Every August we put out our annual Best of LA issue with a cheer—and a sigh of relief. Putting the package together requires months of reporting (eating, drinking, shopping, doing—hey, we’re just sayin’, not complainin’), writing, and designing. The issue celebrates L.A.’s best local resources: independent mom-and-pop shops and L.A.-based brands, businesses, and people. But we’d be lying if we said we’re not familiar with the big box stores dotting the city. Heck, we even have some favorites. So in the Best of LA spirit, here is our first-ever un
official list of chain store picks. Grab a hat, a pair of shades, and a cart. We’re going shopping.