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Before and After the Holidays, Spots to Check Out!
West 3rd Street– Beyond Cool
It is time for you to discover the great year-round shopping that can be found on West 3rd Street (between La Cienega and Fairfax) where the shopping and dining experience is unlike any in Los Angeles. The friendly owners of the specialty stores on West 3rd will help you find the perfect gifts for that special occasion.
Sandwiched between the Beverly Center and The Grove, each store and restaurant offers an exciting and unique vision. Some of LA’s best gift stores can be found on West 3rd including OK (8303 W. 3rd St), New Stone Age (8407 W. 3rd St), Plastica (8405 W. 3rd St), and BedHead Pajamas (8336 W. 3rd St). For stylish women’s clothing and accessories there are over 20 fashion boutiques including Polkadots and Moonbeams (8381 W. 3rd St), Hillary Rush (8222 W. 3rd St), Milk (8209 W. 3rd St), Noodle Stories (8323 W. 3rd St) and Lotta Stensson (8372 W. 3rd St). High quality and stylish men’s clothing can be found at Douglas Fir (8311 W. 3rd St) and Duncan Quinn (8234 W. 3rd St), and Traveler’s Bookcase (8375 W. 3rd St) has literature for globetrotters and homebodies alike. Don’t forget to check out the Michael Hittleman Gallery (8403 W. 3rd St) with its gorgeous paintings, prints and sculptures and Flight 001 (8235 W. 3rd St), the store for all of your travel needs. Also, be sure to check out Le Labo (8385 W. 3rd St) and Milena’s (8302 W. 3rd St), which both sell incredible luxury soaps and candles.
For a snack, have the famous banana pudding at Magnolia Bakery (8389 W. 3rd St), stay for lunch and try the food lauded citywide at Joan’s on Third (8350 W. 3rd St), Quality Food & Beverage (8030 W. 3rd St), Little Next Door (8164 W. 3rd St), or immerse yourself in French gastronomy at Ortolan (8338 W. 3rd St).
For more information and a complete list of stores and eateries, go to www.westthirdstreet.com.
Encino Commons - The Valley's Miracle Mile!
With over 300 businesses to visit between White Oak and Balboa Boulevards, Encino Commons has shopping options for everyone. Beginning at the 17200 block of Ventura Blvd. within the heart of Encino, Encino Commons is a unique collection of eateries, shops, and theaters.
This is a unique part of the Valley with a lot of fun places to check out, with a diverse mix of shopping, dining, and entertainment options! If you are looking to dress your little one up, or give the gift of fashion to the kids in your life, you have to stop by Encino Kid's Boutique (17157 Ventura Blvd). For the person who seems to have everything, why not think about a gift certificate to the Healing Oasis Spa (17200 Ventura Blvd., #205) or Knuckles Personal Training (17200 Ventura Blvd., #101); the benefit will last long after your visit is complete. And when you want to burn off those calories, consider something for yourself or others from Big 5 Sporting Goods (17019 Ventura Blvd).
Walking and shopping can get an Angeleno hungry, but not to worry – Encino Commons has a number of delicious options. The homegrown LA Chain, Menchies Frozen Yogurt (17245 Ventura Blvd), offers delicious treats. If you need more than a snack, check out the newly opened Nagila Pizza (Kosher) (17644 Ventura Blvd) or drop in for some tantalizing Cuban food at Versailles (17410 Ventura Blvd.). When you’ve finished up your shopping adventure, catch out a movie at the Laemmle's Town Center 5 (17200 Ventura Blvd).
The local property owners have chosen to express their pride in the area by creating a fresh new atmosphere to establish Encino Commons as a premier retail and entertainment destination, and they have succeeded. The list of great stores is long, so start planning your visit now! For a complete list of stores and restaurants, check out http://www.encinocommons.com/
Fairfax Village: Historical and Contemporary on the same block
Old meets new in this exciting ecosystem of diversity. The Fairfax Village shopping district is sure to excite your imagination by offering a little something for everyone.
While parts of the neighborhood, like our favorite Newsstand on Fairfax and Oakwood, have been on this street forever, you’ll also find an exciting variety of trendy new shops. For anyone who is into skateboarding, gifts abound at shops like The Hundreds (7909 Rosewood Ave), RVCA (501 N. Fairfax Ave) and Supreme (439 N. Fairfax Ave). More great gifts can be found at the vintage clothing boutique Catwalk (459 N. Fairfax Ave), The Melrose Trading Post, an antiques and collectibles flea market held every Sunday in the parking lot of Fairfax High School (7850 Melrose Ave), the National Council of Jewish Women Thrift Shop (455 N. Fairfax Ave) where treasures abound and all of the proceeds go to good causes, and Solomon’s (447 N. Fairfax Ave), the one-stop shop for all your Jewish “chachkes,” including Kosherland board games!
After shopping, stay for a bite! Restaurants like The Golden State (426 N. Fairfax Ave) and Animal (435 N. Fairfax Ave), owned by television’s “The Food Dudes,” provide incredibly creative pleasures for the palate. If you’d rather hit up the tried and true, stop by Canter’s Restaurant (419 N. Fairfax Ave), which has been dishing up corned beef on rye for over 60 years! The glatt kosher Schwartz Bakery (433 N. Fairfax Ave) is also a herald to Fairfax’s Jewish roots, as is Shula & Ester’s (519 N. Fairfax Ave) restaurant with its traditional Israeli fare.
Melrose Avenue – The Original Alternative
Melrose Avenue is an internationally renowned shopping, dining, and entertainment destination, located just a heartbeat away from the core of Hollywood. Pioneered as a cutting edge business district in the early 1980s by adventurous, independent retailers and restaurateurs, Melrose Avenue captured the global imagination as the birthplace of Southern California’s New Wave and Punk cultures. As one of the city’s most pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods, the stretch between Fairfax and La Brea is a must-see destination, still acting as an incubator for Southern California’s alternative culture.
The Melrose Avenue of this generation is made up of vintage clothing stores, local and international designers, accessory makers, collectible shops, hair salons, tattoo studios, a custom motorcycle builder, and great local restaurants and cafes.
For the ultimate Melrose makeover, pick up a pair of kicks (aka: shoes) from Sportie LA (7753 Melrose Ave/7454 Melrose Ave), some shades (aka: sunglasses) from L.A. Eyeworks (7407 Melrose Ave), and vintage or new threads (aka: clothing) from SLOW (7474 Melrose Ave). While you are there, treat yourself to any number of delicious options: either a frozen yogurt from Booya’s (7474 Melrose Ave), a famed breakfast from Czech Bistro, Blu Jam Café (7371 Melrose Ave), a burger from 8 oz. Burger Bar (7661 Melrose Ave) or an Argentinian feast at Carlitos Gardel (7963 Melrose Ave) could totally hit the spot.
For all your year-round shopping needs, you can map out your game plan by visiting www.melroseave.info or throw caution to the wind and show up on any given day and tour the boulevard.
Pico-Robertson/South Robertson (SoRo): Great finds await!
Shop SoRo! Thousands of Angelenos call this pocket of town their favorite place to shop and eat – have you discovered it yet? From the diverse Judaica shops along Pico, to the small business district on Robertson, South Robertson is one of THE places to shop in LA!
One of the great hotspots for kosher dining, the Pico corridor also has great gift options at great prices! Stop by The Mitzvah Store (9400 W. Pico Blvd) to update your Menorah collection, get the most beautiful Chanukah candles, or choose from a wide array of books, toys, and games for all of the special people in your life. For the music lover in your life, check out the selection at Midnight Records (2867 S. Robertson Blvd), and give the gift that was given before the MP3 craze. Need to buy something for a sports fanatic? Go to All Star Cards (912 S. Robertson Blvd) where they specialize in autographed sports memorabilia and baseball cards.
If a morning of shopping leaves you hungry, stay for lunch! You’d be remiss to not try a house made sausage or wrap from Jeff's Gourmet Kosher Sausage Factory (8930 W. Pico Blvd), a bowl of matzah ball soup from Pico Kosher Deli (8826 W. Pico Blvd), the yummy fare at Tuk Tuk Thai (8875 W. Pico Blvd), or delectable Pesian cuisine at Kolah Farangi (9180 W. Pico Blvd). Don’t forget to grab a pretzel challah for the road from Got Kosher? Provisions (8914 W. Pico Blvd).
Westwood Village: Why should UCLA students have all the fun?
Take some time to walk around Westwood Village if your are looking to visit one of the city's premier shopping districts or just a fun place to enjoy a night on the town!
Everyone needs clothes, so why not buy in Westwood. You’ll find contemporary ladies’ fashion at Katwalk (1073 Broxton Ave), previously loved gems at Buffalo Exchange (10914 Kinross Ave), footware and other fashions at Crisalide (919 Westwood Blvd) and Monica’s Boutique (1009 Broxton Ave). It is hard to go wrong with the gift of jewelry, and Sarah Leonard (1055 Westwood Blvd) has you covered, as does Shane’s Jewelry (1008 Broxton Ave), Muriel Chastanet Fine Jewelry (1111 Glendon Ave) and Morgan and Co. Jewelers (1131 Glendon Ave) – anything from these fine stores would a great and unexpected treat as a gift.
While in Westwood Village, grab a friend and stay for the evening. Westwood has a mind-boggling variety of restaurants for every taste and budget. From Tommy Taco (970 Gayley Ave) to Mio Babbo’s Ristorante (1076 Gayley Ave), to Yamato (1099 Westwood Blvd), the choices are seemingly endless. Whichever you try, don’t forget to save room for dessert, Diddy Reise (926 Broxton Ave) and Stan's Corner Doughnut Shop (10948 Weyburn Ave) are ready to indulge your sweet tooth.
For even more information on all of Westwood Village’s businesses, please visit www.westwoodvillageonline.com
And for those of you who just like the Southern California ultimate shopping experience, maybe you can even do some shopping at one of the area's many...
While the goal of this page is to highlight some of the fun and unique shopping experiences CD 5 neighborhoods have to offer, we cannot forget the place where you can roll your sleeves up and get all of your shopping needs done in one fell swoop – the mall. For the purposes of flexing your shopping dollars to support much needed city services, money spent at malls will do just fine. While Minneapolis may lay claim to “the Mall of America,” Council District Five has the “Malls of LA.” Ubiquitous with LA’s fashion forward attitude, these malls are where it all began, and we will let them speak for themselves.
Westfield Century City Mall