Shops Ahoy! The Guide to Shopping in San Pedro

The Grand Emporium


Since 1821, when this then-Mexican harbor town opened to foreign trade, San Pedro has been a hotbed of shops fulfilling the material needs of travelers, sailors and locals. Today, its relaxed, working class atmosphere is an interesting contrast to some of its more affluent neighbors. From the bustling L.A. Waterfront to the fast-changing Downtown shopping and arts district, San Pedro's small, locally owned businesses still rule the scene. Friendly store owners will tell you their history while helping you find the perfect purchase. Read on for some of the best places for apparel, accessories, and recreational gear in town.

Crafted

Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles



Tucked among the warehouses along East 22nd Street near the water, this huge weekend market can be a bit tricky to find. Once there, parking is free, and the space is dog-friendly. The cavernous warehouse contains stalls selling everything handmade, soap (Pretty and Perky), candles (Banter & Bliss Candle Co), jewelry (Beadwork by cgm), as well as used books (Brown Bag Books) and even booze-soaked confections (Drunken Cake Pops). An integral purpose of Crafted is the presence of the San Pedro Art Association, which exhibits the work of local artists and students in and among the stalls. Check out the event calendar for classes and workshops in art, crafts, leatherworking, and more. Bonus: the market is adjacent to local brewery Brouwerij West, so non-shoppers can slip out and wait for their crafty companions to join them for a pint.

Badfish Clothing Co.

Badfish Clothing Co.



Badfish Clothing Co. was founded four years ago as a “skate/surf punk” shop for original tees, hats and more, along with records and paint. Located in the heart of the Downtown San Pedro shopping district, this place is both welcoming and way too cool. Shirts and hats with designs from local artists hang alongside more well-known streetwear brands, with a good helping of San Pedro pride. Ask about custom designs and in-house screenprinting for something more personalized. Their gear-centric outpost is a little farther inland, for those in the market for a new skateboard.

California Girl Boutique

California Girl Boutique



This little storefront gem has built a loyal following since opening in 2017. Owner Lily Cruz has been selling her curated women’s apparel since 2011, and has finally settled into her current location on Gaffey Street with a collection of casual women’s clothing picked with her own fun aesthetic in mind. The store is family run, so it might be a good idea to call before you visit as business hours may vary.

Dramatique

Dramatique



Half new and half resale, the inventory at Dramatique is true to the name. This women’s clothing boutique caters to a range of ages and price points with an aesthetic that runs from glamor to theatrical. Owner Martine Klein enhances many items with her signature flair, and embraces vintage and costume styles in dresses, hats, shoes, lingerie and jewelry. Attentive store associates act as stylists for their customers, picking out pieces they think will suit and offering advice when needed. Stop in to outfit your inner flapper, debutante or pin-up queen.

Drop-In Gifts

Drop-In Gifts



Since 1991, Drop-In Gifts has been the go-to place for San Pedrans looking for greeting cards, gifts and collectibles on 6th Street. What makes this place stand out from the other card-and-figurine stores of the world is owner Darka Klaric - locals claim she has a supernatural ability to match customers with what they need. In no place is the neighborhood’s famed small town charm more apparent than when the person from whom you buy your San Pedro snap-backs and Hawaiian shirts introduces you to her pet birds and guides you to the exactly right handmade soap for your sister’s birthday gift.

The Grand Emporium

The Grand Emporium



Formerly a high-end gift shop, this distinct 7th street storefront is now stocked with classic vinyl, vintage books, movies and pop culture memorabilia at reasonable prices. Proprietor Chuck Klaus is a helpful and knowledgeable presence - the story goes that he took over the shop from his wife after she suggested he use the store to clear out some of his vast record collection. However Chuck felt about this, the public has benefitted. Be aware: the Emporium is open Thursday through Saturday only.

The Leather Shop | Instagram by @laleathershop

The Leather Shop



Owned and operated by a pair of leather workers, The Leather Shop is the place to go if you want to watch your craftsperson in action. This is the place for classic and subtle contemporary leather goods of handmade quality. A selection of ready-made wallets, belts, passport holders and bags are available at prices lower than one might expect, and the owner/artisans are usually on hand to customize your order or craft something special from one of their “DIY” kits.

Renzwear

Renzwear



Renzwear is a beloved mom and pop shop in the San Pedro Waterfront Arts District that specializes in custom artwork, silkscreening and embroidery. A San Pedro native, Rennie Nunez is a veteran cartoonist with a background working at Universal Studios Hollywood, Warner Brothers, Ruby Spears, Filmation, and other well known animation companies. Rennie and his wife, Veronica opened Renzwear in 1998 with a mission to help the community with everything from business logos to t-shirts for local schools. Stop by Renzwear and pick up a souvenir San Pedro t-shirt, or choose from a variety of shirts, hats, hoodies and zip-up sweatshirts.

San Pedro Surf & Sport | Instagram by @sanpedrosurf

San Pedro Surf & Sport



This family-owned and operated surf shop has been outfitting South Bay surfers since the 1970s. New, used and custom boards are available at a range of price points along with surf accessories, wax, and wetsuits. Clothing from brands including Billabong, Element and Volcom are available for men, women and kids; as well as sandals, hats and accessories. If you’ve come to the area for waves, this is the shop for you.

Street Sole | Instagram by @thestreetsole

Street Sole



Founded by self-proclaimed “Sneaker Freak” Jean Grisard to remedy lack of quality sneaker shops in the area, Street Sole delivers current streetwear trends to the South Bay. Featuring new and consignment gear from Adidas, Bathing Ape, Supreme and other cult brands, you may find a few rarities here. The sleek, black and white space on West 6th Street is tastefully lined with sneakers, hats and apparel, and likely a number of awed young people browsing the goods.