Chinatown Featured Merchant: Realm

A perennial favorite among Chinatown shoppers, Realm has been featured in publications such as Los Angeles Magazine, Sunset, and Angeleno, to name a few. Realm’s loyal fans give the establishment an almost perfect four and a half star rating on Yelp. Check out the hype and finish your holiday shopping in one trip! Not only is Realm a gold mine of wonderful gifts and home decorations, the location and rich history of the store are themselves reason enough for a trip.

Standing squarely along the north side of Central Plaza, Realm has been painstakingly restored, both inside and out, to the glory of its former heyday as Hong Kong Café. Architectural elements such as guardian roof statuettes and sweeping tiled roofs against an outline of neon lights embody Chinatown’s unique mix of traditional Chinese and contemporary American cultures. Step past the stone lions, in through the glass doors, and let the intricate details of its hand painted ceiling tiles and dragon-entwined columns take your breath away.

Breathe. Blink.

When you are done adjusting to the dazzling beauty around you, you will find an excellently curated, though eclectic, selection of gifts for loved ones, or for yourself. From decorative items to coffee table books, original artwork to whimsical gifts, Realm has it all. Items here reflect a smart and contemporary twist on traditional aesthetic motifs. Here you will find familiar monochrome vase forms in a blazing array of splashy colors, tea service sets in charming and fanciful modern themes, and perhaps, if you let your eyes wander the selection, you might just also find that perfect gift.

posted on 2012-12-04 - Businesses

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