Shop the block: Marz, 1512 Mission St., South Pasadena

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This boutique is your ace in the hole for unique gifts.


When a social engagement presents itself, rest assured your gift for the hostess will surpass all the others; Present it with a demure smile, and watch the compliments roll in.
Owner Marcia Ellinger has a penchant for the uber-eclectic, and makes it her mission to stock novelties you won’t find anywhere else.
Gorgeous stationery, fine beauty products, original playthings for the tots: The shelves overflow with possibilities. “That’s why people love coming here,” Ellinger says.
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Shop the Block: B.la, 24 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.


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This is the smallest but most precious gift shop in which you’ll ever set foot. Owner Deb Doumitt packs a spatially-restrained but powerful punch in her eclectic mix of goodies. Her stock of stationery and fine paper goods is always plentiful and far more meaningful than those you’ll find in traditional card stores. Each is a small and colorful objet d’art.
24 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Suite B, Sierra Madre, 626-355-2906

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