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DIGGS Boutiques

small business word cloudWe believe in Buy Local here, at DIGGS.  We even run a group on Facebook designed to help independent business people communicate and connect with the locals!  It’s called Buy Local and we would love to include you in the conversation. Just click the link and ask to be added to the group.  Below are some of our favorites around town.

Glendale

lCat in the Lotus – This quirky boutique carries an eclectic global collection of giftware, home decor, jewelry and women’s clothing.  Treasures from places like India, Nepal and Mexico jumble happily together in an artsy, creative mix inviting you to browse and become inspired.

Cat in the Lotus
123 N Maryland Ave
Glendale, CA 9120
Cat in the Lotus on Yelp

 

lSwains – One of the best art supply stores in the area.  There are endless pens, brushes, colors, tools and mysterious and very cool tools of the artist’s trade.  Check the racks in the far back and to the far right corner for amazing handmade papers.  The front of the house holds toys, plushies and gift items as well as a very nicely curated collection of greeting cards.

Swains
537 N Glendale Ave
Glendale, CA 91206
swainsart.com

 

lVirgil’s – One of the last independent hardware stores out there. Virgil’s understands the older home.  They stock hardware, window and door parts, window screens and electrical parts that are uniquely useful for our character homes in Glendale. Try THAT at your basic big box chain outfit!  Virgil’s also carried a nice line of home goods and gift items.  Seasonal items include fireplace trimmings, Christmas decor and trees and, occasionally, they have fresh, farm raised eggs.

Virgil’s
520 N Glendale Ave
Glendale, CA 91206
Vigil’s on Yelp

 

Montrose

Boulevard 34 – A carefully selected mix of handmade jewelry and crafts along with gift items with just the right amount of “hip”- Boulevard has become one of my “go to” shops whenever I need a little something something.  Anna, the owner is my personal gift goddess and she always knows the right thing for me to buy.  And then she wraps it for me.  Her equally awesome mother, Erika, is wickedly funny and absolutely irreverent.  I love them both.

Boulevard 34
3427 Ocean View Blvd
Montrose, CA 91020
boulevard34.com

 

It Takes a Village Kids – Gigi Ramirez has pulled together the most adorable collection of kids clothing known to mankind.  These are not the clothes of miniature adults- no, her style is adorable, hip and entirely kid-worthy.  Gigi takes the time to get to know your kid and suggests outfits that truly bring out the best in each kids personality.

It Takes a Village Kids
2317B Honolulu Ave
Montrose, CA 91020
ittakesavillagekids.com

 

J Bee – This brand new women’s clothing boutique is an interesting mix of very young and hip with some stuff appropriate for us *ahem* older types.  I saw styles that are very current on Polyvore and Pinterest… but alas, I am about twice as wide through the waist as their clothing would fit.  The owner, Jade, has some serious fashion chops and I am hopeful that, by next week, she’ll outfit those of us who still eat cookies.

J Bee
3529 N Verdugo Rd
Glendale, CA 91208
J Bee on Yelp
 

 

l-1Tom’s Toys – this old fashion village toy store serves the 8 and under set really, really well. Long long rows hold all of the classics you remember plus a few of the more contemporary items.  There is a strong emphasis on creative play, like Legos or the super awesome Goldi Blox.

Tom’s Toys
2281 Honolulu Ave
Montrose, CA 91020
Tom’s Toys on Yelp
 
 

photo5Critters – Every kid in the Foothills area loves to shop at Critters. Part novelty store, toy store and gift store, Critters is the perfect “shopping as entertainment” store for the whole family.

Critters
2277 Honolulu Ave
Montrose, CA 91020
crittersmontrose.com
 
 

oWalk This Way – There is something undefinable about a place that is less interested in “making a sale” than making sure your feet are happy.  The knowledgeable folks at Walk This Way can do what Zappos will never be able to do- make sure you leave the store with a pair that is stylish and comfortable.  No extra carbon footprint necessary.

Walk This Way
2253 Honolulu Ave
Montrose, CA 91020
walkthiswayshoesca.com
 
 

La Crescenta

Veruca Salt – If a super hip Silver Lake gal got married, had a kid and moved to La Crescenta and then opened a boutique- it would look like Veruca Salt.  Think urban funk with a grown up and refined edge.  Caroline has a background designing for fashion label Guess and still designs and makes a seriously cool line of leather bags.  Her shop has something interesting to look at in every corner.  I can barely hold a conversation with her as I am constantly breaking off in the middle of a sentence saying, “oh- look at that!”

Veruca Salt
2954 Honolulu Ave
La Crescenta, CA 91214
Veruca Salt on Facebook