Nomad got its start on Newbury Street in 1990 before migrating to Cambridge in 1998, where it occupies a space that used to house a witchcraft supply store (seriously). It has the feel of a well-curated global bazaar—a perfect mix of eclectic bohemianism and full-on luxury. There are gorgeous antique gold necklaces, Melissa Joy Manning opal stacking rings, and flawlessly embellished labels like Matta and Gary Graham. 1741 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-497-6677, nomadcambridge.com
The concept here is pretty brilliant: Grazi’s is part shoe shop, part wine store, meaning you can sample a glass of Shiraz in the ivy-strewn courtyard, then go inside to trawl for shoes from Frye , Report, Coconut and Naughty Monkey. From Charleston's Mount Pleasant neighborhood store listing.
The shop's statement is "the art of creating," but that could easily apply to its enchanting verge-of-chaos feel: It looks like an attic overstuffed with fanciful glassware, perfume, and jewelry. From Charleston's Mount Pleasant neighborhood store listing.
This boutique is adept at stocking the kinds of things that you first laugh at the sheer goofiness of, then decide you can't live without, like canisters of wooden sticks imprinted with fortunes (shake it up and one spits out). From Charleston's Mount Pleasant neighborhood store listing.
Located in a corner of downtown beloved for its pastel houses and narrow cobblestone streets, this stationery store—and its refined paper goods—is as elegant as the impossible historic surroundings. From Charleston's Other Downtown neighborhood store listing.
Stop by here for unusual gifts, like recycled-fabric totes by Spinster, a Charleston-based label (the line's designer acquires some of her materials in a most unusual way: Locals anonymously leave bags of cloth scraps on her stoop. From Charleston's Other Downtown neighborhood store listing.
This legendary footwear store is known as much for its spectacular range of brands—from K. Jacques to Dolce & Gabbana and Jimmy Choo. From Charleston's Lower King neighborhood store listing.
Gawk at the wafer-thin glass tumblers and delicate jewelry at this parlorlike shop, where nearly everything is opulent, stylish, and quite enticing. From Charleston's Lower King neighborhood store listing.
Standout pieces from Alice + Olivia, Mike & Chris, Foley + Corrina, and Rachel Pally are carefully arranged within this sleek shop, owned by tenth-generation Charlestonian Guilds Bennett. From Charleston's Lower King neighborhood store listing.
Brimming with sporty clothing, psychedelic Japanese toys, and slick robot-motif wall decals, this three year old shop stands out in the best possible way. From Charleston's Upper King neighborhood store listing.