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Shop Local on Larchmont – Part One

Louis, of Village Heights, has his shop well-stocked for Christmas.

“Keep it local” has been an overriding theme of 2012. What better way to keep Larchmont Village alive and thriving than to Shop Local on the boulevard on November 23rd, Black Friday?

To kick things off, this Friday at 10 am the Larchmont Business Improvement District (BID) has planned a bell-ringing  along Larchmont Boulevard from Beverly Blvd. to 1st Street.  Shoppers and area residents are encouraged to meet at the Wilshire Rotary Clock in front of the City parking lot at 10am to get their own bell and ring along.

This holiday season, shop local at these fine Larchmont businesses:

Landis Gifts and Stationery in Larchmont Vilage
Landis Gifts & Stationery is full of colorful Christmas items, cards and invitations.

Village Heights, 122 N Larchmont: Owner Louis Eafalla operates perhaps the most happily gift-laden shop on the boulevard. Stocked full of home gifts and personal accessories for men and women, Village Heights offers items such as iphone cases, sterling cufflinks, tabletop wares, and fine pens and silver. Holiday-themed gifts are also now stocked and waiting beside the shop’s well-lit Christmas tree.

Landis Gifts & Stationery, 138 N Larchmont: Landis is the go-to spot for stationery and owner Edie Frere has decked out the store with Christmas cards, ornaments and Vietri Christmas-themed Italian dishware. Landis is offering a Black Friday special  on silver plated picture frames.  Buy two 5 x 7 frames @ $19.95 each and get a 2×3 frame free.  Landis also stocks the Simon Pearse collection of glassware and other fine gifts.

Bonne Chance in Larchmont Village
Astgik of Bonne Chance, offers women’s clothing and accessories.

Bonne Chance, 146  N Larchmont: On the Boulevard for 12 years, owner Astgik has been offering fine fashion for Larchmont women who want something a little different. A great place to pick up a gift for your mother or wife, the handbags are hottest sellers, but they also have many scarfs, accessories and moderately-priced jewelry.

Landis Labyrinth, 140 & 144 N Larchmont: Now open in two storefronts on the boulevard, the Labyrinth will save you from going to those overwhelming big box stores. The Labyrinth offers just the right retro, new-fangled, tween or toddler toys for all your gifting needs. Tons of stocking stuffers, legos, Melissa & Doug, classic toys for your dad or grandpa, and new must-haves like Monster High Dolls, a horror-inspired doll that’s hot with young girls.

Larchmont Beauty owner Sharon will help shoppers find just the right beauty product.

Larchmont Beauty Center, 208 N Larchmont: Owners Fred and Sharon Cohanim have been on the boulevard for 20 years drawing in regular customers, film industry hair and makeup people, and people looking for gifts for their sweethearts.  Voluspa candles and Molton Brown gift sets are just some of the special gift offerings for this holiday season, where you can also pick up fancy lotions and skin care products or stocking stuffers like hair accessories.

Santa can get lots of help from the Labyrinth’s two toy stores on the boulevard.

Stay tuned for more Shop Local: Larchmont ideas in the coming days as the Larchmont Buzz continues its walk up and down the boulevard exploring all that makes the Larchmont Village district so unique.

Larchmont Buzz: Shop Local: Larchmont – Part Two

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Julie Grist
Julie Grist
Julie co-founded the Larchmont Buzz with fellow buzzer Mary Hawley in 2011 and served as Editor, Publisher and writer for the hive for many years until the sale of the Buzz in August 2015. She is still circling the hive as an occasional writer.

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