The Los Angeles County Store: Where LA is on Display

Three years in business and going strong!

At first glance, you may not feel totally compelled to learn what's inside the Los Angeles County Store. Its unassuming façade, located next to a liquor store on a strip mall in SilverLake, is not as showy as its black and white chevron-patterned MALO Restaurant neighbor across the street. But as soon as you peek inside the store whose name is hand-painted on the window, a very large amount of Angeleno pride suddenly takes over, making you want to tell store owner MaryAnne LoVerme, those four words that are too often thought in Los Angeles and also materialized: Take All My Money.

"The main mission since opening the shop in May 2014 has been to create a place where someone could find a gift or souvenir that is made in Los Angeles," explains LoVerme "And the mirror of that is the mission to support the people who are making things in Los Angeles."

The Los Angeles County Store, which celebrated its three-year anniversary last month, features the work of more than 200 local makers. Each one is represented on a large hand-made map that decorates the back wall of the store.

Among the best-selling items: Emily Hillsburg's saucy painted ceramics (think prim vintage teacups that say "I Slay."), Maison Marie Louis perfumes, and Chris Turnham's prints, says LoVerme.

The shop has everything from a kids' book and toy section to greeting cards, books, wooden goods and a great selection of hand-made jewelry. It's a one-stop shop where locals can find gifts for everyone.

LoVerme says she opened the store based on how she likes to shop, especially when she travels.

"I want to bring back something that is truly of the place."

 The Los Angeles County Store | 4333 Sunset Blvd. | Los Angeles, CA 90029

Anabel Marquez