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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Shopper & Diner Report

By Beth Zeigler

I’m not a big spender by any means but Grey, a new accessories and women’s apparel shop in Silver Lake, had me ready to fork over some dough. The prices  – $30 for some jewelry pieces and $40 to $60 for many of the  apparel items – were below what I expected for the design and quality. I’m definitely sending the beau over to shop owner Caprice Gray to pick out some baubles (by Eddera, or Lauran Kranitz) for a Christmas gift (or two). Also in stock, are designers like Line & Dot and Blank Denim and Fillmore,  just to name a few. Plus rad shoes by one of my faves, Jeffrey Campbell – and don’t forget they have parking right out back.

Click on the link below for a boutique & gift shop raffle in Echo Park; a price-tag free shop in Highland Park & Thanksgiving dinner delivery.

  • Who said everything in life isn’t free? For the most part it isn’t but don’t tell that to Krisha Hernandez Pruhs who conceptualized LA FreeStore (located on the edge of Highland Park and Eagle Rock,) where everything is displayed sans price tag. I’m left wondering how they will make money to stay open but I have a strong desire to donate some stuff to keep the shop up and running. LA Times
  • Spitfire Girl, a gift shop & Bobbie, a womens’ apparel boutique, opened about a year ago only a few storefronts apart in Echo Park. They are joining forces to celebrate their first year in business with a raffle. Here’s the deal: Any $50 purchase after Nov. 8 enters you in a raffle held during a Nov. 13 party complete with food trucks. Raffle details
  • For Thanksgiving, my best friend has a big soiree every year and her chef of a hubby makes the most amazing meal. But if you aren’t Martha Stewart and have never wielded a cooking thermometer (yet alone made pumpkin pie) you might want to hit up Auntie Em’s in Eagle Rock for their down home Thanksgiving service. They even have vegetarian options and delivery service.
  • The Oinkster in Eagle Rock has reached cult status. They recently got ranked number 67 out of 100 restaurants in America for it’s combo of meaty delights and foodie beer. Poor Taste
  • Allston Yacht Club just got a nod as one of the best bites to bet on in Los Angeles for small plates. I’ve always been a fan of this quaint spot for neighborhood dining – especially since they obtained their liquor license to round out the cozy atmosphere. Huffington Post
  • Indian and Mexican food, why not? How about Armenian and Mexican? Listen, I’m down for almost anything paired with Mexican food, so when I heard about Armex in Lincoln Heights I was all ears. Like tacos filled with chopped up kabob meat and marinated with garlic, corriander and pepper – yes please! They also serve up their custom salsa and pickled jalapenos (yowza)! LA Weekly
  • If you’ve been on the lookout for a spot to practice Kundilini and Hatha Yoga in Highland Park, then check out Yoga Garge–they’ve got lots of friends on Facebook (including two of my own) so I get the feeling that this neighborhood yoga studio is where its at.

Send your shopping and store news to Beth Zeigler at hello@theEastsiderLA.com

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