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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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Alice Chung is the director of PR, strategic partnerships and special events at Paul Mitchell. The job entails overseeing the PR strategy for all the brands under the PM umbrella, like MITCH, their new men's line, plus Paul Mitchell Pro Tools professional styling tools and the company's professional color offerings. Alice loves a good tchotchke more than anything, and she gets her fix at this spot in Long Beach.
"One of my hobbies is hunting for vintage clothing, housewares, tchotchkes, etc. I have a great nostalgia for the past—things were just better made then. One of my favorite places to go is Inretrospect (formerly The Vintage Collective) in Long Beach, which is a large space occupied by various individual vendors selling everything from vintage clothing, accessories and jewelry to furniture to books and records to housewares, electronics, trinkets—you name it. When I go, I am here for hours because there is SO much to poke through! I've scored a green 1960s blender that is in perfect condition and works better than any contemporary blender I've ever owned, an old-school black rotary phone that I got for $25 (I've seen similar phones for $100-$250), vintage orange crate prints and lots of great little objects that have added whimsy to my home."
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