The Guide to Shopping in Highland Park

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A diverse cross section of residents in Highland Park make the neighborhood a haven for treasure seekers of all trades. Musicians, artists and designers have joined families who have been longtime residents of the area, bringing eclectic wares and artisanal crafts. Whether you’re looking for that vintage accessory to complete your outfit or a limited edition vinyl that has long been out of print, Highland Park has the store that has exactly what you’re looking for. Read on for a collection of the best shops in the neighborhood.

The Bearded Beagle

The Bearded Beagle



The Bearded Beagle is a vintage clothing and accessory store with hard-to-beat prices. The stock is carefully curated with treasures from all eras, catering to both men and women. They have a great selection of vintage tees, vinyl and discounted racks, so everyone is likely to walk away with something.

Dotter | Photo: @cedarandhyde

Dotter



Aptly named after the Swedish word for “daughter,” Dotter is a clothing store owned and operated by a mother-daughter duo, Susanne McLean and Annika Huston. Jewelry, shoes, children’s games and books are also sold in-store. American clothing companies with timeless design are featured in the store.

Future Music

Future Music



Not your typical music shop, Future Music is full of used instruments, including discontinued synthesizers, guitars and more. They also have some of the best techs in the business, with the ability to bring your favorite music gear back to life. With the store being such a treasure chest of hard-to-finds, musicians will have a hard time leaving.

Altar at Madame Pamita's Parlour Of Wonders | Photo: @madamepamita

Madame Pamita's Parlour of Wonders



Whether you’re in need of guidance or curious about tarot readings, step into Madame Pamita’s Parlour of Wonders. There are different types of readings to aid you on your journey, and she also has candles, oils and other tools to clear your energy and mind.

Mainline Skate Shop | Photo: @corazonmazamitla

Mainline Skate Shop



Skaters will appreciate the Mainline Skate Shop, which sells decks, wheels, backpacks, and skatewear. The staff are knowledgable and ready to help you with whatever you need. The price points are competitive, which make the shop your go-to for all your skate needs.

Ponderosa Cactus | Photo: @ponderosacactus

Ponderosa Cactus



Los Angeles may have just have gotten out of a drought, but a large part of what got the city through is the succulent plant family, which Ponderosa Cactus specializes in. They carry a wide range of drought-friendly plant life across all sizes and price points. Many local businesses are furnished with their designs, so when you walk away with a plant, you know you’re also taking with you a piece of Highland Park.

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Possession Vintage



With a specially curated selection of blouses, pants, jeans, dresses, jumpsuits and accessories for the dames, Possession Vintage carries all this within a quaint space on York Boulevard. Dan, the owner, has a very choosy eye, making way for a killer collection of only the best vintage finds. They’re open only on Fridays and Saturdays, and selections from the store can be found at Melrose Trading Post on Sundays.

Photo: The Quiet Life

The Quiet Life



Located on Figueroa, The Quiet Life flagship store is an extension of the men’s clothing and accessory brand, touting its minimal look. Shop their extensive selection of hats, button-down shirts, jackets and more. The Quiet Life also carries product by other designers, including accessories like wallets, belts and socks. For those interested in books of the moment, they feature one publisher per month, making them available for sale.

Shorthand | Photo: @shopshorthand

Shorthand



We all need beautiful things for our desks, and Shorthand is exactly the place to get them -- whether they stay on your desk or are en route elsewhere via the mail. One example would be a stack of specialty letterpress cards printed by Iron Curtain Press, which makes its home inside the store. They also have note pads, phone cases and patches for that extra flair at home.

Sonomama | Photo: @sophiecarpenter

Sonomama



Sonomama, aptly translated from Japanese as “as it is,” carries wares for your home as well as some women’s clothing. Simplicity is the central tenet in the store, with hues of much of their product found in nature. Tea sets, salt and pepper shakers, pillows, books and more are all inspired by Japanese culture, and sure to bring an element of zen into your home.

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Urchin Vintage



A vintage clothing and accessories store for men and women, Urchin is the place to update your wardrobe with the past. No matter what time period, the helpful salespeople will help you with exactly what you need, even if it includes figuring out what you need! Prices are reasonable, making it feasible for you to come away with an entire outfit.

U.S. Office Machine Company | Photo: @goodeyegallery

U.S. Office Machine Company



Opened in 1962, U.S. Office Machine Company is a family-run business that will fix any and every typewriter from any era that needs repair. Whether you’re simply looking or need that family timepiece repaired, Ruben Flores will have your machine working again like new.