The newest planned neighborhood in Baltimore has raised the bar in the city for upscale dining, sleeping and shopping. Give it up to the Harbor East urban planners for the area’s walkability. Here, you can have a full day of luxury shopping within a two-mile radius. Explore Boston's luxury shops, including Sassanova — Photo courtesy of Sassanova
It you want to set the stage effortlessly for a day of luxury shopping, book an uber-comfortable room at Four Seasons. This property is Baltimore’s finest, offering impeccable accommodations, hospitality and gourmet dining.
A light breakfast of coffee and warm beignets at Lamill - the Four Seasons’ take on a European cafe - will provide you with just the right amount of energy for your first two hours of retail therapy. Most of your shopping will be spent between Aliceanna and South Exeter Streets, where you’ll find upscale furniture, jewelry and clothing for both women and men.
Start your first hour out at Urban Chic on Aliceanna Street. Here, you can purchase contemporary women and men’s clothing, true to the store’s namesake. This luxury boutique offers ultra feminine dresses, shoes and accessories in addition to stylish threads for men. If you happen to be shopping on a Thursday in August from 4-8 p.m., you can really shop in style. Urban Chic’s “happy hour” will not only treat you to a glass of champagne but also a 25% discount on your purchases. The "White Party" line at Urban Chic — Photo courtesy of Urban Chic
Your next stop is just a few feet away at Sassanova. This boutique shoe shop sells more than just cutie-pie designer heels. Whereas you can find a comfortable pair of stylish flats to get you through the neighborhood or a hot pair of Kate Spade heels, you can also fill your shopping bags with a a matching purse, a new outfit and jewelry to boot.
If your stomach can hold out for one more store before you call it quits for lunch, check out Handbags in the City. It’s just across the street from Sassanova and Urban Chic. Shopping for a new purse will really work up your appetite but there’s even more to find between these four walls.
Grab yourself an outfit for the evening from designers like Nicole Miller, Sanctuary, Badgley Mischka and Yumi Kim. And, of course, pair it off with a new handbag from famous makers like Michael Kors, Tory Burch, MCM and Longchamp.
For your overdue lunch, check out Oceanairefor delicious fish and seafood entrees. If you’ve really worked up an appetite and want to get your carbs in for the rest of the day, then try the crab macaroni and cheese. It’s a creamy and filling side dish best shared with a friend (or two). If you’re in the mood for a little more protein and a less caloric meal, then go for the jumbo grilled Maine diver scallops. They’re usually paired with something fittingly delicious, and they won’t weigh you down. Crab macaroni and cheese at Oceanaire — Photo courtesy of Tawanna Browne Smith
After lunch, get ready to peruse a treasure chest of eye-catching jewelry. Amaryllis Handcrafted Jewelry is also located on Aliceanna Street and offers unique, handcrafted necklaces, bracelets, earrings and even pottery, from both local and national designers.
Once you’ve bagged your jewelry, you may decide that you need a new wardrobe to store your finds. Luckily, Arhaus Furniture is located just around the corner on Exeter Street. Their home furnishings are also handmade, using natural materials from carefully selected artists. These are pieces you can only find at their store.
Your Harbor East luxury shopping spree may not take you to a dozen stores, but it will take you to some of the finest. Isn’t that what luxury is about?