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Best of LA: 2012

Pasadena Roving Archers

415 S. Arroyo Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91105

626-577-7252

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.

Website: http://www.rovingarchers.com

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Pygmy Hippo Shoppe

306 N. Stanley Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

323-501-6187

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.

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

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Red Rock Canyon State Park

23601 W. Red Rock Rd., Los Angeles, CA, 90290

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.

Website: http://lamountains.com/parks

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RTH

537 North La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90048

(310) 289-7911

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.

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Salvatore Ferragamo

357 North Rodeo Drive, Los Angeles, CA, 90210

(310) 273-9990

Italian shoe company Salvatore Ferragamo is strides ahead with the most styles… We think that’s mantastic.

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Santa Monica Seafood

1000 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90401

(310) 393-5244

Santa Monica Seafood is an official partner of Seafood for the Future, the Aquarium of the Pacific’s sustainability program.

Website: http://smseafood.com

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Scoops

712 North Heliotrope Drive, Los Angeles, CA, 90029

(323) 906-2649

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.

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Shop@CAFAM

5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

323-937-4230

The Craft and Folk Art Museum’s gift store, aka the Shop@CAFAM, is otherworldly.

Website: http://www.cafam.org/shop.html

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Silver Lake Branch Library

2411 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90039

213-228-7272

Hear ye, homebound script slingers, bloggers, and freelance writers. Sometimes the best ideas happen when you’re wearing pants.

Website: http://www.lapl.org

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Sotto

9575 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90035

310-277-0210

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.

Website: http://www.sottorestaurant.com/

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Spice Station

3819 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90026

(323) 660-2565

Honestly, the abundance of powders, leaves, seeds, and other seasonings at Silver Lake’s Spice Station has us reeling.

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Studio LOL

11634 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91604

818-660-3460

Whether through gibberish poetry or fake infomercials, kids at Studio LOL learn to speak up and skip the “ums”.

Website: http://www.studiolol.com

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Sunny Spot

822 Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90292

(310) 448-8884

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.

Website: http://sunnyspotvenice.com/

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Supply Sergeant

503 N. Victory Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91502

818-845-9433

A good military surplus store should be fun, practical, and a bit spooky all at once.

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Surati Farsan Mart

11814 186th Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90701

(562) 860-2310

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.

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Swain’s

37 North Glendale Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 91206

(818) 243-3129

Entertaining your children shouldn’t be grueling; Swain’s sells hundreds of kits that will keep the brood occupied.

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Tailwaggers

801 N Fairfax Ave # 109, Los Angeles, CA, 90046

(323) 658-2222

From organic shampoos and conditioners to environmentally friendly beds, kitty litters, and flea control meds, Tailwaggers has an impressive selection of eco-conscious products.

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