It’s a new year so let’s kick it off with a party! I recently attended a private birthday party at where you can play unlimited vintage arcade games! The Vintage Arcade Superstore is a warehouse space filled with pinball machines, Pac-Man machines, race car games, shoot ‘em up games and more! I never knew this place existed until my friend rented it to celebrate his birthday.
The space holds the carefully curated collection of owner Gene Lewin, a games enthusiast who ran arcades from 1980-2003. Now he lovingly buys up what vintage games can find, repairs them to top form and makes them available to play and purchase from his store.
His Vintage Arcade Superstore is located in Glendale and is available to rent for private parties and film locations. My friend and I had a blast running around playing all the games from the Fast and Furious race car driving machine where you could drive as fast and crazy you want, wreck into all kinds of things and never get a ticket! My friend was loving the Elvis pinball machine where a mini Elvis figurine come out and does some hip-shaking moves! And we spent serious time with the Revenge From Mars and Star Wars pinball machine with their own moving creatures celebrating your dings and whacks of the flipper.
Gene makes all of his machines available to play without having to put in any quarters or tokens. So let the unlimited play party begin!
What I Wore
An arcade calls for a playful outfit so what better than my two-tone 1960s, mod, A-line shift dress, topped with a yellow brocade coat and accessorized with a gold vintage tassel pendant necklace. Whenever I wear a lot of color, I like to ground my accessories in basic black instead of trying to find shoes and purses that match my outfit colors, which can come off as a bit too much. A big ol’ fun bun style kept my hair in check so I could focus on the games!
What to Wear
Since I got the chance to play a Star Wars pinball game and the series has been on everyone’s mind with “Rogue One” in theaters and the recent passing of Princess Leia herself, Carrie Fisher, I thought an outfit paying tribute was in order if you’re headed out for a fun night at your nearest arcade. Go Winter white with a Star Wars print skirt featuring snowspeeders and AT-AT’s. A retro-inspired, off-the-shoulder top adds a playful sex appeal while go-go boots will keep you ready for all the action! Top it off with a fun polka dot trench coat. Click the links to shop* this look!
The Vintage Arcade Superstore is available to rent for private parties. It is located at 4334 San Fernando Rd, Glendale, CA 91204
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, Los Angeles Attractions
, Mod Style
, Vintage Arcade Superstore
If ever you want to feel the Tiki party lifestyle spirt, all you a have to do is look at a Shag painting. The Southern California artist has become famous for his mod style imagary of slinky babes dancing, scooter riding and toasting cocktails with suave gentleman, while ever-watching kitty confidants lurk in the shadows. The colorful scenerios and lavish midcentury modern backgrounds appeal to the Tiki culture esthetic of escapism and aspiration. It’s the kind of world we would all like to live in. It’s Shag’s world and we are lucky enough to be able to immerse ourselves in it through his art and his Shag stores in Palm Springs, and now Los Angeles.
I stopped by the newly opened Melrose Avenue store in the posh design quarter of West Hollywod to check out the Shag goodies.
From pillows to barware, stickers to jewelry, and of course framed pieces of Shag artwork, the Shag store is a burst of bright colors and a cheerful, frisky spirit. I just couldn’t leave there without a set of Shag-painted old fashioned cocktail glasses and a Shag design Tiki necklace. You’ll likely find new items in the store all the time as Shag a master marketer, creating designs that are for limited editions only, increasing the demand and value of his work.
The artist, Josh Agle whose handle of Shag is a mix of his first name and last name, is also one cool cat, often seen at local vintage bars and Tiki events around SoCal.
I had the great pleasure of interviewing him a few years ago about his inspiration and work. Read the interview here
And be sure to check out the Shag stores
in Los Angeles and Palm Springs for a host of unique items that are sure to up the cool factor in your home decor.
What I Wore
You can’t think of Shag without thinking of bold colors and mod prints. For my visit to the Shag store, I wore a vintage, 1960’s top with groovy floral design. I paired it with a pair of black capri pants, perfect for jumping on a scooter like many of the girls in Shag’s illustrations. A pair of high heeled, patent leather Mary Janes complete the look and of course, I left the store with an extra accessory – the aforementioned Shag Tiki design necklace.
Get Mod Style
To capture the spirit of the mod ladies of Shag’s world, think 1960’s-era playfulness with a touch of sly, sophiaticated flirtation. A light sweater
with colorful scooters instantly sets the tone, as do a pair of capri pants
that ready you for adventure. Top off the look with gold tone accessories with such as circle purse
and wedge heels
that will take you from daytime fun to a nighttime party. Click the links to shop* this look.
Shag the Store is located in:
Los Angeles at 8443 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Palm Springs at 725 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Shop with your groove on,
Shag Store photos courtesy of the Shag Store.
Photos edited with PicMonkey*. Get it!
Tags: Kastle Waserman
, Mod Style
, Shopping in Los Angeles
, Tiki Style