A cotton candy–hued dreamland, Bountiful stocks everything one's heart could desire, from gorgeous ceramic cake stands to vintage pill boxes and statement costume jewelry. Devotees rave about the wide-selection and friendly service, but be warned–prices are steep.
Brentwood Country Mart
A visit to this big red barn with fabulous little shops and a few family-friendly places to eat has been a tradition since 1948. On weekends, celebrities and their kids eat at picnic tables surrounding an outdoor fire pit.
Broome Street General Store
Occupying a bungalow in the Silverlake neighborhood, this homewares and artisanal foods store stocks everything from glass carafes and linen dishtowels to speciality jams and pickles. Afterward, grab an espresso and pastry by LA-based Valerie Confections and head to the sunny patio.
Burning Torch caters to Venice Beach’s hipster crowd, turning out recycled, on-trend clothes and accessories for women. The collection is made from sustainable materials that are in step with the brand’s socially conscious philosophy. Shop for one-of-a-kind 1970’s sunglasses alongside Victorian fine jewelry–everything is for sale in the brand’s Abbot Kinney flagship store, from the vintage wall tapestries to the antique chairs.
Chariots on Fire
A former darling of San Francisco’s boutique circuit, Chariots on Fire recently relocated to Los Angeles after owner Ritz Yagi decided she needed a change of scenery. Yagi has already made a splash on the Boulevard, teaming up with super-cool label Tortoise for a sold-out jewelry collaboration. The store stocks a variety of artisanal gems, from solid perfumes and luxurious body balms, to hard to find jewelry from the likes of Marianne Anderson and Polly Wales.
Created on a whim by founder Erinn Berkson, Firefly is a one-stop shop for magical gifts for yourself and loved ones. There is something for everyone in this hodge-podge of a store that stocks cards and stationary next to delicate necklaces from a slew of California jewelers. For those with little ones, pop next door to Firefly Kids, which has a great selection of quirky little toys and togs.
The Los Angeles showroom of the beloved ceramics company was intended to feel like a warehouse to show off the pottery-making process (that’s artist and potter Adam Silverman, who serves as the LA Studio Director, at the kiln) as well as the final product all under one roof. We’d gladly blow a small fortune on the salad plates and dessert bowls and bud vases here, all of them beautifully carrying forward the legacy of founder Edith Heath, who began the company back in 1948 in Sausalito.
Owner Delphine Lippens's ombré hued ceramics with cork toppers are simple, one-of-a-kind pieces and in high-demand around the city, gracing the tables of popular restaurants including Fifty Seven and Sqirl. There is no brick-and-mortar shop yet, but Farmshop occasionally has select works for sale.
Ilan Dei Venice
Made entirely of re-purposed shipping containers, Ilan Dei Venice is more than meets the eye. Its fantastic hodge-podge of conceptual furniture, combined with gifts sourced from socially responsible companies is what turns visitors into customers.
At this shop at the Ivy Restaurant, owner-decorator Lynn von Kersting sells antique French opaline glass, vintage tablecloths, majolica plates, seashells, books, upholstered furniture and D. Porthault bath mitts. She puts together her homelike rooms like no one else.
Malibu Country Mart
This wonderful, ocean-close (and extremely open air) shopping center provides residents with the essentials of life, be it sushi at Nobu Malibu; Chrome Hearts-designed Ugg boots at Chrome Hearts, also known for its cross-and-dagger motif silver jewelry; vintage cowboy boots or jeans from the rough and tumble Double RL & Co., or Pucci bikinis from Ron Herman. A sandbox with plenty of climbing equipment keeps the little ones happy.
The women’s clothes at Noodle Stories are always interesting, including Japanese labels, plus tables full of cashmere sweaters and good T’s, not to mention unusual socks.
At the shocking pink Paul Smith store, the knighted London designer sells his English bone china, men’s and women’s collections, and oddities such as needlepoint throw pillows and vintage Rolexes remade with brightly enameled faces.
Tortoise General Store
Husband and wife Taku and Keiko Shinimoto opened this Japanese homewares and gift store back in 2003. Since then, many a customer has wandered in and fallen in love with the dozens of gorgeous ceramics, enamel kettles, minimalist flatware, and even cotton kimonos for baby, on offer.
This impeccably curated store took off after being featured in the New York Times' magazine and has been going strong since then. Located in the trendy Brentwood Country Mart, the high-concept gift store stocks minimalist, tasteful treasures. The wide offering ranges from organic body care products to gossamer cashmere scarves, ensuring that no visitor leaves empty-handed.