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New Avenue

Hampden may be the city’s home of kitsch, but a stretch of West 36th Street dubbed “The Avenue” challenges that timeworn rep. Stylish boutiques like Doubledutch (pictured) offer racks of new and vintage fashions (some handmade), classic menswear store 16 Tons stocks basics like structured jackets, and Charlotte Elliot holds antique home treasures. Bookworms find classic lit and indie comics at Atomic Books before hitting coffeehouses like Spro and A Common Ground for laidback vibes and ultra-fancy brews.

Doubledutch, 410.554.0055, www.doubledutchboutique.com
16 Tons, 410.554.0101, www.shop16tons.com
Charlotte Elliot, 410.243.0990, www.charlotteelliot.com
Spro, 410.243.1262, www.sprocoffee.com
A Common Ground, 410.235.5533, www.facebook.com/CommGroundCafe