The Puzzle Zoo is located in the 3rd street promenade in Santa Monica and looks tiny from the outside, but if you wander in, the store is pretty deep and filled with lots of toys and gadgets, and the latest fads. Some hard to find items (remember the furby's) are usually in stock here as well as any hot Christmas toys. People stand in lines waiting to get in during the holidays so do your shopping soon. The staff is helpful but looking around the store yourself is best.
Szechwan is a very popular place for lunch. They serve lunch specials 7 days a week at around $5.50. The dishes are very well prepared and seafood dishes are the best. The shrimp and fish there are very fresh, no fishy smell. Lunch comes with soup, salad, and the entree along with steamed rice and hot tea. You cannot beat this deal. Parking is a little challening seeing that they do not have a parking lot, only parallel parking besides their building.
Seaside Grooming has been around for a long time in Playa del Rey. One of the reasons is their good customer service and satisfaction. They offer services such as grooming, shampooing and flea dips. The prices are very reasonable and again people are very friendly there.
I highly recommend Dr. Miyakawa as a family physician. Her office is located in Santa Monica on 10th street. She treats her patients very well and takes time to ask questions and also anwer them. She is really concerned on your condition and is easy to speak with. The only problem is with the parking, they charge 1.50/hour and the office does not validate. A visit can cost you $6 just for parking.