April 28 2012 12:00 AM

Tiny La Loupe Vintage is just right

La Loupe means Magnifying Glass
Here's the thing, I like little. Maybe because I am. But I prefer little mini candy bars to big ones. I prefer mini lipsticks to big ones (I'm never gonna get through an entire lipstick!). And I prefer little vintage stores to big behemoth ones. You can't see the forest for the trees in the endless racks that fill a giant secondhand store. I won't name names, but there are a couple of stores in town that actually make me hyperventilate a little. The racks are so close together and packed so tightly, it's impossible to make your way through without knocking into someone else or worse, grabbing at things that feel like they haven't been washed or worn since 1972. ---

And that is why I covet La Loupe Vintage (4646 Park Blvd., University Heights). It's tiny, like I like it. It's neither overwhelming or headache-inducing. It's simply adorable. All manners of things are represented—there are men's and women's vintage clothes and shoes, some jewelry and even a smattering of gew-gaws and knick-knacks. The prices are right on and fair, the selection curated and choice. And here's the best part: Because it's so tiny, you can order your burrito at El Zarape, come next door and peruse the entire shop, maybe even finding a pair of knee-high black boots that fit you perfectly, purchase them and make it back to the Mexican food joint before they even call your number.



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