Feel The Frontier Vibe At The Best L.A. General Stores

Until recently, the closest we'd come to shopping in a general store was the e-tail experience of stocking up on ammo and grub before hitting the Oregon Trail. Although we love us some edu-gaming, these days our sights are more focused on boutiques than bison. As it turns out, L.A. is home to a relatively new and thriving community of general stores that provide everything you need to keep your homes (and closets) in shipshape for the 21st century.
In place of sacks of flour, yards of calico, and bottles of castor oil, these shops hock a diverse array of goods, from specialty baking mix by the Barefoot Contessa to Cire Trudon candles and Mexican serapes. The way each of these amazing outlets supplies something we need (sensible cast-iron cookware) alongside something we really want (a Clothilde sundress) is what make us repeat customers. No two of these new-age commissaries are the same, so click through to get hip to the best of the (wild) west’s general stores that will make your frontier spirit soar.
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Whether you heard of this spot from GQ, Dwell, or Apartment Therapy, Mohawk is a must-hit for home decor junkies.

Mohawk General Store, 4011 West Sunset Boulevard (at Santa Monica Boulevard); 323-669-1601.

Photo: Via Mohawk General Store
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Part showroom and part salon, this all-encompassing escape is perfect for picking up last-minute gifts, or indulging in a little something for yourself.

Shelter Half, 161 South La Brea Avenue (between 1st Street and 2nd Street); 323-936-0225.

Photo: Via Facebook/Shelter Half
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There's more than meets the eye at this Venice general store — everything is designed or made in Japan, and the courtyard is just divine.

Tortoise General Store, 1208 Abbot Kinney Boulevard (between Aragon and Cadiz courts); 310-314-8448.

Photo: Via Tortoise General Store
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Give your home some vintage flair with cookware and home furnishings at Villainy. Oh, don't forget to grab a cup of Cafecito Organico coffee on your way out!

Villainy General Store, 1519 West Sunset Boulevard (at Laveta Terrace); 213-482-0246.

Photo: Via Facebook/Villainy General Store
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Get in touch with your inner Davy Crockett at this rugged spot. With outdoorsy merch from around the globe, you don't have to go far to consider yourself a world traveler.

Echo Country Outpost, 1770 Glendale Boulevard (at Branden Street); 323-667-9606.

Photo: Via Facebook/Echo Country Outpost
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Come for the kitsch; stay for the atmosphere! The large outdoor seating is perfect for much-needed Gimme Coffee breaks with girlfriends.

Broome Street General Store, 2912 Rowena Avenue (between Avenel Street and Herkimer Street); 323-570-0405.

Photo: Via Facebook/Broome Street General Store
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Nestled in the crowded Brentwood Country Mart is the appropriately named General Store, which is filled floor-to-ceiling with everything any L.A. local could ask for.

Brentwood General Store, 225 26th Street (at San Vicente Boulevard); 310-394-9225.

Photo: Via Brentwood Country Mart