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It would seem like the stretch of Hollywood Blvd. that runs between Vermont and Hillhurst would be a retail paradise. While the north side of the street fairly bustles—anchored by Wacko, the Blvd. has attracted a mix of high-end and funky shops. But the south side of the street? Not so much.
But hopefully, that's changing soon. We recently discovered Weltenbuerger in the space formerly occupied by Apartment 3. It's just off the street, and prior to the recent addition of a sign, it was easy to mistake it for a residence. But it's a treasure of a space that, with the addition of a few more retailers and a (rumored) bar, might lead the resurgence of the South side of the street.
Weltenbuerger opened late in the holiday season. They specialize in vintage with a heavy emphasis on the 80s. The boutique sells, buys, and consigns; the selection is not huge, but every item in the store was carefully selected—when we spoke with Weltenbuerger's proprietor He's really passionate about the store, and keeping a quality collection of "just so" goods in the inventory.
The prices are significantly lower than you'd expect: most of the dresses are in the $20 - $30 dollar range; there are shoes starting at $14; men's clothes for cheap (sub-$20 shirts), too. Since the prices are low, the turnover is fairly quick. (And most of the inventory is also available online: Plus, if you purchase something off the website, you have the option of picking it up at the store.) Drop in any time to peruse, chat or purchase; but if you want to consign, sell or trade, do call ahead to set up an appointment. (323) 300-5990
· Weltenbuerger [Official Site]