Best Of Baltimore - Page 34 - Lifestyle and Shopping (2)

Best Of Baltimore
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Lifestyle and Shopping (2)

BRIDAL SHOP
GARNISH BOUTIQUE

 

For the past 13 years, Mia Antalics has given brides a welcoming, fashionable experience, nine of them within the comforts of her sleek Ruxton Station boutique.

 

Brides magazine thought so when it named Garnish Boutique one of the 50 best bridal destinations in the country in 2016. The shop’s online reviews are stellar, and its rooster of designers — from Hayley Paige to Romona Keveza — are among the most fashionable in the industry.

 

Antalics attributes her success to her hands-on approach. She’s responsible for all the buying and it’s a rarity that she isn’t working in the business.

 

“I don’t ever plan to change my model,” she said.

 

One of the best things Antalics did, she said, was expand her boutique in 2014 from 1,000 square feet to 1,800 square-feet, working with Stephanie Gamble Interiors to create a clean, ethereal and spacious layout that makes for ideal interactions with customers.

 

“The layout is still one that allows for an individual, intimate feel. You do not feel that you are with another group. You have your own space,” Antalics said.

 

1515 LaBelle Ave., Suite 3, Ruxton. 410-321-1406. garnishboutique.com

 

SPECIALTY GROCER
LOTTE PLAZA MARKET

 

Since 1999, the 40,000-square-foot Asian grocer has attracted customers with its mix of fresh produce, low prices and market-style atmosphere. It also has served as an anchor for a slew of Asian restaurants and business along U.S. 40. It’s loaded with cooking sauces, seasonings, condiments and other specialty items — ranging from teas to noodles and rice cakes—from North and South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines, China and Thailand.

 

8801 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City. 410-750-9656. lotteplaza.com

 

GROCERY STORE CHAIN
WEGMANS

 

After Wegmans Food Markets’ first Maryland store opened in 2005, a Baltimore Sun staffer remarked, “I wish I could move in.” Why not? Wegmans offers a vast array of foods, low prices and employees who know where products are located. Plus, the chain ranked third on Forbes’ 2017 list of the100 best companies to work for.

 

122 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley, and seven other stores in Maryland. 410- 773-3900. wegmans.com

 

KIDS’ BOOKSTORE
A LIKELY STORY

 

Debbie Scheller, owner of A Likely Story bookstore, lavishes as much attention on young book worms as she does on grownups with wallets. “My wife and daughters spend hours there talking passionately about books and authors for all ages,” one patron wrote on Facebook. A Likely Story was among five finalists nationwide for 2019 Publishers Weekly Bookstore of the Year.

 

7566 Main St. #113, Sykesville. 410- 795-1718. sykesvillebooks.com

 

LIQUOR STORE
PETITE CELLARS

 

It’s easy to miss this liquor store tucked into the Turf Valley Towne Square shopping center. But that’s a major oversight. In addition to an array of wines and spirits, the store claims one of the largest selections of whiskey in the state. Its numerous tastings and events set the store above the rest, and the helpful staff makes for a pleasant buying experience. Don’t miss the store’s unexpected offering of fine chocolates.

 

11079 Resort Road, Ellicott City. 410-750-0562. petitecellars.com

 

MEDISPA
CENTER FOR COSMETIC SURGERY & MEDISPA

 

For 30 years, the husband-and wife team Dr. Dean Kane and Lauri