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Johnny & Mark

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You can go south to or north to Venice. Super fun.
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Ballona Creek Bike Path
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You can go south to or north to Venice. Super fun.
Overlooks all of Playa, super close to us and Mark walks the dogs there every morning. Interesting views of the Spruce Goose hangar (where"Avatar" was shot).
South Bluff Trail Road
Overlooks all of Playa, super close to us and Mark walks the dogs there every morning. Interesting views of the Spruce Goose hangar (where"Avatar" was shot).
Sightseeing
Super-funky Venice Beach.
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Venice Beach
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Super-funky Venice Beach.
Quintessential Southern California beach in the summer, especially if you love jets (it's at the end of the runway of LAX). They still allow fire pits.
Dockweiler State Beach
12501 Vista Del Mar
Quintessential Southern California beach in the summer, especially if you love jets (it's at the end of the runway of LAX). They still allow fire pits.
Best and closest beach, and you can bike there!
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Playa del Rey
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Best and closest beach, and you can bike there!
Best flea market in Los Angeles, hands down. Every Sunday rain or shine, and we have coupons for $1 entry. great deals and it's right by The Farmer's Market and hip Melrose.
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Melrose Trading Post
7850 Melrose Avenue
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Best flea market in Los Angeles, hands down. Every Sunday rain or shine, and we have coupons for $1 entry. great deals and it's right by The Farmer's Market and hip Melrose.
One of the lest-visited parks we know of and if you're out in Malibu stop by. Just an amazing view. Watch for ticks and rattlesnakes.
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Charmlee Wilderness Park
2577 Encinal Canyon Road
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One of the lest-visited parks we know of and if you're out in Malibu stop by. Just an amazing view. Watch for ticks and rattlesnakes.
Nice place to walk if the beaches are too crowded (they always are during the weekends). This nature preserve is lovely, and so close to us. Watch out for rattlesnakes.
Ballona Wetlands
Nice place to walk if the beaches are too crowded (they always are during the weekends). This nature preserve is lovely, and so close to us. Watch out for rattlesnakes.
The best beach in LA. period. You'll need to navigate stairs to get to it, plus it pays to consult tide charts because in high tide the beach gets a lot smaller, but still is amazing.
El Matador Beach Rd
The best beach in LA. period. You'll need to navigate stairs to get to it, plus it pays to consult tide charts because in high tide the beach gets a lot smaller, but still is amazing.
Great for off-leash dogs and star-spotting, take the main trail up to the top. Spectacular views of the Hollywood Sign, all of LA! Take the Mulholland side for an easier walk.
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Runyon Canyon Park
2000 N Fuller Ave
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Great for off-leash dogs and star-spotting, take the main trail up to the top. Spectacular views of the Hollywood Sign, all of LA! Take the Mulholland side for an easier walk.
Really fun, full of restaurants, bars, clubs and great shopping. Has a Hello Kitty Store.
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Little Tokyo
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Really fun, full of restaurants, bars, clubs and great shopping. Has a Hello Kitty Store.
A mall, really, but you van walk the same entry used by the Oscars, tour the facilities and check out Grauman's Chinese with its famous footprints and the stars on Hollywood Blvd.
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Hollywood and Highland
6801 Hollywood Boulevard
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A mall, really, but you van walk the same entry used by the Oscars, tour the facilities and check out Grauman's Chinese with its famous footprints and the stars on Hollywood Blvd.
Cool restored Egyptian Theater, home of the American Cinematheque, go there for screenings.
American Cinematheque
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Cool restored Egyptian Theater, home of the American Cinematheque, go there for screenings.
Welcome to the birth of the film industry. Great place to walk, play and eat.
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Downtown
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Welcome to the birth of the film industry. Great place to walk, play and eat.
This non-profit offers guided tour of our famous wetlands.
Friends of Ballona Wetlands
7400 W. Manchester Ave
This non-profit offers guided tour of our famous wetlands.
DAY TRIP: San Diego can be pretty fun and it's close to Tijuana. Only 2 hours or less depending on traffic. Check out the Gas Light District and Balboa Park.
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San Diego
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DAY TRIP: San Diego can be pretty fun and it's close to Tijuana. Only 2 hours or less depending on traffic. Check out the Gas Light District and Balboa Park.
DAY TRIP: Just south of San Diego Tijuana is really fun. Park at the border for and walk over. Check out Avenieda de Revolucion for a safe and fun shopping and tequila guzzling experience.
Tijuana
DAY TRIP: Just south of San Diego Tijuana is really fun. Park at the border for and walk over. Check out Avenieda de Revolucion for a safe and fun shopping and tequila guzzling experience.
DAY TRIP: Check out the quaint and charming Danish village. There's an interesting museum about Danish immigration, good shopping and even better food. Close to the Chumash Casino.
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Solvang
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DAY TRIP: Check out the quaint and charming Danish village. There's an interesting museum about Danish immigration, good shopping and even better food. Close to the Chumash Casino.
DAY TRIP: Santa Barbara is gorgeous, Spanish Colonial-themed and near some excellent beaches. Check out State Street and also Mark thinks they have an important art museum.
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Santa Bárbara
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DAY TRIP: Santa Barbara is gorgeous, Spanish Colonial-themed and near some excellent beaches. Check out State Street and also Mark thinks they have an important art museum.
DAY TRIP: Right by Solvang, this casino has grown into a proper destination. Loose slots.
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Chumash Casino Resort
3400 California 246
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DAY TRIP: Right by Solvang, this casino has grown into a proper destination. Loose slots.
Food Scene
Quintessential LA hamburger stand for you carnivores.
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The Shack
185 Culver Boulevard
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Quintessential LA hamburger stand for you carnivores.
Vegan Thai, good food and they DELIVER!
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LA Vegan
4507 South Centinela Avenue
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Vegan Thai, good food and they DELIVER!
Good to eat in. They do vegan options but the crust is so delicate and thin that it doesn't travel so well. That said they do deliver.
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Pitfire Artisan Pizza
12924 West Washington Boulevard
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Good to eat in. They do vegan options but the crust is so delicate and thin that it doesn't travel so well. That said they do deliver.
It's in the Valley, but this family-owned restaurant is hands down the best vegan Chinese restaurant in LA. They make everything in house, bring your own beer or wine. Ask for Ting!
Garden Wok
6117 Reseda Blvd
It's in the Valley, but this family-owned restaurant is hands down the best vegan Chinese restaurant in LA. They make everything in house, bring your own beer or wine. Ask for Ting!
Good, cheap Cuban eats, powerful sangria. Do vegan plates with rice, beans, plantains and salad. meat eaters LOVE the garlic chicken, plus it's super close.
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Versailles Cuban Restaurant
10319 Venice Boulevard
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Good, cheap Cuban eats, powerful sangria. Do vegan plates with rice, beans, plantains and salad. meat eaters LOVE the garlic chicken, plus it's super close.
Our fave Mexican restaurant, LA institution for over 80 years. Good, cheap margaritas, vegans order the taco salad minus the taco, the guac has may so get chopped avo instead. Ask for Isabel.
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El Coyote
7312 Beverly Boulevard
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Our fave Mexican restaurant, LA institution for over 80 years. Good, cheap margaritas, vegans order the taco salad minus the taco, the guac has may so get chopped avo instead. Ask for Isabel.
Great natural foods store, small and independently run, great vibes, and even better sammiches.
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Rainbow Acres Natural Foods
13208 W Washington Blvd
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Great natural foods store, small and independently run, great vibes, and even better sammiches.
Japanese grocery store with an amazing food court selling everything from Japanese dvds, manga and ramen.
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Mitsuwa Marketplace - Santa Monica
3760 South Centinela Avenue
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Japanese grocery store with an amazing food court selling everything from Japanese dvds, manga and ramen.
Good, cheap, family-run. They make all of the seitan and substitutes in-house.
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Alpine Village Restaurant
833 West Torrance Boulevard
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Good, cheap, family-run. They make all of the seitan and substitutes in-house.
If you're in uber-hip and sexy Silverlake give this tiny postage stamp of a restaurant a try. You can eat outside.
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Flore Vegan
3818 Sunset Boulevard
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If you're in uber-hip and sexy Silverlake give this tiny postage stamp of a restaurant a try. You can eat outside.
This is old Hollywood unchanged. Ignore the outdoor mall (The Grove) and go grab a bite and eat in the food court. This is the way things used to be.
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Mercado de agricultores de Los Ángeles
6333 West 3rd Street
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This is old Hollywood unchanged. Ignore the outdoor mall (The Grove) and go grab a bite and eat in the food court. This is the way things used to be.
Excellent vegan Thai, a finer dining experience than normal vegan places and very close to the Beverly Center, LA's finest indoor mall (if you're into that kind of thing).
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Vegan Glory
8393 Beverly Boulevard
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Excellent vegan Thai, a finer dining experience than normal vegan places and very close to the Beverly Center, LA's finest indoor mall (if you're into that kind of thing).
OK this is a hike but they have an amazing vegan-friendly brunch and the outdoor setting is tranquil and superb. Pretty spendy but you won't find a more romantic place to eat in LA.
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Inn of the Seventh Ray
128 Old Topanga Canyon Road
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OK this is a hike but they have an amazing vegan-friendly brunch and the outdoor setting is tranquil and superb. Pretty spendy but you won't find a more romantic place to eat in LA.
The Reef's Sunday brunch isn't too vegan-friendly but our friend Auggie rocks. Your champagne glass will be filled the whole time. Super fun. Tell him we sent you, ask for "The Auggie Experience."
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The Reef Restaurant
880 South Harbor Scenic Drive
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The Reef's Sunday brunch isn't too vegan-friendly but our friend Auggie rocks. Your champagne glass will be filled the whole time. Super fun. Tell him we sent you, ask for "The Auggie Experience."
They have a massive brunch and there are a few vegan options. They have a nice prix fixe lunch and a great bar as well. Go there for the view. You won't be disappointed (in the view).
Shanghai Red's
13813 Fiji Way
They have a massive brunch and there are a few vegan options. They have a nice prix fixe lunch and a great bar as well. Go there for the view. You won't be disappointed (in the view).
The neighbors love it. You can skateboard or bike there as it's our neighborhood sushi place. Always packed.
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Sakura
4545 S Centinela Ave
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The neighbors love it. You can skateboard or bike there as it's our neighborhood sushi place. Always packed.
Classic Googie American diner, famous for its fried chicken nights and German pancake. Good for a non-vegan breakkie.
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Dinah's Family Restaurant
6521 South Sepulveda Boulevard
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Classic Googie American diner, famous for its fried chicken nights and German pancake. Good for a non-vegan breakkie.
You can eat at our Westside version of the Wolfgang Puck franchise without all the beverly Hills nonsense. Can be spendy but this restaurant helped spearhead Asian/Californian fusion.
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Chinois On Main
2709 Main Street
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You can eat at our Westside version of the Wolfgang Puck franchise without all the beverly Hills nonsense. Can be spendy but this restaurant helped spearhead Asian/Californian fusion.
There's always a line outside; people go apeshit for these tacos. They're pretty good (I've been told) but they're still just tacos. A good, cheap, local experience. The chips and salsa are amazing.
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Tito’s Tacos
11222 Washington Pl
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There's always a line outside; people go apeshit for these tacos. They're pretty good (I've been told) but they're still just tacos. A good, cheap, local experience. The chips and salsa are amazing.
Really good, and they bend over backwards to accomodate vegans. Nice service. Fabulous view. Stiff drinks.
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Cafe del Rey
4451 Admiralty Way
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Really good, and they bend over backwards to accomodate vegans. Nice service. Fabulous view. Stiff drinks.
Cool, middle-eastern themed celebrity chef resto, great for vegans and super sexy. Great splurge for a date.
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AKASHA
9543 Culver Boulevard
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Cool, middle-eastern themed celebrity chef resto, great for vegans and super sexy. Great splurge for a date.
Including this resto only because people just LOVE it. Great water location, not suitable for vegans. Great if you love this sort of thing.
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The Cheesecake Factory
4142 Vía Marina
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Including this resto only because people just LOVE it. Great water location, not suitable for vegans. Great if you love this sort of thing.
Our long-time favorite LA restaurant, Chaya has a great bar and can make dynamite vegan sushi. Be careful, tell them you don't want miso soup with chix broth if you're vegan. Fun local place.
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Chaya
110 Navy Street
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Our long-time favorite LA restaurant, Chaya has a great bar and can make dynamite vegan sushi. Be careful, tell them you don't want miso soup with chix broth if you're vegan. Fun local place.
Best coffee in Playa. Nuff said.
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Tanner's Coffee Co. - Playa Del Rey
200 Culver Boulevard
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Best coffee in Playa. Nuff said.
Best juice and smoothies in Playa. NOT like a chain place, this G's has personality in spades. People love the Mexican food served by Senor G's next door.
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Señor G's Fresh & Healthy Mexican Food
343 Culver Boulevard
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Best juice and smoothies in Playa. NOT like a chain place, this G's has personality in spades. People love the Mexican food served by Senor G's next door.
Entertainment & Activities
Hey, it's Disneyland. Don't bother staying at the super-expensive resort. LA people just drive there.
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Disneyland
1313 Disneyland Drive
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Hey, it's Disneyland. Don't bother staying at the super-expensive resort. LA people just drive there.
Arts & Culture
Music and a picnic under the stars, what could be better? Eclectic and varied program all summer long. Tip: 1/2 price tix are available on Goldstar.
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Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Highway
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Music and a picnic under the stars, what could be better? Eclectic and varied program all summer long. Tip: 1/2 price tix are available on Goldstar.
The Museum of Jurassic Technology put the "q" in "quirky." It must be seen to believe. A weird little museum and they keep even weirder hours.
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The Museum of Jurassic Technology
9341 Venice Boulevard
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The Museum of Jurassic Technology put the "q" in "quirky." It must be seen to believe. A weird little museum and they keep even weirder hours.
Drinks & Nightlife
OK, it's a steakhouse. We're vegan. We get the irony. But they have the best martinis (outside of our house). Old guard, oold waiters, the oldest restaurant in LA is new again. But not. Ironic? YES!
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Musso & Frank Grill
6667 Hollywood Blvd
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OK, it's a steakhouse. We're vegan. We get the irony. But they have the best martinis (outside of our house). Old guard, oold waiters, the oldest restaurant in LA is new again. But not. Ironic? YES!
Do if you crave exotic knock-you-on-your ass zombies and other tropical drinks. Tiki Ti is cool, fun and crowded, and is the only bar in LA where you can legally smoke as it's owner-operated.
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Tiki-Ti
4427 Sunset Blvd
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Do if you crave exotic knock-you-on-your ass zombies and other tropical drinks. Tiki Ti is cool, fun and crowded, and is the only bar in LA where you can legally smoke as it's owner-operated.
This is the hotel the little people stayed at during the filming of "The Wizard of Oz." Fun bar and they have lots of music, including Roaring 20s nights complete with flappers.
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The Culver Hotel
9400 Culver Boulevard
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This is the hotel the little people stayed at during the filming of "The Wizard of Oz." Fun bar and they have lots of music, including Roaring 20s nights complete with flappers.
Down and dirty and fun old-timey sports bar. Fun karaoke and beer pong nights.
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Prince O' Whales
335 Culver Boulevard
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Down and dirty and fun old-timey sports bar. Fun karaoke and beer pong nights.
Shopping
This is where studios off-load their wardrobe departments' collections for TV, movies and commercials. You MUST go. This is the smaller one (but you could still spend hours there).
It's A Wrap
1164 South Robertson Boulevard
This is where studios off-load their wardrobe departments' collections for TV, movies and commercials. You MUST go. This is the smaller one (but you could still spend hours there).
This the flagship store where studios off-load their wardrobe departments' collections for TV, movies and commercials. You MUST go. This is the smaller one (but you could still spend hours there).
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It's A Wrap Production
3315 West Magnolia Boulevard
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This the flagship store where studios off-load their wardrobe departments' collections for TV, movies and commercials. You MUST go. This is the smaller one (but you could still spend hours there).
Our local Costco, members only.
Cardtronics ATM
13463 Washington Boulevard
Our local Costco, members only.
We call it simply "The Alley" and if you crave a knockoff Kate Spade bag this is the place for you! Lots of other cheap stuff too. Super fun.
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The Santee Alley
210 East Olympic Boulevard
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We call it simply "The Alley" and if you crave a knockoff Kate Spade bag this is the place for you! Lots of other cheap stuff too. Super fun.