Though not a shopping destination, Forest Park lies between numerous retail stores in all directions, just a short bus or car ride away. One notable cluster of stores exists to the southeast at Mondawmin
Mall, where independent stores, such as Shoe City, compete with larger chains, such as Target and Marshalls.
As a quirky, artistic outlier in the area, the Calico Cat
on Gwynn Oak Avenue features one-of-a-kind art pieces crafted by artisans from around the world. Customers can easily get lost here, where the shelves hold vibrant pottery pieces and paper mache figures made using centuries-old techniques. The store hosts regular events as well, such as demonstrations on traditional Ukrainian egg decoration.
Over at the Mondawmin Mall on Liberty Heights Avenue, Downtown Locker Room features rows of footwear in a sleek, warehouse-like space. From sneakers to dress shoes, Downtown Locker Room has you covered, with plenty of limited edition styles as well. What's more, the store also sells clothing, so you can buy a head-to-toe look and walk out sporting a new style.
When it comes time to purchase groceries and other essentials, Forest Park provides several basic options, including ALDI and ShopRite, both within walking distance of the neighborhood's center. For a farm-fresh experience, head east to the Druid Hill Farmers Market, where area producers sell produce, baked goods and prepared foods on Wednesdays between June and September.