Shop­ping

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'SHOP 'til you drop' could have been coined for Bri­tish vis­i­tors head­ing across the At­lantic, such is its

pop­u­lar­ity as a hol­i­day ac­tiv­ity. Sev­eral states ei­ther have no sales tax or ex­clude cloth­ing from sales taxes, while some stores and out­lets have fur­ther in­cen­tives

for over­seas shop­pers – time to hit the shops!

GO IN­DE­PEN­DENT

While the U.s. is known for its malls, vis­i­tors seek­ing some­thing more au­then­tic are in for a treat too. take Haight-ash­bury in san Fran­cisco or York boule­vard in los an­ge­les, for ex­am­ple, where in­de­pen­dent stores, vin­tage shops and book­shops lie amid myr­iad cool delis and cafes.

NOT TAX­ING

Five U.s. states – alaska, Delaware, mon­tana, new Hamp­shire and ore­gon – im­pose no sales tax, with the lat­ter three hav­ing no lo­cal sales taxes ei­ther. other states ex­empt cloth­ing from sales taxes, among them mas­sachusetts, min­nesota, new Jer­sey, new York, rhode Is­land and Penn­syl­va­nia.

COOL SHOP­PING

shop­pers vis­it­ing mi­ami’s new down­town brick­ell city cen­tre mall can take an el­e­va­tor ride from its 100-plus de­signer shops – in­clud­ing ar­mani, ted baker and Hugo boss – to the new 352room ho­tel, east, di­rectly above.

BIG AP­PLE BAR­GAINS

em­pire out­lets, new York city’s first out­let shop­ping des­ti­na­tion, opens in march 2018 at the staten Is­land Ferry ter­mi­nal on staten Is­land with around 100 shops, wa­ter­front din­ing and a 190-room bou­tique ho­tel.

SHOPPY BIRTH­DAY

mall of amer­ica, the largest re­tail and en­ter­tain­ment com­plex in the U.s, cel­e­brated its 25th an­niver­sary in 2017. the bloom­ing­ton, min­nesota, com­plex of­fers over 520 stores and restau­rants, the na­tion's largest in­door fam­ily theme park, the min­nesota aquar­ium, and even the United states’ long­est in­door zip line.

Usa today.

open from oc­to­ber 2017, OUT­LETS OF DES MOINES, six miles from the Iowa city’sdown­town, fea­tures 300,000 square feet of re­tail space and over 65 brand name out­let shops in­clud­ing Tommy Hil­figer, Un­der ar­mour, levi’s out­let store, ex­press Fac­tory store and nike Fac­tory store.THE CAMBRIDGESIDE MALL, in cam­bridge, mas­sachusetts, has un­der­gone an “en­er­gis­ing re­fresh”. Hous­ing100 shops in­clud­ing H&m, macy’s and an ap­ple store, the en­closed cen­treis steps from down­town bos­ton and was named the city’s best mall and shop­ping cen­tre by

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