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Hidden Gems for Shopping Off Burlington's Church Street


Published September 5, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
Updated September 14, 2018 at 11:29 a.m.

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Old Gold

180 Main St., Burlington, oldgoldvermont.com

Old Gold has been a Burlington fashionista's staple since it opened in 1973. The vintage-forward shop is a destination for everything from prom gowns to pasties to pinstripe suits. Much of the inventory trends toward party wear — think new, hand-beaded 1920s reproduction dresses and velvet smoking jackets — but Old Gold also has some damn cute daywear for those with a discerning and decidedly funky eye. Staff members are genuinely helpful and know how to work with a range of body types, styles and gender presentations. What more could you want?

Autumn Records

11 E. Allen St., Suite 2, Winooski, autumnrecordsvt.com

Burlington has a few great record stores, but vinyl lovers shouldn't miss this new spot on the Winooski Circle. Enjoy a satisfying flip through vintage Miles Davis and Sonic Youth albums as well as more recent records, like Beyoncé's Lemonade.

Brixton Halaal

184 North St., Burlington, 865-6200

Burlington's North Street is home to a number of New American markets and clothing stores. Brixton, while small, has a good assortment of spices and halaal foods, as well as a unique selection of perfumes, including scents such as "iPhone 4S" and "Yes We Can: Barack Obama."

Mirror Mirror

3 Main St., Burlington, mirrormirrorvt.com

CVS will always be good for a quick mascara fix, but Mirror Mirror is your best bet for high-quality makeup. Look for fun Lipstick Queen lip colors, luxurious skin care and a selection of fine perfumes.

Solid Threads

47 Maple St., Suite 108, Burlington, solidthreads.com

Stock up on clever, retro-inspired T-shirts at Solid Threads' 200-square-foot "sneaky boutique" on the first floor of the Karma Bird House, visible from the Maglianero Café counter. Designs include "Now I Know My CBDs," "Jesus Is My Lift Ticket" and "Tofu: The Other White Meat." The last of those is also available as a baby onesie.


126 College St., Suite 110, Burlington, tangerinebtv.net

First, fuel up next door at Onyx Tonics Specialty Coffee. Then, java in hand, browse Tangerine's collection of USA-made denim and trendy, affordably priced clothing. If you see something you like, scoop it up. Chances are it'll be gone the next time you visit.


688 Pine St., Burlington, wndnwvs.com

Are you a surfer trapped in the body of someone who lives in Vermont and doesn't know how to surf? If yes, get to WND&WVS for all forms of laid-back beach attire and water-sports equipment — and sign up for a wind-surfing lesson on Lake Champlain while you're at it.

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