Hilton’s Tent City
272 Friend St.
Boston, MA 02114
Hours: Mon to Fri – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Hilton’s Tent City is a true Boston gem. If you’re looking for rugged outdoorsy athletic apparel Hilton’s Tent City is the place to go. Since 1947 this shop has been supplying Bostonians with everything they need to explore the great outdoors. The four floors of retail space sell everything from hiking boots and sleeping bags to athletic apparel and snow parkas. While the main focus of the store is its selection on brand name hiking, climbing and camping apparel, athletes of all sports will find plenty to suit their needs at Hilton’s Tent City.
South End Athletic Company
652 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02118
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
South End Athletic Company carries all the national name brand sports apparel you can think of, including Nike, Saucony and Vibram. But they also have a large selection of their own SEAC brand items that are very popular among Bostonians. The South End Athletic Company brand items are unique to this shop and they are just as much of a draw as the brand names you’ll find here. South And Athletic Company sells modern athletic apparel for all sports. Athletes and running fanatics can also get involved with SEAC’s sponsored “fun runs,” including Thursday night group drills and Saturday morning long runs. Check out the company’s Facebook page to get involved.
Bill Rodger’s Running Center
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
353T N Marketplace
Boston, MA 02109
Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
T-shirts? Bill Rodger’s has them. Running pants? Check. Boston Marathon embroidered jackets? They’ve got them, too. In fact, Bill Rodger’s Running Center has everything from Harvard logo athletic apparel to top quality clothing commemorating the annual Boston Marathon. The men’s selection definitely outpaces the women’s side of things, but the store’s fine selection of running shoes make this a great one stop shopping destination. The best part about Bill Rodger’s is its friendly and extremely knowledgeable staff, who will be sure to help match you up to the right shoes and clothing to suit your specific needs.
1 Faneuil Hall Square
Boston, MA 02109
Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Any women who can’t find what they want at Bill Rodger’s Running Center will definitely want to check out Lucy’s League in the Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Known as Boston’s “First Lady of Sports,” this shop has everything any girl interested in athletics could need, whether they’re looking for a t-shirt that shows their pride in local sports teams or something they can work out in themselves. Lucy’s League also carries the usual athletic apparel items like t-shirts and running shorts, but also has a wide selection of everything from nightgowns to jeans–all with a sporty edge.
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200 State St.
Boston, MA 02109
When it comes to athletic apparel, C.F. Bleacher’s focuses on licensed Boston sports team merchandise. It’s exactly what every Redsox, Bruins or Celtic’s fan needs. While their prices can be a little high for some, it’s undeniable that at C.F. Bleacher’s, you get what you pay for. Forget about finding the same old athletic apparel with the usual design on the front that fades and peels after a few rounds with the washing machine. C.F. Bleacher’s focuses on quality merchandise that can withstand your work out, no matter how many times you need to wash it. On top of that, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable about everything Boston sports.
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