Store Opening

October 28, 2007|By [TANIKA WHITE]

Bella Sorpresa

339 N. Charles St., Baltimore

410-962-2121 bellasorpresaboutique.com

Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

The truly fashionable understand that the perfect outfit begins with the right undergarments.

But, lamented Charisse Paige, a former University of Maryland customer service representative, where was one to find the right undergarments in Baltimore?

Tired of scouring online shops, Paige and partner Kevin E. Smith (the store's owner) have opened Bella Sorpresa, an upscale lingerie boutique on the ever-changing stretch of historic Charles Street that connects downtown to Mount Vernon.

Between the high ceilings and hardwood floors, the shop boasts an impressive selection of beautiful European camisoles, bras, chemises and other lingerie, by such designers as Simone Perele, Cosabella, Huit, Le Mystere and Belabumbum. Smith and Paige also sell staples such as Spanx, as well as Ed Hardy Intimates, for those with more of a rock-star edge.

Prices range from about $18 to $130. And to top it all off, Bella Sorpresa carries rich MarieBelle hot chocolate and teas. Now that's what luxurious.

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