It doesn't matter if you plan to mind your P's & Q's or not — you'll want to make a visit to the South Street emporium of the same name. Family owned and operated, this well-designed shop offers a selection of hand-picked goods that exude quality and style. Labels including Baldwin, Gant Rugger, Naked and Famous, New Balance, Pendleton, Patagonia, Tretorn, Power House, and Taschen fill the shelves, encompassing everything from shirts and denim to shoes, accessories, and books. Whether you live in the area or are just stopping by, it's worth a visit.
We've long been fans of Topo Designs' gear, and finally there's a place to browse their whole catalog at once. The new flagship Topo Designs Store gives you an opportunity to browse their range of bags, apparel, and accessories, from accessory pulls and wallets to klettersacks and duffel bags. Also on offer are some choice outdoorsy magazines, as well as a range of camping and outdoor equipment and a solid selection of sunglasses. And as you might expect from an outdoor-focused company, the store itself is easy on the environment, as it's built from two recycled shipping containers, giving it an appropriately rugged feel.
Sure, Michigan might not be the first place you think of for a surfboard shop, but anyone who's ever been out on the Great Lakes can attest to the surfing being just fine — if you know where to find it. Third Coast Surf Shop seeks to outfit these hardy lake surfers, offering a full compliment of wetsuits, leashes, wax, racks, carriers, surfboards, paddleboards, skateboards, magazines, books, surfing DVDs, and self-branded shirts, hoodies, sandals, and hats. In addition, the company runs another location in New Buffalo, so you have more than one place to get geared up.
Most people might know it better by the name of the TV show it was featured on — Miami Ink — but by any name, the artists at Love Hate Tattoo Studio are some of the best in the business. Owned by Ami James and Chris Nunez, this shop is located just where you'd expect — in South Beach — and is home to a dozen artists, each with their own strengths. While they still handle walk-ins, they're rather popular (as should be expected), so it's probably best to make an appointment if you plan on getting work done while you're in town.
The Marvel Bar is one of the best bars in town. The Bachelor Farmer is one of the area's best restaurants. But the brothers behind them weren't satisfied, so they had to go and open one of the best mens stores in the area, too. Taking up a 1,000 square foot corner of the same restored warehouse that's home to the aforementioned purveyors of food & booze, Askov Finlayson is a well-curated collection of high-quality goods any guy would be happy to own. With a line of self-branded co-op goods and products from the likes of Apolis, Barbour, Fjällräven, Poler, Shinola, Topo Designs, and more, you're bound to find something to take home — even if you didn't mean to.
Opened in 2001, Turntable Lab isn't just a store — it's a destination for DJs and music lovers alike. Set in the East Village, this tiny store offers an excellent of turntables (of course), speakers, and other audio equipment, as well as a vast collection of vinyl, ranging from new releases to undisputed classics. Having trouble making a decision on your purchase? Not to worry, as the store also boasts some of the most knowledgeable staff around. Oh, and be sure to keep your eyes open for well-known musicians — after all, they have to shop somewhere, too.
Typically when you hear the words "shirt" and "coffee" or "drink" used in the same sentence, someone's describing and unfortunate spill that happened at an inopportune time. But at the Shirt Bar, these strange bedfellows come together to create a fantastic shopping experience. Situated on Sussex, this intriguing shop offers a huge range of shirts and ties form the likes of Ganton, Jensen, and more, as well as joe from Fat Coffee, a selection of dark spirits from all over the world — including 12 single malt whiskies — signature cocktails, Australian wines, and champagne. Sure beats the department store. [Scouted by Tyler]
Did you know that Muléh means "to come home" in Javanese? Neither did we, until we made a stop by this Logan Circle shop. The name comes from owner Christopher Reiter, who returned to the states after four years in Southeast Asia to create a store that reflected the design sensibilities of the region. Inside, you'll find intriguing, original furnishings, including couches, chairs, tables, beds, dressers, and lighting, all with a distinctly Asian flair. Have a lady in your life? They also have a selection of women's fashion designed in NYC, LA, Paris, and Milan, and for out-of-towners, there's an outpost in Chelsea, as well.
If you're just looking to get a tiny, silver dollar-sized star, heart, or some other clichéd mark on your body, there are plenty of shops you can go to. But if you're looking for an actual piece of art, on a scale commensurate with its quality, try getting an appointment at Analog Tattoo. Staffed by world-renowned tattooists, this shop specializes in large-scale projects like sleeves, back, shoulder, and side pieces — but is of course capable of cranking out terrific smaller work as well, provided they like you. As with any great shop, you might have to wait a while to get in, but in the end, it's well worth it.
It doesn't matter what sort of gift you're looking for — artwork, fragrances, flowers — you're likely to find something at Grange Hall. This curious Uptown shop offers a bit of European flavor in the middle of Texas, with unique objects that can border on the bizarre but tend to fall on the right side of the weird line by adding a touch of whimsy to the proceedings. Oh, and the store is also home to Urban Flower, arguably the best flower shop in the city and supplier to many of the area's best hotels/restaurants/party hosts.
It doesn't really matter what it is you're looking for — or if you're looking for anything at all, for that matter — Agora is worth the stop. Located in downtown, not far from the 40 Watt Club, this locally-owned co-op features vintage and antique goods from nearly 50 sellers. In addition to the expected clothing, the shop also offers mid-century modern furniture, LPs, turntables on which to play those LPs — including some great console-style players — jewelry, art, and knick knacks. As with all vintage shops, the selection can be hit or miss depending on what you're looking for, but expect far more hits that misses — enough so that we'd also make you you leave extra room in your vehicle for hauling your unexpected bounty home.
Thanks to their handy online store, Homage tees can be found on commoners and celebs far and wide. But if you're looking to get the full-on Homage experience, you need to head to the Homage Easton Store. Located in the fashionable Easton Town Center, this 2,600 square foot shop offers more than just the company's line of tees, hoodies, hats, and sweats, most notably interesting fixtures like the back end of a '73 VW bus — used to highlight Surf Ohio gear — and a vintage scoreboard. Given the location, it's no surprise that the store is heavy on OSU, OU, Bengals, Browns, Reds, and Indians gear, but you don't need to be a Buckeye or Bobcat to appreciate the vintage NBA JAM arcade machine and free Mexican Cokes.