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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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Swimwear designer Tori Praver grew up in Maui, which explains her affinity for beaches, sun and waves. Today, she models and designs a line of sexy bikinis, one-pieces and cover-ups. Her other love—aside from fashion—is coffee, and once she discovered the "Bitches Brew" from Groundwork Coffee in Venice, it became essential to her morning routine.
"I have a serious passion for coffee and have become quite the connoisseur over the years. I love this little spot located in the heart of Venice on Rose Avenue. Groundwork Coffee has become part of my daily routine and I am a huge fan of their organic coffee—the taste can't be beat. Groundwork is one of the first certified organic coffee roasters in Southern California, and they offer a wide variety of coffees and teas including certified organics, fairly traded, shade grown, single origin and custom-blended coffees. My favorite is their signature dark roast, "bitches brew," or a yummy hemp latte. They offer a variety of different milks including hemp, almond, rice and soy for those of us who don't drink dairy, which is greatly appreciated. Not only do I love the vibe of this adorable 1950s brick building turned coffee shop, but the people that work there are also awesome and make you feel right at home. Another perk is their fresh-baked goods and pastries...not to mention they carry treats from my favorite bakery, The Gluten Free Goddess!"
· Groundwork Coffee [Official Site]
· Tori Praver Swimwear [Official Site]
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