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This lively gallery off the 3rd Street Promenade showcases fragile masterpieces of more than 175 glass artists from North America.
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
Cal Blend Soils has long been the go-to source for landscape designers making over posh estates, but it’s happy to offer mounds of fertile earth for the casual DIY-er.
Van Nuys’s 57-year-old Country General Store makes us wish we had a hoedown on our calendar, or better yet, a cowboy or cowgirl on our arm.
Neighborhood: Van Nuys
The well-dressed male must now confront the trickiest accessory in the non-fairer-sex wardrobe: the man bar.
Forlorn, neglected rides can rejoice. The technicians at this bike repair shop will get those pedals turning once more.
This sleek space is the Chicago coffee purveyor’s first café to offer meals with its high-grade caffeine.
Neighborhood: Multiple Locations
Behind the frosted glass of her tiny and immaculate Jewelry Appraisal services near Pasadena City Hall, the eagle-eyed expert, Gina D’Onofrio assesses the value and provenance of forgotten and neglected gemstones and timepieces.
Guys and gals will revel in the exhaustive mix of cotton and synthetic, new and vintage styles.
If you prefer a homier place to test and buy mid-range to high-end makeup, you can’t do better than Larchmont Beauty Center.
The full-face service—which includes a thorough skin cleansing, airbrushed Temptu foundation, and the artful placement of Smashbox and Tarte products on lids, lips, and cheeks—starts at $35.
The hefty square footage houses roll upon roll of retro cotton prints, silk crepe de chines, and fabrics from designers like Rebecca Taylor, Anna Sui, and Donna Karan.
This menswear brand has you literally covered, offering suits in inseam lengths ranging from two to eight inches, along with more daring briefs.
Neighborhood: West Hollywood
The converted bungalow sells plant containers (glazed ceramic, cast stone, steel, fiber-reinforced concrete), fountains (ornate or streamlined), fire pits, rugs, pillows, wind chimes, birdhouses, and anything else your garden needs in styles that range from bohemian to midcentury.
Neighborhood: Los Feliz
This North Hollywood operation, which has been renting and selling vintage lamps to the entertainment industry since 1991, stocks a multitude of styles, from reproduction art deco sconces to Sputnik-style chandeliers.
Neighborhood: North Hollywood