Larchmont Village Shops – Local Gems For Specialty Finds

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You already know we’re some of Larchmont’s biggest fans. One reason is…the shopping is fantastic!

Our Buzz staff decided to see what unique local Larchmont treasures we might be able to discover around the village – things you wouldn’t necessarily find anywhere else. We visited five shops, and found some truly amazing local gems.

First we stopped in Landis Gifts & Stationery at 138 N. Larchmont Blvd., and met with owner Edie Frere. Edie amazed us with a plethora of fabulous, customizable gift ideas, gorgeous stationery items, and fun items for the home and bath that offer some local color as well. Today’s Landis Gifts & Stationery offers customers a chic, modern version of the original Landis, founded in 1930. Pictured below is a sampling of the items Edie delighted us with:

Fabulous customizable pillows, ice buckets, notecards, serving trays and more.
Fabulous customizable pillows, ice buckets, notecards, serving trays and more.

 

Local color glass ware.
Local color glass ware.

Next, Louis Eafalla, owner of Village Heights at 122 1/2 N. Larchmont Blvd., shared the store’s array of S’well bottles with us. Made of double-walled, insulated stainless steel, these stylish containers keep cold beverages cool for up to 24 hours, and hot beverages warm for up to 12 hours. Fantastic and extremely popular, these S’well bottles are available exclusively at Village Heights on Larchmont – only about 5 stores in Los Angeles carry them, Louis said.

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Pick up the 9-ounce bottle for $25, the 17-ounce for $35 and the 25-ounce bottle for $45.

Louis also pointed us to the store’s brightly colored collection of Laguiole La Fourmi stainless steel and resin handled tabletop knives by French artisan Jean Néron – another exclusive Village Heights offering.

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At our third stop…Sage Machado, owner of Sage Lifestyle, hopes her customers will find something when shopping in her store at 128 1/2 N. Larchmont Blvd. that they won’t see anywhere else. The store has been open about 10 months. A jewelry designer for more than 20 years, Sage also created a line of perfumes and candles with gemstone inspired names. The scents are inspiring.

A sampling from Sage's handcrafted jewelry collection.
A sampling from Sage’s handcrafted jewelry collection.
Roll-on perfume oils showcased with their handmade Japanese Washi paper tubes - $45 for 1/8 ounce roll-on. A dab goes the distance! Eau de Toilette also available - $50 for large bottle and $25 for small bottle.
Roll-on perfume oils showcased with their handmade Japanese Washi paper tubes – $45 for 1/8 ounce roll-on. A dab goes the distance! Eau de Toilette also available – $50 for large bottle and $25 for small bottle.

She has also designed clothing, and even helped her clients with home decor.

“My house is just like my store; my work is an extension of my life,” said Sage.

In addition to her own products, Sage has filled the store with colorful handmade products from around the world, including these exquisite paper mâchè jewelry boxes…

Handcrafted by a single family in Kashmir India.
Handcrafted by a single family in Kashmir India.

Our next visit was to Chevalier’s Books, Larchmont’s own fabulous community bookstore at 126 N. Larchmont Blvd. Chevalier’s has been a beloved part of Larchmont’s culture since 1940, and, as many of you know, they offer much more than simply great literary works.

Chevalier’s staff shared specialty journals featuring famous novels on the cover, and lines made up of prose from that specific novel on the inside – perfect to record your own words of wisdom. Also featured atop one of the tables in the center area of the store were vivid-hued Tee shirts printed with signature illustrations from several children’s books, including Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Don Freeman’s Corduroy, and Margret and H.A. Rey’s Curious George, among others. Chevalier’s even carries grown-up versions of coloring and activity books.

"A Novel Jourals" featuring various famous novels on the outer cover, and lines made up of prose from that specific novel on the inside.
“A Novel Jourals” featuring various famous novels on the outer cover, and lines made up of prose from that specific novel on the inside.
"Out of Print" Tee shirts from New York - the tags are modeled after library cards.
“Out of Print” Tee shirts from New York – the tags are modeled after library cards.
Activity and Coloring Books for Grown-Ups too.
Activity and Coloring Books for Grown-Ups too.

Also, be sure to check out Chevalier’s website, chevaliersbooks.com, and our own Buzz Calendar section, for a list of their upcoming events, which combine readings, conversations with amazing authors, and recently, even a live dance performance by the Heidi Duckler Dance Theater. 

From Left: Greg Goldin, Heidi Duckler and Nick Heizeberg.
From Left: Greg Goldin, Heidi Duckler and Nick Heizeberg.

Our final Larchmont Village destination for this outing was Fancifull, at 5617 Melrose Avenue. Owners Wally and Terry August (Terry is also Fancifull’s Founder), welcomed us in and shared some fascinating and delightful facts that highlight a few of the things that make their store extraordinary.

Owners Terry and Wally August share an array of sumptuous items available at Fancifull, including the Point Reyes Bay Bleu Farmstead cheese they are holding.
Owners Terry and Wally August share an array of sumptuous items available at Fancifull, including the Point Reyes Bay Bleu Farmstead cheese they are holding.

Since Fancifull’s beginning in 1987, Terry, Wally and staff have successfully designed, procured specialty products for, assembled and delivered more than 350,000 unique gift baskets – each with a personal touch. Each basket is initialed by the team member who put the basket together.

“This is great for quality control, “ explained Terry and Wally.

Once, they had to produce and deliver 1,400 baskets in less than a two-week period. They succeeded, and for reasons such as this, have retained and wowed customers and recipients alike, for years.

Fancifull helps customers spend their money wisely and well, offering a wide array of uniquely sumptuous items to fit within any specified budget.

“Real business is about the people,” said Wally.

Fancifull’s vegan baskets, delectable cheeses and Elderflower Pressé, all pictured below, are some of their best sellers.

Vegan Gift Basket
Vegan Gift Basket
Point Reyes Farmstead Bay Bleu Cheese
Point Reyes Farmstead Bay Bleu Cheese
Elderflower Pressé - Fancifull often needs to order 30-40 cases at a time to keep up with demand for this.
Elderflower Pressé – Fancifull often needs to order 30-40 cases at a time to keep up with demand for this lovely, gently bubbly beverage.

Next time you are in need of specialty gifts you won’t find any place else, or just want something out of the ordinary to brighten your own day, look no further than Larchmont Village.

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About Kimberly Rudy

A Los Angeles native, Kimberly grew up in the Larchmont Village community, and enjoys the Village with her two boys, Grant, 11, and Cole, 7.

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