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Indie Boutiquey Alternatives to Getting Malled: Montana Ave. Holiday Walk, Melrose Avenue, Royal/T

Image courtesy of Royal/T
Image courtesy of Royal/T

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SANTA MONICA—Deck the halls, indeed: the outdoor party features live music, carolers, burlesque shows, and of course, shopping all up and down Montana Avenue, It's Friday, 1400 block (and beyond) of Montana, 5pm to 9pm [Racked Inbox]

MELROSELess Mall, More Melrose is exactly what it sounds like: some of the indie merchants along Melrose are banding together, extending special offers, throwing parties, making merry. Participating merchants include LA Eyeworks, Crossroads, Sportie LA, John Fluevog?discount tickets to a Groundlings show, anyone? And food trucks, too. Saturday, late afternoon, around the 7400 block of Melrose [Racked Inbox]

CULVER CITY—If you're a DIYer or a lover of cute, get thyself to Royal/T on Sunday for the chance to make ornaments and crafts inspired by Royal/T's own momiji (friendship) dolls. It's $10 for the event, and that includes supplies, tea and cookies, as well as a 10% discount for the giftshop (excluding the Tron merch). It's Sunday, from 11am to 4pm. 8910 Washington Blvd. [Racked Inbox]