1. You Need A Dress For A Wedding At 5 P.M.
Go to Melrose Avenue & Larchmont Boulevard
At the consignment shop Ampersand, the frocks, shoes, handbags, and jewelry are from today’s most coveted labels. You’ll walk out with a complete outfit, whether the dress code is casual cocktail (a Gucci little black dress) or black tie (a beaded Oscar de la Renta gown). Fun tidbit: Breaking Bad writer Moira Walley-Beckett accepted her Emmy this year wearing a Ralph Lauren piece she found here. And if you’re at a loss for a wedding gift, you can head next door. Far Corners deals in antiques, or you can opt for a living gift at Floret, which specializes in modern floral arrangements. It also carries home accessories by Abby Wolf-Weiss Interiors, from brass candlesticks to midcentury-modern glass vases.
2. You Need A Kid’s Gift For A Birthday Party At 3 P.M.
Go to Micheltorena street & Sunset Boulevard
Tomboy carries charming clothing for infants and toddlers, such as Petit Bateau’s hipster boatneck onesies and Kurt Cobainesque wool cardigans. There’s a smattering of toys, books, and cards, though it’s the complimentary gift wrapping that makes this shop a slam dunk. Yes, Stark is a waxing salon that offers children’s gifts (books, dolls, baby blankets) as well as cards and wrapping paper. En Soie Zurich has toddler tees with European flair, but you’ll end up leaving with a folksy clutch or boho sweater for yourself. The nature- and Native American-influenced jewelry at Dream Collective is worth a quick detour.
3. You Need A Present For Your Anniversary Dinner At 8 P.M.
Go to Franklin & Bronson Avenues
Counterpoint Records and Books stocks secondhand tomes—from the classic to the obscure—signed first editions, and vinyl that covers every genre, with an emphasis on classical and jazz. If your significant other is a serious collector, Harmony Fine Books specializes in antiquarian volumes. Wine snobs and cocktail connoisseurs will appreciate the clever, practical items from Oaks Gourmet: ice trays that turn out cubes shaped like the Titanic (and its nemesis), Corkcicles, Whiskey Rocks, and state-of-the-art wine paraphernalia. For the lady in your life, Native Boutique sells trendy, affordable clothing—maxidresses, sweaters, ponchos—along with stylish clutches and handmade jewelry.
Photographs by Carly Hebert