Best Bookstore that Also Sells Art Toys : Need one store to sell you the latest Chuck Palahniuk novel, a new Dark Knight compendium, and a limited-run Frank Kozik vinyl art doll? Head to Hampden’s Atomic Books .
Best Music Store Run by Musicians : Motor down to Fell’s Point’s The Sound Garden for not only the big new sounds, but the obscure old ones.
Best Traditional Men’s Clothing : If you want to dress like a Baltimore gentleman, acquit yourself to Jos. A. Bank for a proper selection of suits, tweeds, and overcoats.
Best Cool Men’s Clothing : Find exclusive brands of shirts, jeans, limited-run sneakers, and jackets, plus skater and biker apparel, at the awesome Shop Gentei in Mount Vernon.
Best Place to Buy a Dress and Gifts : The generally (but not exclusively) Latin-themed selection at Hampden’s Milagro spans great print dresses, handmade jewelry and trinkets, and fair-trade pottery and crafts.
Best Women’s Clothing : Urban Chic , in Harbor East, is a locally founded mini-chain that features some of the best and hippest bets in denim, footwear, and tops.
Best Enormous Furniture Store : From French country to English manor to Italian modernist, there’s no other store in town like the enormous Shofer’s in Federal Hill.
Best Day Spa : If you need a break from a grueling schedule of brunch, sightseeing, and shopping, you should take the edge off at Studio 921 Salon & Day Spa , near Federal Hill.
Best Kids’ Furnishings : From charming cribs to envy-inducing beds and dressers and everything in-between, if you don’t want to subject your kids to boring design, head to Bratt Decor in Belvedere Square.
Best Pet Shop : From luxurious little coats to delicious treats and chew toys, Canton’s Dogma has everything for your precious pooch or kitty.