[We resume posting submissions from out three finalists in our search for a new Editor here at ATLA. Here's our second post submission from Grace of Pasadena. Tell us what you think.]
There are two things I feel I ought to share with you before launching into this lovefest that I'm about to bring you. One: I am not an avid shopper, even though I find myself shopping quite a bit. But I've never really thought of shopping as a purely social event, i.e. going out with some friends for a Jamba Juice while picking out a flimsy outfit at Forever 21 (back when I was in high school, that drink was Orange Julius and that shop was Deb. And 99.9% of the clothes there were highly flammable). Two: I'm not exactly keen on gardening (although I'm taking steps to amend that). I know it's supposed to be very therapeutic and stress-relieving and all, but when half your backyard dies at a slow funeral march of two weeks no matter how much watering or shading or sunning or fertilizing that you do, it's not exactly "therapeutic." I killed an entire flowerbed of marigolds, ok? MARIGOLDS. The desert's most hardiest flower ever. And I'm not exactly sure how I managed that either.
Co-owner Mary Gray is friendly and seems to take a genuine interest in her customers. She's happy to point out some new things she and her partner Annette Gutierrez have been offering in the shop: colorful doormats and crates constructed from leftover flip-flop remnants ("Those factories would toss them out otherwise"), cheeky tiles embedded with vintage treasures ("Great stuff, usually from flea markets"), and artfully weathered pin-up girl signs that celebrate LA's eastside neighborhoods ("Come Test the Waters! Echo Park"). And while these ladies have a great eye for merchandise for the shelves, the coolest thing comes from their own designs: custom-made tiled tables for your patio. These affordable tables come in a variety of sizes and shapes; and Mary and Annette will work with you on color, style, and design.