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Best Toy Stores HIT : 447

When it comes to kids’ toys, we’re suckers for wooden blocks and stacking rings, for dollhouses and minuscule villages, for fairy wings and refined tea sets that kick-start creativity without the help of AA batteries. Parents who are going cuckoo from beeping and blinking playthings will love Acorn (1220 5th St., Santa Monica, 310-451-5845), a […]
DATE: 3/29/2016 12:00:00 AM
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Best Pedicure HIT : 471

Photograph courtesy Flickr/Betsssssy Pedicure buffs know that a long-lasting polish is nothing without an even longer foot scrub and rub. At Frédéric Fekkai Salon, Tien or Sarah will spend more than 30 minutes making all those rough spots disappear—using four different files and the salon’s signature shea butter cream—before toes are touched. (440 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-777-8700) Genia […]
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Best Earth Changers HIT : 388

Seafood for the Future, the Aquarium of the Pacific’s sustainable seafood program The brain: Melissa Carrasquillo, program director at the Long Beach aquarium. Do something! Area markets, distributors, and restaurants consult with Seafood for the Future to ensure that their fish is responsibly caught or farmed. Working with the aquarium’s marine biologists, Carrasquillo traces seafood […]
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Best Art Walks HIT : 397

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 Apothecaries HIT : 373

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 Summer Beers HIT : 73

Longer days? Check. Hammock? Check. Refreshment? We’ve got you covered. L.A.’s craft breweries are pouring a varied lineup of patio pounders
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Best Plant Nurseries HIT : 410

  Just about everything grows in Los Angeles, from Mojave yuccas to South American ginger to Himalayan impatiens. Large chain nurseries are convenient and can set you up with basic plants as well as tools, statuary, and potting soil, but they can’t match the thoughtful selection and longtime experience of the region’s independent establishments. Many […]
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Best Costume Shops HIT : 351

Grown-up Halloween enthusiasts are in good company in L.A., where dressing as someone else is a livelihood. Year-round shops have popped up across the city to meet the needs of costume designers working on showbiz projects—from indie movies and major motion pictures to national commercials and stage productions. Their bread and butter is your recreation. […]
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Best Stationary Stores HIT : 437

Hand-embroidered cards lovely enough to frame are displayed at Soolip (8646 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310-360-0545) alongside 100-percent-silk hand-dyed ribbon, drawers of pressed flowers, and decorative storage boxes. Housed in three charming cottages across from the Pacific Design Center, Soolip is known for its custom work. Sample books bring brides-to-be to tears, either because the […]
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Best Seats in the House HIT : 393

Photograph courtesy hollywoodbowl.com Best of LA, July 2008   Taper Courtyard at the Skirball Showgoers may fill the courtyard floor during the free “Sunset Concert” series, but head up higher for the better spots. From the wisteria-draped balcony you can clearly see the stage, the performers, and the reflecting pool that catches the last rays […]
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Best Hot Sauce Maker HIT : 371

Photograph by Lisa Romerein Best of LA, August 2008   Almost 30 years ago, JD Cowles began experimenting with different spices to use in a sauce for his homemade buffalo wings. Today his small Venice-based company All Spice Café makes the best hot sauces we’ve ever had, in robust flavors like chipotle-garlic and cayennehabanero. Not a drop of […]
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