Falling in Love with Charm City

We’re focusing on gifting from local businesses this Valentine's Day and all celebrations moving forward. Small businesses stimulate the local economy, provide careers, give back to communities, and focus energy on the customer. By shopping locally, you support genuine people who have transformed their passion into a business. Go ahead and add that tool you’ve been keeping your eye on from your favorite local kitchen store to your Wishlist. This kind of intrapersonal shopping experience is the feeling we want to imitate through getGFTD.

Here in Baltimore, plenty of local businesses appreciate new customers. 36th Street in Hampden boasts a collection of restaurants, coffee shops, and vintage stores, creating an eclectic vibe in the neighborhood. Here are some favorites:


  • Fulfill ice cream cravings at the Charmery. Dedicated to giving back to the community, with thoughtful ingredients, and funky flavors, this spot is happiness through ice cream. some text
  • Step into your second home at Good Neighbor. With a specialized selection of coffee, tea, matcha, and toast, this cafe feels classy and cozy. Alongside the food-serving cafe, check out the curation of drink accessories and the sister store for plants, Green Neighbor.some text
  • Redefine your Mediterranean food experience at Souvlaki Greek Cuisine. Focused on traditional Greek food in a contemporary eatery, they serve food to be shared around the table. some text

Speciality Stores

  • Peruse the latest comics, graphic novels, and eccentric books at Atomic Books. Tucked in the back is Eightbar, the bookstore’s bar featuring local and craft beer, wine, ciders, meads, and more. some text
  • Embellish your home and kitchen with pieces from Wild Yam Pottery. Since 1996, local potters have thrown and designed stoneware mugs, teapots, bowls, vases, and more.some text
  • Search out your next hostess gift at In Watermelon Sugar. Cards for every occasion, magical trinkets, bath and body products, jewelry, and home furnishings fill the shelves here. Be sure to check out their window displays, carefully assembled to be cheerful based on the season or holiday.some text


  • Score on bold vintage pieces at Balto. License plates and so many trucker hats decorate the walls here. Organized by color, t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, and jeans hang from the racks, highlighting the “iconography of rural and industrial America.” some text
  • Decide on retro and contemporary outfits at Double Dutch. With colorful pieces, statement earrings, and an extensive vintage wool sweater collection, this boutique is a destination to define your style. some text
  • Acquire aesthetic clothing pieces at Match Made, another woman-owned business. With a classy and trendy vibe, find anything you need for a party or special event.some text

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