There’s a reason why Highland Park has become an increasingly popular neighborhood for L.A. locals and visitors in the know: Stroll down York Boulevard in Highland Park, Calif., and you’ll find everything from horchata coffee at Cafe de Leche to shiny comic books at Thank You. Keep going west for about a half-mile, and stop at the black building with colorful lights. This is Shopclass, a treasure trove of vintage and rehabilitated goods founded by three design junkies.
The furniture and home decor store sells everything from leather Moroccan poufs and mid-century furniture reupholstered in funky-print fabrics, to yellowed photographs of bygone scenes. Flea market addicts like me can stay put for hours in the store, thumbing through worn magazines and peeking into every cranny to see what else is around to discover. The hard work pays off: I took home a woven tapestry with a pink hotel bearing a strong resemblance to iconic director Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”