If you want antiques, vintage clothing, eye-popping jewelry, handcrafted gifts, or something that's just different, you're going to love Frederick's shopping. The historic district has plenty of interesting shops, mostly on Patrick, Market, Church, and North East streets. They're usually open from 10am to 5pm, though many close on Mondays.

For First Saturday Gallery Walks, shops stay open until 9pm; some offer trunk shows or special merchandise and some serve refreshments.

Everedy Square/Shab Row, located around North East Street, is a cluster of specialty shops and restaurants. Everedy Square is housed in modern buildings, while Shab Row shops are located in historic town houses -- even a log cabin. They stay open late every Friday night.

Antiques lovers should check out Heritage Antiques, 39 E. Patrick St. (tel. 301/668-0299), for china, crystal, and mahogany furniture. Little's, 102 E. Patrick St. (tel. 301/620-0517), also has handmade reproductions; it's closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Emporium Antiques, 112 E. Patrick St. (tel. 301/662-7099), has more than 130 dealers crammed into an old car dealership. You'll also find antiques dealers on East, Patrick, and Carroll streets.

Market Street offers Molly's Meanderings, 17 N. Market St. (tel. 301/668-8075), for vintage-look styles, and plenty of gift stores: chocolate from Candy Kitchen, 52 N. Market St. (tel. 301/698-0442); jewelry or animation cels from McGuire Fine Arts, at 110 N. Market St. (tel. 301/695-6567); or fun tableware and crafts from the Muse, 19 N. Market St. (tel. 301/663-3632). Teenagers love the sneakers at Social Study at 201 N. Market St. (tel. 301/695-5671), and clothes at Velvet Lounge, 203 N. Market St. (tel. 301/695-5700). Potters' Guild of Frederick at 227 N. Market St. (tel. 301/662-3160) markets local handicrafts.

Just off Market, Le Savon, 10 E. Church St. (tel. 301/694-0935), stocks homemade soap. Near Everedy Square, Frederick Cellars, 221 N. East St. (tel. 301/668-0311) sells local wines and chocolates by the Perfect Truffle (tel. 301/620-2448).

Serious antiques shoppers may want to visit nearby New Market, which calls itself "the antiques capital of Maryland" and is itself registered on the National Register of Historic Places. Shops line Main Street, (Rte. 144) with everything from furniture to estate jewelry. Shops are open on weekends, most 10am to 5pm. Several are open on most weekdays, as well. The New Market Antique Dealers Association publishes a free guide available in town or www.newmarkettoday.com. To reach the town, 6 miles east of Frederick, go east on I-70 and take exit 62.

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