Valerie Mayen's creations were already piping through Cleveland's fashion consciousness when she decided to open a storefront in 2011. What was once a piece you saw someone else wearing and had to scurry back to your computer to score for yourself is now an entire store of unique threads and accessories that keeps Cleveland looking classy. Mayen may be from Texas and might be nationally recognizable from her appearance on Project Runway, but she fell in love with Cleveland and set up shop in Detroit Shoreway, channeling the city's passion and her creative dreams into what readers roundly say is the best boutique in town. From coats to pants to shirts to dresses to jackets, Yellowcake will leave you feeling like you just stepped out of the pages of Vogue.
6500 Detroit Ave., 216-236-4073, yellowcakeshop.com.
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