While I like macarons, I'm not a true aficionado. At $2 per macaron, I bought myself a small sampling of the flavors I thought looked interesting and then a gift box of 13 for a friend who loves them. A couple of the flavors I chose were just OK but the salted caramel ones were delicious! Still $2 per macaron? But when I challenged my husband to make them, macarons are definitely an art, his 1st batch came out the size of oranges and the 2nd batch looked just like little meringues, maybe it's best to leave the baking to the professionals.
What to buy: Macarons of course!
What to pay: $2 per macaron, no discount for gift boxes
The Burbank Center is three floors of shopping. It has some of the normal shops you find in other shopping malls and a number of more unique, trendy shops. The decor is worth seeing on its own. Of course the mall is also full of Southern Californians so it is great for people watching. Extensive selection of food too. Mall Hours: Monday-Friday: 10 AM to 9 PM; Saturday: 10AM to 8n PM; and Sunday: 11 AM to 7 PM.
What to buy: Whatever you want. Stores include: Macy’s, Mervyn’s, Sears, Sport Chalet, Bed Bath & Beyond, AMC Theater (14 screens), Old Navy, New York & Company, American Eagle, Zales, Aldo Shoes, and Charlotte Russe.
OK, the smell of "used clothes" is strong here at times, yet I deal with it. I mean, it has to be at a secondhand clothing store! Predominantly, Savers sells clothes but also offers books, old records, furniture, jewelry, and various good crap found in a home. i do emphasize good crap. Savers tries to accept the most quality items to sell.
What to buy: if you're a girl, you would find many, actually cool fashion items here. I like the skirts especially.
What to pay: a typical trip here cost s about $20. Getting a full outfit here with shoes included would be one easily under $50.
What to buy:
Suggestions for souveniers:
Food - Coffee from Whole Foods, roasted nuts from Trader Joes, unpopped popcorn, dried fruits such as apricot, apple slices, pineapples, jams such as roasted garlic onion jam, jalapenio jam or lime marmalade (from the Farmers market at the Grove), tea and honey
For the ladies - bracelets, large flower rings with elastic band (at Macy's), flip flops, socks, hand crafted bar soaps (Lush)
For the guys - shirt, wallet, hat
For the kids - shirt, hat, pajamas, stuffed animals
This is one of the few interesting stores in blah Pasadena (the other is a custom denim store around the corner whose name you can get from the Old Focals folks).
A nice selection of retro eye wear and some reproductions. The man who helped me was expertly polishing an old frame while he shared tales of supplying frames for the fabulous 'Madmen' series.
What to buy: Vintage and repro-eye glasses. A lot of Clark Kentish frames.
What to pay: $95 on up
Anything candy can be had in this store including but not limited to every kind and size of gummy bears, M&M's, powdered candy, candy apples and candy inspired clothing/accessories. It's not cheap but the novelty of it might be worth it. Located at Universal City Walk.
What to buy: Candy
What to pay: A Lot.
While I was doing international tours on a regular basis, as far back as the 1970s and 80s, - in the Los Angeles area, the name Lazar's was already legendary in the world of travel accessories. I had forgot about this superb supplier, but had a reason to be in Sherman Oaks, in the Los Angeles part known as "The Valley", and spied the location of Lazar's once again, and decided to spent some time there.
The owner, Jay Friedman, and his most enthusiastic manager, Gene Dietzgen, did not disappoint with their plesant and informative service. I found that today, just as in the early days, they love to pick traveller's brains for good information in order to serve their customers better. Although they do have some excellent wares for travellers of all types, it is the in store attitude, of the owners/operators that make the place a cut above the rest.
I recommend this place for anything you need to travel properly and comfortably. It is located on Ventura Blvd, in the city of Sherman Oaks. Ventura Blvd is the main street in the The Valley, and easy to find. Check them out on YouTube as well:
What to buy: Anything to do with travel, - from backpacking to luxury travel, lugguage and all accessories you can imagine, - they will have it.
What to pay: You can spend as much as you want or as little as you want. It is completely according to quality of the merchandice.
This Los Feliz fixture goes by a few names: Soap Plant, Wacko!(store within a store), and "La Luz de Jesus"(gallery within a store).
Let's just call it Soap Plant, for now.
Soap Plant is not necessarily a store you "need" to shop in, it's more a kitsch explosion. But, as one of the few longtime residents of a formerly deserted Hollywood Blvd. strip, the store is a local landmark and must see if in the neighborhood.
What to buy: This is a great place to buy tiki home furnishings, inappropriate childrens' books, art theory collections, and raunchy hand puppets.
And, the adjacent gallery, surprisingly, is hung with influential local artists.
What to pay: Anywhere from a 10 cent pagan babies to $4K mural work.
Fantastic Jean repairs and Alterations service now located @ 7383 Beverly Blvd. @ Martel in Los Angeles, CA 90036 (323) 964-0080
We expertly repair and alter jeans using the same machines used to manufacture the jeans originally. Please mention this site for 10% off your first repair or alterations!
What to buy: We have a great selection of Vintage Jeans and leather jackerts and boots, HTC Apparel and Accesories, RRL Apparel and the Stevenson Overall Co. apparel collection (Made in Japan)
What to pay: Jean prices start from $95.00
The L.A. Mart is not normally open to the public. It's a place where furniture and home furnishings manufacturers will display the products they have for sale. Buyers from retail stores will come here to see what is availble to stock their stores.
Twice a year, the L.A. Mart will have a floor samples sale open to the public. Exactly, what it means - the floor samples are for sale. My boyfriend was in the market for a rug for his TV room. We found a beautiful wool rug that we both liked. The retail price on the tag was $1600 but he was able to buy it for $600. If this was truly the price, this was a great deal. But, I'm usually a skeptic when it comes to marketing techniques by some people. But, $600 seem like a more than reasonable price for the New Zealand wool rug which felt really good on the feet.
Also, it appears every first Tuesday in the month, it is open to the public.
Once you get a whiff of the freshly baked bread at La Brea, you can't help but to stop in here. La Brea Bakery is famous not just in district or citywide, but throughout southern California. The original location in the Mid-Wilshire area off of Wilshire and La Brea. The all-natural, artisan bread from the neighborhood shop has reached such popularity that it is now featured in several groceries in SoCal. Made with undeniable great flavor, La Brea bread is a taste of L.A not to be missed. Besides bread, there is an assortment of pastries, pastas, pasta sauces from which to choose, as well as a full scale restaurant, called Campanile right next door. Both the bakery and restaurant are a bit pricey but if you don't mind to splurge a little, go for it.
What to pay: loaves of bread are about $3-$4, bakery treats average $2-$4, specialty pasta about $5 +
Boasts the world's greatest sock store. My daughter loves this store because of their large assortment of stockings/tights. I'm not big on socks. I like to wear strappy sandals but during the cold season - rainy weather which we don't get too often, I'll wear some boots. You need socks for boots.
There is a neat shopping street in Montrose. It is full of trendy places to eat and drink coffee, and a multitude of interesting shops. You can enjoy walking off your food shopping or watching the people.
Seriously, if you plan on going shopping in LA, take ALOT of money, not only is everything so cheap, but you will find so many cool things that you will like that you most likely never see back home (unless of course you live in the US, in which case, you dont know how lucky you are)! I got some of the coolest stuff in LA, and simple things, like a pair of dickies pants which would cost me $120.00 NZD here, cost me only $16.95 USD in LA!!! Thats an insane saving!
What to buy: Everything and anything you like!
What to pay: Alot, not alot per item, just alot of money overall :oP
Under the Table, which is the only store of its kind on the Eastside, will feature a wide variety of artist-made merchandise, including jewelry and other personal accessories, postcards, wallets, card holders, passport covers, buttons, pins, t-shirts, limited-edition prints, and miniature paintings and other artworks,” said Zara Zeitountsian, proprietor of the new store and Black Maria Gallery next door. “All those who are left cold by the mass-production stuff found in the mall, will be thrilled to discover Under the Table.”
What to buy: Under the Table, a new store specializing in unique art objects and unusual merchandise, opens July 28.
“Children, too, will find much to be delighted about here,” Zeitountsian said. The store will offer artist-made t-shirts, dolls, and extraordinary children’s books, many imported from Europe, such as pop-up volumes.
Under the Table will also carry hard-to-find products such as zines, art periodicals, vinyl collectible toys, unusual books and comics.
Another area of specialty will be the re-issues of vinyl records and CDs, chiefly from the catalogs of Dionysus Records and Sympathy for the Records Industry. Unavailable anywhere else, the albums feature the works of artists such as Shag, Mark Ryden, Coop, Andrew Brandou, Camille Rose Garcia, Winston Smith, Tom Neely, Lisa Petrucci, Tiki Tony, and Japan’s Rockin Jellybean
What to pay: You can find anything from $2-$200
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