This funky store on Sawtelle Boulevard in west Los Angeles is in the heart of Little Tokyo. They carry a wide variety of items that range from greeting cards, to blue jeans, to imported tea pots. Other unique items include origami books and paper, bento boxes (so you can make your own at home), imported candy and gum and Japanese tea. While not fancy it is always fun to browse through and see what they have on display.
This unique store on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica has an amazing selection of all things "scented". From candles, to imported bath products from all parts of the world, to baby products they carry it all. Futhermore if you are interested in aromatherapy their knowledgeable staff will work you to find just the right items. A gift basket from here will be appreciated by anyone!
This local pharmacy located on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica won't have all of the amenities of a Rite Aid or Sav On however you will get first class service from a friendly staff. Pharmacists are willing to take the time to answer questions without making you feel rushed. They have a nice selection of sundries and gift items also.
This tiny hardware store in Santa Monica will make you feel like you've gone back in time when you walk in. Items are stacked floor to ceiling and you will want to pull a number to ensure assistance from one of their knowledgeable staff members. While it is often difficult to find items on your own the staff will gladly help (and will often give you ideas on how to do the task at had in an easier fashion).
This funky store on Main Street in Santa Monica is full of cool things. From furniture to accessories and partywares - they have a ton to choose from. Many items have a south of the border feel. There is also a great childrens toy area in the back of the store. Stop here for unique gifts for the next kids birthday party you need to attend.
This unique store sells one-of-a-kind artwork depicting characters and scenes from your favorite childrens books. While not inexpensive a picture from here is special. They offer framed and unframed pieces. Furthermore, they have a wide variety of the books that the art comes from for sale as well. Even if you are not in the market to purchase this is a fun store to browse through.
This local pet store may be smaller than the mega-chain pet stores but the staff is friendly, the pets that they sell seem happy and healthy and they offer grooming services. It is a great local option for your pet. Prices are a bit higher but the personalized service is worth it. They often have puppies for sale that children will love visiting.
If you are in search of a custom made frame at a very reasonable price than Frugal Phils is worth a visit. They also sell premade frames as well as name-brand frames. Employees are very helpul and the price is right. Turnaround is also quick. In addition to frames they also carry a nice selection of mirrors.
This upscale childrens store in West Los Angeles carries a wide variety of kids fashions. It is a great place to shop for baby shower gifts that will get many "ooh's and aahs". Be sure to hit their parking lot sales for greatly reduced prices (although there are no returns on these sale items.) The options here are much more unique than what you will find in a department store or chain.
Childrens Book World is an amazing book store for children of all ages. The selection is one of a kind and employees are very helpful is suggesting titles. Authors come in periodically to do readings (check the schedule). They also carry stuffed animals, tapes, etc. Parents and grandparents will love bringing their children here.