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New York City 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 our fantastic city 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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Jen Weinberg is Glamour's west coast editor. Covering entertainment, fashion, and all things LA, Jen has worked for Glamour for six years in both New York and Los Angeles. She can get lost for hours at Angel City Books & Records, a quaint spot in Santa Monica filled with bargain bins of albums.
"One of my favorite weekend pastimes is shopping for vinyl, and my favorite local record shop is Angel City Books & Records. Tucked away on a side street two blocks from the ocean in Santa Monica, the store is definitely an LA hidden gem. They have a great selection of classic rock, jazz and blues, and you can also find really interesting compilations and rare albums. Rocco will put anything on for you to test before buying, and there are bargain bins upstairs too. ?I discovered it riding my bike one day. I turned off the beach and onto a side street and as I was heading home to Venice I spotted it. I parked my bike and walked in. It's a totally inviting place and I've purchased albums like Led Zeppelin's In Through The Out Door in its original stamped paper bag, White Boy Blues (a collaboration album of Clapton, Beck and Page) and Fame The Soundtrack—from the dollar bins upstairs (naturally)."
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