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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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Emili Vesilind is a freelance writer and editor who co-founded Style Section L.A. in 2009. Day-to-day, she edits and writes for the site and contributes articles to other outlets like Los Angeles Times Magazine, The Daily Beast, W, Los Angeles Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter and New York Magazine. When she needs to squeeze gift buying into her hectic day, she heads to Silver Lake's Postalworks, a no-frills shop that houses everything from staplers to Voluspa candles.
"There's this totally unassuming strip-mall FedEx/postal store in Silver Lake across from Gelson's called Postalworks that, as a busy gal who's always buying gifts, makes my life much easier. It quite possibly boasts the most miserable sales clerks in L.A., but this indie postal and gift shop is jam-packed with quick, high-end gift items — making it the only place in the Silver Lake area to pick up chichi Jellycat stuffed animals, indie-rock coloring books, Voluspa candles, beautiful hand-bound journals, gorgeous greeting cards, mid-priced jewelry, cheap-but-chic sunglasses, photo coffee table books and stylish desktop items all in one place. It also has a fantastic selection of mailing paraphernalia, making it easy to trick out your letters and packages, along with the full spate of FedEx services. I used to rely on Uncle Jer's for letter-pressed cards and last-minute gifts, but sadly it closed last year. Turns out Postalworks actually has a more diverse selection of goodies, anyway."
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