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It's no secret that we're pretty proud of our world-class shopping here in Las Vegas. People vacation here for the shopping. While it can seem like the be-all-end-all of stateside bricks and mortar, we'd like to shed a little light on some other cities. After all, what are you supposed to do on a weekend out of town—not shop?

Racked Boston editor Susie Kostaras has generously provided a list of ten stores that will give us a run for our money, in more than one sense. Pop into Louis for luxury exclusives, sneak behind a secret Snapple door at Bodega to find a world of streetwear, and finish your weekend with a Sunday browse of the SoWa Vintage Market. We're certain you'll head home with something you couldn't find in Las Vegas. All ten stores are in handy map form after the jump.


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Harvard Book Store

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Block out a chunk of time when you visit this landmark indie bookseller, founded in 1932, which contrary to its name has no affiliation with Harvard University. Readers can pore over the latest bestselling titles or poke around an extensive selection of used books—and then maybe stay for one of the many author lectures in a packed event series schedule. A history of innovation includes eco-friendly bike delivery in the area and a book-making robot to aid in self publishing.
Nearly a century old and having inhabited a historic Back Bay building for the latter part of the twentieth century, the fine retailer moved itself to the waterfront several seasons ago. Since then, fashion lovers have adored this department store for high end threads from the likes of Proenza Schouler and Jason Wu, intoxicating Diptyque candles, snacks at Sam's, and new hairdos at Salon Mario Russo.

Ball And Buck

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Guys love this camo-clad habitat for Americana-inspired threads, kicks, and accessories, usually part of limited edition collabs and all of which are made in the USA. With a commitment to domestic jobs, the team also keeps customers looking fresh at the in-store barbershop.

The Tannery

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The Tannery has been a Greater Boston mainstay for decades, and the Boylston Street flagship is just the spot to ogle a variety of footwear from Frye, ritzy outdoor apparel from Canada Goose, and upscale fashion on each store level, our favorite of which is obviously Curated by The Tannery for designers like rag & bone, Kimberly Ovitz, and Helmut Lang.

The Frye Company

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Frye has all the makings of a Newbury Street legend: Massachusetts roots (the company was founded here 150 years ago), a revamped historic space, 9000 hand-hung harness rings on the ceiling, and 800 styles to carry the leather-obsessed through each season. It's worth a look.
The secret Snapple entrance is a rite of passage to many streetwear enthusiasts far and wide—no surprise given its close proximity to the universities. Since the secret is already out, we won't keep mum on the killer selection of all the sneaker favorites, jackets from Schott and Dr. Romanelli, Super and even vintage Cazal eyewear. And if you want a snack, the literal bodega is open too.

Follain

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This newcomer has caught nationwide attention for its blend of American-made, all natural beauty inventory. Pick up some regionally sourced castile soap, Gwyneth Paltrow-approved skincare, beeswax lip balm, and chemical-free cosmetics—owner Tara Foley will happily walk you through each product.

Bobby from Boston

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People claim this is the best men's vintage shopping around, and a small women's selection is available too. Amazing bags, preppy wears of yesteryear, and a totally cool ambiance are the attraction here.

SoWa Vintage and SoWa Open Markets

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For the past decade, Bostonians have been strolling SoWa's markets on Sundays in search of clever trinkets, unusual decor, locally crafted items, and a cluster of vintage and antique vendors. Indoors you'll find the year-round Vintage Market, with May through October adding on an outdoor farmer's market, food and fashion truck gatherings, and tent upon tent of distinctive buys. Come fall, artisans prep for the notorious Holiday Market.

Patch NYC

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Given their worldwide fame as artists and collaborators with Target and Anthropologie, we dig that the creative pair behind this design dynasty still calls a little South End courtyard home. The headquarters and shop are a warm setting for striking jewelry and home goods, many of which are private label and all of which are keepers.

Harvard Book Store

Block out a chunk of time when you visit this landmark indie bookseller, founded in 1932, which contrary to its name has no affiliation with Harvard University. Readers can pore over the latest bestselling titles or poke around an extensive selection of used books—and then maybe stay for one of the many author lectures in a packed event series schedule. A history of innovation includes eco-friendly bike delivery in the area and a book-making robot to aid in self publishing.

Louis

Nearly a century old and having inhabited a historic Back Bay building for the latter part of the twentieth century, the fine retailer moved itself to the waterfront several seasons ago. Since then, fashion lovers have adored this department store for high end threads from the likes of Proenza Schouler and Jason Wu, intoxicating Diptyque candles, snacks at Sam's, and new hairdos at Salon Mario Russo.

Ball And Buck

Guys love this camo-clad habitat for Americana-inspired threads, kicks, and accessories, usually part of limited edition collabs and all of which are made in the USA. With a commitment to domestic jobs, the team also keeps customers looking fresh at the in-store barbershop.

The Tannery

The Tannery has been a Greater Boston mainstay for decades, and the Boylston Street flagship is just the spot to ogle a variety of footwear from Frye, ritzy outdoor apparel from Canada Goose, and upscale fashion on each store level, our favorite of which is obviously Curated by The Tannery for designers like rag & bone, Kimberly Ovitz, and Helmut Lang.

The Frye Company

Frye has all the makings of a Newbury Street legend: Massachusetts roots (the company was founded here 150 years ago), a revamped historic space, 9000 hand-hung harness rings on the ceiling, and 800 styles to carry the leather-obsessed through each season. It's worth a look.

Bodega

The secret Snapple entrance is a rite of passage to many streetwear enthusiasts far and wide—no surprise given its close proximity to the universities. Since the secret is already out, we won't keep mum on the killer selection of all the sneaker favorites, jackets from Schott and Dr. Romanelli, Super and even vintage Cazal eyewear. And if you want a snack, the literal bodega is open too.

Follain

This newcomer has caught nationwide attention for its blend of American-made, all natural beauty inventory. Pick up some regionally sourced castile soap, Gwyneth Paltrow-approved skincare, beeswax lip balm, and chemical-free cosmetics—owner Tara Foley will happily walk you through each product.

Bobby from Boston

People claim this is the best men's vintage shopping around, and a small women's selection is available too. Amazing bags, preppy wears of yesteryear, and a totally cool ambiance are the attraction here.

SoWa Vintage and SoWa Open Markets

For the past decade, Bostonians have been strolling SoWa's markets on Sundays in search of clever trinkets, unusual decor, locally crafted items, and a cluster of vintage and antique vendors. Indoors you'll find the year-round Vintage Market, with May through October adding on an outdoor farmer's market, food and fashion truck gatherings, and tent upon tent of distinctive buys. Come fall, artisans prep for the notorious Holiday Market.

Patch NYC

Given their worldwide fame as artists and collaborators with Target and Anthropologie, we dig that the creative pair behind this design dynasty still calls a little South End courtyard home. The headquarters and shop are a warm setting for striking jewelry and home goods, many of which are private label and all of which are keepers.