Leimert Park’s Newest Specialty Gift Store: Marikoko
One of the the most unique and exciting stores in all of Los Angeles, Marikoko, has arrived in Leimert Park. It’s located on Vernon Avenue, long considered the “other side of the tracks.” But Vernon Avenue, on the Southern edge of Leimert Park is lined with cute little storefronts that are reminiscent of an era when neighborhood mom and pop shops were the norm. We have long felt this pocket was ripe for a come-back and with the new Crenshaw Line going in, it seems that era is now.
Marikoko couldn’t be more unassuming from the exterior. To say don’t judge a book by it’s cover is an understatement. There’s not even a sign, so pay attention to the address numbers.
There are fabulous, funky hand-made shoes, some made locally in LA (like this one I’m holding) and some from other corners of the globe.
The walls are lined with pottery, candles and other objects d’art.