Want to take a piece of your trip home with you? Unique shopping districts pepper our state. You’re bound to find shopping packed with local flavor along these Main Street districts.
Unique Shopping in Baltimore
Even in a big city like Baltimore, you'll find charming small-town shopping. Hampden, in northwest Baltimore, features The Avenue—a collection of shops that reflect Baltimore’s quirky, endearing style. There’s something for every shopping maven: independent book and record shops, trendy apparel and shoes, furniture, and niche antiques shops specializing in the bizarre and campy.
Modern Main Street Shopping in Ellicott City
Long known for its antiques shops, today you’ll also find trendy boutiques and local artisans along Ellicott City’s historic Main Street—which made the final four in online voting in Parade Magazine’s “America’s Best Main Street” contest in 2014. After a morning or afternoon of shopping, relax in one of their unique eateries which include fine French and global fusion restaurants, a brew pub and a wine and tapas lounge. Moments from the Hollofield area of Patapsco Valley State Park, the historic district also hosts Chesapeake Shakespeare Company for outdoor summer performances “in the ruins” at the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park. Other special events draw visitors year-round, including a plein air painting competition, farmers market, outdoor movie nights, ghost tours, concerts and festivals.
Berlin’s Charming Antiques Stores
With a population of about 4,500, Berlin is small but it packs a lot of charm. This Eastern Shore gem has an Arts & Entertainment District along with gift, jewelry and antiques shops. Year round second Friday events include performances, pageants and quirky races like the bathtub races and high heel races.
Pet-Friendly Shops in Frederick
Best known for antiques, Frederick’s lively downtown has an assortment of shops including clothing, home furnishings, toys and more. A dog park and numerous shops and eateries that are dog-friendly make Frederick a great pick for people traveling with their pets. Make sure your trip coincides with one of the special events on the first Saturday of each month.
Crafts and Candies in Havre de Grace
In Havre de Grace, St. John Street anchors the shopping hub along the Susquehanna River. Shops specialize in everything from toys and candy to leather goods and global fair-trade crafts. From April through December, the festive First Fridays’ market features live music and merchant promotions.
Cumberland’s Artistic Flair
Set among the Alleghany Mountains, Cumberland’s railroad roots have given way to an arts focus in the town’s open-air pedestrian Town Centre. Shops include country décor, a tea parlor, and studios specializing in woodwork, leather, pottery and yarn. Don’t miss the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Gift Shop, which celebrates all things locomotive.
Other Maryland Main Streets
Recently celebrating its 250th year, historic Westminster has a cute downtown lined with shops selling comics, ceramics, fashion jewelry, cycling gear and more. In Annapolis, shoppers enjoy a variety of upscale boutiques along picturesque Maryland Avenue, while shopping in Takoma Park reveals the town’s hippie heritage, with merchants who specialize in bicycles, beads, fair-trade artisan crafts, and vintage-style boutiques.