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Top Choice Mall in Costa Mesa

The Lab

Sister property to The Camp across the street, this outdoor, ivy-covered ‘anti-mall,’ is the original in-your-face alternative to South Coast Plaza, even if nowadays more (cool) national chains have moved in. Sift t…
Top Choice Mall in Costa Mesa

The Camp

Vegans, tree-huggers and rock climbers, lend me your ears. The Camp offers one-stop shopping for all your outdoor and natural-living needs. Active Ride Shop and Seed People’s Market for outdoor gear and fair trade h…
Top Choice Hats in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

Paul's Hat Works

Pssst ... keep this SF style secret under your hat: there is no Paul. Started in 1918 by a Peruvian hatmaker named Napoleon, Paul's Fog-Belt mystique is maintained today by two women handcrafting noir-novel fedoras …
Top Choice Books in Ojai

Bart’s Books

One block north of Ojai Ave, this charming, unique indoor-outdoor space sells new and well-loved tomes. It's being going for well over a half century so demands at least a half-hour’s browse and a purchase or two – …
Food & Drinks in North Beach & Chinatown

Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company

Make a fortune in San Francisco at this bakery, where cookies are stamped from vintage presses and folded while hot – much as they were in 1909, when fortune cookies were invented for San Francisco's Japanese Tea Ga…
Top Choice Market in Lone Pine

Whitney Portal Store

Food, beer, souvenirs and excellent advice from the friendly staff make this the (only) place to visit before and/or after your hike up Mt Whitney. It sits just a few yards from the trailhead and is only open during…
Top Choice Clothing in Nob Hill, Russian Hill & Fillmore

New People

A three-story emporium devoted to Japanese pop culture, New People carries Japantown's most interesting clothing. At Maruq, find Japanese streetwear from Tokyo's Shibuya and Harajuku districts (locale of independent…
Books in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Last Bookstore in Los Angeles

Who said the inky page is dead? What started as a one-man operation out of a Main Street storefront is now nearly an entire ground floor of an old bank building, and it's stuffed with used books of all stripes as we…
Top Choice Vintage in Malibu & Pacific Palisades

Hidden Treasures

This one-of-a-kind store pops from the Topanga Canyon roadside, thanks to skeletons and mannequins dressed like Egyptian eunics and Viking warriors, standing sentry among the old wagons and totem poles out front. In…
Top Choice Clothing in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Nooworks

Get a streetwise Mission edge with Nooworks' local-artist-designed fashions, most under $100. Nooworks' evil-eye-print dresses ward off Marina-frat-boy advances, and Muscle Beach maxidresses are Dolores Park-ready, …