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This Shopping Expert Shares Her Source for Custom Goods

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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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Nayri Leanna Gregor is a smart shopping expert and shopping columnist at SheKnows. Her tips have been featured on The Huffington Post, Good Day LA, The Ricki Lake Show, NBC New York and many others. Every now and then, she gets sick and tired of giving the same generic gifts—and that's when she heads to The Ave in Venice.

My best-kept secret store is The Ave in Venice. Two words: customize everything. Literally, that's their tagline and they stick strongly to it. Sometimes I get sick of the same old store-bought gifts and clothing and that's when The Ave rises to the occasion. They sell T-shirts, sneakers, onesies, tanks, shorts, BUT it all comes with a sweet little twist. You can either use their selection of items or take anything from your closet and get it customized with your favorite photos or graphics. If you have a design idea, they'll figure it out for you and make it come to life. The options are endless and I love that they offer a place where people can be creative and add their own personal flare to the clothing they wear. (Ooooo, that rhymes!)

· The Ave [Official Site]
· All Shopping Confidential Posts [Racked LA]

The Ave

64 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291