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A bright and funky boutique selling sportswear – blinged up and fashion-forward. There's Simpsons gear, leather shirts and jackets, reimagined football jerseys for girls, and cool handbags, clutches and backpacks.
North of Berkeley in El Cerrito, this world-class store for roots, blues, folk, Latin and world music is affiliated with the Arhoolie record label, which has been issuing landmark recordings since the early 1960s.
This earth-toned corner shop hits that right pitch for an effortless girlfriends’ weekend beach getaway, somewhere in between urban chic and beach preppy, with distressed denim, boyfriend shirts and breezy woven scar...
Obelisk has morphed from San Diego's gay bookstore to one-stop shopping from books to T-shirts and sassy cards, many with local themes. Look for the giant original Hillcrest sign that used to hang over the street.
Your one-stop prospecting shop. Don't mind the gruff salesfolk. They actually are happy to get you started, set up guided tours (from $100 per person), or if you're a pro, showcase the latest in sluicing technology.
Worth a stop for vintage shoppers. There’s specs and hats, sun dresses from the ‘60s, band-leader coats and ragged old army threads. It specializes in one-of-a-kind pieces and leather goods. Prices are reasonable.
It truly is a bazaar in the sense that the stock is eclectic and changing. Everything from beauty products to jewelry and clothes to out-of-print African American literature and vintage jazz LPs are available here.
Offers the Valley’s best selection of camping, mountaineering and backpacking supplies and is the home of the Yosemite Mountaineering School. It’s also world-renowned for its selection of big-wall climbing gear.
Are your feet vegetarian? Keep offers funky colors and designs of high- and low-top cloth shoes. All with a hip, urban feel, and none of the bad karma. The kicks are made in LA from mostly sustainable materials.
If you’re planning on camping on the coast or exploring the Lost Coast, this is the best outfitter in the region, stocking detailed maps of the region’s wilderness areas, fuel for stoves and high-quality gear.
Carries high-fashion, Euro-inspired designs, with a touch of funky California soul thrown in for good measure. Think Humanoid dresses, Rag & Bone skinny jeans, Stella McCartney sunglasses and Chloé shoes.
A consignment boutique on Wilshire, Address Boutique offers couture from the likes of Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Chloe, and Burberry, some of which were once draped on Meg Ryan, Salma Hayak and Sharon Stone.
A concrete-floor emporium of quirky cool, OK has art and cookbooks, bar kits and paper lanterns, glass radiometers (measures light), pens and notebooks. But you might enjoy the jewelry and glassware most of all.
Upgrade from ho-hum IKEA to mod housewares that are positively scrumptious: glossy tangerine vases, vintage tiki-fabric cushions and mood-setting, ecofriendly, cork-shaded lamps, all priced for mass consumption.
The hippest minimall in Hollywood, this designer construct of brick, wood, concrete and glass is home to classic and trend-setting mini-chains such as Umami Burger, Hennesy & Ingalls and Free People.
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