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Best of LA: 2015

E & L A1 Upholstery

1215½ Cypress Avenue, Cypress Park, CA, 90065

323-227-7763

In a humble storefront in Cypress Park, E & L A1 Upholstery is a local fixture that’s been operating for almost three decades

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East Meets West Antiques

160 N. La Brea Avenue, Hancock Park, CA, 90036

323-931-0500

Nearly all of the blankets at his shop, East Meets West Antiques, were made before 1950 and range in price from about $400 to $20,000

Website: http://www.emwantiques.com/

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Eightytwo

707 E. 4th Place, Downtown, CA, 90013

(213)-626-8200

At this downtown Arts District barcade, patrons are greeted by two things: a pair of tapsters and a satisfying din of whirs, blips, dings, and beeps emanating from more than 40 restored games

Website: http://eightytwo.la

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Faith & Flower

705 W 9th St., Los Angeles, CA, 90015

213-239-0642

Edgy but not alienating, ambitious but not brash: It’s a tough line to walk but necessary for a 165-seat restaurant near the Staples Center

Website: http://www.faithandflowerla.com/

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Filth Mart

1038 N Fairfax Ave, West Hollywood, CA, 90046

323-848-8613

Maybe you really were in the audience for the 1968 tour that made Led Zeppelin famous. More likely your vintage T-shirt celebrating the show is a knockoff

Website: http://filthmart.net

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Gallery 825

825 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Grove, CA, 90069

310-652-8272

Become a regular at the exhibitions and you’re sure to be the most art-savvy person in the room

Website: http://www.laaa.org

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General Store

1801 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90291

310-751-6393

Indigo Jewelry from Cave Collective, handmade leather moccasins by Beatrice Valenzuela, tie-dyed scarves, blankets, children’s clothing from Lookout & Wonderland: These are but a few of the standouts at this tribal-chic outpost

Website: http://www.shopgeneralstore.com

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Great Mind Robotics

18801 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 110, Tarzana, CA, 91356

818-292-8008

If you want your child to assemble the next WALL-E, Great Mind Robotics is the place to be

Website: http://www.buildcoolrobots.com

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Guisados

2100 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90033

(323) 264-7201

In partnership with Armando De La Torre, Ricardo Diaz is building a Mexican American restaurant empire in East L.A. At Guisados his one-of-a-kind tacos are made with braised meats and homestyle stews

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Hai Di Lao Hot Pot

Westfield Santa Anita, Arcadia, CA, 91007

626-445-7232

At peak times the wait to gain entry into Hai Di Lao Hot Pot—Arcadia’s wildly popular Chinese hot pot import—can take up to three hours

Website: http://www.haidilao.us

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Heyoka Hideout

137 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90290

Daisy Mae Duke would have hit this tiny cottage for Levi’s cutoffs and lace-trimmed Coors tank tops if she shopped Topanga

Website: http://www.heyokaleather.com

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Hollywood Aerial Arts

3838 W. 102nd St, Inglewood, CA, 90303

310-412-7171

Anyone who has dreamed of running away with the circus will fall—sometimes literally—for this high-flying discipline performed on fabric suspended from the ceiling

Website: http://www.hollywoodaerialarts.com/

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Hot Cactus

1505½ Echo Park Avenue, Echo Park, CA, 90026

213-947-3009

The pint-size Hot Cactus in Echo Park encompasses just 350 square feet, but it’s crammed with about 150 sculptural specimens of water-thrifty plants

Website: http://www.hotcactus.la

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Huset

1316½ Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, CA, 90291

424-268-4213

The name means “house,” but Huset showcases contemporary Danish, Swedish, and Finnish objects that are just as appropriate for the office as for the home

Website: http://www.huset-shop.com

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In-N-Out Burger

9149 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90045

800-786-1000

Spilling out of their small cardboard boat, the off-menu Animal Fries at In-N-Out burger are anchored by thin, fresh-cut fries that are drowned in a delicious mess of pickle-laced sauce, diced grilled onions, and melted American cheese

Website: http://www.in-n-out.com

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Irene Neuwirth

8458 Melrose Place, Beverly Grove, CA, 90069

323-285-2000

Unlike many fine-jewelry boutiques, there’s nothing stuffy or intimidating about Irene Neuwirth on Melrose Place

Website: http://www.ireneneuwirth.com

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Jim Gavin

137 S Larchmont Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90004

Middle Men, Gavin’s 2013 debut, reads like the real-life Short Cuts—only with bottomless empathy instead of bottomless Julianne Moore

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Karmen Aghazarian, Thairapy Salon

815 Fairview Ave, South Pasadena, CA, 91030

(626) 441-2062

When A-listers need a head-turning do, they land in Karmen Aghazarian’s chair for keratin-bonded tresses or one-night-only clip-ins

Website: http://www.ineedthairapy.com/

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