The Guide to Shopping in Atwater Village

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The Atwater Village shopping scene is small and largely confined to Glendale Boulevard, with some overflow on Los Feliz Boulevard. Still, the shops here pack a lot of "oohs" and "aahs" into their often tiny spaces. Fashion and accessories, both new and vintage, make up a good chunk of what you'll find here. But, keep your eyes open small, independent home and/or garden shops too. If you're looking for music, Jacknife might have what you need and bookworms will want to spend some time at Alias. If crystals are your jam, make sure you head over to The Crystal Matrix. Read on for the guide to shopping in Atwater Village.

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Alias Books East | Instagram by @kimandmira

Alias Books East

Alias Books East is an impeccably organized used bookstore - you won't have to creep around massive piles of reading material here - but it's also packed with a wide variety of titles. Their easy-to-scan shelves boast everything from books on the occult to music zines and graphic novels. Plus, they have a small room dedicated to children's books.

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Arora Boheme in Atwater Village | Instagram by Instagram by @aroraboheme

Arora Boheme

Arora Boheme is the go-to spot for Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint, but it's not just paint that fills this small home decor shop. Owner Krissy Arora brings together a mix of objects small and large to give a bohemian flair to any room. DIY fanatics should note that Arora Boheme hosts how-to workshops on a variety of subjects.

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Bill's Liquor Store | Instagram by @robrovira

Bill's Liquor Store

The mural on the side of Bill's Liquor Store boasts of the shop's ample beer selection, and that's no overstatement. You'll find loads of brews to suit your tastes inside Bill's, but the beverages don't stop there. Wine and vodka drinkers likely won't leave empty-handed either. In fact, even the non-alcoholic drinks go beyond the convenience store staples. Whether you're looking for a quick thirst quencher or a bottle to bring to a party, Bill's has you covered.

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CRUX mural by Risk | Photo by Liz Ohanesian


Even before it opened in 2017, Crux created a stir with its multi-colored striped exterior painted by famed street artist Risk. This addition to Glendale Boulevard's shopping scene is focused on street fashion for men and women. They carry new designs from '90s brand Cross Colours, along with fun t-shirts and accessories.

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Photo courtesy of The Crystal Matrix, Facebook

The Crystal Matrix

Find stones small and large inside The Crystal Matrix. This metaphysical store is filled with a nicely organized selection of everything from onyx to amethyst, including both loose pieces and jewelry. If you're in the market for crystal skulls, this is the place to find some exquisite ones. The Crystal Matrix also offers classes on how to use crystals and hosts various types of group events, in addition to offering services like psychic readings.

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Individual Medley

Individual Medley's selection of items runs the gamut from clothing for men, women and children to books and stationery, but the unifying theme is quality, stylish goods that you probably won't find everywhere. Make sure to walk towards the back of the shop for the small, yet substantial apothecary section. The overlapping fragrances are intoxicating and the mix of chic, independent brands is intriguing.

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Jacknife Records & Tapes | Instagram by @mos.steff

Jacknife Records

You don't have to own a turntable to find music you want inside Jacknife Records. While this Glendale Boulevard shop is certainly stocked with records, it doesn't forgo other formats in favor of vinyl. Jacknife has walls loaded with cassettes and even sells organizers to store the tapes as you would have in the '80s. The used CD selection here is also ample. Additionally, Jacknife sells vintage listening gear. It's not just about the old school here - the shop also sells music from contemporary labels and has its own affiliated label.

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Photo courtesy of Potted


Plant lovers should swing by Potted when in Atwater Village. This serene shop is dedicated to things that grow, but even if you can't take a plant home with you, you'll still find traveler-friendly items. Shop for field guides to local creatures that you can carry with you to use for reference on hikes. Be on the lookout for small decorations, gift items and books.

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Pork pie hat, Atwater Village pillow, surrealist collage book at Treehaus | Instagram by @treehausla


Treehaus is a must-follow on Instagram for their adorable #dogoftheday posts. In person, the Atwater Village boutique features a mix of items that are geared towards humans. Clothing and jewelry veer towards minimal and stylish designs and indie designers and artists are well-represented in the store. You may also find some cool souvenirs like Tom Lamb's Atwater Village map art prints.

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Workshop SK | Instagram by @theartmuse

Workshop sk

Workshop sk is a jewelry workshop. It's also a store where you'll find the handmade pieces of Serena Kojimoto. Here, you'll find minimal, sophisticated pieces in silver and gold, sometimes embellished with gorgeous stones. If you're looking for a made-in-L.A. memento that you can wear home, this is a good place to visit.