, Carmen Marc Valvo, Theia and Carol Peretz. And with the closing of Saks Jandel in Chevy Chase, the Green Spring Station boutique has taken on a greater importance in the region and state.
10751 Falls Road No. 101, Lutherville, 443-841-7057, francescasatelier.com
—John-John Williams IV