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Urbanite #30 December 06

By: Charisse Nichols

Italian Delicacies
In a tiny rowhouse in Little Italy, Il Scalino is filled to the brim with exceptional Italian delicacies. From their vat of imported olive oil (the deli periodically rotates oil from various regions in Italy) to the tidy packets of Miscela d’Oro coffee, the knowledgeable staff can help you fill a gift basket for a complete Italian meal (and while you’re there, you can pick up prepared foods from their deli for your own holiday feast). This set of Goccia Umbra brand extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar is $19.99. 313 South High Street; 410-547-7900;

Men's T-shirts
Gentei is a men's boutique that carries rare sneakers, apparel, and limited-edition toys&the perfect spot to shop for the skater or hip young man. This season, Stussy tees like this one make a comeback. $25–$45; 1010 Morton Street; 410-244-8961;

Birthday Kit
Pretentious Pooch is a fun place to pick up something for the cat or dog fanatic. Try the Birthday Kit ($19), which includes a scarf, four party hats, four invitations, four paw-print-shaped balloons, and one bone-shaped candle. Or pick up a dog-friendly cake in either banana carob chip or apple spice ($16). 1017 Cathedral Street; 443-524-7777;

The folks at family-owned Shananigans Specialty Toy Shop are saying that Lego is tops again, especially the Star Wars sets. If you’re buying for a Luke or Leia fan, grab Jabba’s Sail Barge; if the recipient likes the dark side, try The Imperial Star Destroyer, which includes Darth Vader and Storm Troopers. $74.99–$99.99; 5004 Lawndale Avenue, Suite B; 410-532-8384. 

Custom Corsets
For an extravagant, personalized gift, consider custom corsets by Jill Andrews Taylor. An experienced draper and costumer at Center Stage, Taylor crafts corsets to match the wearer’s taste, and she’ll give you a gift certificate for the service so your loved one has something to open. $450-$600; 410-662-6838;

Longtime friends Kacey Stafford and Carmen Brock always dreamed of opening a store together, and in October, with their husbands, Scott and Ben, as co-owners, that dream came true. Red Tree stocks everything from soy candles to dining room tables, but the holiday steal has to be the paintings by Baltimore visionary artist Shawn Theron. Painted on reclaimed wood, these colorful works of original art sell for as little as $30. 921 West 36th Street; 410-493-0670;

Natty Boh Gear

The one-eyed wonder has taken over the skyline of Baltimore and made a triumphant return as our favorite beer icon. What better way to celebrate than with your own Natty Boh accessories? An ice bucket, emblazoned with Mr. Boh, comes filled with coasters, two pint glasses, and a bottle opener, so you can party Baltimore-style anytime. $34.99; Natty Boh Gear; 1624 Thames Street; 410-296-4327;



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