Hampden's in the Details

Hampden's in the Details (NOAH SCIALOM / June 17, 2014)

We love shopping and if you think that’s shallow you can just stop judging—we don’t have to justify a little retail therapy when it comes to Baltimore. Whether it’s tourist-like window shopping in a ’hood across town, getting inspiration from the chicest boutiques, or avoiding the same old cheaply made Target wares, shopping locally is where it’s at. We love a cheap thrill, and they aren’t hard to find in Charm City neighborhoods teeming with fabulous shops and keeping-it-real stores.


Federal Hill


Alliance Comics (904 Light St., [410] 685-0021) joins the forces of print and three dimensions, all for the good of comics and their fans.

American Apparel (1125 Light St., [410] 244-7260,americanapparel.net), although known for trendy ’80s pieces that really only work if you were too young to wear them in the ’80s, does sell perfect basics.

Apothecary Wellness (1200 Light St., [443] 540-4022, apothecary-wellness.com) is a spa with a well-turned-out boutique of holistic body and facial items, soaps, and oils.

The Book Escape (805 Light St., [410] 504-1902,thebookescape.com) is definitely one of the city’s best used bookstores—plus points for the romance section nestled in the old fireplace.

Brightside Boutique and Art Studio (1133 S. Charles St., [410] 244-1133, with a second location in Fells Point, brightsidebaltimore.com) offers well-curated clothing, shoes, and pretty little gold necklaces up front, and a tattoo parlour in the rear.

Cottage Kidz (1129 Light St., [410] 962-5556,cottagekidzboutique.com) sells some freaking cute clothes for the city kidz you know.

Dan Brothers Shoes (1032 S. Charles St., [410] 752-8175) is a Baltimore shoe institution and with good reason, selling only brands that will last you forever and never go out of style.

Doggie Style (1130 Light St., [410] 347-7575,federalrestoration.net) is like PetSmarter, with a green bent and two cats licking each other in the window!

Klein’s Antiques (912 S. Charles St., [410] 752-6562,kleinsantiques.com) keeps a tight selection of antiques minus the crippity-crap that seems to collect in similar shops. Plus, shop cat.

Light Street Cycles (1124 Light St., [410] 685-2234,lightstcycles.com) keeps your two wheels rolling and offers a steady selection of refurbished rides when yours won’t.

Lovelace Showroom (1201 Light St., [410] 528-5978, lovelacetoujours.com) rolls with urban looks for both men and women and totally unique smaller designers.

Morstein’s Jewelers (1114 Light St., [410] 727-3232, morsteinsjewelers.com), the oldest jewelry store in Bmore, probably has your wedding rings, should you be in the market.

Pandora’s Box (50 E. Cross St., [410] 244-1442, facebook.com/shoppandorasbox) contains great gifts for your mom and fun Baltimore stuff for out-of-towners.

Protean Records (925 S. Charles St., [410] 227-3006, proteanrecords.com) sells used media of all kinds from a good-sized selection.

Tobacco Hut and Gifts (1003 S. Charles St., [410] 244-0023) smells tobacco-dy delicious and offers well-worn leather armchairs for testing out the rolled goods.


Fells Point