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Best of LA: 2012

TC Restoration

37824 5th St. East, Ste. B, Los Angeles, CA, 93550

661-265-8089

Your ’63 Corvette Sting Ray just got intimate with an errant cart at Trader Joe’s. Show your baby some affection.

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Tenoversix

8425 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90069

(323) 330-9355

If you don’t have the time to figure out the “latest thing,” Ten Over Six does it for you. Seasonal trends in women’s and men’s wear and accessories are reduced to key pieces.

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The Gendarmerie

9069 Nemo St., Los Angeles, CA, 90069

310-858-9009

You know you’re in a dude-safe spa when the owner is also the creator of a best-selling men’s cologne and LL Cool J is that scent’s ambassador.

Website: http://www.thegendarmerie.com

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The Grand Ole Echo

1822 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90026

213-413-8200

Los Angeles may not be known for its country music, but the Grand Ole Echo serves a tasty slice of the Nashville sound.

Website: http://www.thegrandoleecho.com

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The Local Peasant

14058 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91432

818-501-0234

The waitresses at The Local Peasant, a two-year-old Sherman Oaks gastropub, are so sweet and patient with the younger guests, it seems as if a degree in child psychology is a prerequisite for employment.

Website: http://www.thelocalpeasant.com

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The Paper Bag Princess

8818 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90211

(310) 385-9036

Consignors don’t sell their goods in hopes of making a fortune, and shoppers don’t go to The Paper Bag Princess to be charmed by the owner or sales staff. They go for the mother lode of couture gowns in a range of styles and for accessories that will turn them into the belle of the ball.

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The Reverend Martini Presents

900 W. Riverside Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 91506

818-845-2425

Girls with flowers in their hair and cherry tattoos on their calves twirl with gents in zoot suits, a live band wails, and vintage teen delinquent films screen around the room.

Website: http://www.vivacantina.com

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The Stronghold

1625 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90291

(310) 399-7221

Trying on jeans isn’t a trying experience at The Stronghold. Here’s why.

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U-Frame-It Gallery

13630 Sherman Way, Los Angeles, CA, 91405

818-781-4500

Simple prepackaged wood frames are a dime a dozen, but at U-Frame-It Gallery there’s a huge stock of ready-to-hang merchandise in a giant warehouse space.

Website: http://www.uframeitgallery.com/

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Umami Burger

Multiple Addresses, Los Angeles, CA, 90027

323-669-3922

If you’re after beeflike satisfaction without the mock-meat taste, your answer—as with most things burger related—is Umami Burger.

Website: http://www.umami.com

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UnUrban CoffeeHouse

3301 Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90404

(310) 315-0056

Before the $7 slow-pour, single-origin trend turned drinking caffeine into an exercise of high snobbery, there existed a different kind of coffeehouse. It was a communal place where you picked up flyers for open-mic nights. The dream of the ’90s is alive in Santa Monica at UnUrban CoffeeHouse.

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Veronica M.

Various locations, Los Angeles, CA, 91105

626-844-7390

You want trendy but not trashy, youthful but not teenybopper. Veronica Monroy-Ferrer, the founder of the L.A.-based boutique chain Veronica M., understands the difference.

Website: http://www.veronicamclothing.com

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Victory Variety Hour

4923 Lankershim Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91601

818-763-6581

Our city is home to some of the biggest and boldest burlesque shows in the world. Though Devil’s Playground is known for its Star Wars- and comic book-themed acts, the bawdiness of the babes and the subversive brilliance of the skits set the Victory Variety Hour apart.

Website: http://www.VictoryVarietyHour.com

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Vintage Venice Tours

1601 Main St., Los Angeles, CA, 90291

424-999-8687

Locals may scoff at out-of-towners as they ride Segways along the beach, but we could all stand to learn more about our city.

Website: http://www.vintagevenicetours.com

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Wi Spa

2700 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90057

(213) 487-2700

For night owls, insomniacs, and aspiring vampires, the Wi Spa, a 48,000-square-foot pleasure palace with hot tubs and icy pools, is an after-hours retreat.

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Wizard of Bras

1530 South Myrtle Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 91016

(626) 358-6216

Despite our culture’s mammary obsession, some cups should not runneth over. When it comes to lifting, separating, and glorifying the bosom, the ladies at the Wizard of Bras are magicians.

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Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air

701 Stone Canyon Rd., Los Angeles, CA, 90077

A simple basket of sliced carbs won’t do at Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air, where pastry chef Sherry Yard is behind this elaborate quartet that rises above the rest.

Website: https://hotelbelair.com

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