Chelsea Schreiber

Best Shopping Center: Manhattan Village Mall

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 […]

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Best Flower Shop: Growing Wild

This family owned shop, run by twin sisters Lee and Lisa Hoven (twin sisters), has been here over 20 years. Everything is uniquely hand made. They make deliveries all over the LA area, and do not use tele-flower or wire services. If you see a similar arrangement, rest assured this store is the originator, not […]

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Best Neighborhood Shopping: Riviera Village

For the best neighborhood shopping center, Riviera Village wins by a landslide because of its local flavor and variety. “It has so much to offer,” said Alicia Nay, owner of consignment shop Return Engagement. “There’s something for every budget, and all of the businesses are owned by individuals.” The shopping area, located in South Redondo […]

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Best Major 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, see a movie or just to make a quick stop at the bank. […]

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Best Supermarket: Vons

Our readers flipped out over the crispy produce, wide grocery selection and friendly service at Vons. The stores also draws some raves in the online reviews of customers. “I just got back from Vons and noticed they now have organic, gluten free selections really sticking out for you to see,” Aaron F. of Hermosa wrote […]

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Best Vintage Clothing: Aardvark

For 40 years this South Bay mainstay has provided our readers with the best in vintage 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 retro beat. […]

 Mark McDermott

Best Camera Store: Paul’s Photo

“I’ve been coming here since the ‘60s,” said Glen Combs who no longer lives in the area, but still drives to Torrance to get his cameras fixed. “They know what they’re talking about.” The store itself has been around since 1961 with Paul Comon at the helm throughout the entire time. The shop has been […]

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Best Jewelry Store: Seymour Jewelers

Seymour Jewelers 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 on creating highly customized designs that […]

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Best Furniture: Curious…

Bryce Toney knows his audience. The environmentally conscious entrepreneur, tastemaker and self-taught furniture craftsman, opened his home décor boutique in the dire 2009 economy and managed to not only stay afloat, but to actually expand his business twofold. Now including a furniture workshop and an interior design service, in partnership with Shanna Shryne of Shryne […]

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Best Independent Book Store: {pages} a bookstore

At any given moment, the ladies of Pages are each reading about 10 different books. Whether they are prepping for an author event – they’ve hosted Lisa See, Hector Tobar, Mona Simpson and Louis Zamperini in recent months – reading advanced copies of soon-to-be-released novels, or stocking up on extra copies of To Kill a […]

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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 […]

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Best Antiquees and Collectibles: Stars Antique Market

A look inside the 7,000 square-foot showroom quickly reveals why Stars is our reader’s first choice. A convenient and intriguing layout carries the visitors through furniture, collectible pottery, clothing, dishes, vintage jewelry and more, that has been brought to the store by 60 separate dealers. The eclectic mix includes fun and funky stuff, items you […]

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Best Gift Shop: Gum Tree

This darling shop, inside a 1911 craftsman bungalow with an adjoining café, invites visitors to stroll the wooden floors and admire an eclectic style that is chic yet laid back, with jewelry, scarves and accessories from designers such as Chan Luu, Catherine Weitzman, Wendy Mink and Dogeared. Cozy sections include a “living room” with an […]

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Best Surf Shop and Men’s Clothing: Spyder Surf

Nothing influences the way beach people dress more than the sport of surfing, which helps explain why our readers named Spyder Surf the Best of the Beach men’s clothing store. This year’s hottest fashion item, Spyder co-owner Richard O’Reilly said, is the amphibian board short. Which begs the question, why did it take so long. […]

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Best Women’s Boutique: Bella Beach

  Kris Mackerer D’Errico, South Bay native and owner of Bella Beach and Bella Beach Kids, said the women’s boutique really has something for everyone. “Cute shorts for walks on The Strand, to an easy breezy daytime dress, something to wear to work, a dress for night out, a party, wedding, luncheon – even our […]