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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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Deborah Kaplan is a talented screenwriter and director—she's directed Can't Hardly Wait as well as Josie and the Pussycats. Her latest script, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, is about to start shooting, with Reese Witherspoon in the starring role. Here, she points us towards Guidi Marcello, her favorite one-stop-shop in Santa Monica when prepping for a dinner party.
If you drive down the tiny one-way section of 10th Street in Santa Monica by the 10, straight into a dead end where it looks like absolutely nothing exists—you're in the right place. Guidi Marcello isn't much bigger than some high-end closets but they have the most incredible selection of imported Italian food: pasta, salami, wine, olive oil and cheese—so much cheese! There are also gorgeously delicious tins of tuna and tomatoes and capers—it's hard to believe how much the Guidi family can pack into that little space! Don't miss the giant tins of frozen lasagna, eggplant Parmesan and stacks of thin and crispy frozen pizzas (9 minutes in your home oven)! My sister, who turned me onto this place, comes here to build amazing gift baskets. An entire diner party can be thrown together in one stop.
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