Best of LA: 2012
With all those arrows flying around in movies like The Hunger Games, The Avengers, and Brave, archery is enjoying a renaissance in the era of GPS.
For armchair artists who prefer to dream about making gifts rather than break out the glue gun, the itsy-bitsy Pygmy Hippo Shoppe has prefab presents that look like you spent weeks laboring over them.
Neighborhood: Beverly Grove
The rules at Red Rock Canyon State Park require dogs to be kept on-leash, but this area has so few hikers, most people untether theirs.
Redolent of cedar, the wood-paneled RTH evokes a tiny cabin in an evergreen forest. It’s stocked with leather and Native American-motif barrettes, brooches, kilt pins, earrings, bracelets, belts, wallets, and handbags.
Neighborhood: West Hollywood
Italian shoe company Salvatore Ferragamo is strides ahead with the most styles… We think that’s mantastic.
Neighborhood: Beverly Hills
Santa Monica Seafood is an official partner of Seafood for the Future, the Aquarium of the Pacific’s sustainability program.
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
Life’s tough when you’re a kid who can’t have milk. The original Scoops gets it, dishing out a funky array of ice cream flavors that are lactose free and delightful like Oreo, salty chocolate, Cracker Jack, and more.
Neighborhood: East Hollywood
The Craft and Folk Art Museum’s gift store, aka the Shop@CAFAM, is otherworldly.
Hear ye, homebound script slingers, bloggers, and freelance writers. Sometimes the best ideas happen when you’re wearing pants.
Neighborhood: Silver Lake
The kitchen where Steve Samson and Zach Pollack are busy tending the fires would be the focal point if there wasn’t so much happening on the plate.
Honestly, the abundance of powders, leaves, seeds, and other seasonings at Silver Lake’s Spice Station has us reeling.
Neighborhood: Silver Lake
Whether through gibberish poetry or fake infomercials, kids at Studio LOL learn to speak up and skip the “ums”.
Neighborhood: Studio City
The playful cereal at Sunny Spot, Roy Choi’s Caribbean-leaning Venice enterprise, has little in common with the Birkenstock-wearing health crunch of old.
Well-prepared vegetarian choices abound in Little India, but at Surati Farsan Mart, the newly expanded Gujarati chaat house, the small plates rival those at any tony temple of modern cuisine.
Entertaining your children shouldn’t be grueling; Swain’s sells hundreds of kits that will keep the brood occupied.
From organic shampoos and conditioners to environmentally friendly beds, kitty litters, and flea control meds, Tailwaggers has an impressive selection of eco-conscious products.