Don’t miss these Design District Concept Stores

The pop-up store has evolved into a full-blown concept store. These locations are where creative minds take a brand promise to the next level and offer shoppers more experiential elements, high-end services and social sharing moments.

West Hollywood has long been a favorite city for stores to pop up, and the recent spate of innovative concept store openings proves that this is the next big retail trend. These six featured companies may not all call themselves “concept stores,” but they are definitely creative offerings that can only be found on Melrose.


8587 Melrose Ave

The millennial pink unicorn-covered building at the corner of Westbourne and Melrose will be stateside HQ to the fast-fashion phenom known as PrettyLittleThing. Known for its coveted celebrity collabs (think Olivia Culpo, Kourtney Kardashian and the recently announced 90s Hip Hop design icon Karl Kani), plans for this location do not currently include retail space according to this article. Instead, think studios, private showroom, employee work space and hopefully, open-to-the-public activations and exclusive pop ups. It promises to be the next Instagrammable moment.

Nike x Melrose

8552 Melrose Avenue

This Nike collaboration treats Melrose as a character, and that character is a definitely an Influencer. This concept store from the global brand opened and retail offerings are based on buying patterns of its trendsetting neighbors. Factor in a vending machine with gifts for Nike app users, curbside pick up service and an event-worthy LA rooftop space, and you can see why you should never call this a pop up store.

Blue Mercury

8500 Melrose Avenue

The Washington DC based makeup retailer is banking on Los Angeles as a big part of its growth strategy. Clearly, West Hollywood factors largely into that LA equation as Blue Mercury opened this Flagship store, less than a 5 minute drive from its Sunset Plaza store. The 2,500-square-foot Melrose location features an expanded men’s section (to include makeup), clean beauty essentials, and the full line of Jo Malone products. Future plans include local delivery of your favorite beauty product should you find yourself without your favorite lipstick.

The RealReal

8500 Melrose Avenue

The luxury consignment experience known as The RealReal, Similar to its neighbor, Blue Mercury, they are also offering a robust men’s store complete with a “sneakerdome” and a rare watch bar. Fret not ladies, a 1,500 square foot handbag vault is yours for the drooling. Services include curbside consignment drop off, free valuations and complimentary expert workshops. Birkin 101 anyone?

Now it’s time to experience Melrose Place. Simply walk across La Cienega Blvd, head North and you will run right into the ultra-chic enclave.


8407 Melrose Place

The glossy millennial pink desert-inspired oasis does glam in a thoroughly modern way. LA’s natural light streams in through skylights allowing customers to experience the brand’s “skincare first, makeup second” offerings up close and personal. A doorway reveals dramatic caves complete with selfie mirrors for the perfect selfie.

Nordstrom Local

8401 Melrose Pl
(323) 602-2201

Customer service has been the cornerstone of the retail giant’s success, and the 3,000 foot neighborhood concept store takes that one step further. Service is its biggest offering. Personal stylists, shoppable mood boards, green juice, alterations and mani/pedis are all part of the suite of services available at the neighborhood hub. They even offer the greatest Melrose Place service of all – free dedicated parking – conveniently located behind the store (enter on Orlando).

Maxine Tatlonghari
About Maxine Tatlonghari
Maxine Tatlonghari is the award-winning #femalefounder behind the Vanity Girl Hollywood brand. She is also a beauty boss lifestyle blogger and serves as the first Vice Chair of the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. She has been featured in Forbes and Huffington Post. She lives, works and plays in West Hollywood.

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