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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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Lila Byock moved to Los Angeles last year after spending four and a half years at the New Yorker. She's now a freelance writer (and researcher) who often spends her days writing about food for The New Yorker, Food & Wine, Mother Jones, and Gilt Taste. She's a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, grew up in Montana and lives in the 3rd and Fairfax area with her husband and cat. Oh, and she loves new flowers (and not spending a fortune of beautiful bundles) so she frequents the Los Angeles Flower Market in Downtown LA.
"If I'm forced to choose between a new dress or an armload of fresh cut flowers, the flowers will win every time. But I'd rather not have to choose. That's why I make regular trips to the Los Angeles Flower Market, where the wholesale prices are as enticing as the variety of flora on offer. The market opens as early as 2am for those in 'the trade,' but even if you arrive at the fully-caffeinated hour of 10, as I often do, the selection never feels picked-over. Gladiolas, lilies, peonies, anemones, quince! If it's in season—anywhere—it's at the Flower Market, and for a fraction of what you'd pay at the florist."
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