So, you’re visiting New York City for the first time, or maybe your best friend is going to grad school in Boston and you finally have a free weekend to make the trip. You’ve geared up for a huge shopping excursion and have specifically left room in your Botkier Weekender Hobo for many a choice purchase. You reach your destination, set out to hit all of the best shops, then suddenly realize that you have no idea where you are headed. Those touristy books are never any help, but wouldn’t it be great if there was some sort of shopping resource that could map out all of a city’s undiscovered retail gems?
Former Lucky magazine editor (and just slightly obsessed shop-aholic) Meredith Barnett felt the need to help all of us that are out-of-the-know and launched the ultimate online shopping forum. StoreAdore writers have scoured the internet and some of the country’s top cities (New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and Boston metro areas, so far) to profile the top boutiques.
You can search through these store profiles by city, neighborhood, product type, or notable attribute like “a downtown vibe” or “celeb favorite.” Then you can set up your own account on the site and post reviews about your favorite stores, create personal shopping guides (complete with Google map) so that others may learn where the best vintage shops are in Brooklyn, for example, and you can even post photos of your most coveted items on Shopbop. Best of all, you will be able to receive exclusive discounts from all of your favorite stores nationwide.