Wacko is by far one of the best and most unique stores in Los Angeles. I was lucky enough to walk into the store randomly one day, and spent over two hours looking around. They have one of the largest collections of unique gifts I have ever seen. They are part book store, part toy store, and part art gallery. It feels like a grown up, indy kids FAO Shwartz. Definitely check it out.
PROS: Wonderful selection, unique gifts, cool art gallery
This is the best comic book store I have ever walked into. The layout of the store is amazing. In fact, sometimes I feel like I am walking through an art show rather than a comic book store. The employees of the store are great too. They always answer any questions you have, and they are also really great about just letting you look as long as you want. It is one of my favorite stops in Los Angeles.
PROS: Great Selection, Great staff
I love this store. Everytime I walk in I find something that I ended up wearing until it basically falls off my body. The owner of the store is a really cool guy, and all the employees are always extremely friendly. Definitely check it out.
PROS: Good Selection, Fun Environment
Blue Velvet is a really great, small vintage store located right off the drag in Austin Texas. I love looking through all their old T-shirts. The selection is reasonably priced (normally about $6 for a shirt). It is definitely worth walking into if your in the neighborhood.
Central Market is one of the best natural and organic grocery stores in Austin. I used to go by and buy fruit after long bike trips, and I loved to sit inside the store and just watch the people who came in. The selection is one of the best in Austin, and the store always feels welcoming to me. Plus, if you get hungry from your food shopping, they have a great cafe.
PROS: Great Selection, Cafe inside the Store
Barton Springs Pool is one of Austin's best treasures. The natural spring pool is one of the best places to go on a hot day in Austin. When you first jump in the water is extremely cold, but once you swim around it become extemely invigorating. The place is always lively with people coming in or out, but the environment is always friendly and fun. But, if your are bringing kids, it is legal in Austin, for woman to go topless, so sometimes there are a few less items of clothing on the Austin natives.
PROS: Beautiful environment, kid friendly, Austin original
I remember stepping in to Lucy in Disguise when I was in highshool, and the first thing I remember thinking was "this is definitely cool." Lucy in Disguise has an amazing selection of costumes for any occasion. Everytime I have gone in, they always help me find exactly what I want, and do a great job of giving me little suggestions to make the costume even better.
PROS: Fun Selection, Nice Staff
REI is a great store. The Selection is one of the biggest I have ever seen in my life. If you are a sports enthusiast, you are bound to find something that will excite you in this store. I bought a lot of my camping gear for my friends and myself at this store, and wouldn't think twice about recommending it to anyone.
PROS: huge outdoor selection
Whole Earth Provisions is one of the best camping supply stores in all of Austin. Their selection is great. Although it is not the biggest selection of supplies in the city, all the products they do have are top notch. The employees are wonderful and knowledgeable, they are always willing to answer questions and spend as much time as you need to answer questions. I love walking into this store
PROS: NIce quality selection, extremely knowledgeable staff
I trained for a marathon in Austin, and I used to spend every weekend in the store. Anytime I bought shoes in Austin, I bought them from Run Tex. Although sometimes I felt like the shoes were a bit more expensive, they always gave you a discount for bringing in your old shoes. Plus, whenever I tried on a shoe, I always got to talk with someone who knew exactly what I needed, for the shape fo my foot and the way I ran. Which ended up making my long runs a lot easier. So, if you are a runner, I would definitely check them out.
PROS: Great Selection, Knowledgeable staff