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3-HOUR TOUR

Ceramics to Jellybeans : Ready to try some old-fashioned shopping? This section of Burbank, along West Magnolia Boulevard and Hollywood Way, is for those who enjoy walking.

August 27, 1993|KATHRYN BAKER | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Kathryn Baker is a regular contributor to Valley Life. and

From a car cruising across Burbank, the area around West Magnolia Boulevard and Hollywood Way always looked like good shopping territory. A recent walk confirmed it. Walk? Yes, you have to shop here the old-fashioned way, but it's worth it.

Unfortunately, the area is not particularly hospitable to the notion of a three-hour tour, as there seemed to be only two-hour parking. And in keeping with the small-town atmosphere, some of the shops are closed on Sundays.

10 a.m.: Bell Cottage, on the south side of Magnolia between Kenwood Street and Screenland Drive, is a pretty and deceptively large gift shop filled with all things frilly and cute--scented candles, hanging potpourri, leaded crystal vases and a big case filled with those small, intricate Lilliput Lane models of English cottages.

10:15 a.m.: In the same block is a Dutton's Books, new and used. This one is smaller than the store on Laurel Canyon Boulevard.

10:30 a.m.: Across the street, there's a pastry and coffee shop, then Rat City Skateboards--everything for the serious skater or those who just want to look like one.

Cross Screenland, going east, to the Aviation Bookstore, 3723 W. Magnolia Blvd., which has books and magazines devoted to modern and vintage aircraft. Next is Geneva's Boutique, a friendly shop that caters to seekers of appliqued sweat shirts, etc.

Just before Hollywood Way, there's a bit of whimsy--a big, red, English phone booth.

10:45 a.m.: North on Hollywood Way to The Nostalgic Aviator. What's the deal with the aviation stores? There's another a block down Magnolia. Maybe it's the proximity of Burbank Airport? This shop had interesting artifacts from vintage planes, plus T-shirts, bomber jackets and lots of desk models of planes, most $70 to $175. Just a little farther north, The Train Shack stands its ground with everything for those who believe if people were meant to fly, there would be no LAX. That is, model railroads.

11:15 a.m.: Might be a good idea to move the car to avoid a ticket.

11:20 a.m.: Continuing along the south side of Magnolia heading east, past the Dianetics bookstore and across Avon Street, you come to the Laughing Dog Saloon at 3419 W. Magnolia Blvd. "Barking dog salon" is more like it, but this grooming shop also has pet supplies. At 3415 W. Magnolia is Kids' Cottage, a women's and children's used-clothing consignment shop.

Next block: Antiques-land. First up, Renaissance, 3419 W. Magnolia, then the Victorian Rose. This isn't Melrose Avenue. An imported, burled-wood dressing table in fine shape is $375, for example.

11:45 a.m.: Cross back to the north side of Magnolia at Ontario Street and enter the collectibles zone, as you double back to the west. At 3209 W. Magnolia Blvd. is a small, offbeat shop called Abbie Road with an eclectic array of merchandise, from Star Trek figurines to a 45-rpm disc of "Nixon's the One." Burbank Coins and Sportscards would seem to be self-explanatory.

Then there are two great vintage clothing shops--Hubba Hubba, 3220 W. Magnolia (yellow chiffon evening gown, $60), and the more tongue-in-cheek Junk for Joy, where the clothes are combined with eyeglasses, wigs, masks and other accessories like handy fake eyeballs.

12:10 p.m.: Across Lima Street there's another row of antique and collectible shops, Madrid, Eclectic and White Elephant, at 3422 W. Magnolia, where many of the tags have punch lines rather than prices. A collapsible top hat was $65. Even the neon flashing "Open" sign was for sale, $125.

12:35 p.m.: Back across Hollywood Way, at 3710 W. Magnolia, is It's a Zoo. We're talking so many stuffed animals, there's a shelf devoted just to prairie dogs. There are stuffed animals that aren't even animals. Check out "closet beast," a Gahan Wilson-looking critter with pockets, priced at $331. Smaller, more identifiable animals are in the $20 range. There also are collectible dolls, including African-American, Latino and Asian dolls. Real animals can be purchased at the Pet Emporium, south of Magnolia on the west side of Hollywood Way.

12:50 p.m.: Time for an energy boost? Try the Quik Bites in the same block, the self-explanatory walk-in, sit-down or take-out fast-food place, or submit to the sugar-charged force field that lures unsuspecting shoppers to The Jelly Bean Factory. Although the creation of jellybeans is not in evidence, the result is everywhere--try peanut butter, banana, watermelon and mango, for instance. Well, after hours of walking down memory lane, why couldn't a reasonable adult wind up with a stuffed animal and a fistful of jellybeans?

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