Best Of 2005

BEST PLACE TO BUY NEW AND USED WOMEN’S THREADS: Unique Boutique

With its relaxed, bohemian vibe and merciful lack of pushy salesgirls, this store is one of the Bay area’s best-kept secrets, not only because it boasts a generous and varied selection of designer clothes from fashion-forward cities like Paris, New York and Los Angeles, but also because you can buy them for up to 90 percent off retail. Moreover, Unique Boutique offers an impressive assortment of high-quality used and vintage pieces, all for reasonable prices. And, if you’re looking to earn a little extra cash, owner Beth Laun selectively accepts gently used clothing on a piece-by-piece basis; if the articles sell, you can pick up your earnings at the beginning of the month. Bayside Bridge Plaza, 1530 N. McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater, 727-797-3890.