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The Village of Cross Keys Shopping Guide

A roundup of stores in the quaint North Baltimore village.

Why waste the summer sun inside a dreary mall when you can get your retail therapy in while admiring lovely outdoor courtyards and enjoying some of the area’s finest shops, boutiques, and restaurants at The Village of Cross Keys. Just off of Falls Road, between Northern Parkway and Coldspring Lane, this upscale shopping oasis will keep you reaching for your wallet.

The Pied PiperPied Piper
Shopping with small children in tow is never easy, that is unless the store you are in has its own play area tucked in the back to occupy your little ones while you shop. Enter Pied Piper, with exclusive brands like Hatley Kids and Hootkid, you will be sure to find the perfect piece for your pride and joy. The store also hosts Blue Sky Puppet Theatre puppet shows throughout the summer. Be sure to check out their Facebook page for more information. 410-435-2676.

The Store LTD

The Store LTD
Despite its name, this store is anything but limited. From unique imported homewares to clothing from brands like Judith Bird and Deborah Cross to locally made jewelry from iconic jewelry designer, Betty Cooke, the options are endless. Whether it be gifts for any occasion or even a little gift for yourself, The Store LTD has you covered. 410-323-2350

Since 1965, this family-owned boutique has been dressing some of Baltimore’s fashion elite. With brands like Conrad C Collection, Katherine Barclay, and Clara Sunwoo, Octavia is stocked with comfortable yet chic apparel to add to your wardrobe, as well as an extensive selection of accessories to make any outfit pop. While you peruse the racks, make sure to say hi to Bandit, the store’s sweet pint sized pooch. 410-323-3066

Jean PoolJean Pool
Shopping for jeans is never easy, which is why you must visit Jean Pool. From Paige to Hudson, this denim haven has tons of brands and styles to choose from ensuring that you will walk out with your ultimate jean dream. The store also carries various dresses and tops from Splendid and Michael Stars as well as a terrific jewelry assortment, including pieces from local artist, Shana Kroiz. 410-466-1177

Samuel Parker Samuel Parker
For men who enjoy the finer things, Samuel Parker is the store for you. This men’s clothier offers British Heritage, American, and Italian made products from exclusive brands like Drake’s of London, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Luciano Barbera. With regular trunk shows and events for on-site tailoring, the store’s owner, Ken Himmelstein, will not let you leave looking anything less than sharp. 410-435-5000

Ruth ShawRuth Shaw
The exclusive home for all things designer, Ruth Shaw is a Baltimore institution for the fashion-savvy. Its glossy floors, red tables, and knowledgeable staff transport you to a space as luxurious as the clothing on the racks. With the newest on-trend American and European brands always making an appearance and with classics like Rag and Bone and The Row, this is THE spot to find work outfits, weekend wear, or an elegant outfit for hitting the town. 410-532-7886

The Girl Next DoorThe Girl Next Door
Ruth Shaw’s “little sister” The Girl Next Door offers contemporary brands for the girl-on-the-go. From loungewear to on whatever is on-trend, GNO has options to cover all aspects of your life. They even feature runway footage on a television in the store, ensuring you are always on the cutting edge of fashion firsts. 443-873-9942

William Sonoma Williams-Sonoma
Working on the kitchen of your dreams? Just one trip to Williams-Sonoma will satisfy your retail needs with it’s grand selections of cookware, kitchen accessories, home decor, and gourmet goods. 410-435-6020

Pit Stops

Red Door SalonRed Door Salon
From waxing to manicures, this salon and spa has it all. Offering several time-saving treatments, this place is perfect for a quick, refreshing rejuvenation. 410-323-3636

Scoozi Ristorante Scoozi Ristorante
Want an upscale dining experience without an outrageous price? Then this is the place for you! From salad to steak, this restaurant offers a traditional menu with an Italian contemporary flare. 410-435-3316

Donna's Donna’s
Located upstairs from the shops, this cafe and bar has a lighted deck and a modern interior. From breakfast to dinner, Donna’s is a favorite of the villages for a quick bite to eat paired with even better service. 410-532-7611

Village Square Cafe The Village Square Cafe
Known for its Early Bird, their take on a classic breakfast of two eggs, your choice of meat, home fries, and cheddar grits, The Village Square Cafe is a great place to start your shopping journey. With small desserts, excellent coffee, and an extensive lunch menu, this quaint eatery is an ideal way to fuel up before your shopping spree. 410-433-2233