It’s uncommon to enter a store and know that everything for sale within was crafted within 40 miles of where you stand. When she opened Los Angeles County Store May of 2014, MaryAnne LoVerme wanted to help customers overcome the challenge of uncovering creative finds from local artisans. And she wanted to help those artisans by showcasing them in a way that would support their efforts.
"I wanted to help people who are making things in L.A. in a really practical way," says LoVerme, a veteran organizer of craft shows and pop-up shops. “Los Angeles has a long history of manufacturing and innovation, and it's important to stand behind local craftspeople."
Everything inside the shop is made in LA, which debuted at Sunset Boulevard and Fountain Avenue in Silver Lake in May of 2014.
As for the items within, look for small housewares to artisanal foods to jewelry and other one-of-a-kind local wares. A lot of the merchandise specifically says or references Los Angeles or California in some way, though not every piece does.
To celebrate their third anniversary, Los Angeles County Store is hosting a day of events on Saturday May 6th, beginning with a pop-up from 12-4pm featuring four local makers: Baskets by lkly design; Elizabeth Caparaz stationery; Lucy’s Cabin candles; and rock pot planters.
From 6-8 pm artist Neal Breton’s show of Southern California-inspired acrylic paintings opens, the latest installment of the Fine Art Series. Local syrup makers he Volstead Act Company will whip up delicious beverages for the event.
Los Angeles County Store hosts weekly pop-up events that highlight local crafters every Saturday 12-2pm, and a monthly art opening celebrating a local artist as part of its Fine Art series.
Los Angeles County Store, which offers goods made exclusively within Los Angeles County, is tucked in a Silver Lake strip mall on Sunset Boulevard.