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Sure, you can find jewels and upscale clothing in suburban Towson Town Center, on its "Designer floor", albeit the stores are tightly edited. But where Baltimore really shines is in its indie stores (though many have been recently gentrified out of their brick and mortar existence), its appealing locally crafted products, vintage things from a bygone area.
Independent clothing stores in Baltimore are different from their counterparts in other large cities. Certainly for those stores that cater to younger shoppers, their vibe is welcoming and laid-back, not disdainful. Baltimore's young generation, even when well-heeled, just doesn't "do" snobby!
Fun, funky and thought-provoking collide at Atomic Books.
Baltimore is a melting pot of ethnic groups from across the world. Little boutiques, stores, carts in malls, stalls at farmers markets are sources of interesting and hard to find goods.
Just like the chicken and the egg: is it the global interest in movies like Diner and Hairspray that encouraged Baltimore's antiques and vintage stores or was it vice versa? Either way, Baltimore has whole antiques and vintage neighborhoods, though their numbers are rapidly shrinking and shifting in the face of rising rents and other reasons.
Baltimore is the home of several locally made food and beverage products that make cherished gifts.