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Los Angeles has more stores than anyone could physically tackle, but somehow we always keep returning to the usual suspects. To break out of the rut, we've asked some local shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around LA that we might not all know about. Cue the Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.
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Ted Byrnes is the founder of Dichotomy, an agency that brands and businesses hire to help problem solve. Need assistance sourcing American-made rivets, cloth and leather? Looking to put together a mood board for your upcoming collection based on specific colors and fabrics? Want an aesthetic re-brand and re-definition of your company? Call Byrnes. Here, he talks up his favorite record shop in Pasadena.
"The people that know us know that music is really the center of everything for us, and Poo-Bah Record Shop helps to feed our passion. It should really be a national treasure; in the '70s it was the home and birthplace of the Los Angeles Free Music Society (a movement that spawned many a experimental musician) and currently is home to LA's burgeoning indie/experimental hip hop scene. It also feels like a record store should feel—its a little must-y, a little dusty and full of amazing vinyl finds, from new and difficult-to-find stuff, to carefully selected bins of great used vinyl. The store also houses their own label which puts out classic recordings from Tom Recchion, Rick Potts and Dennis Duck to newer stuff from folks like Ras G and Matthew David. It is a truly inspirational space!"
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