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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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1. Bostonwood

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1117 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 783-0274
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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.

2. Urban Outfitters

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226 Harvard Avenue
Allston, MA 02134
(858) 273-3942
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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.

3. Urban Renewals

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122 Brighton Avenue
Boston, MA 02134
(617) 783-8387
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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.

4. Buffalo Exchange

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180 Harvard Avenue
Boston, MA 02134
(617) 779-7901
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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.

5. Orchard Skateshop

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156 Harvard Avenue
Boston, MA 02134
(617) 782-7777
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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.

6. New Balance Factory Store

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40 Life Street
Brighton, MA 02135
(617) 779-7429
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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.

7. AWOL

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190 Harvard Avenue
Boston, MA 02134
(617) 787-0600
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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.

8. Landry's Bicycles

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890 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston University
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 232-0446
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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.

9. International Bicycle Center

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89 Brighton Avenue
Boston, MA 02134
(617) 783-5804
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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).

10. Eastern Mountain Sports

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1041 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 254-4250
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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.

1. Bostonwood

1117 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
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.
1117 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

2. Urban Outfitters

226 Harvard Avenue, Allston, MA 02134
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.
226 Harvard Avenue
Allston, MA 02134

3. Urban Renewals

122 Brighton Avenue, Boston, MA 02134
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.
122 Brighton Avenue
Boston, MA 02134

4. Buffalo Exchange

180 Harvard Avenue, Boston, MA 02134
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.
180 Harvard Avenue
Boston, MA 02134

5. Orchard Skateshop

156 Harvard Avenue, Boston, MA 02134
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.
156 Harvard Avenue
Boston, MA 02134

6. New Balance Factory Store

40 Life Street, Brighton, MA 02135
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.
40 Life Street
Brighton, MA 02135

7. AWOL

190 Harvard Avenue, Boston, MA 02134
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.
190 Harvard Avenue
Boston, MA 02134

8. Landry's Bicycles

890 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215
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.
890 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston University
Boston, MA 02215

9. International Bicycle Center

89 Brighton Avenue, Boston, MA 02134
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).
89 Brighton Avenue
Boston, MA 02134

10. Eastern Mountain Sports

1041 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
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.
1041 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215