Enjoy the Indian summer and tackle your holiday shopping all at once with a stroll down Baltimore's old Antiques Row.
The vintage district, which spans the 800 block of Howard Street, houses dealers who offer a variety of wares, finds and collections. And with more than 20 new vendors setting up shop this weekend, you'll be sure to find one-of-a-kind treasures for everyone on your list.
The Antiques Row Stalls, at 809 N. Howard St., is an 8,000-square-foot emporium-style store that opens Saturday.
In the coming months, the space will serve as a sales center for more than 40 dealers. The latest vendors will bring a wider variety of antiques into the district -- and they'll breathe new life into the usually quiet street of shops and eateries, said Stalls owner Philip S. Dubey.
"Antiques Row is changing," said Dubey, who remarked that the dealers will carry collections ranging from 20th-century pottery to Bauhaus pieces.
And though the official grand opening celebration will not take place until Nov. 15 and 16, Dubey said interested shoppers should stop by for a sneak peek.
The Antiques Row Stalls will be open for business 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sundays.
While you're on "the Row," visit these other interesting shops:
Crosskeys Antiques (801 N. Howard St., 410-728-0101, www.crosskeysantiques.com): This store, with more than 6,000 square feet of showroom space, specializes in furniture, paintings and accessories. Crosskeys also carries garden decor, including Italian marble sculptures, fountains, bronze urns and iron benches. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays.
Dubey's Art & Antiques (807 N. Howard St., 410-383-2881): Proprietor Philip S. Dubey has lived in Baltimore since childhood and has been in business on Howard Street for "14 glorious years," he said. His shop carries a wide variety of Chinese export porcelain and American furnishings, but visitors can also find paintings and other one-of-a-kind items scattered throughout the store. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays.
20th Century Gallery (825 N. Howard St., 410-728-3800): This spot is filled with beautiful and unusual pieces, from landscape paintings to Arts and Crafts period pottery. The store also specializes in furniture and prints. Hours are usually 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays-Sundays.
Imperial Half Bushel (831 N. Howard St., 410-462-1192, www.imperialhalfbushel.com): The majority of this shop's merchandise is silver, though ceramic, copper, pewter and brass pieces will occasionally appear in one of the many display cases. Since 1976, the store has offered a wide variety of 19th- and 20th-century items, including dinnerware, card cases, snuff boxes and letter openers. Hours are 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and by appointment.
Bogat's Antiques and Restoration (861 N. Howard St., 410-728-4517): Furniture and paintings are on display in this quaint first-floor shop, which also offers porcelain gilding. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays.
Connoisseur's Connection (869 N. Howard St., 410-383-2624): If it's a crystal-adorned candelabra or a doe-eyed doll that you're after, then look no further. This shop is packed to the gills with gorgeous French antiques and a number of other great finds. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays.
L.A. Herstein and Co. (877 N. Howard St., 410-728-3856): This store sells antique lamps and lighting parts and accessories. And if your favorite piece needs fixing, then bring it by the shop for a repair. Hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Regency Antiques (891 N. Howard St., 410-225-3455): This three-story space is massive, so it's only right that the shop is packed with big pieces. From grand paintings to enormous chandeliers, lamps and urns, this place has the skinny on large antiques -- but you can find a number of smaller treasures as well. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and noon-4 p.m. Sundays.