I would only recommend Best Buy because of their large product selection. However, I feel that their customer service lacks integrity, as I was once told I was unable to employ a full warranty I had purchased with a digital camera.
I frequent Aaron Brothers anytime I need art supplies and don't have time to order them online. Their everyday savings are great, and so are their every other month 25%-50% off sales. Few know that the one cent frame sales also apply to canvases!
THE store for any artist - novice to professional. The store has everything you need (and almost everything from the catalogue) at great prices, and it is conveniently located.
The Norton Simon houses a lot the finest European art, and (I think) puts the Getty to shame. To avoid the crowd, skip saturday morning through afternoon, when deep thoughts are interrupted by the hustle and bussle of groups passing by.
With over 30 galleries to choose from, there is no getting bored at Bergamot Station, which exhibits popular and up-and-coming artists of today. One of the best things? Free parking!
I enjoy shopping at Trader Joe's because the high quality food is always reasonably priced. I recommend their varieties of hummus and sprouted bagels.
Although a usual wait for dinner during the weekend is at least half an hour, it is definitely worth the warm garlic focaccia they serve. And they'll gladly pile on extra garlic with the dipping oil if you ask. The food is beyond amazing (I recommend all the pastas(!), the eggplant parmesean, and the chicken caesar salad), and the staff is friendly, which is why it one of my favorite restaurants.
Despite the 35 minute drive, the cheese rolls from Porto's are well worth it! It only takes a weekend to finish two dozen of these deliciously baked, savory treats.
Not only is this place conveniently located around the corner from one of the best places to shop in LA, this particular CPK has outstanding service. And if you've ever been to one, you know to order the Original BBQ Chicken Salad and the Chicken Tequila Fettucini.
Alberta's has a very homey atmosphere and serves the best fish tacos and carne asada fries for the best prices around! The best thing is they're open 24 hours.