The Fashionista’s Haven

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The Village of Cross Keys

The privately owned Village of Cross Keys exudes ambiance and shopping splendor. Its upscale small shops cater to shoppers looking for trendy, chic wares. The neighborhood features a number of restaurants and meeting places to grab a quick bite or surf the web. There is also a spa to help you decompress after a long day of shopping.

Todd Lyon and Nancy Shea co-own Fashionista Vintage & Variety, a New Haven landmark that now lives in the rehabbed Marlin Works building in East Rock. This boutique carries higher-end vintage clothing and rentable costume pieces, like a 1950s prom dress and a 1970s velour jumpsuit, and everything in between.

They outfit drag queens, kids from ECA who wear gender-bending clothes, and lifelong New Haveners who know what they’re looking for when they step through the doors. They’re especially thrilled with a recent surge of younger customers. Fashionista’s sexy Victorian gowns and vintage hats are a hit with the Gen Z crowd.

Downtown Baltimore

A surprisingly charming city, Baltimore’s downtown is a lively hub with a contiguous entertainment mile or so. It is lined with great restaurants and eclectic shopping options that include everything from a huge Pez collection to an antiques mall.

From live music at neighborhood bars to top-notch dining in restaurants and upscale eateries, there are endless things to do in Baltimore’s Downtown. Take in an Orioles game at Camden Yards or Ravens game at M&T Bank Stadium, see a show at the Hippodrome Theatre, or go to the Baltimore Arena.

You can also catch a performance by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall or tour one of the city’s many museums and historic sites, including the star-spangled flag-waving Fort McHenry. Sample local seafood dishes at Lexington Market or browse a wide variety of retail offerings that includes radical bookstores, record shops, and boutiques.

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor features scenic waterfront views and historic attractions. The booming area was once a thriving shipyard and now it’s a visit-worthy destination with its many attractions that honor the city’s rich history.

Visitors can experience the Star Spangled Banner at Fort McHenry and learn about the battle that took place on the site. The Inner Harbor also boasts the Maryland Science Center, a planetarium and observatory, and the National Aquarium, a top-rated tourist attraction. Ripley’s Believe It or Not has 10 galleries, including the Marvelous Mirror Maze and a 4D Moving Theater.

The Inner Harbor area offers a range of shopping and dining options. Shops are positioned on a gentle rise that looks toward the water, and restaurants include gourmet cuisine, Italian eateries, ethnic dishes, and fresh seafood from Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay. In the heart of Inner Harbor is the waterfront Harborplace Mall, and The Gallery at Light Street and Pratt Street are also thriving shopping areas.

Maryland’s Eastern Shore

Nestled across the Chesapeake Bay from Philadelphia and Washington D.C, Maryland’s Eastern Shore feels worlds away from these congested metropolitan areas. This picturesque coastal retreat is home to charming little towns and pristine natural beauty.

The area’s main industries include fishing along the coast, especially for shellfish like blue crabs; farming, with large-scale chicken farms; and tourism, led by Ocean City. The region’s quaint waterfront towns, including St. Michaels, Easton, Oxford, Chestertown and Cambridge, draw visitors in search of a slower pace, scenic waterfront parks and garden-bedecked streets.

The quaint towns of the Eastern Shore offer something for everyone. Families can explore the history of Chesapeake Country at sites such as the Harriet Tubman Museum in Rock Hall, Durding’s Store in Chestertown and the Ward Museum of Waterfowl Art in Salisbury. They can also find plenty of outdoor activities in the spring and fall, or spend a day at the beach during the summer.