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Best of LA: 2015

Kaye’s Music Scene

19369 Victory Boulevard, Reseda, CA, 91335

818-881-5566

“The lighter the ukulele, the better the sound” is the sort of nugget you’ll hear from George Kaye of Kaye’s Music Scene

Website: http://kayesmusicscene.com

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Kitchen Mouse

5904 N. Figueroa St, Highland Park, CA, 90042

323-259-9555

The cheerful café offers toothsome, fluffy flapjacks that are deceptively similar to their glutenous counterparts

Website: http://www.kitchenmousela.com

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Lotta Stensson Boutique

8372 W. 3rd Street, Beverly Grove, CA, 90048

323-852-0520

The Lotta Stensson Boutique is filled with the bright resort- and beachwear the designer has become known for since moving to Los Angeles from New York 15 years ago

Website: http://www.lottanyc.com

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MadeWorn

7870 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA, 90046

Brad Pitt, Jude Law, and Diane Kea-ton are fans of the handmade clothing and shoes at MadeWorn, Blaine Halvorson’s appointment-only shop in West Hollywood

Website: http://www.madeworn.com

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Maker City LA

The Reef, Los Angeles, CA, 90007

(213) 634-0920

Sometimes you just need to put on pants and get out of the house

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Maui and Sons

1415 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA, 90291

310-392-6284

Your flip-flops have gone missing, the bikini needs replacing, you’re eyeing a new skateboard. Maui and Sons has it all

Website: http://mauiandsonsretail.com

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Metropolis Bikes

4660 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA, 91602

818-506-8144

It’s easy to find a store with pricey carbon-fiber mountain and road bikes. Rarer is the place that invests in commuter bikes

Website: http://www.metropolisbikes.com

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Mission Tiki Drive-In

10798 Ramona Avenue, Montclair, CA, 91763

(909) 628-0511

When the first drive-in opened in New Jersey in 1933, Americans loaded into autos to watch movies under the stars

Website: http://missiontiki.com

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Mission Workshop

3118 W. Sunset Boulevard, Silver Lake, CA, 90026

323-775-9371

For a carryall as active, versatile, and put together as you are, look no further than Mission Workshop in Silver Lake and its customizable Arkiv transport solution

Website: http://www.missionworkshop.com

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MooShoes

3116 W. Sunset Boulevard, Silver Lake, CA, 90026

323-741-8090

Our dusty terrain can present footwear challenges that are well met in the stylish but durable suede desert boot

Website: http://www.mooshoes.com

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Munchery

Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 90007

What distinguishes Munchery from the gazillion other mobile dining outfits is that it’s not just glorified takeout

Website: http://www.munchery.com

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Museum Store at the Fowler Museum

UCLA, 308 Charles E. Young Dr. North, Westwood, CA, 90024

310-206-7004

You may not be a globe-trotter, but your home can look as if you’ve crossed continents after one trip to the Museum Store at the Fowler Museum

Website: http://www.fowler.ucla.edu

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NKLA West L.A.

1845 Pontius Avenue, West L.A., CA, 90025

(424) 208-8840

Caring for cats and dogs at this well-maintained adoption facility offers ample emotional returns

Website: http://nkla.org

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Orleans & York Deli

4454 W. Slauson Ave., Windsor Hills, CA, 90301

323-291-8800

The Gumbo Mumbo sandwich at the Orleans & York Deli is as much an achievement in architecture as a marvel of taste

Website: http://www.orleans-andyorkdeli.com

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Paint: Lab

1453 14th St., Santa Monica, CA, 90404

310-450-9200

The three-hour “Brushes & Bites” class at Paint:Lab amps up the experience with wine, cheese, and veggie snacks as you channel your creativity onto canvas, all for a fee of $67

Website: https://www.paintlab.net

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Pocket Square Clothing

117 W. 9th Street, Downtown, CA, 90015

626-378-3108

With a stock of up to 100 styles, Pocket Square Clothing is king of the made-in-L.A. accessories scene

Website: http://www.pocketsquareclothing.com

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Redbird

114 E. 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA, 90012

213-788-1191

Neal Fraser’s fine-dining career is being resurrected at Vibiana

Website: http://redbird.la

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République

624 S La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

310-362-6115

Walter Manzke and his wife, Margarita, have turned the former Campanile site into a bustling brasserie with a skylight, long tables, and inspired neo-rustic cooking

Website: http://republiquela.com/contact/

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