If you're looking for a gently used antique treasure, look no further than this collection of 75 shops. Antique Row, affectionately called The Avenue of the Arts by those in-the-know, offers a wide range of relics to rummage through. You'll find classic furniture and accessories, the type found at estate sales and auctions. Expect to find ornate mahogany picture frames and oak furniture. Some shopkeepers offer specialized services, such as restoration and gilding.
Although you'll find everything from cookbooks to travel guides here, this store specializes in old, rare and used books by well-known authors. If you're looking for a first edition or collectible book, this is the place to come. This four-story shop boasts some 85,000 titles, including a first edition of Moby Dick and relics from as far back as the 15th Century. The shop encourages browsing and offers something for every budget, from half-price paperbacks to rare and costly books.
Normal's Books & Records shop offers a vast collection of small/regional press publications and second-hand titles. The inventory includes an impressive fiction and poetry section and children's books. You'll also find art books for the coffee table, and titles that cover a range of topics from African American culture to Zen. The store also stocks a large selection of records, compact discs, 45s and videos. The owners, a group of four men, also provide information on poetry readings and alternative music.
“Literary Finds for Mutated Minds.” This is the sign that welcomes visitors to this bookshop, a haven for counter-culture fans and would-be revolutionaries. The store's inventory includes comic books, magazines on conspiracy theories and body art, and B-film videos. You'll also find an odd collection of action figures, from Ozzy Osbourne to Kiss, and plastic replicas of Van Gogh's ear.
Come to the Sandarac Gallery that hosts a unique collection of contemporary and ethnic arts and crafts from all over the world. The Gallery includes a variety of ceramics, jewelry, fabrics and antiques, particularly from Asia and the Middle East. American art also finds place on the shelves of Sandarac Gallery. This fantastic gallery rents as well as sells art and selected crafts.
Since 1845, the Cross Street Market has been a vital part of the Federal Hill neighborhood. The present structure, built in 1952, is home to 28 vendors, selling everything from cheese to tobacco, donuts to health foods. In addition to fresh food, merchants also have prepared foods available, perfect for a picnic or day trip. For those who enjoy raw clams and oysters, the raw bar here simply can't be beat for freshness or atmosphere.
Enjoy a unique shopping experience at Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar where visitors and tourists are exposed to the enormous quantity of fresh produce including fruits and veggies, poultry, seafood, beef, lamb, pork and specialty meats such as bison and rabbit. Organically grown herbs and spices along with dairy products such milk, yogurt, butter and gourmet cheeses are also found here. There are a number of vendors selling delicious hand-held snacks such as pit beef sandwiches, breakfast burritos, crepes, wood -fired pizzas, noodles, dumplings and many other multicultural cuisine offerings. There are also specialty vegan outlets where you get all things vegan friendly. You can also enjoy the occasional live music performances and cooking demonstrations. The bazaar also offers a variety of collectibles like jewelery, wooden items, stained glass, pottery, clothing and rugs. Ideal for a day out with the family, a visit to the farmers market is a great way of supporting small business.
Fresh meats, seafood and fruits, as well as baked goods, kosher-style corned beef and an array of international dishes can be found among the dozens of vendors at Lexington Market. The aromas and the variety of shoppers who flock to this 200-year-old market make for a colorful morning or afternoon visit. A food court surrounds a large stage, where events are held year round. Circus elephants visit the market in March, a crab race marks Preakness in May and an ice cream festival is held in July.
This independent book shop, the Book Escape, houses a huge selection of new and used books at the lowest prices. The neatly-shelved and sensibly-organized stock is complemented by comfortable chairs for relaxing and perusing before you buy. Their frequently displayed specials make your visit worth all the efforts you take.
Lucinda Gallery & Gifts specializes in showcasing art by local artists. You'll find a wide range of products for sale, including prints, handmade stationery, jewelry, ceramics and accessories. The gallery frequently hosts events with live music and refreshments. Please note: they are only open on the weekends and on the first Thursday of each month.