Nothing against Fifth Avenue or Rodeo Drive, but there are a host of unexpected shopping destinations popping up all over the country. From high fashion to incredible indie finds, beauty buys to hand-crafted goods, modern art to vintage furniture, these under-the-radar cities have it all — minus the crowded streets and oversized shopping malls. Check out our list of the best places to shop below, then get your credit card ready. You’ll probably want to leave a little extra room in your suitcase, too.
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Country music, biscuits, and can’t-miss shopping spots galore. Head to The Gulch for a mix of big-name chains and one-off boutiques, plus celeb shopping spots; it’s home to Kristen Cavallari’s Uncommon James, and Jesse James Decker’s Kittenish will also soon open there. A short drive away is the 12th South neighborhood, littered with eccentric fashion stores, roadside stands, and our favorite, White’s Mercantile, a play on an old-school general store.
Sun Valley, ID
This mountain town is home to all of the same high-end brands and labels you’d find in Beverly Hills; shop Elle Rose for Stella McCartney, Chloé, and The Row, or go to Déjà Vu for vintage designer pieces, like Chanel necklaces and Valentino blouses. Still, there are plenty of other unique (and more wallet-friendly) options, like Barkin’ Basement Thrift Store, where proceeds go to a local animal shelter. Check out the Hotel Ketchum, too, where there are always trendy new pop-ups happening.
Southern charm indeed. Hit up King Street for everything from fashionable boutiques to old-school bookstores. A few can’t miss shops: Croghan’s Jewel Box for custom jewelry, Blue Bicycle Books, and Ibu Movement, which has unique home wares made by female artisans from around the world.
Get (shopping) lucky in Kentucky at The Summit at Fritz Farm. With over 70 shops, there’s a little something for everyone, from national chains to Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James to all kinds of Kentucky swag at Kentucky for Kentucky. There are also plenty of hand-crafted goods from local artisans.
Fort Worth, TX
If western wear is your jam, this is your city. At the Stockyards, visit M.L. Leddy’s for authentic western clothing and boots, or Barbara’s Custom Hats for a (legit) cowboy hat. You can find western-inspired home décor, too, at Maven. There’s also The Shops at Clearfork, home to all kinds of luxury retail from national (think Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch), regional, and even local brands.
Asbury Park, NJ
It’s not just fist bumping and GTL-ing at the Jersey Shore. At the Grand Arcade at Convention Hall in Bruce Springsteen’s hometown, there are plenty of cool stores that are open year-round. Carla Gizzi has awesome home goods, Lightly Salted is a surf shop meets art gallery, and Big Spoon Little Spoon is a mom-and-pop shop where they specialize in handcrafted soaps and herbal remedies.
In need of some home décor? Visit this quaint city, which features tons of options for home and clothing shopping alike. Trouvaille Home has an eclectic mix of vintage furniture and new, custom upholstery — at prices that are totally reasonable, even if you factor in shipping costs. There’s also Snob Shop, a 40-year old consignment store that sells everything from clothes to crystal.