Conscious Shopping IRL: Highland Park, Los Angeles

First time here? Let’s review what we’re doing. Or attempting to do. Preaching without being preachy. Generally letting you know where to buy the cool shit that also does good shit, for the environment, people. You know the conscious drill. And we were thinking, whilst we’re online, there’s still brave folks out there in the world of brick and mortar. Not only are they braving the real world, but they’re making it better by flogging stuff that’s much better for the real world than your average, well, Forever 21 and what not.

To honor these brave souls we have this foncy series. Conscious IRL. Neighborhood guides for shopping (and eating and drinking) consciously. For the second part in this series we’re tackling Highland Park in Los Angeles. A burgeoning neighborhood walking that fine line between over-gentrification and being authentically L.A. Here are our favourite spots.

York Blvd

I’m focusing this guide on two walkable areas of Highland Park, York Blvd and Figueroa Street. Let’s kick things off with York!

Weepah Way

Weepah Way is an adorable little store stocking a highly curated vintage selection. Heavy on the denim and gauzy cotton aesthetic she has a great range of goodies and a really pleasant shopping experience.

Conscious Labels: Vintage
Where: 5151 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042
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Possession Vintage and Honeywood

These neighboring stores each have their own distinctive aesthetic. Honeywood is the perfect resource for the urban but occasional desert dwelling cowgirl. Think prairie dresses boots and to die for carpet bags both vintage and locally made goodies.

Conscious Labels: Totally Blown, own label, vintage, local, handmade.

Where: 5117 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 9004

Possession Vintage is home to an impressive collection of vintage goodies, and is especially 60’s leaning. It’s also highly curated, you won’t find any junk here, all good stuff at great prices.

Conscious Labels: Vintage
Where: 5119 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Dotter

Dotter is my “I’m a 65 year old ceramic artist” aesthetic store of my dreams. Lots of floaty linens and cottons and made in the US goodies. The store also has some gorgeous jewelry, fab home goodies and a great kids section.

Conscious Labels: Flax, Bryn Walker, Niche and Cutloose
Where: 5027 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Social Study

Social Study has a great mix of clothing, accessories, home goods, jewelry and beauty products. Not all of the clothing options are eco or ethical so pay attention – but the jewelry and skincare are mostly local and/or handmade.

Conscious Labels: Groceries Apparel, Baggu, Bluma Project, Soul Sunday, 

Where: 5028 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Bonus Shopping

Society of the Spectacle
Eyewear from brands such as Garrett Leight and l.a. eyeworks.
4563 York Blvd, Los Angeles, 90041

Pattyes Closet II
Eccentric and vast vintage collection – second outpost of the Montrose store.
5031 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Leader of the Pack Vintage
More great vintage
5110 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

The MiA Project
Clothing, home goods, accessories and apothecary all made in America.
4628 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

Urchin
Sister store to Squaresville in Los Feliz – vintage a-plenty.
5006 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Bonus Eats & Drinks

Town Pizza
Pizza by the slice or whole pie New York Style
5101 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Block Party
Fun bar with a great beer list
5052 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Donut Friend
Creative donuts named after bands and songs
5107 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90065

Hermosillo
Pub-like atmosphere and home of Highland Park Brewing
5125 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

 

Figueroa Street

The other side of Highland Park is Figueroa – home to some fab restaurants, some great vintage, great boutiques and an amazing vintage bowling alley.

Prelude and Dawn


Prelude and Dawn is a beautiful space, that’s gloriously stocked with vintage clothing and accessories. The store is curated by color, a visual delight with fab pricing.

Conscious Labels: Vintage
Where: 5727 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Sonomama

Sonomama is probably my personal favorite store in the Highland Park area. The store is home to some great collections, including Austin based Esby and my favourite natural products Fat and the Moon. It’s hippie without the granola without being “yippie” (yuppy/hippie). I could do (and have done) some serious shopping here.

Conscious Labels: Esby, Fat and the Moon, Yoke, Mowgli Surf, Prospective Flow, Kam Textiles
Where: 5711 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Bonus Shopping

Bearded Beagle
Classic vintage clothing store with a great t-shirt collection
5926 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Avalon Vintage
Vintage clothing and records curated by Carmen Hawk
106 N Ave 56, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Sunbeam Vintage
One of the best (and fairly priced) vintage furniture stores in Los Angeles hands down.
106 S Avenue 58, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Bonus Eats and Drinks

Kitchen Mouse
The yummiest veggie (and vegan) brunch in cute surroundings – strongly recommend.
5904 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Mr Holmes Bakehouse
Cruffins and other baked delights from this San Francisco based bakery.
111 S Ave 59, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Café Birdie
Best pasta east of the 110 (+ yummy cocktails)
5631 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Highland Park Bowl
Los Angeles’ oldest bowling alley renovated by the 1933 group
5621 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Tinfoil
Bodega in the front. Sandwich shop in the back. A speakeasy sandwich shop. Yup.
5900 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042

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