Gift Guide 2016: Federal Hill

We sometimes like to kid Federal Hill for its status as Baltimore’s home for 13th Grade, but in addition to the bars there’s no shortage of great shopping in the South Baltimore neighborhood. Protean Books & Records (836 Leadenhall St., [410] 227-3006, facebook.com/ProteanRecords) has become one of the best record stores in the city. After moving into a bigger warehouse space in the spring, Protean now has one of the largest selections of vinyl around and offers everything from DVDs and Blu Ray to graphic novels to video games. Not to be missed. The Cross Street Market corridor is the densest area for shops and includes great options for women’s apparel and cosmetics (Punch! at 1132 S Charles St., [443] 885-9435, prettyinpunch.com and Brightside Boutique right across the street at 1133 S. Charles St., [443] 885-9435, shopbrightside.com) and Baltimore-themed artwork (Crystal Moll Gallery, 1030 S. Charles St., [410] 952-2843, crystalmoll.com/gallery). Be sure to visit two (relatively) new kids on the block, Scrap B-more (925 S. Charles St., scrapb-more.org), a nonprofit that is the Second Chance of crafting supplies, and Aww Baby Organics (1123 Light St., [443] 540-8377, awwbabyorganics.org) a store for newborns and toddlers that features clothes, toys, and supplies, almost all of which are made from organic or recycled materials. Then there is the American Visionary Museum’s gift shop to visit--and no shortage of great food for when you’re down there; City Paper counts Harbor Que (1125 S. Charles St., [410] 685-7675, harborque.com), Mi & Yu Noodle Bar (1016 S Charles St., [443] 388-9295, miandyunoodlebar.com), and The Local Fry (21 E. Cross St., thelocalfry.com) among its favorites. (Brandon Weigel)

Bowties ($4) Visionary Art Museum-Sideshow, 800 Key Hwy, (443) 872-4926, sideshowbaltimore.com

Wayne Gummy-Flaming Lips ($10) Visionary Art Museum-Sideshow, 800 Key Hwy, (443) 872-4926, sideshowbaltimore.com

Pizza Parlor ($27.99), Aww BABY Organics, 1123 Light St., (443) 540-8377, awwbabyorganics.org

Tiles (from $15), Crystal Moll Gallery, 1030 S. Charles St., (410) 952-2843, crystalmoll.com

Scrap To Go Kit ($5), Scrap Baltimore, 925 S. Charles St., (410) 637-8333, scrapb-more.org

Chicken Purse ($36) Visionary Art Museum-Sideshow, 800 Key Hwy, (443) 872-4926, sideshowbaltimore.com

Urbapothecary Charcoal Clay Mask ($14), Brightside Boutique, 1133 S. Charles St., (410) 244-1133, shopbrightside.com

“Nine Innings to Success” by Jim Palmer ($26.95), The Book Escape, 805 Light St., thebookescape.com

Calculator Cash Register ($29.99), Aww BABY Organics, 1123 Light St., (443) 540-8377, awwbabyorganics.org

Christmas Story Shotglasses ($30), Protean Records, 836 Leadenhall St., (410) 227-3006, facebook.com/ProteanRecords

Obama Nesting Doll ($49.99), Tradestone Gallery, 803 Light St., (443) 602-9899, tradestonegallery.com

Rotisserie Chicken Flavor Chew Toy ($37), 924 Light St., (667) 309-7114, pawtimorepetsalon.com

Matt Sesow Original ($40) Visionary Art Museum-Sideshow, 800 Key Hwy, (443) 872-4926, sideshowbaltimore.com

Fairy Tale Brooche ($25), Tradestone Gallery, 803 Light St., (443) 602-9899, tradestonegallery.com

Integrating the Orioles ($29.95), The Book Escape, 805 Light St., thebookescape.com

Capri Blue Faceted Jar Candle ($37), Brightside Boutique, 1133 S. Charles St., (410) 244-1133, shopbrightside.com

”The Velvet Underground & Nico“ ($20), Protean Records, 836 Leadenhall St., (410) 227-3006, facebook.com/ProteanRecords

Daft Punk Box Set ($120), Protean Records, 836 Leadenhall St., (410) 227-3006, facebook.com/ProteanRecords

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