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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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Leslie Kaplan is a seasoned lifestyle connoisseur and enthusiast. As the owner and principle of event planning company Encore, the LA-based powerhouse is known for her unique design aesthetic and ability to produce high-quality events that fit within any budget. She's also a big botanical buff and can't get enough of one floral shop in WeHo.
The Empty Vase Florist of West Hollywood is my favorite floral boutique. My family and friends have frequented this shop for years; it's our go-to for birthday flower deliveries. You can always count on Empty Vase to be on the forefront of floral designs, creating the most gorgeous arrangements. This shop not only boasts beautiful flowers, but it's also one of the most enchanting shops, ever. Filled with deliciously-scented candles, coffee table books and a variety of unique home decor accents, I'm like a kid in a candy store there. Whenever I'm in the area, I like to pop in and make in-store orders for clients, just so that I can browse and take home a little something for myself! One stop in and you're sure to fall in love, too.
· Empty Vase [Official Site]
· Encore [Official Site]
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