Retro Row in Long Beach

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    Portfolio Coffeehouse

    Portfolio Coffeehouse
    ••• Long Beach's Favorite Coffeehouse Portfolio Coffeehouse. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    Vintage Clothing and Furnishings on Funky East 4th Street

    Most of the shops don't open until noon, and they don't stay open very late, but that doesn't stop Hollywood costumers and set designers from browsing the strip of East 4th Street in Long Beach between Junipero and Cherry Avenue looking for the perfect period pieces for movies and TV shows covering the 20s to the 80s. This long block is home to over a dozen vintage clothing, furniture and collectibles shops with a few charity thrift shops and stores selling complementary new items as well.

    Here is a visual tour of what you can expect from a shopping excursion on 4th Street.

    2300 East 4th Street (at Junipero)
    Long Beach, California 90814
    (562) 434-2486

    You can either begin your 4th Street scavenger hunt by fortifying yourself with a cup of "joe" at Portfolio Coffeehouse, or start at the far end and stop for pastry and a drink when you're through. The decaf is more bitter than I like, so I usually choose tea or an Odwalla...MORE fruit juice, but the salads, sandwiches and pastries are great.

    Portfolio exhibits the work of local artists. They also host a sunday morning story hour for kids, an open mic night on Wednesday nights, and have other live entertainment on some nights.

    Visit www.portfoliocoffeehouse.com

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    Siren Gift Shop

    Siren
    ••• Siren's slogan is "Nothing you need. Everything you want.". Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    2240 E. 4th St.,
    Long Beach, CA 90814
    (562) 439-3449

    Specializing in Mexican folk art, low brow art, limited edition collectibles, vintage clothes and jewelry from the 40s and 50s.

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    Deja Vu

    Deja Vu Vintage Furniture
    ••• Deja Vu vintage furniture on 4th Street in Long Beach, CA. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    2238 E 4th Street
    Long Beach, CA 90814
    562 439 4539
    www.dejavulongbeach.com

    Art-Deco to Mid-Century Modern furniture and accessories from Europe, Scandinavia and elsewhere.

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    Xcape to a vintage World

    Xcape
    ••• Xcape in the 4th Street Shopping District in Long Beach, CA. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    2236 E 4th Street
    Long Beach, CA 90814
    (562) 433-9911
    www.xcapelongbeach.com

    Specializing in vintage American modern, Danish modern, Heywood Wakefield and Rattan furnishings and accessories.

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    Sneaky Tiki Boutique

    Sneakytiki
    ••• Sneakytiki retro clothing store in the 4th Street vintage shopping district in Long Beach, CA. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    2234A E. 4th Street
    Long Beach, CA 90814
    (562) 439-2600

    Show for vintage clothing and accessories, cowboy boots and jewelry. Tattoo memorabilia makes an unusual souvenir.

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    2226 E. 4th Street

    2226 4th Street
    ••• 2226 4th Street. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    2226 E. 4th Street
    Long Beach, CA 90814

    This vintage furniture shop was still looking for a name when I stopped in to shoot a few photos. It probably has one by now.

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    La Bomba Vintage Clothing

    La Bomba Vintage Clothing
    ••• La Bomba Vintage Clothing. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    2222 E. 4th Street
    Long Beach, CA 90814
    (562) 433-9112

    This retro boutique has lots of fun clothes from the 30s to the 80s. They are known for the Pile Sale they have on the 3rd weekend of every month, where you can dig through a giant pile of clothes looking for bargains from 99 cents to $5.

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    Starlite Room

    Starlite Room
    ••• Starlite Room vintage clothing, furniture and memorabilia on 4th Street in Long Beach. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    2220 E. 4th St.
    Long Beach, CA 90814
    (562) 434-3726
    www.starliteroom.com

    Starlite Room specializes in Tiki mugs, cocktail shakers and other bar supplies as well as 50s and 60s clothing and furniture.

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    Accent Pieces

    Accent Pieces
    ••• Accent Pieces in the vintage shopping district on 4th Street in Long Beach, CA. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    2142 E 4th St
    Long Beach, CA 90814
    (562) 434-8400

    Accent Pieces is one of the few shops on the block carrying only new merchandise, home accessories and gifts from lamps and candles to kitchen characters and garden decor. I like the chalkboard animals designed by Mandy Del Rosario.

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    Meow Vintage Clothing Store

    Meow Vintage Clothing Store
    ••• Meow Vintage Clothing Store. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    2210 E 4th St
    Long Beach, CA 90814
    (562) 438-8990
    www.meowvintage.com
    Meow specializes in "dead stock" - unsold merchandise from the 1940s to the 80s in new condition.

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    Thrift & Gift

    Thrift & Gift
    ••• Thrift & Gift in the 4th Street shopping district in Long Beach, CA. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    Mrs. Parks' English may not be the best on the block, but she has some of the best bargains buried among her unique and unusual collection of new hardware and tools and other people's cast offs. Thrift & Gift tends to open earlier than other shops on the block, usually 9:30 - 5:30 Monday through Saturday.

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    Repeat Boo-Teek

    Repeat Boo-Teek
    ••• Repeat Boo-Teek Vintage Clothing Store. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    2136 E 4th St
    Long Beach, CA 90814
    (562) 433-0778

    Vintage and new retro clothing and T-shirts.

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    The Vintage Collective

    Vintage Collective
    ••• Vintage Collective in the 4th Street vintage shopping district in Long Beach, CA. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    2122 E. 4th Street
    Long Beach, CA 90814
    (562) 433-8699
    Open 7 days 11-6, Saturday until 7 pm

    The Vintage Collective is just that, a collective of 25 dealers who share a common space, like an antique mall, but most of the furniture, lighting, clothing and collectibles are from the 1930s to the 60s.

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    East 4th Skateboard Store

    Skate Shop
    ••• East 4th Skateboard Store. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    2120 E. 4th Street
    Long Beach, CA 90814
    (562) 856-3695
    Open daily 11 am - 6:30 pm

    Just like the name says, everything for the avid skateboarder, including repairs.

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    A Little of This and A Little of That

    A Little of This and A Little of That
    ••• A Little of This and A Little of That. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    2116 E. 4th Street
    Long Beach, CA 90814
    (562) 256-0353
    By appointment or by chance, between noon and 5 pm
    Antiques, vintage household items and collectibles.

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    Imonni Used and Original Clothing

    Imonni Retro Clothing
    ••• Imonni Retro Clothing. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    2106 E. 4th Street,
    Long Beach, CA 90814
    (562) 856-8154

    Here, you'll find vintage, remade and new retro clothing and sunglasses.

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    Elan Collection

    Elan Vintage Furnishings
    ••• Elan Vintage Furnishings moved from 4th Street around the corner to St. Louis, but is still in the 4th Street Retro Row Shopping District. Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    408 St. Louis Ave.
    Long Beach, CA 90814
    (562) 434-1895

    Specializing in furniture, lighting, vintage, moderne upholstery, fabrics & accessories.