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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
Written Dec 4, 2012
Address: 700 S Grand Ave
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.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: 201 East Magnolia, Suite 151, Burbank, California
Phone: (818) 566-8556
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.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: 15825 E. Imperial Hwy.
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
Written Dec 15, 2010
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
Updated Nov 22, 2010
Address: 45 West Green St near Fair Oaks
Phone: 626 793 707a
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.
Updated Aug 1, 2010
Address: 1000 Universal Center Dr. #120, Universal City, CA
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.
Updated Jul 9, 2010
Address: 14528 Ventura Blvd. | Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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.
Written Dec 26, 2008
Address: 4633 Hollywood Blvd.
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
Updated Sep 22, 2008
Address: 7383 Beverly Blvd. @ Martel in Los Angeles
Phone: +1 323-964-0080
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.
Written Jun 1, 2008
Address: 1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA
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