I wouldn't buy my baby or toddlers shoes anywhere except Stride Rite. Both my kids get blisters from shoes I have tried to get other places, but the ones from Stride Rite always fit great. They specially train their staff to fit the kids foot the correct way. The shoes are expensive, but they are high quality and worth a little extra money.
The Yankee Candle Company in the Annapolis Harbor Center is a wonderful little store. I often go there to buy candles and holders as gifts and for my own home. They have every scent of candle you can imagine. It smells awesome when you walk in the door. The candles are good quality and last a long time.
The Barnes and Noble in the Annapolis Harbor Center is a very nice book store. They carry just about everything and if you need something they do not have they will order it for you. They have a nice little cafe, clean restrooms and free story times for young children. The service is good. If the line gets too long they always open a new register so you don't have to wait.
The Acme on Kent Island has a limited supply of some items in stock. Their prices are great, if you have a savings card. If you do not have a card, the prices are high. The store is a little dingy, but the service is good. They make surprisingly good party platters and cakes.
Abbey Floors on Kent Island is a nice store. It is really small, but they can order anything you need. I went in there looking for a specific type of floor stripper and they helped me get what I needed. The employees are nice and friendly. The prices also seem reasonable.
If you have some free time, TJ Maxx in Annapolis carries a lot of stuff at good prices. They have a huge inventory of mens, women's, and children's clothes, shoes, household decorations, toys, towels, sheets, etc. It takes awhile to look through, but occassionally I have found something great at a discount.
The Dollar Tree is jam packed with all kinds of STUFF. A lot of it is junky, but they do have some decent stuff, and true to their ads, everything is only $1. It is a big store and sometimes hard to find what you are looking for. The service is a little slow, and it takes forever to check out. They also don't have enough baskets for all their customers.
Yes, Toys R Us has an amazing selection of almost any toy, book or game a child could want. They have great sports equipment, movies, video games and very cute clothes. And their prices are fair. However the service leaves a lot to be desired. The sales people are not very friendly or helpful and I always have to wait a long time to check out.
I have been to the Lowes Annapolis Hotel several times and it is always a wonderful experience. I attended a beautiful rehersal dinner there, and have had many great meals in their restaurant. The rooms are gorgeous and the service is really good. The hotel is located right near downtown Annapolis. It is pricey, but worth it.
I have seen so many amazingly gorgeous portraits done by Beauregards that I am taking my son's there to have their pictures taken. The quality of the work is wonderful. They truly are works of art. Of course you do pay for the quality and it is very expensive. But it is top notch, so it is worth a little extra.