This popular costume shop has got a super collection of vintage apparel and cool gifts like TV lamps and mid-century ceramics. Also the vintage linens are great, and very reasonably priced. Phone them and ask when their next dollar sale is ... I've gotten some absolutely amazing deals there. Plus it's right across the street from Casa Diaz, which is the best tiny little Mexican dive in town.
I love it here. One-stop shopping for the health-conscious gourmet. Wine, cheese, a zillion kinds of tempeh, fresh organic fruit and veg, an excellent selection of organic dairy stuff, every kind of vitamin supplement you can imagine, homeopathic remedies, essential oils, cool and weird kinds of flour and pulses, and a gigantic deli case with surprisingly good takeout foods--soups, quiches, sandwiches and sweets. It's right next door to The Grove.
The best little shop for children's clothing and gifts in Los Angeles. The proprietor is a Hollywood art director with really exquisite taste, so the merchandise here is really incredibly wonderful and eclectic ... no fear of showing up with a duplicate gift at your next baby shower!
I love this place!! It's fun to hang out here even if you don't really need anything. The staff are amazingly knowledgeable about every aspect of gardening, and they are very patient with amateurs. The selection of plants and trees is wonderful, too.
Alex and Gaby have been maintaining my whole family's cars for many years. You'll be very well taken care of at this great family business. The prices are very fair, and the service is impeccable.
This to me is the epicenter of food shopping in Los Angeles. A massive, fantastic gourmet supermarket/restaurant supply that has the rarest and finest quality of everything they carry, and at very fair prices. Valrhona chocolate in huge chunks for baking, boutique produced ice creams, praline powder, a million kinds of mustard, Silpats and molds of every description, mandolines, copper cookware, gorgeous cheeses, jams, confits ... it's just boggling.
I love this cozy corner of the 3rd Street Farmers Market. Even when I don't really need any bizarre gourmet ingredients, it's fun to shop here--they've got an excellent selection of tinned and bottled imported stuff, like marrons glaces and dried French lentils and great olive oils, plus a deli part with pates and charcuterie, and then there's a deadly selection of chocolates and biscuits. After you shop, you can relax and have a nice glass of wine and a cheese plate. Aaaaah.
This is a huge thrift shop in a really convenient part of town. I have found some absolutely amazing stuff here--particularly apparel, furniture and books. Like any thrift shop, you have to be patient ... but this is one of the best in Los Angeles.
This particular branch of Out of the Closet is in an out-of-the-way neighborhood, and it isn't quite as fancy (for lack of a better word!) as the Fairfax branch. But that means there's way less trendy Westsiders competing for the really great stuff. If you have to go downtown sometime, stop by and check it out.
This is my "good" drycleaners, where I take my best things. I'm very picky about my drycleaning, and the pressing in particular. Shatto Cleaners has first-class pressing, and they use tissue and cardboard forms to protect your clothes. The staff is pleasant, too. But be prepared to pay for the high quality work!