“Whenever you are, we’re already then.” This sign, rife with paradoxical absurdity, makes it known to you and your friends that you’re about to enter an inimitable store that won’t be soon forgotten. The Echo Park Time Travel Mart bills itself as a convenience store catering to no particular period of time — the display of a caveman hanging out with a robot encapsulates their pervasive spirit of timeless randomness. Don’t bother coming with a shopping list; the offerings here cannot possibly be anticipated. While it’s tempting to get sidetracked trying on their impressive selection of fake facial hair, check out the truly inexplicable offerings like Viking Odorant (for those who always wondered what Scandinavian pirates smell like) and Robot Milk (for healthy robot bones, of course). Share a hearty chuckle at the amusing bulletin board, with incongruous postings for bubonic plague support groups and warnings to protect your robots against viruses. Perhaps the most rewarding part of this shopping experience is knowing that money from purchases go toward the store’s non-profit creative writing program for neighborhood youth. Nothing like a little altruism mixed with your consumerist time traveling.

The Echo Park Time Travel Mart

1714 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90026

(213) 413-3388

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