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Old 08-29-2009, 04:44 AM
 
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What about Annapolis? Not really a suburb of DC, but whatever, DC sucks anyway. Downtown Annapolis has a lot of trendy stores, not sure if yours would fit in there. Stores there definitely get a lot of traffic, although a good portion of it is tourist traffic. Otherwise, it's a pretty quiet and relatively crime-free city.

I guess it depends on what kind of fashion store you're trying to open. If you're into freaky fashion, you might want to look at the Hamden neighborhood of Baltimore. If you're into retro stuff for gays and such, look at the Mt. Vernon neighborhood in Baltimore.

Bethesda and areas nearby (Rockville, Gaithersburg) are just about the most expensive areas in Maryland. If you've got the dough, then go for it.
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Old 08-29-2009, 08:23 AM
 
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What about Annapolis? Not really a suburb of DC, but whatever, DC sucks anyway. Downtown Annapolis has a lot of trendy stores, not sure if yours would fit in there. Stores there definitely get a lot of traffic, although a good portion of it is tourist traffic. Otherwise, it's a pretty quiet and relatively crime-free city.

I guess it depends on what kind of fashion store you're trying to open. If you're into freaky fashion, you might want to look at the Hamden neighborhood of Baltimore. If you're into retro stuff for gays and such, look at the Mt. Vernon neighborhood in Baltimore.

Bethesda and areas nearby (Rockville, Gaithersburg) are just about the most expensive areas in Maryland. If you've got the dough, then go for it.
I could only imagine commercial real estate prices in Annapolis, especially Main St. would be very expensive and hard to come by, same thing with Baltimore, though these are nice locations. Bethesda is expensive to live in, but it's still expanding commercially so it would probably be cheaper to lease retail space. I could see someone expanding a retail store to include an Annapolis location, but to start out there, I don't know.
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Old 08-29-2009, 10:24 AM
 
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First off I think the location of my shop does depend on the type of merchandise I decide to sell, and secondly I dont want to be more than a hour away from where I work to where I live. I like How this Bethesda row looked so far, but I got to consider all the factors.
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Old 09-06-2009, 04:37 AM
 
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I shop at boutiques so I think my answer might help.

I would definitely look into Bethesda Row - or the stretch of commercial space on Wisconsin just north and south of the Bethesda Metro station. This stretch, in my opinion, is an area waiting to become even more posh.

The area around Friendship Heights Metro on Wisconsin Ave is also nice as well but I would avoid the mall area since well, malls for me are a thing of the past.

You may also want to consider Rockville Town Center. There are some nice boutiques there but they're not what I would call high-end.

Good luck!
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