I really like Planet Salon. I have been going there for several years. Located on Robertson, this salon offers everything from highlights to bikini waxes where you can talk to Melissa (the hair removal/facialist) about everything! You feel as if you're having apple martinis with your best girl friend, but suddenly she rips the hair from your most private parts and you realize where you are again, but only for a second. You tend not to notice what is happening because you are already knee-deep into the saga of her last trip to Mexico with her ex-boyfriend. My haircut and highlights were excellent; however, my two ladies have now left the salon unfortunately. All the salon's products are Aveda, which they sell at the salon. It has a hip and trendy feel to it, but the prices are reasonably expensive.
This yoga studio located on Main Street in Santa Monica is very popular. The studio consists of one large hard-wood floor room with vaulted ceilings. You never feel croweded or squished up against anybody, but classes are not cheap. Occasionally theyhave "donation only" classes for those who do not feel like spending $15.00 on a yoga class. The studio sometimes has a hint of too-cool-for-school, but only a hint because it is a yoga studio after all. I have had several different instructors, all ofwhom were good. I don't walk away, however, feeling totally inspired. The instructors seem to know their regulars though, and those who like yoga works love yoga works.
You may want to call ahead for an appointment because if you risk stopping by without an appointment they may have to turn you away. Tucked away in the mini-strip mall across the street from the Beverly Center, this nail salon is easy to miss. Six women who get your nails in good shape quickly and efficiently speak in some other language the whole time, and sometimes you feel like they are talking about you, but you'll never know. A main-pedi combo is only $20.00 and they'll have you out of there before your lunch hour is up. Get gorgeous ladies!
Bodies In Motion is an expensive gym that has all the amenities from a Zen spa, to free towels, not to mention a mighty nice locker room that is always very clean. The club offers every class under the sun from yoga, pilates, karate, funk, and kickboxing classes. The gym is most well-known for its kickboxing instruction and classes, and that explains why there is a large boxing ring smack dab in the middle of the gym. As you work out on one of their many high-quality machines that have TVs hooked upto them, you can chose to watch a buff kick boxing instructor jump rope and throw some serious kicks in the air (ladies- be prepared to drool. I assure you you'll find him more interesting than Oprah or NBC news). Occasionally a DJ shows up and spins records in the boxing ring, but no matter what the music is, they are always playing the Black Eyed Peas or something upbeat and mainstream. I am a little sick of hearing Ashley Simpon's new song about resting her head on some guy's shoulder.
Aqua Day Spa in Santa Monica is clearly the rival to Santa Monica's Burke Williams Day Spa. Aqua Day Spa is very nice if you don't mind paying at least $100 for a basic sweedish massage; anything above that, the price goes up. They have a very large (and one small)jacuzzi that you can relax in before and after your massage while staring up at the stenciled grape vines on the walls making you feel tranquil and removed from the outside world. They keep the silver pitcher of cucumber water amply filled so you do not get dehydrated while soaking in the jacuzzi. The few massage therapists that I have experienced there were extremely proffesional and very well trained. They aren't afraid to dig in deep, and if you so desire, they will give you an emotional explanation for the huge knot that had developed in your left shoulder. It is not the medieval cozy chambers of the recently renovated Burke Williams just around the corner, but it is a simple, expensive treat that makes you feel oh-la-la, at lea
If you are looking for a laid-back coffee shop where you can hang out all day, lounge on tattered sofas with a good book or laptop, sip coffee and eat munchies while chatting with a friend Seattle-style, then look no further than Novel Cafe. The Novel Cafe is situated on a small side-street located off of Main Street, very close to the beach. The crowd looks eclectic, sometimes a little dirty, but if you show up often enough, you'll notice the place has its fair share of regulars. Writers crowd the tables and occasionally carry on chit chat about the script they are writing or reviewing. The food is not amazing, but for comfort food it is pretty damn good. Their cappuccino is excellent, but their drip coffee leaves a little something to be desired. The cafe is perfect for students who can bring their books or laptops and set up shop for as long as they want with no hassle. For someone who feels Coffee Bean and Starbucks are a tad too generic and sterile, then head on over to the Novel.
I first went to the Friedman Agency as a graduate: green as the grass on my front lawn. With no work experience, I was told that the Friedman Agency was "the place" to go to get a job in the entertainment business. No such luck. When I arrived for myfirst interview, the owner called his employees into his office and began yelling at them. I could see everything through the glass windows, and they clearly did not care. After my interview, I was told to call in everyday to see if they had work for me. Of course they never did. I then went back five years later with a lot of work experience under my belt. This time I was not told to call in every day, but more like once a week. Hmmmm...needless to say they never called me for a job. Obviously they place some people, but I never got a job through them, nor a warm and fuzzy vibe.
Bob and Scott's West Coast Tire and Service center is a wecoming garage...yes I know...rare. As you walk in, a group of mechanics are sitting at a row of desks, ready to help you. A statement from the owners (Bob and Scott) is plastered as a huge sign on the wall. It acknowledges that it is not a pleasant experience to take your car in to get serviced, but they'll do their best to make it quick, painless, and cost effective. They clearly have a sense of humor and the owners are in the shop right alongside the mechanics. They gave me a correct diagnosis on my car and they were able to take care of a broken axil and put on a new boot in a matter of hours. They were friendly and gave me a great deal. A friend highly recommended them to me, and Iwill be going back to them for everything from now on.
My mother recommended Crestview to me as she said they were honest; however, my mother does not know a lot about cars. I took my car in there because a noise was occuring when I stepped on the brakes. They checked it out and they thought it was just the way the brakes were aligned. They told me I needed an oxygen center, for which I paid over $400 dollars. They also said I needed to get new brakes. I explained to them that I was unemployed and had no money. They told me that my brakes were at 20% and I only could drive 2,000 more miles before they would be at 5%. A few months later I got a second opinion and a third opinion. The other two garages said that the problem with my car was actually my left axil, which was causing the noise and that iswhat needed to be fixed. Turns out, my brakes were apparently fine: 60% in the front and 40% in the back. My former high opinion of Crestview Service Center has gone completely down the tubes.
This boutique company brings fine paper back into style! If you can appreciate Fabriano paper from Italy combined with sophisticated, modern design, than mmm... paper is a great place to go for specialty stationery. They do everything from customized Wedding Invitations to Anniversary Cards, Birth Annoucements (that can include a personal picture of your baby), Birthday Party invitations and monogramed stationery. The kicker is that it is reasonably priced. They have some of the cutest stationary forkids that I've ever seen, which not only appeals to the kids, but also to the parent's who are sending the invitations out. If you are looking for high-quality customized stationery, I highly recommend them.