2014 Winner: Bodega

There’s a Wizard of Oz quality to this sneaky sneaker store. Ignore the lowly mini-mart vibe that greets you (unless you want toilet paper or detergent) and head straight to the back. Slide over the Snapple machine, and there’s the real party. This hidden passage leads to a secret shrine to kicks of all styles—Puma, Nike Chukkas and classic Vans—along with hip streetwear like retro Van Heusen jackets and graphic tees. Plus, Bodega always seems to be upping its game, whether through exclusive collabs or projects like this past spring’s pop-up store in Tokyo.


6 Clearway St., Boston,

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