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Best SoCal-Lifestyle Boutique Los Angeles 2013 

The Golden State

Walking into the Golden State feels a bit like stumbling into a '60s-era beachcomber's seaside surf shack, one that sells everything from teensy bikinis and pyrite jewelry to handmade notebooks and log-shaped ceramic pot pipes. A third-generation Californian, shop owner Stephanie Addis sells only things that are unique and authentic to the state. "The store is like a story, a context for the goods we sell," she says. The former fashion stylist opened her eponymous, state-slogan store back in 2009, and she chose Venice as its location because of the neighborhood's legacy as a diverse, bohemian arts haven with a Wild West vibe. As far as the inspiration behind the store itself, Addis says: "I had this crazy, adventurous childhood, always on boats or motorcycles all over California. ... The Golden State is an expression of my life here." 564 Rose Ave., Venice, 90291. (310) 392-7800, thegoldenstatestore.com. —Tanja M. Laden

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