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Just like last year and the year before that, we've tapped a handful of influential Angelenos to weigh in on 2014's greatest hits and misses. We've already highlighted LA's best stores, coolest brands, and most-wanted shops. Now, tastemakers are electing our city's best shopping stretches.
Paul C. Witt, Wittmore owner: "West 3rd Street, of course. You can shop, dine, and get a massage all on one block."
Lucy Akin, Super Street founder: "I love to walk around Fairfax. Although there aren't any women's stores on Fairfax, it's still fun to go into all the skate shops and see what's new and good in the skate world."
Brigham Yen, DTLA Rising blogger: "Downtown LA's burgeoning Arts District, and of course, the neighborhood around Ace Hotel."
Jayne Min, Stop It Right Now blogger: "I do most of my shopping online but I do love a good time-killing mall wander. My favorites are Americana at Brand in Glendale and The Grove."
Shareen Mitchell, Shareen Vintage owner: "I don't spend much time wandering around shopping but if I want to get a lot done quickly I shop in and around the Malibu Country Mart. It's all there, it's pretty, and I can smell the sea."
Kelsi Smith, Stylesmith blogger: "I live in Downtown Glendale, which is great for it's proximity to literally every major chain store. It's very walkable, which is appreciated by this non-driver, but not so great on the independent boutique front. I love when an area has great walkability and a good selection of boutiques—West 3rd Street is great for this!"
Gabriela Artigas, Gabriela Artigas Jewelry designer: "West Hollywood, Melrose place, West 3rd Street, La Cienega—all of it!"