Small Business Saturday Shopping Guide: Support local businesses in Los Angeles

Photo courtesy of ROW DTLA

Ready to skip the big box stores and shop small? While we have nothing against the former, there is something ultra-satisfying about supporting your independent shop around the corner. Not only are you reinvesting in your neighborhood and your community, but you are also bringing home the most creative, original and one-of-a-kind products. From Highland Park and Boyle Heights to Santa Monica and beyond, we’ve rounded up 19 must-visit spots selling unique clothing, jewelry, books, homewares and giftware perfect for local shopping, even well beyond November’s Small Business Saturday. 26.

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This AAPI-owned cafe is obsessed with making and brewing their coffee, but they did us a favor by simplifying the often confusing process of buying it. In their Melrose outpost, they sell bags of coffee in four distinct taste categories – Dark & ​​Bold, Rich & Smooth, Bright & Lively and Unique & Surprising – each available in a variety of formats, such as whole beans or coarse ground coffee. . Their shelves are also stocked with other coveted items, like coffee pots and artisan chocolates.

MAUM General Store | Photo by Hyun Lee

This boutique in Old Town Pasadena is like a permanent extension of MAUM Market, the monthly rotating pop-up that showcases wares from Asian artists, creatives, and entrepreneurs in different LA neighborhoods. The General Store provides a platform specifically for Korean makers – stocking art, ceramics, home decor, jewelry, pantry items and more from over 50 Korea-based brands and companies. Take home everything from artisanal tea made with Jeju Island green tea to konjac sponges.

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city ​​of the century
Westfield Century City’s pop-up market champions independent brands, most of which don’t yet have their own physical space. Here you’ll find a great selection of gift-worthy items from big-following small businesses, from SuperHigh (private-label skincare and haircare) to Diamond Art Club (a woman-founded company known for its innovative crafts. ).

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This black-owned company handcrafts all of its products, from eco-friendly bar soaps to rich, hydrating body butters, using organic, fair trade shea butter from Ghana and Mali, naturally flavored with extracts of fruits and flowers. Everything is made with an old family recipe that takes care not to strip the vitamins and nutrients from the shea butter.

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Village of Larchmont
This luxury eyewear brand is worn by celebrities, but it’s still a small family business that started in 1979. If you’re looking for stylish new frames made from premium materials, there’s no better place where to go than the Larchmont Village shop. , where independent optometrists and trained eyewear stylists are on hand to help you find what’s best for you.

Photo courtesy of ROW DTLA

On Saturday, November 26 and Sunday, November 27, ROW DTLA is hosting the ARTSY Trading Post, a shopping experience showcasing emerging small businesses, many of which are showing up in person for the first time. As well as an outdoor market featuring fragrances, sustainable homewares, contemporary fashion and more, there will also be fireside chats and screen printing, embroidery and ceramics workshops.

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Highland Park
There’s absolutely no way that walking into this charming Highland Park gem won’t elicit joy. Every surface of this eclectic shop is filled with whimsical gifts, art supplies, one-of-a-kind stationery, colorful stickers, and quirky accessories (we dare you not walk away with something!).

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santa monica
Founded by writer, metaphysician and alchemist Logan Hollowell, this female-founded jewelry brand handcrafts stunning creations in Los Angeles using recycled 14-karat and 18-karat gold, ethically sourced gemstones and conflict-free diamonds from around the world. Centered around spirituality, nature, wanderlust and the cosmos, each piece is designed to be an instant heirloom.

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Highland Park
This gender-neutral line of clean cosmetics has a stylish storefront in Highland Park where you’ll want to stock up on skincare and multi-purpose cosmetics free of harmful ingredients. The brand is also committed to sustainable practices, using biodegradable packaging made from recycled PCR plastic, glass or metal. Plus, you can bring clean, empty NOTO bottles to the store for a 5% discount on refills.

Boyle Heights
This Latinx-owned boutique is the brainchild of several entrepreneurs hailing from Eastside communities like Boyle Heights, El Sereno, and Highland Park. You’ll easily spend hours perusing all the Lotería-influenced art, rare vinyl records, children’s books on diversity, activism and culture, and a huge collection of Los Pride t-shirts. Angeles and Boyle Heights.

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Various locations
Looking for gems, crystals or incense? House of Intuition is your metaphysical one-stop-shop for everything you need to feel enlightened, empowered, and uplifted. Whether you want to learn more about tarot cards or astrology, you’ll find something you love from a range of aura sprays, ritual cleansing kits, intention candles and high vibrational talismans.

Valerie Confectionery | Photo by Katrina Frederick Studio

Chocolatier and pastry chef Valerie Gordon recently opened a 5,000 square foot space that serves as a chocolaterie, bakery and event space. Here you’ll find all the artisan sweets it’s famous for: pies, cakes and, as part of Glendale’s new menu, quiches, savory meat pies and an expanded baking program. Don’t forget to browse its selection of gift-worthy treats, like boxes of truffles or petit fours, local market fruit jams, hot chocolate, and more.

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Silver Lake
This charming neighborhood wine boutique offers incredibly unique, natural and organic wines with a wallet-friendly approach (few bottles cost more than $30). In addition to easy-drinking French gamays and Italian orange wines made from biodynamically grown and hand-harvested fruit, Kamp also offers a delicious edition of other provisions: fresh flowers, books and magazines, and artisan treats that you would be hard pressed to find. find anywhere else (crispy watermelon slices with Tajin seasoning, anyone?).

Chinese district
Now Serving, owned by AAPI, is renowned for its extraordinary collection of cookbooks on all subjects. But it also has a slew of other kitchen-related trinkets, like kitchen utensils, gourmet condiments and sauces, and hand-woven tea towels. The space also regularly organizes signing sessions and meetings with famous chefs and food writers.

other savage | Photo by Isabella Behravan

Los Feliz
This woman-owned, queer-identified store is dedicated to fair wages and labor practices. In addition to offering beautifully crafted products and apparel by multiple artists and designers, Otherwild General (their store within a store) offers refillable bulk cleaning and personal care products, as well as low or zero waste reusable products. .

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Long Beach
As a celebrity BIPOC stylist who has worked with clients like Drake and the Black Eyed Peas, founder Dechel Mckillian has seen firsthand the negative effect fashion can have on people and the planet. In response, she founded Galerie.LA, where she travels the world in search of fashion-forward clothing and accessories that positively impact the environment without sacrificing a point of style.

West Hollywood
For a limited time, Conscious Market Co-Op is organizing the Goodthings space located at 1 Hotel West Hollywood. The co-op’s eco-friendly approach means they source items from local, sustainable brands that you can feel good about supporting. New brands will be introduced periodically, so keep looking for new must-haves, from comfy hoodies made with recyclable materials and compostable fabrics to jewelry made with ethically sourced and fair trade crystals.

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Founded by makeup and fashion industry veterans Carmen Dianne and Kara Still, Prosperity Market is a mobile farmers market that features black farmers, food producers, entrepreneurs, artists, florists and chefs. On December 3, he’ll pop up at The Original Farmers Market, where you can expect to shop over a dozen vendors selling granola, coffee, sauces, spices and more.

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This direct-to-consumer darling just opened the doors to its first-ever outlet in a Venice Beach bungalow on Abbot Kinney. You’ll find her suite of amazing products artfully displayed throughout the shop, which is also home to Our Place cafe with tea, boba, haldi doodh (turmeric lattes) and other culturally rooted beverages. With its colorful indoor seating area and backyard, the new space will also serve as a community gathering place with events, cooking classes, demonstrations, and more.

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