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The city of Tarzana has a very interesting history. The area itself was first established by Spanish missionaries in 1797. It was later absorbed into Mexico and then reclaimed in 1848 by the U.S. after the Mexican-American War. In 1919, famed author of the Tarzan novels Edgar Rice Burroughs acquired 550 acres of the land and named it Tarzana Ranch. The city of Tarzana was formed a few decades later. However, the Tarzana most Los Angelenos know today is an affluent neighborhood with some really cool shops. If you’ve never been, it’s definitely worth a SF valley excursion. Here are some shops to check out.
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(credit: Elaine B./Yelp)


Fun With Tie Dye, So Cali So Cute, Emotion Apparel Inc.
6021 Wilbur St.
Tarzana, CA 91356
(818) 388-9668
www.emotionapparelinc.com

Tie Dye has evolved from being a fashion statement in the 60’s to being more of a present day state of mind. Fun With Tie Dye, So Cali So Cute and Emotion Apparel Inc. have modernized tie dye into practical attire while still keeping the spirit alive. From maxi skirts and dresses to comfortable tops, tank dresses and kids wear, the tie dye designs range from bold to flirty and every mood in between. Reasonably priced, all garments are one-of-a-kind and of the highest quality.

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Just Like Home Affordable Furniture
18344 Oxnard St.
Tarzana, CA 91356
(818) 689-9494
www.jlhfurniture.com

Just because Tarzana is a pricey zip code doesn’t mean everything in the city is expensive. Just Like Home Affordable Furniture has all the home furnishings you’ll need to decorate or redecorate your home on a budget. They bring quality furniture at affordable prices and customer care that makes finding what you’re looking for within your budget easy. Whether you’re looking for a desk for the home office, a new bed for the kids or the perfect accent to refresh a room, Just Like Home will have what you’re looking for.  

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(credit: Andrew R./Yelp)


Oh Fancy That British
18399 Ventura Blvd.
Tarzana, CA 91356
(818) 996-4405

Whether you have British friends or are just looking for something different, Oh Fancy That British is worth checking out. Filled with all things British from chocolates to cookies to condiments, let Oh Fancy That British be the inspiration behind anything from a unique gift to something completely different for dinner. They have a wide selection of Cadbury confections, British-made sodas and other products.

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(credit: Andrea C./Yelp)


The Little Cafe
19204 Ventura Blvd.
Tarzana, CA 91356
(818) 705-8335
www.littlecafe.biz

If you find yourself in Tarzana around lunchtime, The Little Cafe should be your first choice. The cafe is little, but the portions are big and reasonably priced. The custom omelettes are the best in town and the triple deckers are out of this world. The vegetarian and health conscious customers tend to lean towards the grilled veggie sandwich overloaded with roasted portobello, peppers, onions, tomatoes, zucchini and provolone cheese. Also includes your choice of potato or macaroni salad, cole slaw or French fries.

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(credit: Paul R./Yelp)


Etoile Costume & Party Center
18849 Ventura Blvd.
Tarzana, CA 91356
(818) 343-3701
www.etoilela.com

For all your party needs and hard-to-find items any time of the year, Etoile Costume & Party Center is a one-stop shop for costumes, accessories and everything in between. Whether it’s for Halloween, cosplay or a themed children’s party, the wide selection of packaged costumes makes finding what you’re looking for a breeze. They also have costume rentals that cover all the major themes from fantasy to Renaissance to Medieval to steampunk to Gatsby. Knowledgeable salespeople are great in helping you find the perfect accessories.

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Kristine G. Bottone is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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