Shopping in Baltimore is a joy. The stores, vary so much from neighborhood to neighborhood—and within the neighborhoods themselves and fit any budget. Happy spending.
Published: October 10, 2012
We used to think we didn’t like shopping—all that wandering around staring at racks of 20 of the same shirt in different colors, often with some chick nearby wearing exactly what we were thinking about buying. Ho-hum. But shopping in Baltimore is a different story. The stores, most of them of the independent/not chain variety, vary so much from neighborhood to neighborhood—and within the neighborhoods themselves—that you could bring home armloads of stuff and still end up with a load entirely different than your shopping buddy’s. Plus, like most places in Baltimore, there’s plenty of stuff for every budget, and sales seem to pop up all the time. Happy spending, for real.
Alliance Comics (904 Light St.,  685-0021, alliancecomicsonline.com) hosts writers, speakers, and the like in addition to selling comics and associated stuffs.
American Apparel (1125 Light St.,  244-7260, americanapparel.net) offers simple, streamlined classics like tanks, tees, and dresses.
The Book Escape (805 Light St.,  504-1902, thebookescape.com) buys and sells new and used books of the old-fashioned paper variety.
Curiosity (1033 S. Charles St.,  727-6262, curiosityforthehome.com) has items for the home to spark your inner interior designer.
Doggie Style (1130 Light St.,  347-7575, doggiestyle2.com) takes care of all your barking and meowing animal needs.
Klein’s Antiques (912 S. Charles St.,  752-6562, kleinsantiques.com) is itself an antique, a Fed Hill mainstay since the 1930s.
Light Street Cycle (1124 Light St.,  685-2234, lightstcycles.com) offers advice and equipment for Baltimore’s cycling scene.
Lovelace Showroom (1201 Light St.,  528-5978, lovelacetoujours.com) has hip clothing for Baltimore trendsetters.
Morstein’s Jewelers (1114 Light St.,  727-3232, morsteinsjewelers.com) is a third generation family owned jewelry store. They also do restorations.
Pandora’s Box (50 E. Cross St.,  244-1442, facebook.com/shoppandorasbox) is a small space packed full of colorful jewelry, coffee mugs, and painted doorstops.
Phina’s (919 South Charles St.,  685-0911, phinas.com) focus is bedding and linens, but they also carry small gifts, like yummy-smelling bars of soap.
Tobacco Hut and Gifts (1003 S. Charles St.,  244-0023) has your lungs covered with shisha, hookah, cigars, and other products.
Vanessa’s Treasures (1132 S. Charles St.,  752-3224) has a ton of vintage jewelry, plus antiques for your home.
Warrior Emporium (1228 Light St.,  625-9278, warrioremporium.com) is the go-to location for aspiring karate kids.
Zelda’s Zen (46 E. Cross St.,  625-2424) has clothing and jewelry to make you feel like a gypsy, and funny greeting cards too.
After Midnight (819 S. Broadway,  563-3870) bursts with bright floral patterned clothing, ready for a vacation in Rio.
A Good Yarn (1738 Aliceanna St.,  327-3884, agoodyarn.com) is not only chock full of quality yarn, but also offers classes for all knitting levels.
Amour Trouve (2108 Fleet St., boutiqueat.bigcartel.com) is full of feisty and fashionable clothing.
AMuse (1623 Thames St.,  342-5000, amusetoys.com) is the perfect little toy shop to find simple wooden toys and puzzles right next to your modern buzzers and blinkers.
Another Period In Time (1708 Fleet St.,  675-4776, anotherperiod.com) has cool old things in every price range.
The Antique Man (1806-12 Fleet St.,  732-0932, theantiquemanltd.com) buys and sells old stuff that could be worth way more than your grandma said it was. They also have a giant mummy.
Babe. (a boutique) (1716 Aliceanna St.,  244-5114, babeaboutique.com) is the best little boutique around; the prices sometimes creep up into triple digits, but the clearance rack and sales are bangin’.
Capital Mac (714 S. Broadway,  657-8000, capitalmac.com) will take care of your mac needs, whether is be a tune-up or the latest iWhatever.
Corduroy Button (1625 Thames St.,  276-5437) offers children’s clothes as cute as the shop’s name.
Cupcake (813 S. Broadway,  522-0941, cupcake-shop.com) might make you feel a bit famous with its classy collection of dresses and staples.
Fashion Attic (1926 Fleet St.,  276-0817, thefashionattic.com) is a must for used clothes in good shape and at killer prices.
Fells Point Surf Co. (1631 Thames St.,  276-7873, fpsurfco.com) is like getting to shop a Billabong or Pacific Sunwear without having to step foot in a mall.
Gorilla King Comics (1711 Aliceanna St.,  327-0181) has all the latest comics and holds regular gaming nights upstairs.
Hats in the Belfry (813-B S. Broadway,  342-7480, hatsinthebelfry.com) is not your day-at-the-beach hat store. With some triple digit prices, come here before your fancy day at the Kentucky Derby or if you are /really/ into fedoras.
Inka Kuya (817 S. Broadway,  276-5396, inkakuya.weebly.com) stocks Peruvian arts, from wood carving to warm alpaca fur hats.
Joe’s Bike Shop (723-B South Broadway,  869-3435, mtwashingtonbikes.com) sells bikes and all the necessary accouterments.
Katwalk (1709 Aliceanna St., PHONE TK, facebook.com/KatwalkFashionShowroom) offers urban styles ready for the runway.
Killer Trash (602 S. Broadway,  675-2449) always has a funky window display and used clothing/accessories/stuff collection to match.
Maja (1744 Aliceanna St.,  327-9499, majacollections.com) is strongly influenced by African and Asian styles, giving this clothing and jewelry store an earthy vibe.
Party Dress (723 S. Broadway,  675-5105, partydressboutique.com) is two floors of its namesake, a must before any fancy evening out. Check out the Hampden location too.
Poppy and Stella (728 S. Broadway,  522-1970, poppyandstella.com) sells shoes, shoes, shoes—plus a small collection of clothing—in a breezy, beachy storefront.
Squidfire (1628 Thames St.,  327-3300, squidfire.com) is one of the coolest shops around, with screenprinted tees, tanks, hoodies, and bags that are part clothing and part art.
Su Casa (901 S. Bond St.,  522-7010, esucasa.com) and Pad (down the street at 1500 Thames St.,  563-4723, pad-furniture.com) both have stuff for the home and a great collection of furniture.
TAG Galleries (732 S. Broadway,  759-7639, taggalleries.com) sells art and men’s and women’s clothing with a focus toward promoting local artists.
Ten Thousand Villages (1621 Thames St.,  342-5568, tenthousandvillages.com) lets you shop the world without leaving Fells Point.
Trixie’s Palace (1704 Thames St.,  558-2195, trixiespalace.com) is a ton of fun, with clothes, bags, jewelry, books, stationary, and anything else you might need to brighten yourself up.
Wind River (1714 Thames St. No. 2,  276-7911) is your spot for free flowy skirts in the summer and cute cozy sweaters in the fall, with a bent toward the hippie/boho.
Anthropologie (280 International Drive, anthropologie.com) is the study of fresh style in a pleasantly ungeneric chain store.
Bin 604 (604 S. Exeter St.,  576-0444, bin604.com) holds wine tastings and classes in addition to selling its great selection of bottles.
City Sports (809 Aliceanna St.,  837-4420, citysports.com) will keep your body looking great while you work hard to make it, well, greater.
Glarus Chocolatier (644 S. Exeter St.,  727-6601, glaruschocolatier.com) is oh-my-god-heavenly chocolate. Just go.
Hand Bags in the City (840 Aliceanna St.,  528-1443, handbagsinthecity.com) is pretty self-explanatory, with fancy brands and a sweet sale rack.
J. Crew (120 International Drive,  779-4700, jcrew.com) is the classic preppy store. Visit Connecticut without leaving Harbor East.
Sassanova (805 Aliceanna St.,  244-1114) will make you feel sweet, feminine, and flirty with its pretty collection of shoes and accessories.
South Moon Under (815 Aliceanna St.,  685-7820, southmoonunder.com) is beachy dressed up, and is one of the best place for men to shop casual in the city.
Urban Chic (811 Aliceanna St.,  685-1601, urbanchiconline.com) caters to the girls, guys, and kids who want to look, well, urban chic.
Whole Foods (1001 Fleet St.,  528-1640, wholefoodsmarket.com) aka Whole Paycheck, carries a great selection of yummy organic food, plus cleaners, paper goods, pet foods, and a fantastic salad bar.
Barnes and Noble (601 E. Pratt St.,  385-1709, barnesandnoble.com) is still in business and still believing in the whole dead tree books thing, phew!
The Gallery (200 E. Pratt St.,  332-4191, harborplace.com) features mall shops like Aldo, Bath and Body Works, and Claire’s, but with a view of the harbor and no suburb traffic.
Harbor Place Pratt Street Pavilion (200 E. Pratt St.,  332-4191, harborplace.com) offers all your touristy tchotchkes and foodie needs.
Harbor Place Light Street Pavilion (301 Light St.,  332-4191, harborplace.com) feeds you with a full food court after dressing you up at H&M and a two-story Urban Outfitters.
Joseph A. Bank (100 E. Pratt St.,  547-1700, josbank.com) dresses up the guys.
Beadazzled (501 N. Charles St.,  837-2323, beadazzled.net) sells all the stuff you need to bead your own jewelry and offers classes to teach you to do it, plus already made stuff for the less creatively inclined.
Chained Desires (136 W. Read St.  528-8441, chaineddesires.com) is a below-street level shop with goodies to go below your clothes.
The Doll House (525 N. Charles St.,  874-7900) is where you’ll find a killer, probably hand-made outfit that no one else will ever own.
Gian Marco Menswear (517 N. Charles St.,  347-7974, gianmarco.org) features Euro-style dress clothes for the stylish man.
OK Natural (11 W. Preston St.,  837-3911) is a cozy little natural food store that sells bulk and prepared foods in addition to stuff in boxes and bags.
A People United (516 N. Charles St.,  727-4471, apeopleunited.com) has the absolute coolest collection of furniture, plus clothes, accessories, and teas, most of which is brought back from the owner’s world travels.
Red Emma’s Bookstore and Coffeehouse (800 St. Paul St.,  230-0450, redemmas.org) promotes an alternative, radical lifestyle with books and zines, plus tables and a counter bar to enjoy coffee and delicious vegetarian and vegan food.
Salamander Used Books (519 N. Charles St.,  209-2323, salamanderbookseller.com) is a tiny bookstore below street level, and a must for anyone who loves to hold a book in their hands.
Star Won Fashions (515 Cathedral St.,  878-0203, starwon.blogspot.com) offers clothes to make you look red carpet worthy, just a block or two away from the main shopping drag on Charles.
The Woman’s Industrial Exchange (333 N. Charles St.,  685-4388, womansindustrialexchange.org) recently reopened its adorable restaurant, meaning you can sit down to some home-made food after browsing the cute selection of hand-made stuff for you and your home.
The Zone (813 N. Charles St.,  539-2817) sells used and vintage purses, clothes, and other sweet stuff.
9th Life (833 W. 36th St.,  534-9999, 9th-life.com) gives clothes and stuff one last chance to find a good home.
Avenue Antiques (901 W. 36th St.,  467-0329, avenueantiques.com) is a three-story antique-lovers dreams.
Atomic Books (3620 Falls Road,  662-4444, atomicbooks.com), co-owned by occasional City Paper contributor Benn Ray, is an indie bookstore that hosts fun events that are usually adult-beverage friendly.
The Bottom Drawer (1001 A. W. 36th St.,  783-8998, thebottomdrawer.net) doesn’t have to be where you keep your lingerie, but it should certainly be where you buy it.
Dreamland (845 W. 36th St.,  467-1582, myspace.com/dreamlandclothing) sells cool vintage clothing and accessories.
DoubleDutch (3616 Falls Road,  554-0055, doubledutchboutique.com) is great boutique with everything you need to look cute.
Hometown Girl (1001 W. 36th St.,  662-4438) dresses you up in Bmore gear whether you’re from here or not.
Hunting Ground (3649 Falls Road,  243-0789, shophuntingground.com) offers new and vintages pieces fit for the Hampden hipster.
In The Details (813 W. 36th St.,  889-0380, inthedetailsshop.com) has clothing options for every style and budget in a tiny store.
In Watermelon Sugar (3555 Chestnut Ave.,  662-9090, inwatermelonsugar.info) sells stuff for bath and home, plus a small selection of jewelry, all with a cool American desert look.
K Staton Boutique (817 W. 36th St.,  400-9113, kstaton.com) is the trendiest plus-size clothing store in town.
Ma Petite Shoe (832 W. 36th St.,  235-3442, mapetiteshoe.com) feeds you chocolate while selling you shoes, natch.
Milagro (1005 W. 36th St.,  235-3800) sells cute clothes and accessories that are, as one friend put it, not quite hippie.
Sixteen Tons (1100 W. 36th St.,  554-0101, shop16tons.com) is one for the guys, serving up classic men’s fashions, both new and vintage.
Sturgis Antiques (3554 Roland Ave.,  262-5383, sturgisantiques.com) tops off the neighborhood’s antique store collection with great art and stuff for your house.
Sugar (927 W. 36th St.  467-2632, sugartheshop.com) has all the sex stuff you need in a friendly environment—plus classes on blowjobs and cunnilingus.
Trohv (921 W. 36th St.,  366-3456, trohvshop.com), has two stories of hip but not in an annoying way book, jewelry, furniture and things for every room of the house, and all kinds of quirky stuff you didn’t know you wanted.
On the Road
Gogo’s Retread Threads ( 810-7512, gogosretreadthreads.com) offers killer used and vintage shoes, clothes, and accessories in a psychedelic bus that visits farmers markets, festivals, and the like.
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