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Trend Watch: Mobile Stores Hit U.S. Streets

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Move along, food trucks: mobile boutiques are hitting the streets. Styleliner (pictured)—an old potato-chip delivery truck—peddles Spanish crystal-and-mesh clutches and other global finds up and down the East Coast. Portland, Oregon, is naturally hip to the craze: Lodekka, a 1965 double-decker, carries a wide range—from 1970’s patterned dresses to tweed coats. Dallas’s bright green Vintagemobile also specializes in retro. You’ll find paisley tops, YSL sunglasses, and cowboy boots from the 50’s. And in St. Paul, Minnesota, Uniquely Attainable has gone the housewares route: Midcentury Modern furniture and kitschy pillows are sold from a school bus.

Photo courtesy of Styleliner

Travel + Leisure Global Bazaar Launches New Store

The Travel + Leisure Global Bazaar is still weeks away—so there’s plenty of time to buy those tickets! But for those who just can’t wait to get a taste of the world, you’re in luck. We just opened the online T+L Global Bazaar Store, powered by L-atitude. Stocked with tons of accessories from around the world, it’s a dreamy shopping experience for any seasoned traveler.

What can you expect to find in the store? Items similar to those that you’ll find at the actually event next month—from one-of-a-kind woven pillows to Turkish and Indian jewelry to Mexican beach bags. So pop on in, browse around, and bring a little piece of the world into your home. Happy shopping!

The Travel + Leisure Global Bazaar takes place September 28–30, in NYC's Lexington Armory. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

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Joshua Pramis is the social media editor and resident tech aficionado at Travel + Leisure. Follow him on Twitter: @joshuapramis

Yeehaw! Wild West Town For Sale

201208-b-cowboy-istockjpg"Two hundred thousand dollars is a lot of money," said Blondie in the classic western A Fistful of Dollars. We're wondering what Blondie would have to say about the 3.9 million dollar pricetag for the old ghost town of Woodside, Utah, a former water stop for steam engines and rumored pit stop for Butch Cassidy.

The Denver Post reports that 63-year-old owner Roy Pogue said that the reason for selling the 709-acre property was because his wife "likes people and we didn't have any neighbors out there." 3.2 million is admittedly steep, but just picture this: you, pretending you're Clint Eastwood, sipping a whiskey inside your own saloon while your horse waits outside. Just hope you've got a fistful of 3.2 million dollars to make it happen.

Related: America's Coolest Ghost Towns

Corinne White is an editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.

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Hotspots in Portland, Oregon's West End

Portland, Oregon: Tanner Goods

Once considered Nowheresville, the Portland’s West End is now a cool stopover.

Clyde Common: In this industrial restaurant beneath the Ace Hotel Portland (the undisputed heart of the neighborhood), almost everything is sourced from within a 100-mile radius, from the nettles in the cavatelli to the bacon, house-smoked over applewood. $$

Tanner Goods (pictured): Pick your preferred shade of English bridle leather and fittings (from brass to stainless steel)—and in just 10 minutes, you’ll walk out with a custom-made belt. 1308 W. Burnside St.

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Get a Dose of Chicago's Hippest Artisan Market

Dose Chicago

There's only one place in the Windy City where you'll find spiked snow cones, astrology readings, leather boat shoes, and a mini-barbershop all under one roof—and that's Dose, the monthly pop-up market showcasing food and fashion finds from throughout the Midwest.

The brainchild of a foursome of local tastemakers that includes editors from Time Out Chicago and the Chicago edition of Daily Candy, the event launched in June 2011, offering displaced shop owners and online artisans a physical space to peddle chiffon scarves, specialty cocktail bitters, and other funky items you never knew you needed. Chicago has been falling hard for Dose's carefully-curated (and ever-rotating) collection of 50 or so vendors, transforming the previously underutilized River East Arts Center—a massive, early 20th-century brick warehouse a few blocks from the fanny-packers at Navy Pier—into a cool place to shop, snack, and discover the next big thing.

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Tech Thursday: Two Fab (and Secure) Camera Bags

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Anyone with an SLR camera knows there are about a million cases to choose from to lug around your camera, lenses, and accessories. But recently, I was shown a couple of cases from Lowepro that I absolutely love. The Flipside Sport (pictured above) is a backpack-style case that’s perfect for outdoor/adventure photography. It fits securely over your shoulders, but also has an extra strap that clasps around your waist. Plus, since it’s made for outdoor activity, there’s a special H2O compartment on the side that’s designed to allow a sports straw to feed through, so you can rehydrate without digging through your bag. On the other side? A convenient spot to store a modest-sized tripod.

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Hermès: Site Specific Shoe Store

201206-b-mag-ephemere_sevres5brunoclerguejpgHermès, the French fashion brand, opened a new pop-up store on the Rue de Sèvres.  The store, which will remain in business until July 19th, is dedicated exclusively to woman’s shoes.  The inventory contains a complete spectrum of summer footwear by Pierre Hardy–including site-specific Oran sandals in hot pink, navy, and orange neoprene for €390–and a special preview of fall boots and shoes.  Next up for Hermès's future: a boutique dedicated to their Chinese contemporary lifestyle brand, Shang Xia.  It’s slated to open at the end of this year.

Tina Isaac is Travel + Leisure’s Paris correspondent.

Photo courtesy of Bruno Clergue

 

 

8 Gadgets to Keep Kids Busy While Traveling

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More than 34 million Americans are expected to travel at least 50 miles from home this Memorial Day weekend—and most are be driving. Pack these eight gadgets to keep your kids entertained while you’re on the go. 

Travel Kiddy Kids Travel Journal: Ages 5+
Older kids can personally document their journey with this customizable journal. With pages for maps, favorite places, daily activities, and favorite events kids can create their own unique souvenir of their adventure. $10
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> Related: America’s Best Family Hotels

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Mexico City's Chic Shopping Spots

Mexico City flea market

The shopping experts at L-atitude stock their site with a well-edited selection of the very best fashion, home and design finds from the most stylish places in the world. Mexico City is their latest obsession. Here, they give T+L the inside scoop on the city's best shopping spots.

Celeste House
Byzantine coin pendants, limited-edition Christian Louboutin, and antique taxidermy fills the wide-ranging, well-edited shop founded by art magazine editors Vanessa Fernandez and Aldo Chaparro. Comb through the wares, then recharge in the light-flooded upstairs tearoom. Darwin at the corner of Kepler, Del. Miguel Hidalgo, C.P. 11590, Mexico D.F.; /(52) (55) 2614 6031

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Tech Thursday: The Perfect Laptop/Tablet Bag

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Sometimes it can be hard to find a decent bag to carry your laptop in that isn’t absolutely hideous. Most of the time, it seems like the laptop cases the average store stocks are the generic, bulky, black nylon cases. No personality, no style. Blech.

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