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Best Apothecaries HIT : 553

Photograph courtesy brentwoodcountrymart.com Best Apothecaries, January 2008 Marie Mason was a beauty buyer for Studio at Fred Segal for 15 years before opening her apothecary in the Brentwood Country Mart. The shop, with its cream-colored silk curtains and Tiffany blue walls, is smaller than most Beverly Hills bathrooms, so the selection of products—a mix of heavy […]
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Best Piano Bars HIT : 636

Photograph courtesy Flickr/tamaki The Buggy Whip Diners come to this old-school steak house for the f let mignon and the green goddess dressing, but for music aficionados the draw is Peter Wagner at the piano. Follow the strains of “Holly Holy” or “Luck Be a Lady” to find Wagner’s spot near the curved bar, where he performs Wednesday through Saturday […]
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Best New Bakeries HIT : 566

Floury goodies are on the rise again thanks to the latest dedicated crew of boutique oven artisans
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Best Boutique Gyms HIT : 641

The Landmark  Robert Mitchum and Kirk Douglas used to tone their pecs at EASTON GYM HOLLYWOOD (8053 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323-651-3636 or easton gymhollywood.com) , which in its eighth decade continues to attract actors with its well-stocked weight area and unpretentious aesthetic ( brick walls and casement windows that open). The rooftop deck is ideal […]
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Best Locally Made Jams HIT : 676

    Sierra Madre The third and fourth generations behind the San Gabriel Valley institution E. Waldo Ward & Son cook up some two dozen jams and preserves. Of the original 30 acres of land purchased in 1891, only about 3 remain and are devoted to citrus that goes into marmalades. For everything else—including strawberry, […]
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Best Art Walks HIT : 581

The self-guided Downtown Art Walk takes place on the second Thursday of every month, from noon to 9 p.m. It hits 25 spots—Gallery Row, which encompasses Main and Spring from 2nd to 9th streets, is the core area—and the Museum of Contemporary Art. For those who prefer to roll, cyclists meet for the Downtown Art […]
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Best Luggage HIT : 604

If you’re feeling a touch of wanderlust, here are some shops with bags to pack.
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Best Toys for the Young Jet Set HIT : 685

Japanese MonstersLos Angeles is awash in designer vinyl toys, but fans of postwar Japanese classic flicks like De-stroy All Monstersflock to Anime Jungle for old-schoolkaiju needs. It stocks Kikaider DVDs, Ultraman masks, and perfectly rendered models of every irradiated beast that ever laid waste to Tokyo. The ideal gift for the obsessive who has everything? A limited-edition Godzilla diorama that goes […]
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Best Library Collections HIT : 622

Illustration by Serge Bloch It’s true—there is still plenty of printed matter that can’t be accessed on the Internet or uploaded to your Kindle. The libraries of Los Angeles are home to a vast collection of, well, special collections. We considered dozens that are open to the public: Some are scholarly and immense; others reflect […]
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Best Public Fountains HIT : 600

Photograph by Karl Drilling Long before elaborate fountains became developers’ favorite diversions, they served as upwellings of L.A. pride. Their look reflected a time and sensibility, whether it was space-age optimism or old-world nostalgia, and their location in parks or on civic plazas mandated sharing. That they used such a scarce resource—water—only enhanced their preciousness. […]
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