While strolling through the stores in Disneyland, it is often difficult to decide what to buy.
Well, the icon of Disneyland is never disappointing to bring back all the way home.
Either Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse or both if your budget allows.
The cup or the cap or the T-shirt is nice but the stuffed Mickey/Minnie that you can hug, sleep with or put by the bed is a joy forever.
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.
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.
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.
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.
France Vision is a great place to get any type of eyewear. Whether it's perscriptions you need or cool shades, they've got it all. My family has been going to this place for years and the prices are unbeatable...however, to get the special treatment you must ask for Hudson Lee he is our "special" salesperson and he is the ONLY one I purchase from.
The store is located in Koreatown, which makes it even more special...so if you want a taste of some different culture there are alot of good Korean restaurants around.
What to buy: Perscription and sunglasses
What to pay: Depends on what brands your looking for but they will be less than other retailers.
Larchmont Blvd. is located near the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles. The shopping area stretches for several blocks between 3rd Street and Beverly Drive. It's a charming shopping area dotted with coffee shops, cafes and antique stores. It's a great place to spend an hour or two wandering, window shopping and grabbing a bite to eat.
For lunch, check out Le Petit Greek, a great Greek restaurant with delicious dishes. If you just want coffee or a snack, try Starbucks or Noah's Bagels.
Hobin Blunt & Carlson has lovely antiques. You'll find all sorts of cute gifts at Pickett Fences. Landis General Store has lots of useful products. No matter what you are shopping for, you're bound to find it somewhere on Larchmont!
Samuel French is a specialty bookshop for actors and other entertainment industry professionals. They have the largest selection of plays in the industry. Their plays are available at their store on Sunset (locations in New York City, London and Toronto) or via mail order. Sam French also is one of the two major rights distributors in the country, so theatres wishing to produce plays must contact either Sam French or Dramatists play services to inquire about rights and production fees. Samuel French bookshop also offers actors mailing services, industry magazines and books, etc. Basically anything an actor needs to refine their craft can be found here.
What to buy: Plays, movie magazines, anything related to show business.
Forever 21 is a chain clothing store specializing in uber-trendy LA club clothes at cheap prices. Granted the clothes aren't especially well-made, the fabrics are on the cheap side but if you're looking for a fabulous halter top or mini skirt to wear out to the clubs and you don't want to break the bank this is the place for you. You won't care if you only get to wear the piece a couple of times at the prices you pay here it doesn't matter. So whether your planning a girls weekend to Vegas and need a new dress or are just bar hopping in Hollywood later in the evening and want a sequined tube top you saw on J-Lo in last week’s People. This is the place you'll find it!
What to buy: Hyper-trendy pants, skirts, tops and dresses. Also the latest jewelry, bags and accessories to match your new duds.
What to pay: Dresses average $25 US, tops $15 US, jewelry $6 US. Also check out the sale rack for deeper discounts.
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.
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 +
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
Art & Deco is an outside vendor (i.e. booth) that adds that extra bling to your phone. They have many designs, but it all depends on the type of phone you have. You choose the color of the crystals (and the design), and they'll finish it up in 30 minutes.
What to buy: Aside from the crystal designs for your cell, they also sell antenna rings. (My cell now sports "Mardi Gras" colors of purple & green with a green & yellow antenna ring!)
What to pay: Front crystal design ($60), back crystal design ($40), crystal flowers only ($5 apiece), & antenna rings ($6.99).
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