Field Tripping: The Grand Emporium


San Pedro is a hidden gem of Los Angeles. A port section of town nestled against Long Beach with its own very unique history.

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Within the hidden gem of San Pedro is a hidden gem known as The Grand Emporium (which itself is filled with tons of hidden gems).

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A classic style shop that offers up complimentary retro themed sodas while you scan the store for goodies.

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A well curated selection of vintage Science fiction from the masters such as Asminov, Philip K. Dick, as well as books from Ace publishing. A strong collection of books about cinema, music and other topics.

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A killer selection of vinyl reissues ranging from classic groups such as King Crimson,

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You gotta love a shop run by a man with an obsession for Sun Ra, and Leonard Cohen. One of the most amazing details of this shop is the knowledge of the shop keeper which can at times be the driving force for repeat visits to a place like this.

The Grand Emporium 007Vintage laser discs some of which are Criterion. Perfect gifts for those who appreciate interesting odds and ends.

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Vintage poster books, lobby cards, and magazines abound. Items like these make The Grand Emporium a very detailed, extremely interesting and fun place to spend a couple hours.

The Grand Emporium 009 The Grand Emporium 010 Because of items such as this original Don Juan poster acquired from the Warners estate, The Grand Emporium is able to function in a way that collectable shops used to, in the days before eBay and Etsy. The shop keeper is a former radio personality that has used his experience and knowledge of the world to keep the business he shares with his wife down to earth and full of texture

The Grand Emporium 011 More artifacts, and amazing tidbits of historic American pop culture in the form of original film posters from the estate collection of Hollywood icon Cyd Charisse. Shops like these, that are this pure and honest are fading fast as we succumb to the entities such as Amazon, eBay, and Etsy just to name a few. Small businesses like these rule.