Randy Angel

Best Sports Store: Village Runner

Best Sports Store: Village Runner

A specialty running store that has served thousands of runners and walkers, Village Runner offers new running shoes, apparel and accessories at two locations in the South Bay. The knowledgeable staff help runners of all skill levels reduce the risk of leg, knee and foot injuries. For more than 19 years, the Village Runner has […]

 Randy Angel

Best Bike Shop: Hermosa Cyclery

Hermosa Cyclery continues its reign as top Bike Shop. Founded in 1974 by Harold Schumaker, Hermosa Cyclery remains in the same tan, two-story structure fronting 13th Street near The Strand and is known as the place with the “free air,” where an air hose dangles outside the business so passing cyclers can fill their tires […]

 Chelsea Schreiber

Best shopping center: Manhattan Village Mall

Featuring more than 80 establishments – ranging from large department stores and small boutiques to restaurants and electronics stores – the Manhattan Village Mall has it all. With a large, convenient parking lot, shoppers can visit for some retail therapy, to dine or just to make a quick stop at the bank. The mall also […]

 Alyssa Morin

Best liquor store: BevMo!

There are few things local winos cherish more than BevMo!’s famous 5 cent wine sale, where most of the hundreds of the store’s wines can be purchased for a nickel when an identical bottle is bought. But keeping the wine cellars of South Bay oenophiles well-stocked for a good price is only one of BevMo!’s […]

 Chelsea Schreiber

Best toy store: Bella Beach Kids

Best toy store: Bella Beach Kids

Along with unique, funky clothing for boys and girls, Bella Beach Kids carries a host of unique toys and gifts you may not find in traditional toy stores. “We try to find unique items that can only be found in our stores,” said owner Kris Mackerer-D’Errico. “We really are a lifestyle store. You can come […]

 Chelsea Schreiber

Best kids boutique: Bella Beach Kids

Best kids boutique: Bella Beach Kids

This three-year-old family-owned boutique is a reader favorite in two categories. Perhaps because the local owners are so embedded in the community – 35-year Manhattan Beach resident Kris Mackerer D’Errico’s customers include her seventh grade Home Economics teacher, and the “little girls” she coached in soccer who are now new moms. “We have such a […]

 David Rosenfeld

Best furniture: Fringe

There are a lot of places to buy home furnishings, but none was as beloved this year in the Beach Cities as Fringe in Redondo Beach. Previously in Lomita, Fringe moved to a storefront in Riviera Village about four years ago. “We have customers that followed us here,” said Debbie Talosi, who co-owns the store […]

 Kevin Cody

Best Camera Store: Paul’s Photo

Best Camera Store: Paul’s Photo

When Paul Comon opened Paul’s Photo in 1961, the Southern California Photo Dealer’s Guild had approximately 140 members. Since then, most of those camera stores have closed. Paul’s has flourished. Last year, the trade publication Photo Industry Reporter named Paul’s the United States 2012 Dealer of the Year. Comon credits his longevity to the fact […]

 Chelsea Schreiber

Best Pet Shop: Centinela Feed and Pet Supplies

Centinela Feed and Pet Supplies in Redondo Beach wins the top spot for South Bay pet stores because of its knowledgeable employees and wide range of animal food. “We’ve been in Redondo since 1998,” said former General Manager Cristina Kulkowsky. “We stress high levels of service and that our staff is knowledgeable. You’re really able […]

 Chelsea Schreiber

Best Swap Meet: Roadium Open Air Market

Best Swap Meet: Roadium Open Air Market

Located on the hallowed grounds of an old outdoor movie theater and open 365 days a year; the Roadium’s 15 acres of shopping offer customers new and used merchandise from clothes and shoes to spools of thread and fishing gear. On average you can always expect at least 500 sellers offering their merchandise. “I like […]

 Chelsea Schreiber

Best Vintage Clothing Shop: Aaardvark

Best Vintage Clothing Shop: Aaardvark

For over 40 years this South Bay mainstay has provided our readers with the best in vintage, hard-to-find clothing and a wide selection of wigs, jewelry, accessories, hosiery, and shoes. The customers have morphed over time from shopping for their everyday wardrobe to hitting the store for Halloween and theme parties, without Aaardvark missing a […]

 Special Contributor

Best gift shop: Gum Tree

Best gift shop: Gum Tree

Gum Tree’s eclectic mix of products from all over the globe world has made the Pier Avenue boutique and café the first place you think of when in need of the perfect girft. Owner, Lori Ford has a simple philosophy. “We buy we want for ourselves or would love to give as a gift. We […]

 Chelsea Schreiber

Best Women’s Boutique: Katwalk

Best Women’s Boutique: Katwalk

KATWALK’s cute options win it the best women’s boutique for their affordable options and sassy fashion. “We’re for the girl who always wants to be in style and keep up with the trends but not blow all her money,” owner Kat Master said. “It’s always fun making girls look pretty and feel good about themselves.” […]

 Special Contributor

Best fresh produce store: Grow

Best fresh produce store:  Grow

Grow’s passionate-about-food owner, Barry Fisher put it very simply. “There’s no reason for people to come here if we don’t have better produce and food than the guys down the street.” Grow’s luscious pick of citrus, expansive selection of greens, and fresh-daily meat, poultry, and fish have countless locals avoiding the oh so convenient supermarkets […]

 Chelsea Schreiber

Best Jewelry Store: Seymour Jewelers

Best Jewelry Store: Seymour Jewelers

Seymour Jewelers, the “gem of the South Bay,” has been in business in downtown Hermosa Beach since 1950, when a young World War II veteran from Brooklyn named Seymour Bilowit walked by an empty storefront and decided to start his own full-service jewelry store. His son, Scott Bilowit, has continued the family tradition, which focuses […]