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A real find is that much sweeter when it’s at a place none of your friends have heard about
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Don Ville Shoes
A completely bespoke experience, the shop shares space with Willie’s Shoe Service. A one-hour consultation helps you make decisions—from shape and heel height to type and color. Your feet are measured, the requisite fittings commence, and in a few weeks you’re stepping out in kicks (you name it, they make it) of your own design. »113 N. La Brea Ave., Mid City, 323-932-9874.
Frank & Son Collectible Show
This is pretty much the spot for collectors of vintage and contemporary comic books, action figures, and trading cards as well as movie and sports memorabilia. More than 250 dealers set up shop in the 60,000-square-foot warehouse on Wednesdays (from 3 p.m. to9 p.m.) and Saturdays (from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Let the haggling begin. » 19649 San Jose Ave., City of Industry.
Think of this show- room boutique as the fashion equivalent of Soho House. You need a membership (referrals only), and there’s an annual fee ($1,000). What you get is a personal stylist, closet makeovers, a 24-hour fashion concierge line, and access to an inventory that veers from everyday and vintage items to runway and red-carpet garments. » The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr., Beverly Grove, 323-655-5900.
Bauer Pottery Warehouse
From March through August, on the first weekend of the month, the ceramics company known for its color-saturated beehive dishes opens its store- room doors to the public, offering 30 percent dis- counts on slightly irregular pieces and one-off collections. But if you’re jonesing for a glazed teapot right now, make an appointment. » 3051 Rosslyn St., Glassell Park, 909-425-5700.
Unless you know the right person, you’re not getting into Levi’s appointment-only show- room and custom-design workshop. Not only is the thatched-roof cottage the place where tourworthy personalized getups for the likes of the Black Keys are created, it’s also a private event space where Snoop Dogg has DJ’d and Ludo Lefebvre has cooked for invited guests. » 8090 Selma Ave., Hollywood, 323-654-6625.