Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Free Reusable Shopping Bags, Dec. 19!

Shop The Santee Alley's extended holiday hours on Friday, December 19, between 3:30 and 8 p.m. and receive a FREE reusable shopping bag! Many Santee Alley vendors are extending their hours to accommodate holiday shoppers. As we mentioned in a previous post, vendors will have extended hours now through December 28. Questions? Tweet us! @shopsanteealley

Limited quantities. Available only while supplies last.

Thursday, December 11, 2014


Enter the LA Fashion District #holidayfashiondistrict Ugly Sweater Contest on Instagram and you could win up to $1,000 to shop anywhere in the district, including Santee Alley! For more details and the official rules visit http://fashiondistrict.org/holidayfashiondistrict.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Santee Alley is Extending its Hours for the Holidays!


Starting Thursday, December 11 through Sunday, December 28 the alley vendors will be open until 8 p.m.
to accommodate holiday shoppers. In celebration, we will be giving out FREE reusable shopping bags on Friday, December 19, 3:30-8 p.m.* Please note, street parking around Santee Alley is free after 6 p.m.

*Limited quantities. Available while supplies last.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Forever Shoes Now Accepts Online Orders

It's not every day that we get to share news as exciting as this.. Forever Shoes, located at 1010 inside Santee Alley, is now offering online orders! That's right, you can now shop the alley without even having to leave your home. Orders can be placed via the Forever Shoes Facebook page or over the phone by calling (213) 744-8098. The store will be posting new arrivals on Facebook and deleting old styles as they sell out, so you'll always know what is in stock.

Forever Shoes is just one of various stores in the alley that now allow shoppers to place online and phone orders. Some stores only take orders via Facebook and Instagram, so make sure to follow your favorite Santee Alley stores :)

Scroll below to see what's currently in stock at Forever Shoes...

Forever Shoes
1010 Maple Ave. inside Santee Alley
Retail & Wholesale

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for doing business in The Santee Alley.

Friendly reminder, the alley will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Santee Alley Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

The Santee Alley traditionally opens on Thanksgiving Day and "Black Friday". We expect alley business to remain open throughout the holiday and holiday weekend again this year. General business hours are also expected to remain the same, with businesses opening as early as 9 a.m. and closing at around 5 p.m. Please note most businesses do not open until 10 a.m.

If you are hoping to shop at a specific store or interested in special Black Friday deals, please contact the stores directly. The area around Santee Alley: Maple Avenue, Santee Street, the North Alley, and the Maple Alley, should be open as well. A map of the area can be downloaded here.

Friendly reminder: All stores are independent businesses. We do not set the hours of operation for them.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Instagram Giveaway!

We've teamed up with Iyalorde to give away this 5-piece, digital hair curler. To enter the giveaway make sure to follow our Instagram @thesanteealley and tag a friend on this Instagram post. You will automatically be entered to win. The giveaway will close on Friday, November 21.

The 5-in-1 hair curler has five interchangeable barrels made of tourmaline and ceramic to achieve long lasting curls with a shiny, silky finish. The digital temperature control and LCD display allow for custom temperature settings. Barrel sizes are 25mm, 19mm, 25-18mm, 19-09mm, and 32mm. The curler heats up to 430 degrees Fahrenheit.

There is no purchase necessary to enter this giveaway. The giveaway is only open to those with a U.S. mailing address. Questions? Tweet us at @ShopSanteeAlley.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bohemain Meets Street Chic at Fashion Box (New Store!)

It seems like every week we a announce a new store opening in Santee Alley, and this week is no exception. Today we'd like to introduce you to Fashion Box, where bohemian styles and Cali-cool vibes meet street chic. So what exactly does that look like? Think crop tops, flow-y blouses, breezy dresses, kimonos, graphic t-shirts, and lots of prints and plaid. Or scroll below and see for yourself...

Fashion Box
1132-D S Santee St. inside Santee Alley
Los Angeles, CA
Instagarm @fashionbox1132

It's all about the cropped top, tho.

Effortless chic and affordable too! 

Like Fashion Box? Check out Time Out Vanity Fashion and Simone Fashion for similar styles.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

$20 Handbag Sale through November 30!

LA Purses (formerly Ice Handbags) is bringing back the $20 handbag sale this month, through November 30! That's right, ALL handbags, with the exception of "jelly" styles, are only $20!!

LA Purses specializes in vegan faux-leather handbags, wallets, and backpacks.The store is located at
1150-B S Santee St. inside Santee Alley and is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., 7 days a week. You can also visit their second location at 431 E 11th St. Los Angeles, CA, 90015.

Scroll below to see what's currently in stock...

Trend Alert! Backpacks is one of the biggest trends in handbags this season. LA Purses carries various styles in an assortment of colors. These are on sale for $20 too.

Like LA Purses on Facebook/LAPurses and follow them on Instagram @lapurses_ to see new arrivals as soon as they hit store shelves.

The luggage and duffel bags are not included in the sale, but they are definitely worth checking out. Love all the colors!

And in case you weren't convinced by the $20 price tag... There's also a $10 bin ;)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Congrats to the Winner!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congrats to Faith C. who won the LUV Hair Straightener giveaway!

Thanks to everyone who participated! We have more giveaways coming to the blog very soon ;)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

New Store Brings Chic Glamour to the Fashion District

Chic Glamour Boutique is not your average Santee Alley store. Located outside the alley at 1136-B Santee Street, the store offers just what the name implies - a boutique-like experience but at Santee Alley prices. The store offers a good mix of casual styles and party dresses, shoes, handbags, accessories, and makeup. We love that you can plan an entire look in one store! The store is so well merchandised all the clothing, shoes, and accessories can be mixed and matched to your personal style.

Chic Glamour Boutique 
1136-B Santee St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Some of the fall trends we noticed while browsing the store: hats, cut-out booties, and lots of fringe!

Boyfriend jeans are another big hit this season, specifically of the distressed variety.

More fringe!

And because no outfit is complete without the right beauty look... City Color cosmetics can also be purchased here. SO many stores are now carrying makeup.

SO many stores are now carrying makeup. For all our makeup fanatics, make sure to check out HM HormiguitasIyalorde, and Nature Republic too.

Chic Glamour Boutique is a retail and wholesale store.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Where to Buy Makeup & Beauty Supplies in Santee Alley + A Giveaway! - Now Closed

The hottest trend in Santee Alley right now? Makeup! Just a year ago makeup was something you purchased from small booths throughout the alley as you walked in and out of clothing stores, but the makeup market has exploded. Not only are more stores starting to carry makeup and beauty supplies, we've seen new stores open dedicated entirely to makeup and beauty products: HM Hormiguitas, Nature Republic, Bella al Natural, and now Iyalorde.

Iyalorde is a makeup and hair tools distributor who sells to be public at wholesale prices. In addition to makeup, you'll find makeup brushes, beauty tools, eyelashes, hair straighteners and curlers, and even hair products. They carry popular brands like NYX, L.A. Girl, City Color, LUV, and HerStyler, as well as their own line of hair tools, "Iyalorde".

1006-F S Santee St. inside Santee Alley
*Please note the address for this store has been updated

The Ilorde curler set comes with five different hair wand attachments allowing you to create mulitple sized curls with one wand. This set is sold exclusively at Ilorde. Because you are buying direct the cost is significantly lower than similar products at your local beauty supply store.

In celebration of their grand opening, we've teamed up with Iyalorde to giveaway a LUV hair straightener! You can enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget below. Please note you must "like" the Santee Alley Facebook page or already be a follower in order for your entry to be valid. You can also follow us on Twitter >> @ShopSanteeAlley or leave a comment below for additional entries!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Like this store? You'll love HM Hormiguitas.

Disclaimer: You must have a US mailing address to enter the giveaway. 

UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed. We will be announcing the winner shortly. Thanks to everyone who participated :)

Friday, October 24, 2014

FAQ: Is Santee Alley open on the weekend?

YES! We've received a number of phone calls recently asking if Santee Alley is open on the weekend. The answer is yes. The alley is open 7 days a week, including holidays. Stores in the alley generally open between 9 and 9:30 a.m. and close between 5 and 5:30 p.m. The alley is usually closed by 6 p.m.

Questions? Tweet us! @ShopSanteeAlley

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Best Place for Plus-Size Dresses

When Sweeties Plus opened in Santee Alley two years ago (featured here), the plus-size only store was a god-send. It was the only store that catered exclusively to curvier gals and plus-size wholesale buyers. Since then various stores have added plus-sizes to their inventory, but Sweeties is still near and dear to our heart for their commitment to trendy, figure-flattering styles. You won't find any frumpy, unflattering clothes here!

While plus-size has become more prevalent in the alley, Sweeties is still the best place for plus-size party and casual dresses, dressy tops, and blazers. They have the largest selection of plus-size dresses we've seen in the alley to date! The store carries plus-size up to 3X and offers mix-and-match options for wholesale and bulk buyers who meet the 12 piece minimum. For pricing and purchase inquiries please contact the store directly.

Sweeties Plus
325 E 12th St. inside Santee Alley
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Follow Sweeties Plus on Facebook and Instagram to find out about sales and see new styles as soon as they are available in store.

Looking for more plus size options? Check out Curvitique, and JR Jeans.

Love seeing stores get into the Halloween spirit!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bella al Natural: All-Natural Vitamins and Supplements at Wholesale Prices

If you've visited Santee Alley before you know there's much more than fashion here. The Santee Alley has everything: makeup and cosmetics, hair extensions and wigs, and as of recently natural skincare products and supplements. Bella al Natural is the newest all-natural health and beauty store to open in the area, specializing in weight-loss aids, detox supplements, and hair loss remedies.

Bella al Natural is a family-owned business based out of Anaheim, California. All of their products are 100% natural and manufactured locally, which means you can cut out middle man costs and save BIG. Detox packages that normally retail for up to $200 can purchased here for only $38. (That's equivalent to wholesale pricing!)

Pictured Above: $38 detox package, all-natural stress control pill, hair-loss prevention

Bella al Natural carries a wide assortment of teas, including the popular weight loss aid Te de Piña and Piñalim. Other products include Garcina Campoga, Linaza, Nopalina, "Almendra Quema Grasa", and various soaps and ointments.

Bella al Natural
304 E 11th St.
Los Angeles, CA