My girlfriend and I took a stroll this store out of curiosity and were both pleasantly surprised. Once we got past the initial giggles of the concept, we were able to explore the large collection of products, supplies, books and manuals devoted to the art of love making. The women who work here are extremely knowledgeable and helpful but in no way pushy or aggressive. It really feels like they're on mission here to spread healthy and creative habits and thats refreshing.
Great concept -- wish I thought of it. All of that workout geat and sporting equipment you bought but never did anything with -- well, here's a place to bring it and make some of your cash back. I've gone in here a few times to look at treadmills and some other items and the prices are pretty good and they back it up with a decent warranty.
For the most part, I like Helen's Cycles. The have a very good selection and a wide range but service can be poor at times. If you don't speak up, you can be neglected by an overworked staff. Also, they can get a little snooty sometimes because this guy likes that brand or the other and will often push that on you instead of listening to your needs. Parking can be quite difficult at time because this store is in the heart of Santa Monica where the parking gestapo takes no prisoners. Good lucj. Overall, Helen's is a solid bike joint.
Smart and Final is a great concept that seems to be getting bigger and bigger. Discounted cleaning products and supplies for the home and business has morphed into reduced pricing on groceries and food -- both canned and perishable fruits and veggies. Sort of Costco meets 7Eleven is the best way to describe it. Definitely worth visiting for cleaning supplies around the house and more.
Although it can be hit or miss, Marshall's really rocks. Brand name designer clothing at seriously discounted, close-out prices. This is the stuff that somehow just slipped through the cracks and made it to the bargain bins. You can buy a Ralph Lauren Men's Business Suit for about $150 (jacket and pants), normally over $500 or a Donna Karan men's suit for $200. Shoes, if they have your size available, can run as low as $30 for leather loafers or brand name sneakers. Decent homeware and linen section and socks, undershirts, ties, belts and other men's accessories are really cheap as well. Who cares you bought discount. Noone's gonna know when you're wearing it. Don't be shy now...
A friend recently recommended Robinsons May men's department to me. I had always had the idea they were a 2nd rate Macy's but upon paying a visit to this store, I was impressed by the sheer breadth and depth of the clothing offering and at really good prices. I was looking for a Polo Blazer I had seen priced at over $300 elsewhere. At Robinsons May, the same blazer was on sale, in my size, for around $150, or half the original prices. The staff was helpful in getting me fitted and then ringing me out. Great selection of business casual wear like pants, shirts and a decent shoe department to boot.
What can I say about this old department store chain that hasn't been said before. Macy's has always been there with reasonably priced, reasonably fashionable clothing over the years. The great thing about Macy's is, there is always a sale. I don't think I've ever gone through the Men's department without seeing at least one, on-going sale, especially shoes. Which makes it great when you're sick of paying already inflated retail prices. The Macy's at the Beverly Center is a well-run, well-stocked store. They always seem to be up with the latest inventory and the staff is good and knowledgable. Can't go wrong here and parking is only a buck in the Beverly center.
I really enjoyed my experience at Yoga Works. I was given a complimentary pass by my yoga teacher (at another gym that shall remain nameless.) I had never really gone to these boutique yoga studios so didn't know what I was in store for. Its a very calm, soothing environment where everyone speaks in hushed tones. The class was in its own studio with shades drawn and lovely smells. No loud noises or sudden interuptions, the class was an hour and a half of solid yoga with some new twists on some old moves. Overall, a good experience and I would return.,
I love House of Records for its unpretentious, easy going, helpful staff always ready to show you what's good or what's in stock these days. Solid and wide collection of rock, pop, jazz, indie and electronica. Most of what's available is used vinyl and an ok sampling of CDs. If you are looking for copies of your favorite Pink Floyd, Beatles, Led Zeppelin albums that the dog chewed or mom through out years ago, look no further.
Lisa Kline for Men reminds a lot of Agnes B for Men. Hip, stylish, not too pretentious, at not too outrageous prices. Great t-shirts and fred perry items. I really like the button down shirts and good selection of belts and accessories. Staff is helpful but not pushy. Makes a great visit when you're out on trendy Robertson Blvd.