“This is a magical place, where magical things happen,” says Fabric Planet owner Jack Jacob Sapar, who has transformed his functional, one-stop fabric shop into a fairyland where couture dreams come true. This warm, kaleidoscopic emporium in the heart of Venice has become a sanctuary for local designers and hobbyists seeking affordable retail and wholesale options without having to shlep through the labyrinth that is downtown's Fashion District. Inside is an endless supply of versatile fabrics, trims, yarns, appliques and seemingly every crafting accoutrement known to man. The staff's mission is to cultivate a creative community, welcoming local artists to use both the store's interior and exterior as their personal canvas, catering to established as well as up-and-coming designers, and supplying to production companies, including the one behind RuPaul's Drag Race. But you don't have to be a designer or TV diva to create a signature look. The staff is made up of talented outfitters who'll not only do the sewing for you but also help you find design inspiration for your wardrobe, home or lifestyle. Pay a visit and put in an order for that snazzy desert-rave tutu or burlap bed headboard you've always wanted. —Orly Minazad
423 Lincoln Blvd. Venice, 90291. (310) 310-3049, myfabricplanet.com.