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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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Maggie Davis is an accounts director at The WORK Magazine, a quarterly LA-based publication that covers both emerging and established artists that is sold at places like MOCA, Opening Ceremony and Bookmarc. Davis loves snapping photos and considers herself a taco truck enthusiast and recently got a little too excited when she stumbled upon The Echo Park Time Travel Mart.
"I love The Echo Park Time Travel Mart. I was wandering around on Sunset and just happened to step into this little treasure. You feel like you're walking into a normal, old, slightly beaten-up pharmacy or something and then you realize it's anything but. As I was walking down the aisles, I started noticing fresh dinosaur eggs in a refrigerator, robot milk and time travel sickness pills. I finally ran up to the lady working the register and asked "What is this place?!" Turns out, it's a storefront for 826LA, a non-profit dedicated to supporting kids' creative writing, providing tutors, workshops and more. Wanna get the weirdest/coolest gift ever? Go here. You'll be supporting the kiddos while you're at it."
· The Echo Park Time Travel Mart [Official Site]
· The Work Magazine [Official Site]
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