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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.

Entering into Marikoko is startling to the senses because the atmosphere shifts dramatically into a cross between a boutique and a museum. There are artfully arranged items throughout the store and the only thing that really connects these items is that each one is a curated, artistic expression.
There are gorgeous Moroccan rugs of different shapes and sizes, imported by the owners themselves.

 

There are vintage and hand sewn dashikis.

 

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. 

 

Marikoko is open… If you’re looking for a unique shopping experience and want to buy someone a special gift with a lot of personality and heart, then this is your store.

If you’d like to know more about Leimert Park or explore properties in this fantastic area, contact us for more information or to schedule a showing.