Best Mix of Art and Clothing - 2008
Lots of stores in the city have tried to master the elusive combination of modern art and vintage clothing. Most end up looking trashy on both counts: either the clothes or the art aren't good enough. Brown Bear has found the magic balance. Inside the store's Edwardian exterior, the space has a loftlike feel, and the artwork gets full exposure in a gallery that takes up the entire back room, instead of being crammed in nooks and crannies. Well-curated vintage duds, shoes, and accessories fill up the racks in the front, along with handmade jewelry and hair clips. You'll find a fine collection of men's Wranglers, shit-kicking boots and wedges, and bags worth bagging. Art openings are the last Saturday of each month.