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Make it Interesting, Make it Meaningful – Shop Small

I don’t know about you, but these days we’re feeling especially tired of the same old same old when it comes to pretty much everything. We find ourselves craving a fresh idea, a new perspective, a something-something that’s a little off the beaten path. Whether it comes to music, fashion, homes, interiors, traveling or whatever – make it original. Make it interesting. Make it meaningful. So why not forgo the big brand stores this season for a refreshing perspective? Why not support creative people who are supporting local artists and artisans? Enter Small Business Saturday – a great opportunity to give original, good gifts. Read on for our favorite go-to spots below.

Midland Shop – Culver City & Silverlake

An eclectic mix of home goods, jewelry, apparel, apothecary potions and more, Midland Shop sells everything from body oils and West African woven fans to chic sandals and unique pieces from up-and-coming designers. For the east-siders, the latest Midland Shop outpost in Silverlake is now open for business as well.

Individual Medley – Atwater Village

This cozy, stylish boutique offers one of a kind new and vintage apparel for men, women, and kiddos and is a great spot for finding small gifts for just about everyone in your life. Make sure to check out their array of nature-inspired products, like incense, wilderness fragrances, soaps, and, everyone’s favorite gift, candles.

Block Shop – Los Angeles

This sister-run textile studio has roots in both Los Angeles and Jaipur and their entire process start to finish is manual. They sketch their beautiful designs, print with wooden blocks, and dye in small batches. We’re fans of their gorgeous table linens and sumptuous bath robes. Plus they invest 5% of Block Shop’s annual profits in their Bagru Women’s Empowerment Program, so you can give back while you stock up.

Mercado Collective – Mexico

This expertly curated artisan outpost chooses unique, fair trade home goods, furniture, and decor marked with a desert, Mexican, Moroccan, and tropical flair. If you have a passion for all things bohemian, desert, mid-century, and minimalist, this is the spot for you.

RTH – West Hollywood

This global mecca of indigenous wares functions with the goal of embracing  cultural differences and offering products that contribute to everyday life. You will find truly unique accessories that always  have function, style, and quality in their design.

Lost and Found – Hollywood & Santa Monica

Lost and Found owner Jamie Rosenthal has created an off the radar shopping experience that offers people unusual, small boutique clothing lines, accessories, textiles, and hand crafted pieces for the home from all over the world. Stop by to get a feel for the timelessness, spirited energy, and vision of this store that is sure to inspire.

Mano Mercantile – Marfa, TX

Creative partners Gabrielle, a painter and stylist, and Beau, a printmaker, opened the doors to this two-story adobe storefront slash creative compound back in 2015 as part studio, part shop. They boast an inspiring collection of items that represent Gabrielle and Beau’s love of the far east rooted in the far west.

Edible Gardens LA – Hollywood

Edible Gardens LA designs, builds, plants and sustains organic vegetable gardens and edible landscapes right here in the heart of Los Angeles. Founder Lauri Kranz teaches gardening at local schools and with her company Edible Gardens LA, helps chefs, restaurants, families, museums, schools, and more grow lush gardens full of organic fruits and vegetables. Check out Lauri’s careful and beautifully curated shop section on the site, which you can access by clicking here.