By Deb Flomberg
Do you have a taste for the off-the-wall or best kept secrets in southern California? Then you simply must make the time to stop in the Echo Park Time Travel Mart. Located on West Sunset Boulevard, this quirky little gift shop is much more than meets the eye. You have probably passed the store front a few times before and wondered just what they sold in that interesting shop. Well, here is your call to action. Check this store out, buy a few awesome gifts, and you’ll see just why this market is important to support.
The Echo Park Time Travel Mart has an eye-catching sign. You’ll see the bold “Whenever you are, we’re already then” sign out front, hinting at the fun contained within. Browsing the shelves, you’ll find fun gifts that are so much more unique than anything found in your local big-box retailer. Pick up a solar energy kit or some Dolly’s own anti-cloning fluid. Browse Professor Clutterbuck’s array of tonics like Miraculous Hair Tonic, Relaxer, and Restorative Specific. Get some mammoth stew, some Viking Odorant, or robot emotion chips. You can even find interesting items from your own recent past like 8-track tapes and Michael Jordan pogs.
However, the really unique thing about The Echo Park Time Travel Mart is that it’s really just a front. The friendly staff will tell you that right away. The money you spend on those cute little knickknacks goes to support their after-school tutoring program that teaches creative writing and literacy to inner-city children. You can even purchase the books written by these talented kids in this shop. The whole store is part of 826LA, a non-profit writing and tutoring center with a genius way of drawing attention and raising money for its programs.
Clearly, this shop is much more than meets the eye, so you simply must pay a visit and pick up a fun item or three. Head out to the Time Travel Mart in your 2013 C350 Coupe from Mercedes-Benz of Encino. You’ll love enjoying the drive there in total Mercedes-Benz elegance and style, plus you’ll have the room to bring a few friends as you all shop for a truly worthy cause.
Deb Flomberg grew up in the mountains, developed a love for the beach and has found happiness on the open road. She is now a freelance writer, theater professional and travel enthusiast happy to be writing about the things she loves most.
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