New Boutique ‘Gifted’ Opens on Cross Street in Federal Hill, Sells Locally-Made Products

| December 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

Brooke Russ opened the Gifted boutique in a 325 sq. ft. space at 46 E. Cross St. in Federal Hill. The space was formerly the home of Zelda Zen and Pixilated Federal Hill. It has also been used for several pop-up shops in recent years.

Russ is the owner of Trisha’s Almond Toffee, which is sold online as well as at local festivals and events. Russ uses a commercial kitchen in Morrell Park to make the toffee. She came across the opportunity to open Gifted in Federal Hill after speaking with her Morrell Park landlord, who is also the owner of the Cross Street building. Russ has always been interested in having store for her toffee business and the space was a good fit.

Russ decided to call some of her friends who she had met at festivals around Baltimore and who also have artisan businesses to see if they’d be interested in selling products at Gifted, which opened on Black Friday. The entire plan and setup of the store all came together in just a few weeks, according to Russ. She said the store’s name is inspired by the talents of the vendors sold at the store, but also because it’s a place to buy gifts.

Gifted sells Trisha’s Almond Toffee, along with handmade products from eight additional, mostly-local businesses. Items include women’s clothing, jewelry, framed artwork, wine glasses, pillows, cards, candles, and Maryland- and holiday-themed items. Several items sold at Gifted benefit charitable causes.

Russ is undecided yet if Gifted will be a pop-up store or a permanent fixture in Federal Hill, but she confirmed it will be open until at least Christmas Eve. She will use the time to get a feel for running the store and the customer response.

Gifted is open Thursday through Sunday from 11am-6pm.

Gifted joins several other new Federal Hill boutiques including CJKollectiveEchoes Vintage, Irregular Exposure Showroom & Fashion Academy, and Thistle Butter Collective.

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