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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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