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LA's a big city, man. With a few notable exceptions (like if a Walmart threatens to set up shop in your neighborhood), the opening of a store doesn't send a seismic shift through the city.

Or does it?

Little changes came to our neighborhood (Los Feliz village) in drips and drops: we got Vacation Vinyl, Vamp Shoes, Solutions Denim, and a Steven Alan Outpost, among other things, but hardly any of that felt revolutionary.

We were very glad that our city got two new houses of shoe worship, Christian Louboutin in West Hollywood and Mona Moore over on Abbot Kinney. (Yes, we know there were others, but those stood out the most to us, for obvious reasons.)

Downtown is certainly not our neighborhood, but that new blood keeps getting pumped into it-stores like No. A., Bolt Barbers, and even the Vespa shop—means good things for the city. As does the presence of Cerre, right in the pitch-black, crumbling heart of old Hollywood.

And that the long-overdue Beverly Connection Nordstrom Rack and Miu Miu at South Coast Plaza finally opened?well, those two events filled us with joy. As did the opening of a Betsey Johnson concept store in Topanga Canyon. Even though we have closet-fulls of BJ dresses that haven't seen the light of day in years, we love knowing there's still a few tricks up her sleeve.

How about you? What were some of your favorite new stores of the year? Which establishments had the biggest impact on your neighborhood? Let us know in comments, or email us at

Mona Moore

1112 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291 310-452-4070 Visit Website


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