CD 5 Shop LA E-News Special Bulletin
How is it already December? With some uncharacteristically cool weather, the Holidays are upon us. With them, comes time with family and friends – the greatest gift of all.
Another custom for many during this season is the tradition of exchanging presents with loved ones. Many families are tightening their financial belts, and this time of year is no different. That is why this special holiday newsletter is not a call to spend, or to spend beyond one’s means, but rather an appeal – if you are going to shop, please do so in Los Angeles, and what’s more, I ask you to please spend your dollars this Holiday Season in Council District 5.
As you all know, the City of Los Angeles, like the rest of the country, is attempting to climb out of a slowed economy while at the same time working to address the realities of more restricted resources. All the while, our city is committed to providing uninterrupted, quality city services to all Angelenos. Whether you enjoy LA’s parks and libraries, want to see street resurfacing completed more quickly, or count on the strength of our police and fire personnel, these services are fueled in large part by sales tax citywide. Sales tax constitutes the fifth largest source of general fund revenue for the city, and is projected to bring in over $290 million for this fiscal year. For every ten dollars in sales tax generated within Los Angeles, the city receives a dollar that goes towards services. You can see how quickly local spending translates into real city services – when we have greater sales tax dollars collected at the end of the year, the city’s budget, and the accompanying services which we fund, benefit greatly. This in turn benefits each of us greatly.
Equally as important, when you shop locally, you help put money in the pockets of local residents, boosting our economic vitality, and sustaining local jobs. So please when you are out shopping or eating, do so locally.
As far as shopping goes, Council District 5 has some of the best, most interesting and unique options that our city has to offer. Below, please find a list that is by no means exhaustive, but gives you a sense of the local options, and includes some of my and my staff’s favorite spots. By supporting any local store, you are not only bolstering our business districts and keeping them vital, but you are supporting essential city services that benefit you, your family, and our neighborhoods.
I would be remiss not to mention the ongoing efforts to support shopping across Los Angeles all year long. The ShopLA campaign highlights wonderful gems citywide, and further explains the benefits to local shopping. Check out these resources at http://www.shoplacity.com/index.html.
So this holiday season, please foregoing shopping online, and instead patronize our local stores – both the recipients of your gifts and the City of Los Angeles will thank you! If you find yourself at a local spot with a lot of wonderful things for all of the folks on your holiday list, please tell your friends, and let my office know – we would love to hear about it!
Wishing you and yours a safe and joyous holiday season.
Spots to Check Out!
West 3rd Street – Beyond Cool
It is time for you to discover the great holiday 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 everyone on your list.
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 -- both are opening just in time for the holidays! For the best stocking stuffers, 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).
Come any day you please, or check out West 3rd’s annual holiday soiree on December 9, 2010 from 6-9pm. Stores will be hosting DJ’s, doling out festive refreshments and cocktails and offering special holiday discounts. 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 all of the folks on your list. Beginning at the 17200 block of Ventura Blvd. within the heart of Encino, Encino Commons is a unique collection of eateries, shops, and theaters.
With a diverse mix of shopping, dining, and entertainment options, this is a part of the Valley with a lot of fun places to check out! If you are looking to dress your little one up for the holidays, or give the gift of fashion to the kids in your life, you have to stop by Encino Kid's Boutique (17157 Ventura Blvd). If someone on our list 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 the holidays are behind us. Already thinking about burning off the Christmas calories? Consider a gift for yourself or others from Big 5 Sporting Goods (17019 Ventura Blvd).
Checking off your shopping list needs 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, catch 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 on your list 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 are waiting to be wrapped up 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), 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 for the loved one on your list, 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 shopping needs this holiday season, you can map out your game plan by visiting www.melroseave.info, or throw caution to the wind and show up on Saturday, December 4th for the “LESS MALL / MORE MELROSE” extravaganza.
The Village at Sherman Oaks – Too pretty not to stop by
The Village, located at the 14500 block of Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks, ranks as one of the Valley’s most recognized destinations for shopping, offering numerous small boutiques and plazas, outdoor shopping centers, and specialty shops and service providers. It‘s the perfect place to meet your Holiday shopping needs.
There is something here for everyone, even the hardest to buy for. Body Language Sportswear (14700 Ventura Blvd) offers workout gear (and exercise classes!) for the ladies on your list who want to get in shape and look good doing it. For the person in your life who can’t seem to get anywhere on time, try a gift from Watch Boutique (14547 Ventura Blvd); with the Valley’s largest selection of watches, you are sure to find something perfect. While you’re on that block, don’t forget to spread the holiday spirit to the pooch in your life by grabbing a few items from Three Dog Bakery (14545 Ventura Blvd).
If you start suffering shopping fatigue from all of the great options, grab a quick treat and a caffeine boost from a number of great options like Aromi Café (14531 Ventura Blvd), Cafe Unforgettable Cakes (14550 Ventura Blvd), Headlines Coffee House (14568 Ventura Blvd) or sample the savory fare at Clay Oven Indian Restaurant (14611 1/2 Ventura Boulevard). The eclectic collection of trendy shops in The Village offers a main street shopping experience with a relaxed setting, fun atmosphere, helpful service and an unsurpassed variety of merchandise.
For more information, and to check out all of the stores at the Village, go to http://www.villageatshermanoaks.com.
And one more thing -- just about a mile to the east of the Village at Sherman Oaks you will find a variety of great options at the shops on Ventura between Woodman and Ventura Canyon Avenue in Sherman Oaks. More than 20 local businesses will be hosting their 3rd Annual Holiday block party on Sunday, Dec. 5th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You won’t want to miss the live bands, food, games, “freebies” and fun for adults and children. What’s more, Vespa of Sherman Oaks (13629 Ventura Blvd) will be giving away a “Christmas Red” Vespa Motor Scooter as the grand prize in a raffle to benefit Dixie Canyon Avenue Elementary School. You can also drop off toys for the annual SOHA Holiday Toy Drive at any of the participating shops.
Businesses up and down the block will be offering deals and free products as their gifts to you. There will be free pictures of children and their parents with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a visit by the Children’s Nature Institute Discovery Van, arts & crafts, free Child ID Cards and fingerprinting, a tarot card reader and live music and more. Come and join the fun!!
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 this holiday season!
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 people on your gift list. 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. Have a sports fanatic on your list? 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 West Pico Blvd).
Westwood Village: Why should UCLA students have all the fun?
As the holidays approach, there is a lot of shopping to do. One of the best places to spread some holiday cheer or just enjoy a night on the town is Westwood Village!
Are clothes on your shopping list? You’ll find contemporary ladies’ fashion at Katwalk (1073 Broxton), previously loved gems at Buffalo Exchange (10914 Kinross Ave), or everything from cute stocking stuffers to full ensembles 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), Muriel Chastanet Fine Jewelry (1111 Glendon Ave) and Morgan and Co. Jewelers (1131 Glendon Ave) – anything from these fine stores would look great wrapped up under the tree.
While you are spreading holiday cheer 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
“CHILL” RETURNS!: This season’s coolest skate rink is back in Westwood
Sure, it doesn’t have to do with shopping, but we had to tell you anyway, and we thought it was “cool” enough to deserve its own section! This winter, for the 2nd year in a row, CD 5’s own W Hotel Los Angeles-Westwood (930 Hilgard Ave) will transform its world-renowned pool deck into a winter getaway complete with a hybrid ice skating rink called “CHILL”. From November 19, 2010 through January 2, 2011, guests can escape to “W’s winter playground” experience and retreat right in their own backyard. An environmentally sound alternative to an ice rink will be set amidst a backdrop of hundreds of twinkling lights, lavish winter décor, and snow fall every hour. All skaters will be entered into a weekly drawing to win a one-night stay at The Westin Monache Resort in Mammoth, California plus two lift tickets to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.
Maybe you can even do some shopping while you are in the area…
While the goal of CD 5’s first ever “holiday shopping edition” newsletter 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
Sherman Oaks Galleria