Tap into the crafty offerings of the City of Angels.
Los Angeles is well known for its strip malls and freeways, but there are also great independent shops
where you can find all things crafty — both supplies and handmade goods. Because the city is so
vast, we’ve divided it up into specific areas to help you maneuver through those famous freeways.
12109 Ventura Place, Studio City
Kit Kraft is truly the last of its breed, in its current
location since 1954. Owner Mike Sitkin and his
daughter run this craft and hobby shop that his
parents opened in 1946. They carry a wonderful
selection of fabric paints, glitter, enameling supplies, adhesives, shrink art, beads, and more, and
much of it’s vintage. It’s also a great place to get
supplies for your children’s art and craft projects.
HANDMADE GALLERIES L.A.
14556 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks
Based on an antique mall concept, Handmade
Galleries rents out spaces to independent crafters,
artists, and designers. The selection is constantly
evolving, so you never know what you might find.
On my last visit, I spotted a sock monkey made
from argyles and a tote bag made from a tapestry
depicting John F. Kennedy.
Cathy Callahan is a crafter and window dresser who draws inspiration from vintage crafts. She blogs about 60s and 70s crafts
Photography by Amy Crilly
Plan on going off your diet at Leda’s Bake Shop,
located in Sherman Oaks at 13722 Ventura Blvd. The mini
cupcakes — each with a dab of filling — are worth the
plunge. They even offer vegan treats!