This Trader Joe's beats the other nearby one (3rd and LaBrea) because parking here is always easier, as is getting in and out of the parking lot. The selection is always good, especially on prepared foods and salads (I recommend the Chicken Curry or the Tomato/Mozarella salad with pine nuts).
If you've got the dough, this is the place to spend it. Every year they do a makeup promotion where they give away a huge bag of stuff (some sample, some full sized) if you spend $100 in cosmetics. My girlfriend never misses it.
Also, the sales can be decent. You can get stuff that is normally very expensive marked down alot.
This is one of the best farmer's markets in town. They have plenty of vendors and seasonal produce. Parking can be a bit tricky, but if you get there early enough, you'll find plenty of free meter parking on the streets (since it is on Sundays). In addition to produce, they also have vendors selling cheese, fresh juice, bakery items, etc. The Korean food vendor is also excellent.
This is not the best place to go in LA for flea markets. If you are interested in doing this kind of antique hunting, the Rose Bowl Flea Market is far superior in both size and items offered. Even though we're in walking distance, we would rather spend Sunday at the Hollywood farmer's market than here.
As far as flea markets go, this is a pretty good one. There is alot of square footage to cover, so wear sunblock and comfortable shoes. Also, there are two distinct sections: the one surrounding the bowl which tends to have crafts and newer stuff, and the one off toward the parking lot which sells vintage stuff. I've not had good luck when going with a specific purchase in mind, but have done well when just browsing.
This is one of those rare pet stores where the staff is helpful and seem to love their job. On the weekends, they have pet rescue organizations set up for adoptions. If you get their circular in the mail, don't throw it away, the coupons in there will save you tons of $$.
This place offers wonderful service and very caring staff, but you have to be willing to wait for months to be seen. If you are without medical insurance and need to see a doctor, this is the place to go. Make sure you make a generous donation also.
When you're in the store, you are treated like royalty. But heaven forbid you have to call in for something, forget it. We received a beautiful baby gift from a family member that we were interested in engraving. We called the Beverly Hills store. The person answering the phone wasn't very polite, we were put on hold and transfered several times, and then when someone finally did answer, their answer was vague (depends on what kind of font you want, takes 3-4 weeks to get back because they send to NY). Their jewelry is top notch, but their customer service leaves alot to be desired.
Great business, and also the best place to take your stuff for alterations. Ana who does the alterations is very reasonably priced and her work is very detailed and good. Even though it's not geographically the easiest place, this is where we will be taking our alterations from now on.
This was a camera store that was tailor made for the professional photographer, but it isn't a bad place to go shopping (or at least educate yourself) if you're just a family photographer. You might get a better deal online or in a non-speciality store, but you won't get the same level of service you get at Samy's.
The store itself is a bit weird in terms of setup. Rumor has it it was going to be a restaurant with an office upstairs, which might account for the odd location.