Broken English

225 26th St. #17, Santa Monica, Calif. Since the late 1940s, the Brentwood Country Mart has been West Los Angeles’ go-to spot for a shoe repair, a lovely gift, and a down-home snack in an exceedingly pleasant environment. And since Broken English opened in 2007, Laura Jay’s collection of contemporary and antique necklaces, bracelets, rings, and scarves has made the open-air shopping center a bijou lover’s destination.A SEE-THROUGH JEWELRY BOXEncased on three sides by windows, the store has a cozy, fish-bowl feel Jay describes as “your own personal jewelry box.” It’s an apt metaphor, since her shoppers—many of whom reside in the surrounding tony neighborhood—return again and again to find treasures for birthdays, graduations, and weddings. “I have dream clients,” says Jay. They range from young girls who follow Jay’s blog and Twitter feed for her latest finds (priced

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