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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 Design in Solvang

Copenhagen House

The name stays true to Solvang's Danish roots but the eclectic mix of top-quality design goods, all from the motherland, couldn't be further from the usual tourist tat. Keep kids happy with some Lego, treat yourself…
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 Gifts & Souvenirs in Ventura

Copperfield's

Part standard gift shop, part what can only be described as emporium of ephemera, this is the kind of place where you can buy a birthday card one day and an infra-compunctive resonance perversion ray gun the next (y…
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…