And not just because they own these killer stores.
They’re famous because they’re TV stars, famous musicians, and Academy Award nominees. Which goes to show that celebrities not only love to shop local, but they also love contributing to the local scene themselves.
From high-end boutiques for the most discerning of sartorial women, to funky gift shops, and fun spots for kids, these stars have hopped on board the small business train in a major way. And we’re definitely not complaining.
WHO: Real Housewife of Beverly Hills
WHAT: Kyle by Alene Too
WHERE: 9647 Brighton Way, Hollywood
WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT: The luxury women’s boutique is located in the heart of Hollywood’s shopping district — meaning great things for your closet, but bad, bad things for your wallet. And with brands like Citizens of Humanity, Rag & Bone, and CURRENT/ELLIOTT on the shelves, you know your casual wear wardrobe is in for a treat.
WHO: Singer-songwriter and musician & daughter of country legend Hank Williams Jr.
WHAT: White’s Mercantile
WHERE: 2908 12th Avenue South, Nashville
WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT: White’s Mercantile is more than a “general store for the modern tastemaker,” it also happens to be one of Gwyneth Paltrow’s must-shops in Nashville (see the other below). The shop is all about quality over quantity, ensuring that you will fall in love and cherish the pieces you discover for a lifetime.
WHO: Same lady, different store
WHAT: H. Audrey
WHERE: 4027 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville
WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT: This contemporary women’s boutique is frequented by some of the hottest names in country music (ever heard of Taylor Swift?). But even better than a possible celeb sighting, the boutique also carries some of our all-time favorite designers from Elizabeth and James, to The Great, to Vince, and Clare Vivier.
WHO: Store owner & daughter of Diana Ross (*fan girling*)
WHAT: Books and Cookies
WHERE: 2309 Main Street, Santa Monica
WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT: Because your kids will LOVE it. Books and Cookies is part children’s bookstore, part enrichment center, part play area, and all fun. From the music classes, to wiggle worm fitness, to arts and crafts, to the ability to curl up and flip through a favorite book (and eat a cookie), Books and Cookies is a guaranteed good time for the whole fam.
WHO: Food Network star & pastry chef
WHAT: Duff’s Cakemix
WHERE: 8302 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles
WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT: First of all, who doesn’t want to decorate a cake with one of the best cake artists of all time? Answer: We know we all want to. Duff’s Cakemix lets you choose from a cake or cupcakes, choose the cake flavor, and decorate your sweet treat to your heart’s desire. Oh, and of course you get to eat them after… But maybe take a picture with your creation first? If only for the Instagram.
WHO: Academy Award nominated actress & our dream best friend
WHAT: Judy Maxwell Home
WHERE: 1363 North Wells Street, Chicago
WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT: Judy Maxwell Home is pretty much the only destination in Chicago for gifts that will guarantee laughter. The amusing and magical finds will make perfect gifts for any occasion, and if you’re in the mood for a fit of giggles, be sure to check out the store’s selection of funny, snarky, and sometimes racy collection of greeting cards.