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Patch Picks: Five Great Local Boutiques

These local shops provide warm atmosphere, out of the ordinary gift ideas and a hands-on fabrication experience.

Every week, Highland Park-Mount Washington Patch will run a new weekly feature called Patch Picks, highlighting editor and reader picks of great local businesses, destinations, services, organizations, ways to spend a day off, and more. 

You’ll find useful lists to help you, your family, friends, and significant others find the best places for everything from Sunday brunch to date night out, kids party places and parks.

Want to suggest a list? Submit your idea in the comment box.

Today, we highlight some great local boutiques where you can shop for shoes, shades or get down with your crafty self. Check em out!



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            Andrea's specializes in boutique women's shoes. If you're looking to buy your girlfriend some platforms or you're a lady in need of heels for the prom dance, this is a good place to start. With a selection of flashy and simple designs, Andrea's sells stylish footwear without brand name exorbitant prices.

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           Studio Root 66 is a boutique store that specializes in local and handmade items from Los Angeles artists, from jewelry to children's clothing. You'll find unique pottery, soaps, candles and pet goods in this homey and serene shop. The store also sells a line of original organic jellies; one of the most popular flavors is Hellfire Pepper.

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           At Jet the Pilot is a craft shop and boutique populated with mythical characters created by a creative staff. Patrons can work with Jet the Pilot's designs, or bring their own. The boutique offers gifts for babies, kids, pets, teens, and adults and fun workshops for all ages held weekly        

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            Since 1997, this shop is known for its year-round hands-on weaving classes, where students learn how to make their own tapestries and Persian rugs on a loom. In addition to yarn, knitting and weaving supplies and accessories, Pets with Fez also carries a unique, colorful selection of antiques, collectibles, small gifts, vintage items, artwork and imports.

●         Society of the Spectacle
            Run by a pair of Highland Park sisters with a passion for eyeware, Society of the Spectacle dubs itself an "enticing emporium for the senses." The shop offers a broad range of eyeglass and shades, as well as a revolving selection of nifty craft items.

Next week's Patch Picks: Next Thursday, March 3 is National Read Across America Day. Give us your suggestions for five great kids books!

Put your suggestions in the comments box. And be sure to come back to see our Highland Park-Mount Washington Patchers' picks.

Richard Risemberg February 27, 2011 at 04:04 PM
Well, not being books it would be for later, but I suggest you visit Flying Pigeon LA, purveyor of Euro-stylish bikes for daily living, at 3714 N. Figueroa St. ( http://flyingpigeon-la.com/ ) Owner Josef is also a tireless promoter of the local community.
Eliot Sekuler February 28, 2011 at 02:16 PM
It would be very useful if you'd include addresses in your "Patch Picks."
David Fonseca February 28, 2011 at 02:20 PM
Thanks Eliot. The addresses of the locations can be found in the right hand corner of the page, but I can also make sure to include them in the body of the article as well.

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