Photo by Art Meripol

Thanks to trendy shops, this Mississippi neighborhood has become a retail destination. Here are six you absolutely have to check out, plus where to take a shopping break.

1. Treehouse Boutique This century-old house retains all the comforts of a cozy home while ramping up the style factor. Merchandise is arranged by room: sweater dresses from Laundry ($185) in the common areas, pajamas and a daybed for trying on shoes in the bedroom. "It's very shopable," says owner Jude Muse. "We want everyone to feel like they are hanging out in our home." 3000 North State Street; 601/982-3433

2. The Green Room From the bright green paint on the walls to the collection of previously owned clothes and repurposed furniture inside, this space says "eco-friendly" loud and clear. There are no clear dividers, so at first you may not notice that the space is a market of assorted vendors selling one-of-a-kind pieces such as vintage clutches ($42) and colorful teapots ($30). 3026 North State Street; 601/981-9320

3. Circa. Urban Artisan Living Everything in this 3,000-square-foot store is made by American artisans. Owner Michele Escude curates items such as folk paintings by local artist Christy Henderson and colorful silk jackets from designer Alexis Schneider. 2771 Old Canton Road;

4. The Orange Peel One block off the main drag, you come across a citrus-colored space brimming with consignment finds. The stock is updated daily with six to eight consignors a day dropping off anything from 1950s handbags to last season's Nanette Lepore dresses. Take some time to really explore; the shop is chock-full of gems such as Manolo Blahnik shoes ($64). 422 Mitchell Avenue;

5. Slavebird T-shirt maker Ron Chane made a name for himself selling screen-printed tees out of his car while racing the BMX circuit in the eighties. Chane now splits his time between New York City and Fondren, bringing street-style inspiration and hip labels such as Love Nail Tree and Vans' OTW collection to Jackson. 2906 North State Street;

6. Morningbell Records & Studios This record shop and recording studio stocks new albums as well as classics by Mississippi favorites such as Robert Johnson. It also features in-store concerts. 622 Duling Avenue;

Shopping Break!

  • Campbell's Bakery Fondren: Get here early to find favorites such as petits fours, caramel blondies, and the famed iced tea cake cookies—the bakery goes through 40 dozen a day! 3013 North State Street;
  • Brent's Drugs: You'll recognize this store's throwback soda fountain from scenes in The Help. Don't leave without trying a Brent's Cheeseburger ($5.50) and strawberry shake ($3). 655 Duling Avenue; 601/366-3427