Question: Where can I find a perfectly edited store for a gift?
Hypothesis: Once a wood and concrete jungle of lofts and good restaurants, the Arts District has seen a swell of shops pepper the neighborhood in recent months. Sitting smack in the middle is Poketo, the new brick-and-mortar headquarters of the long-loved online company. Started by spouses Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung to give people "art for your everyday", indeed this is a one-stop wonder for gifts, books, and curiosities that are sourced from all over the world and from their long roster of creatives (which you can read about here). Is it worth popping in to both treat someone (and yourself)?
Findings: Well, do you like well-crafted stuff to brighten your home and wardrobe? Then, yes. From Avarca Pons walking shoes from Menorca, to Japanese hand-dipped ceramics, Hexagon watches from &design, to Poketo's own bike baskets and backpacks, there is no shortage of uncommon finds for all people in this airy space. In fact, we suggest just taking the giftee with you to this charming e-tailer as half the fun is in exploring the goods and seeing the online shop live and in color. (Does it sound like we lined up for their arrival? Welcome to the neighborhood, Poketo.)