By: Jura Koncius
Annapolis has many temptations: crab cakes, sailing lessons and sunset cocktails overlooking the bay. But there’s another reason to head out Route 50, preferably in a vehicle with plenty of cargo space: a growing number of home design and furnishings stores.
Antiques have always been plentiful in the historic capital of Maryland, which is also known as America’s Sailing Capital. Maryland Avenue is a destination for collectors of American furniture and especially those looking for antique and vintage pieces with nautical provenance, thanks to its neighbor the U.S. Naval Academy.
Shops are concentrated in the waterside historic area, with its many restored 18th- and 19th-century homes on narrow side streets. There is also shopping on West Street off Church Circle, a couple miles out in an industrial area that is known as the Annapolis Design District, and in West Annapolis.
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