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Antique Rug Co.

928 N. La Cienega, Los Angeles, CA, 90069

310-659-3847

“Restoration requires not only technical ability—it’s an art,” says Barry Amiri, co-owner of the Antique Rug Co.

Website: http://www.antiquerugco.com

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Apolis

806 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA, 90013

855-427-6547

Some brands like to flaunt their do-gooder cred, but Apolis has been quietly living up to its name (it’s Greek for “global citizen”) by producing elegant menswear basics in partnership with heritage manufacturers and indigenous suppliers worldwide.

Website: http://www.apolisglobal.com

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Arcana: Books on the Arts

8675 Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90232

310-458-1499

Scrambling for a last-minute gift to satisfy the boss’s Ruscha fetish or scouting inspiration for your nine-figure blockbuster…

Website: http://arcanabooks.com/

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Architectural Detail

2449 White St., Los Angeles, CA, 91107

626-844-6670

Owners Skip and Janice Willett’s 15,000-square-foot warehouse is packed with well-preserved vintage toilets, baths, sinks, doors, hinges, escutcheons, doorknobs, heating registers, hardwood flooring, windows…

Website: http://architecturaldetail.net/

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Artisan Flea Market

1010 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, CA

310-900-9987

Classic-rock posters, woven baskets, crocheted dinosaurs, and geometric planters are just a few of the wares that beckon at ARTISTS & FLEAS. The Brooklyn-born market specializes in vintage pieces and artisanal goods from L.A.’s up-and-coming craft talents. The no-admission, no-attitude gathering is staged Saturdays at the corner of Traction Avenue and 3rd Street downtown and, […]

Website: http://artistsandfleas.com

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ATeam Shoe Shop

1112 Manhattan Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90254

310-376-0100

Sporting goods retailer Adrian Vaughan was tired of schlepping across town for size 13 basketball sneakers, so three years ago he set up ATeam Shoe Shop in his South Bay neighborhood to cater to the big guys…

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Audio High

605 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

323-939-3000

When your former best bud, DJ Sticky Fingers, has split with your cans and you need a pair quick, run to the Turntable Lab in the Fairfax District for gear that can cost as little as the change in your couch or as much as several Franklins.

Website: http://audiohigh.com

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Autry National Center

4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA, 90027

323-667-2000

The Autry National Center offers a look at the American West with ongoing and special exhibitions for all ages…

Website: http://theautry.org

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Avant Garde

7918 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90046

310-403-5854

When source materials are less than precious, the value of jewelry is in its design…

Website: http://www.avantgardeparis.com/home.html

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Avita

8213 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA, 90048

323-852-1716

The offerings for men, women, and children at Avita are more cohesive and fashionable than those at other stores just getting the hang of eco-tailing…

Website: http://avitastyle.com

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Baby Gifts

10580 1/2 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90064

310) 559-2665

A basket filled with, say, Dr. Seuss tales from CHILDREN’S BOOK WORLD will stand out among the flood of pastel onesies and booties at any party. The savvy staff create custom packages and pride themselves on choosing classic yet surprising titles (I Took the Moon for a Walk instead of the ubiquitous Goodnight Moon). Baskets […]

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Baby Loves Disco

4500 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90027

323-663-8979

Best of LA, October 2008Because so many TV and movie crew members call the San Fernando Valley home, neighborhoods there are expert at playing dead: Front yards feature creatures on hydraulics, intricate light shows, “live” ghouls, scary sound effects, and professional stuntmen. One area i

Website: http://babylovesdisco.com

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Bailey Children’s Museum

301 S. Euclid St., La Habra, CA, 90631

562-905-9793

Sure, Kidspace in Pasadena is nifty, but the Bailey Children’s Museum at La Habra is really hands-on…

Website: http://lahabracity.com

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Bar Keeper

3910 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90029

323-669-1675

Bar Keeper owner Joe Keeper (we couldn’t make that one up) stocks a 200-proof collection of new and used bar equipment…

Website: http://www.barkeepersilverlake.com/

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Bar Keeper

3910 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90029

323-669-1675

If Don draper and Walter White opened a store, you’d expect it to stock the same break-resistant, lab-ready glassware along with boardroom-swanky midcentury bar essentials that are carried here.

Website: http://www.barkeeper-silverlake.com

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Bargain Fair

7901 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90048

323-655-2227

Best Discount Flatware, August 2011

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Barneys New York

9570 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90212

310-276-4400

Barneys New York has the requisite breadth of classic footwear staples that you’d expect from a luxury retailer.

Website: http://barneys.com/

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