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Arte de Mexico expands but still relies on network of artisan families
Arte de Mexico expands but still relies on network of artisan families

A dead-end street in North Hollywood is an unlikely place to find a mecca of handcrafted design, but it exists. Arte de Mexico's North Hollywood showroom, open seven days a week, recently has expanded to about 250,000 square feet of space, up from 200,000. Inside the labyrinthine warren of rooms are embellished wrought-iron chandeliers, intricately carved wooden doors from Indian palaces, even a carbon copy of the Resolute desk that sits in the Oval Office. "This where you go to find something exotic, exceptional and different," says owner Jerry Stoffers. "You can't find these in Ikea." For more than 40 years, Arte de Mexico has been unobtrusively...

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