05/26/2012 12:03 pm ET Updated Jul 26, 2012

Introducing The Indie 38, AKA LA's Top Mom And Pops - Indie 38 - Racked LA

There are a lot of obvious reasons to shop local. It's good for the economy of course, and for the community. We're partial to it because the chance of someone else walking around in your new purchase is slightly lower. So for this edition of Racked 38 we bring you LA's top 38 indie shops--from single stores owned and operated by locals to regional chainlets to a seasonal and very indie pop-up. Some of the stores are also featured on our Essential LA Shops list--like Eastside indie style mecca Mohawk General Store, or Madison, a mini chain owned by two Angelenos--and some are new for us at Racked. The thing that ties them all together is an indie spirit, which we love.