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If you're looking to join a spirited artsy crowd in a bustling and bantering wine-tasting, look no further. With reasonably priced and smartly grouped flights of three to five wines in generous pours, Silver Lake Wine hits the spot. Complementary bread-cheese-and-charcuterie baskets are passed around liberally. The warm wooden interior, washed in high-key lighting and lined with wines from every corner of the world, makes for a stimulating backdrop for the bohemian invasion taking place every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday night. Come and engage in unabashed libations and get your fill of Silver Lake people-watching and snippets of the latest scenester gossip. But note, Silverlake Wine is a well-stocked and personable wine store in and of its own right, open daily, albeit it shines brightest for its congenial weekly wine socials.
By entering the legendary Amoeba Music, you are entering a heavenly pantheon of all things entertainment. Vinyl aficionados pour in in droves for Amoeba's epic record selection. The CD collection is nothing short of gargantuan, boasting more titles than you are likely to see anywhere else, and representing more styles of music than most people know exist. DVDs are plentiful, as are posters, toys and other rock-n-roll related memorabilia. On select evenings, Amoeba hosts an ongoing concert series (with big-name touring acts slumming it on the tiny in-store stage). Don't leave without one of Amoeba's trademark t-shirts, now a must-have Hollywood souvenir.
Scent Bar is a little store front dedicated to the wonder of the sense of smell. That means a big selection of perfumes, colognes, candles, oils, and more, ranging from affordable to more rare and expensive products. Sit down at the bar and you can sample the products as you see fit, to make sure that get the perfect scent for you.
The oldest open air market in the city, the Grand Central Market is located in the bustling downtown area of Los Angeles. This has been a one stop shopping destination for everyday wants since 1917. From fresh produce to fresh meats, perfumes to liquor and jewelry to grains, you will find all you need. This huge market even has several restaurants on-site and is known as a foodie's paradise. Come and experience the flavors and sights of this market; a favorite with locals!
Essence-blending is a creative art-form at Strange Invisible Perfumes in L.A. Founder Alexandra Balahoutis' iconic label ferments an exquisite collection of fragrances to suit every style and aesthetic. Scents and Eaux De Parfum in an array of interesting and innovative varieties like Tour D'Ivorie, Heroine, Fire and Cream, Narcotic are up for sampling. Also on offer are a range of bath and body products - Lavender, Frankincense and Coriander composed shower gels and lotions - that make for great gifts and giveaways. Unlike most brands, the ones at this fragrance house are minus synthetic agents and exhale honest and enchanting aromas, to evoke all your senses.
Rivaling big box baby stores, this aptly named children's store has everything you need and then some! From nursery preparation to school-age children, Kids Land covers everything from the basic bottle to a luxury stroller and educational toys. Soon-to-be moms will even find skin care products, maternity clothing accessories, as well as informational books, and DVDs. Whether you're shopping for yourself or for a baby shower, Kids Land is a great local, Los Angeles shop to find just what your looking for.
Denim craftsmen, The Stronghold, was established in 1895 as the first of its kind in Los Angeles. After a five decade long hiatus, Michael Paradise and Michael Cassell breathed new life into the label minus the compromise on its century-old originality. The collection features made-to-measure jeans, shoes and accessories. Its unique philosophy only patronizes brands alive prior to World War II and apparel authentically made in America. Buy a pair of the fashion classic and wardrobe staple made from top-quality fabric from this charming boutique.
In addition to a full-spectrum grocery store, Jons Market is a trusty source of a wide range of ethnic foods, with a stress on Russian and Armenian. Come here for a handsome assortment of Russian chocolates (assorted sets in sumptuous packaging, the likes of which you have never seen), the widest selection of Russian vodka and Eastern European full-bodied brews, as well as many dainties and delicacies, from buckwheat to vareniki to kvas to fish liver. The sweeping selection of salamis, sausages and various delectable cured meats by the pound will capture the fancy of many a meat lover. Finally, get a taste of “little Russia” while here as you are jostled unceremoniously by Russian matrons, plowing by with huffed determination.
Vintage kicks and cool retro sneakers are Flight Clubs' specialty. This consignment shop has seamlessly pioneered the process of buying and selling high-end sneakers to and from clients around the world. Their Los Angeles storefront is an amalgamation of rare editions, obscure classics, and unworn vintage sneakers that have been meticulously merchandised, cataloged and stored. Best of all, Flight Club is straightforward in its sneaker buying and selling business. No VIP alerts, lottery raffles, or standing in line, if you can make it to the shop in time, those prized shoes are yours to treasure.
Finding that perfect pair of jeans can be quite a task, and Planet Blue is here to help you do just that. This specialty store stocks a wide range of brands, from Ya Ya to James Perse to Splendid. From skinny-fits to boot-cuts to baggies, they have them all. T-shirts are also available, so come give the casual section of your wardrobe a revamping!