We have so many reasons to love Los Feliz in Los Angeles: the authentic food, the awesome nightlife, and the diverse community. But if you’ve got a shopping bug or love hunting for unique pieces, you have to check out the shopping in Los Feliz.
Tired of shopping at chain stores and coming home with the same stuff? Hop over to Los Feliz and shop at some of these local small businesses. You’ll find vintage items and one-of-a-kind handmade crafts at the boutiques and local shops in this historic Los Angeles neighborhood.
Why go to a chain bookstore when you can visit a hip Independent bookstore that’s been around since the 90’s? Skylight Books near Griffith Park offers a wide range of books for its varied audience and readers in the Los Angeles area. The store carries everything from graphic novels and magazines to children’s books. If you aren’t sure what you should read next, try checking out the curated staff picks (they’re posted online if you’d like to read them). And if you are looking for more than just shopping, independent bookstores run community events. Skylight Books hosts the Coyotes Book Club every month and features regular events with authors.
We can’t think of a better place to grab a book and pass the time, especially in the lovely atmosphere created at this beloved bookstore
Don’t buy a generic gift this Christmas season. Go to a shop like Spitfire Girl where you’ll find special, hand-crafted items for friends, family, and loved ones. The founder of Spitfire Girl, Kristin, shared her inspiration in an interview with Modcloth (read here). She described how the experience of hand-making invitations for her own parties and her daughter’s birthday party gave her the idea to open a store. Kristin and other artists (like her husband and daughter) design products sold in her store, like postcards printed on pieces of wood. You can’t find these just anywhere! She carries box cards, candles, perfumes, gift sets, dolls, bath salts, lotion, and more. For the home, you’ll also find pillows, tea towels, handmade soaps, etc.
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You might find something you didn’t know you wanted or needed!
For those of us with a passion for buying clothes and regularly updating your closet, Squaresville is heaven on earth. This second-hand clothing store has been operating in Los Feliz since 1996, making it more than twenty-years-old! Squaresville buys, trades, and sells vintage, second-hand, and designer clothing. Specifically, this store collects pieces from the early 1990s all the way to the 90s and keeps recent styles in stock for its customers. Regulars will love shopping here, because the stock is always rotating. You’ll never know what you’ll find from one day to the next. Your shopping experience is always new.
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Don’t forget your accessories and your shoes, which you’ll find a wide variety of at Squaresville on Vermont Avenue
Love antiquing and vintage finds? Are you always checking out the inventory at your local Good Will and antique stores? Then you have to stop by Co-Op 28, voted Best of LA Boutique Store in 2015. Located in Los Feliz Village, this alternative store carries everything from furniture, clothing, signs, books, jewelry, artwork, home goods, candles, and more. When you shop at Co-Op 28, you know that you are supporting local business as well as local artists. The store carries objects, both vintage and handmade, from more than one-hundred artists. If you haven’t been there to shop in a while, then you might not know about the store’s new furniture collection, titled the Los Feliz Collection. You can order custom options or you can order a pre-designed couch produced by a local manufacturer. Our favorite part of the store is the counter made of stacked books and shelves. Co-Op 28 will also be launching an online store on its website, where they are also announcing the opening of the Bukowski’s Intellectual’s Dive Bar behind the store. Soon, you may want to hang out where you shop.
Carol Young / Undesigned
If you are passionate about fashion that is both functional and beautiful, then you will love the designer Carol Young. After her fellowship at Cornell University, she designed her own line of clothing that is recycled, organic, and designed for people living active lives. At her store, you’ll find dresses, tops, bottoms, shoes, boots, throw pillows, travel wear, and more. She also carries other brands in addition to her own.
Wacko Soap Plant
Wacko Soap Plant may be one of the weirdest shops you’ve ever been in. With a history dating back to 1971, Wacko Soap Plant is a well-known name in Los Angeles. At its current location, the store spans 6,000 square feet and is stocked full with popular culture items, music, books, toys, candy, gadgets, posters, clothing and more. The store originally offered handmade soaps, ceramics, and leatherware and was family-run. Owner Billy Shire expanded the store’s inventory over the years to include items that represent popular culture, counterculture, and Los Angeles art. The store is also home to the La Luz de Jesus Gallery, where art shows are held every month.
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This post wouldn’t be complete without a shout out to the skateboarders out there in Southern California. Kingswell is a rare store for professional skateboarders and those interested in beautiful design and street culture. Kingswell celebrates Los Angeles artwork, well-designed skateboards, and tattoo art. Skaters will find hats, shoes, t-shirts, and skateboards from brands like Converse, Huf Cromer, and Santa Cruz Skateboards.
We hope this post has inspired your next shopping trip as you get to know the small businesses within Los Feliz.
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