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10 Stores in Allston/Brighton for Bikes, Thrifting, Kicks and More

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New to Boston or simply looking for new stomping grounds? Summer is the perfect time to explore our dozens of neighborhoods, so for your shopping ease, we'll be mapping the top shops in each area over the coming weeks.

A new crop of doe-eyed students will swarm the streets of Boston next week, with the epicenter of their perch in Allston and Brighton. Are you in that scholarly group and not sure where to shop? Think the area is only good for dive bars and cheap eats? Both well-know and off-the-radar stores line the streets of these often paired-up neighborhoods—ideal for those seeking thrifty buys, all things bicycles, and goods for rural (hiking) and urban (skateboarding) sports. Here we've rounded up 10 of those spots, from the middle of Boston University to the Harvard fields by Soldiers Field Road.


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Bostonwood

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This supplier in Packard's Corner is known for unfinished wood furniture, from storage boxes to desks and more. Paint 'em gold, neon, or do a nice glossy finish—work on the DIY of your dreams.

Urban Outfitters

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It wouldn't be A/B without hoards of Urban Outfitters outfitted kids. The in-house BDG line is a friendly price for college students and everything else feeds the hunger for trends. Bonus: No horrendous B line trip involved to get here.

Urban Renewals

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A similar shopping environment to your local Goodwill, Urban Renewals is a haven for thrift shopping from a company that's been around nearly thirty years. Clothing, accessories, books, toys, and household items can be found super cheap but be prepared to dig.

Buffalo Exchange

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The Allston Rock City outpost of national chain Buffalo Exchange carries all the affordable style that hipsters and undergrads crave. When that same crowd needs beer money, last year's clothes can be sold here for immediate cash.

Orchard Skateshop

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This Allston mainstay for all things skateboarding boasts a mini-ramp (open to the public) and a dedicated art gallery space on site. Stop in to shop Orchard's own apparel and accessories line, goods from Huf, adidas footwear, and Zero Skateboards.

New Balance Factory Store

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This is the spot for sports enthusiasts on a budget. The store carries men's, women's, and children's. The footwear is typically factory seconds, closeouts or discontinued product.
AWOL serves Boston sneakerheads well, stocking plenty of Nike, Reebok, and Vans with apparel from 10 Deep, Billionaire Boys Club, and Diamond Supply Co. to match. It also can do silk-screen printing for tees.

Landry's Bicycles

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This award-winning Massachusetts chain has quite the community behind it. A full service bike shop, Landry's has a fitting studio, computerized video-capture system, and professionally trained fitters to ensure you purchase the right pedaled vehicle for your needs. Rentals are also available—the Esplanade is just blocks away.

International Bicycle Center

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This family friendly bike shop offers promotions like "Kids Trade Up" where you can swap a bike for a bigger one within two years, as well as free two years of service for every new bike purchased. From mountain to road to BMX, IBC has a bike for everyone (with accessories to match).

Eastern Mountain Sports

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For decades Eastern Mountain Sports has been providing New England with the ultimate selection of outdoor gear and apparel—everything from tents to bike shorts. Based in New Hampshire, their Climb School gives you the tools to explore the White Mountains and beyond. This location rents kayaks, sleeping bags, snowshoes, and more.

Bostonwood

This supplier in Packard's Corner is known for unfinished wood furniture, from storage boxes to desks and more. Paint 'em gold, neon, or do a nice glossy finish—work on the DIY of your dreams.

Urban Outfitters

It wouldn't be A/B without hoards of Urban Outfitters outfitted kids. The in-house BDG line is a friendly price for college students and everything else feeds the hunger for trends. Bonus: No horrendous B line trip involved to get here.

Urban Renewals

A similar shopping environment to your local Goodwill, Urban Renewals is a haven for thrift shopping from a company that's been around nearly thirty years. Clothing, accessories, books, toys, and household items can be found super cheap but be prepared to dig.

Buffalo Exchange

The Allston Rock City outpost of national chain Buffalo Exchange carries all the affordable style that hipsters and undergrads crave. When that same crowd needs beer money, last year's clothes can be sold here for immediate cash.

Orchard Skateshop

This Allston mainstay for all things skateboarding boasts a mini-ramp (open to the public) and a dedicated art gallery space on site. Stop in to shop Orchard's own apparel and accessories line, goods from Huf, adidas footwear, and Zero Skateboards.

New Balance Factory Store

This is the spot for sports enthusiasts on a budget. The store carries men's, women's, and children's. The footwear is typically factory seconds, closeouts or discontinued product.

AWOL

AWOL serves Boston sneakerheads well, stocking plenty of Nike, Reebok, and Vans with apparel from 10 Deep, Billionaire Boys Club, and Diamond Supply Co. to match. It also can do silk-screen printing for tees.

Landry's Bicycles

This award-winning Massachusetts chain has quite the community behind it. A full service bike shop, Landry's has a fitting studio, computerized video-capture system, and professionally trained fitters to ensure you purchase the right pedaled vehicle for your needs. Rentals are also available—the Esplanade is just blocks away.

International Bicycle Center

This family friendly bike shop offers promotions like "Kids Trade Up" where you can swap a bike for a bigger one within two years, as well as free two years of service for every new bike purchased. From mountain to road to BMX, IBC has a bike for everyone (with accessories to match).

Eastern Mountain Sports

For decades Eastern Mountain Sports has been providing New England with the ultimate selection of outdoor gear and apparel—everything from tents to bike shorts. Based in New Hampshire, their Climb School gives you the tools to explore the White Mountains and beyond. This location rents kayaks, sleeping bags, snowshoes, and more.