The Lucky Store Directory

Cambridge and Somerville

Bird by Bird

New moms Lulu Davis and Debbie Bowman teamed up to offer kids' clothes that are cool, not precious—like Appaman tees printed with graphic planes and bikes.


1361 Cambridge St., 617-497-1361, mybirdbybird.com

The Garment District

This famous Cambridge vintage warehouse is broken down into several departments, but to our mind there are only two that matter. Those who like a good dig should hit the ground floor's Dollar-a-Pound (where the owners estimate they sell several million pounds of apparel a year) before heading upstairs to the women's section, where a trove of about 40,000 pieces awaits. They're all neatly sorted by color and style, which makes it easier to take in the sheer mass of offerings. And almost everything is under $15.


200 Broadway, Cambridge, 617-876-5230, garmentdistrict.com

Grand

Occupying a palatial former auto garage in up-and-coming Somerville, this newcomer is owned by two record-label veterans who were born within four days of each other. Maybe this bit of fortuitousness explains why their tastes are so uncannily similar: Cleverly designed finds abound, like doorstops cast after roller skates, molded plastic lamps, and Tobias Wong's sun jars.


374 Somerville Ave., Somerville, 617-623-2429, grandthestore.com

Passport

As its name suggests, this Harvard Square shop, owned by a business-school grad, is committed to all things travel. The essentials are here—cashmere wraps from White + Warren, Hayden-Harnett weekenders, itsy packs of stain remover from the Laundress—but what makes Passport so brilliant is the clothing. There are multitasking, wrinkle-resistant staples from Love Yaya and Twinkle by Wenlan that truly streamline the packing process.


43 Brattle St., Harvard Square, 617-576-0900, passportboutique.com

The Tannery

Cambridge institution the Tannery used to only sell comfortable walking shoes since the early '80s. In 2008, the owners decided to transform it into a fashion-forward retail destination. The cavernous 10,000-square-foot space has an insanely comprehensive selection of independent talent, from names like Pencey, Helmut Lang, and Sea. Beyond the impressive depth of cool clothes on offer, it also has one of the largest denim walls we've seen in a stand-alone boutique.


39 Brattle St., Harvard Square, 617-491-1811, thetannery.com