Trade Routes: Your Guide to Silverlake's Finest

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When people imagine Los Angeles they often think of Hollywood and materialism, huge houses and expensive cars. Spend an afternoon in the earthy Silverlake part of town, just east of Hollywood, and you'll start to realize that there are many shades of LA. Along with a plethora of terrific vintage stores, Silverlake offers some great gifting destinations.
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ReForm School: 3902 Sunset Blvd, 323-906-8660.
Why? This is a one-stop shop to find anything from housewares to bath and body products. They also have books, art. clothing and stuff for the tots. You can easily cross off many a name on your gift list here.
What to get? They feature one arist's work every month so you can support the locals and buy an original piece of art.
Rockaway Records: 2395 Glendale Blvd, 323-664-3232
Why? Because everyone has a friend or two who lives and breaths music.
What to Get? RR has a pretty incredible inventory of classic rock memorabilia. Get them something signed and one-of-a-kind.
Yolk: 1626 Silver Lake Blvd, 323-660-4315
Why? A sleek and stylish take on home furnishings and kitchen accessories. Perfect for that suave bachelor or the stylish single gal in your life.
What to get? Boring essentials get a retro makeover, try the thumb drive disguised as a a cassette tape (pictured, above).
Silverlake Wine: 2395 Glendale Blvd, 323-662-9024
Why? 'Cause if you don't like drinking, we don't like you.
What to get? Depends on the person. With wine and spirits galore, you just have to pick your poison.
Above, clockwise from top left: Interior shot of Silverlake Wine; Luxe Apartment Milk Bottles, $65, at ReForm School; Exterior shot of Reform School; Reform Soap born from Biodiesel, $8, at ReForm School; Mix'd Tape Flash Memory Drive, $18, at Yolk; Buddy Holly Homework Assignment, $850, at Rockaway Records.