Ray Mitchener grew up in North Carolina and came to Baltimore in 1972 to study fashion design at Towson State University. After jobs with Center Stage and Stewart's department stores, fashion maven Ruth Shaw hired him to be the buyer and manager for her high-end clothing boutique in Cross Keys. When Shaw retired in January, he bought the business.
Mitchener, 55, lives in Catonsville with his partner.
Instructions for how to use my laptop better:
"I use my laptop a lot. I'm either e-mailing friends across the country or doing research for the store. I spend hours just searching."
Place at Snug Harbor in Rehoboth Beach:
"It's beautiful, right on the canal. You're one block from the beach. I've been renting there a couple summers. I'd like to own it.
Etro Suit for every season:
"They take traditional things and spice them up. I had one that was navy with purple pinstripes."
More reality TV:
"My favorite shows are America's Top Model, Make Me a Super Model and Project Runway. ... I'm totally fascinated by that."
More mentoring from my old boss, Ruth:
"I'd really like to learn more of the business [end] of the business. ... She is pretty amazing."