Best Hostess Gifts, August 2013
Thank your host for fretting over that roasted chicken with a token of gratitude from Tortoise General Store. Keiko and Taku Shinimoto, the owners of this source for high-design housewares by Japanese artists, have packed the Abbot Kinney shop with everything from potpourri made from aromatic hinoki wood to clocks made of money—literally. Warning: Sample the Peace Piece coffee cookies made locally by two Japanese women, and you'll be picking up a whole bag. When a more substantial thank-you is in order (after that cocktail party where you met your spouse, perhaps), bigger-ticket items are located in the back room beyond the courtyard.