Melrose Avenue is known for its shopping; not just the number of shops, but the totally unique, designer, indie artisan, vintage selections that can help you become the best gift giver in your family. No matter who you’re buying for or what the occasion is, there will be something clever, cool, colorful to be found on the Avenue. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Puzzle Zoo is for kids (and nerds) of all ages. It’s a SoCal family run business that really knows the pop culture-obsessed modern family. Think a mini Comic-Con showroom. Games, puzzles, bobble heads, build-outs, collector figures, books…it’s amazing how much fun is in this one shop. Sure, you can find the latest or greatest from the Marvel and DC universes, but you can also add to your Bakugan Battle Brawler stock. If you feel overwhelmed by all the things, the ridiculously knowledgeable staff has you covered.
7547 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Every day 11a – 7p
Monster A GoGo is the flagship store for the epic online retailer, Kreepsville666 (The Original Scare Wear). With a sense of playfulness and just enough legit creepy, Monster A GoGo carries clothing and accessories for horror fans. It suits all ages (including eternal) and both male and female of all species and legend. From jeans and tees to dresses, handbags and backpacks, hair bows and belt buckles, you’ll definitely bring a smile to even your gothiest gift recipient.
7361 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Tuesday – Saturday noon – 7p, Sunday noon – 6p
More than 500,000 albums in inventory and never-not-ever has a CD been sold here. The Record Collector is a classic, old school, vintage vinyl library. It helps if you enter having some idea of your needs so the owner (who is there daily) can give some direction. If not, take a deep breath of that wonderful record store smell and dig in. Mint condition, original pressings, not available anywhere else – that’s what to expect here in the jazz, classical, soundtrack, world, and classic rock genres. This is a collector/audiophile experience.
7809 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Daily 10a – 5p
Established in 1895, Goorin Brothers Hat Shop is a delightful time travel shopping experience. The store presents itself and its exceptionally-crafted products in a warm, personal, classic retail environment with focus on the customer’s every need and style. The hats are a fashion dream: from casual to fancy, limited edition to custom, reasonable to splurge, but all statement pieces built to last.
7627 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Sunday – Thursday 11a – 7p, Friday – Saturday 11a – 8p
This is not your momma’s Pier One. Spitfire Girl is a perfect description of whoever buys for this shop (who is the owner, Kristin, and she designs a lot of this magic, too), as everything in it is a stunner. Sassy pillows, statement soaps, hip coffee table books, unusual jewelry – no gift-giving stone unturned. Ladies, men, kids, cheap, expensive, naughty, nice, world, Americana, every color in the crayon box. Consider your needs met.
7401 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Daily 11a – 7p
Serving the cutest things you’ll see on Melrose (THE PUPPIES!) since 2007, Orange Bone has the most thoughtful selection of food, fun and fashion for your favorite canine. Care is taken to stock the most healthy and safe toys and edibles, while the clothing and accessories offer many options to meet a pet’s unique personality. Additionally, Orange Bone offers full grooming, dental care, and specialty services like facials, paw balming, flea treatments, and dye jobs.
7574 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Monday – Friday 9a – 730p, Saturday – Sunday 11a – 730p
Everything in For The Love of Motorcycles (Powerplant) is handmade by owner and uber-creative Yaniv Evan. The store boasts an array of stylish motorcycle culture items that literally can’t be found anywhere else: hand sewn caps, poured soy candles (oil + musk is a must-own), logo shirts, silver accessories that are all made in-house by Evan. Then head out to the alley and figure out how to refinance your house for one of his extremely badass custom choppers.
7416 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Monday – Saturday noon – 7p, Sunday noon – 6p
As a show of support, New Profanity owner Natasha Polhamus only sells items from indie artists and small businesses – yay! That means lots of left-of-center, kind of naughty, and truly adorable gift items to get your hands on. Super rad t-shirts, kitschy jewelry, adult coloring books, fun balloons, quirky quote greeting cards are some of the many offerings in this vibrantly colored shop. As the logo says, “100% Unapologetic,” so bring your love of discovery and sense of humor.
7418 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Monday – Saturday 11a – 7p, closed Sunday