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Support Your Community and Shop Local at These 9 Independent Businesses in Greater Palm Springs

Written By: Crystal Harrell, Juliette Arin, Jordan Nishkian, Lynne Eodice, and Rex Lee Searcey Palm Springs Shoppe Guide

Our favorite local shops need us now more than ever! It’s no secret that recent social distancing has put a dent in our economy, so show your support for your Greater Palm Springs’ makers and sellers and shop local for all your beauty, style and home needs. The best place to start? These 9 handpicked shops straight from our Shoppe Guide. Happy Shopping!

 

1 | Dripping in Jewels

Leeds & Son Fine Jewelers

Leeds & Son Fine Jewelers, established in 1947, continues its family heritage as purveyors of the finest jewelry and timepieces, curating collections that include luxury brands from Messika to TAG Heuer. 

Proudly and exclusively brick and mortar, Leeds & Son formulates a premier shopping experience with impeccable hospitality from its multilingual staff and experts in every field, including GIA certified Graduate Gemologists and a Certified Master Watchmaker.

The shop offers a wide variety of brilliant diamonds, including extremely rare varieties in a spectrum of colors, and it’s one of few jewelers granted an authorized dealer status for Patek Philippe and Rolex.

From delicate to bold, traditional to contemporary, Leeds & Son offers the finest jewelry and timepieces based on quality and craftsmanship for all price ranges—anywhere from three figures to “sky’s the limit.”

Leeds & Son Fine Jewelers brings your defined dreams to life with custom-designed jewelry or modifications by utilizing digital technology. The shop always secures and recommends GIA certification for all diamonds over one carat, and the jewelry always fits flawlessly.

Leeds & Son Fine Jewelers
73670 El Paseo
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760.568.5266

 

2 | For Future Festivals Palm Springs Shoppe Guide

elizabeth&prince

Prepping for a festival isn’t a task—it’s an art form. Luckily, elizabeth&prince has all the trendy looks you could ever need to get ready. Our spring buy is always curated with the festival in mind—not in a contrived way, but in a way that feels more authentic and timeless,” Madison Hagey explains. “We offer so many ways to create a look that suits your individual approach to festival style.

Madison’s Recommendations:

-“You will almost always catch me in a hat since I view hats as an extension of my personality. Janessa Leoné hats are the perfect accessory to edge up an outfit with the bonus of protection from the sun.”

-“These effortlessly cool LOVE Binetti sundresses are colorful, flowy and playful, making it easy to switch from poolside to festival grounds.” 

-“The key to getting from stage to stage is a comfortable shoe. I love these Golden Goose Sneakers because they are an elevated take on the classics that work with dresses, skirts or cutoff shorts.” 

-“A jumpsuit, like the OVERLOVER jumpsuit, is like a blank canvas that allows you to style it in any direction: bold or simple. Keep it fresh by adding statement earrings from Robin Mollicone or a bandana from Ozma.” 

-“In a festival setting, it’s important to be able to transition from a hot day to a cool night. A La Prestic Ouiston duster gives you the versatility you need and is the best way to add that eye-catching finish.”

elizabeth&prince
La Quinta | Palm Desert | Palm Springs
@elizabeth_and_prince

 

3 | Time for a Refresher

Revivals Stores

Greater Palm Springs is known for retro fashions and furnishings that fit the easy breezy desert lifestyle. Revivals, with three convenient locations and an ever changing assortment of products, makes shopping fun again while making the world a kinder place.

100% of Revivals profits benefit Desert AIDS Project, a federally qualified healthcare center providing affordable and comprehensive healthcare to individuals regardless of their HIV status.  Anyone can get healthcare at DAP.

Everything from stylish clothing and accessories for men and women to new furniture, rugs, art and lighting. Plus the assortment of resale merchandise changes daily at each of the three Revivals locations.

Revivals has reinvented the thrift store experience as the only resale store in the country with its own brand of new furniture and accessories. Mode at Revivals offers a new way to support your community. 

Additional colors and fabrics are available for special order. Their custom sofa is available in 85 options and priced at only $499. In-store kiosk is stocked with thousands of items that can be delivered to your home.

Revivals Stores
Cathedral City | Palm Desert | Palm Springs

 

4 | Inspiring Interiors Palm Springs Shoppe Guide

Semihandmade

Bring your design dreams back into the forefront, as Semihandmade is an exciting and brilliant concept in remodeling. Take your cabinets to the next level by bringing your unique vision to life with custom door fronts.

Semihandmade produces handcrafted bath, kitchen and media fronts for all Ikea cabinets, in addition to style-centric drawer covers, door handles, shelving and storage solutions.

Semihandmade collaborates with well-known designers for the best products while coordinating a seamless process of designing, creating, shipping and installing. Pro tip: purchase your cabinets from Ikea with their minus-the-doors ordering option. 

It’s amazing the difference a simple, clever trick can make! Semihandmade will create a fresh new look for your kitchen with quality cabinet door fronts at a fraction of traditional remodeling costs.

By working alongside all of their customers—ranging from interior designers and architects to do-it-your-selfers and remodelers—Semihandmade is the “Where have you been all my life?” solution for making your remodeling dreams a reality while working with professionals at practical prices.

Semihandmade
1005 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
877.877.9102

 

5 | Kidding Around

JadaBug’s Kids Boutique

For Owner Heidi McArthur, JadaBug’s Kids Boutique is more than a store, it’s a place where new parents, baby-shower-shoppers and grandparents can come together for practical purchases, beautiful gifts and incredible service. “I really love my store because it’s becoming a hub,” McArthur says. “I like the community aspect of my store—my heart is full because of the community support.” 

Heidi’s Recommendations:

-“SweeTooth Baby Teether is an icecream cone-shaped teether. They smell like vanilla, and kids love them! Plus they’re made in the US. It’s one of my top selling items.”

-“Stroller fans are perfect for our climate. Not only do they have three different speeds and a flashlight, but they also charge your phone/tablet.”

-“The Noggle takes your air conditioning directly to the back of the car. It’s good for when your car doesn’t have vents in the backseat, or when your child is in a rear-facing car seat.”

-”UnbuckleMe makes it easy to unbuckle a car seat. It’s perfect for people with long nails or grandmas who don’t have the strength in their thumbs.”

-“Clek Inc. car seats are designed by an engineer who used to work for Mercedes, so it has the same anti-crumple technology as a Mercedes.”

-“We sell indestructible children’s books that won’t tear or rip, even in the washing machine. They’re rip-proof, chew-proof, non-toxic and washable!”

JadaBug’s Kids Boutique
78377 Hwy 111
La Quinta, CA 92253
760.347.7406

 

6 | Lanvin and Luxury

Mitchells Palm Springs

Christian Dior, Louis Vitton, Loris Azzaro, Pucci and Lanvin are just a few of the top designer names you’ll find at Mitchells Palm Springs. “We sell clothing from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and the ‘90s, along with some contemporary resale pieces,” explains owner Mitchel Karp. He also carries designer eyewear, including sunglasses by Ted Lapidus. His store has a very 1970s, “Studio 54” feel. “I carry a lot of jeweled garments and deep, plunging necklines. My store is about being sexy.”

Karp went to college in Boston and became the fashion coordinator for Bloomingdale’s in the early ‘80s. “This gave me a lesson in finery,” he says. When he lived in both Palm Springs and Los Angeles, he decided to open a store he could call his own. “Who knew that it would take off the way it has?” he enthuses. Karp is also very philanthropic, as he puts on a big fashion show every year during Modernism Week in Palm Springs. Ticket sales benefit Temple Isaiah.

Mitchells is located in Palm Springs, but the store attracts customers from all over the country who are all different shapes and sizes. Many of his customers share photos of themselves on Instagram while wearing clothing from the store. He beams, “Knowing that people fall in love with their clothes makes me happy.” He adds that people can wear vintage pieces with newer garments, and his prices range from $95 to $5,000. “I have a little something for everybody!”

Mitchells Palm Springs
106 S Indian Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760.864.1515

 

7 | Holistic Hub Palm Springs Shoppe Guide

Snakeroot Apothecary

Named after a plant used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine, Snakeroot Apothecary was developed by clinical herbalist Rachel Burgos. Her passion for holistic healing resonates in every elixir, from cultivation to imbibition.

Always organic and sustainable, Burgos’ ingredients are either grown by Snakeroot Apothecary or sourced through local farms with integrity and notable practices, including second-chance hiring.

Formulated to elevate your environment, Good Luck Charm allows you to spritz away the negativity in your world. Also for your arsenal: Chill Vibes, Balance, Protection, Stop Smoking and Venus Direct Aphrodisiac.

Products range from $20 to $27; they are available at Urban Outfitters and select boutiques in SoCal. The complete line is available online through its website or Etsy shop, SnakerootApothecary.

Snakeroot Apothecary’s exquisite elixirs are dedicated to restoring balance, repatterning and overall well-being. And in true holistic order, Burgos also exclusively designs formulas for her clients’ specific needs and goals, based on the individual’s composition and story.

Snakeroot Apothecary
@snakerootapothecary

 

8 | Prints and Patterns

Candice Held

Candice Held began by designing one-of-a-kind dresses made from recycled vintage scarves in 2001, and soon, celebrities like Beyoncé, Halle Berry and Britney Spears were among her clientele. It was difficult to keep up with the demand when her distribution grew to over 50 boutique accounts here and in Europe. She says, “Working with so many scarf prints and colors while designing my vintage line inspired me to begin designing my own silk scarf and textile prints.”

Held and her husband relocated to Palm Springs from Los Angeles in 2013. She says that her designs “are inspired by the California desert and beyond.” Her limited-edition garments and accessories are handmade in California, using imported fabrics and silk scarves printed with her original textile designs.

How does she create her products? “I’m always gathering inspiration—from nature to architecture to runway shows to movies and on and on,” Held explains. “When I design a new collection, first I put together a theme and a color palette. Next, I create original studio artwork elements by drawing and painting with gouache and watercolor.” 

Using those elements, she creates scarf and allover fabric layouts in Photoshop. She then sketches the silhouettes and assigns fabrics to be printed with each design. After that, she drapes, sews and creates patterns. 

“[My designs] come 100% from me,” she explains, adding that her vision is clear, beginning with the product and advancing to the boutique decor and the editorial campaigns for each collection. 

Candice Held
@candiceheld

 

9 | Ethereal and Eco-Friendly Palm Springs Shoppe Guide

Island Tribe

For women who want to support efforts to preserve the environment as well as the empowerment of women entrepreneurs internationally—and look magnificent while doing it—Island Tribe’s stunning clothing designs are for you.

Based in the Palm Springs area, co-founders Angeline Hayling and OD Odero design exquisite creations produced primarily in Bali, India and Tulum, Mexico, as well as Los Angeles.

The company uses natural, environmentally sustainable materials, such as bamboo, silk, organic cotton and vegan leather. Future materials may include hemp and agave. Hayling describes the overall theme as “feminine, effortless—that whole California ease with a Bohemian touch to it. We want to be known as being conscious of the environment, holistic living and spirituality.” Odero describes the neutral white and soft, natural colors as “desert-esque and beachy,” reflecting the purity and spirituality of nature.

They carry ready-to-wear selections for the everyday lifestyle. “Our signature piece is the kaftan,” says Hayling. “It’s very free-flowing and easy to wear, so many of our customers bring it when they travel. It’s very flattering to many body types.” They also offer pieces specifically designed for the individual, tailored to their measurements and perfect for special occasions like weddings or red carpet events.

Island Tribe
@islandtribe_