A copy shop isn't exactly a destination. Kinkos evokes quotidian terror. And it makes sense given that each part that makes the copy shop whole (printer, scanner, computers) is typically gray, or shades thereof. Tucked in a mini-mall in North Hollywood, NoHo Copy has managed to transcend bland and do something impressive: Foster a community vibe. It's predominantly patronized by would-be and will-be actors and screenwriters who pack the joint with their upbeat, next-big-thing hope. Bryan Cranston was a customer. But true to the locals-first vibe, his headshot is wedged in the back, while Zombie Joe's, owner of the nearby eponymous alt-theater, is displayed up front and prominently. Led by owner Roland Voskanian, the staff frequently invites customers behind the counter to make sure projects are done just so. Headshots, scripts and theater posters are doled out by the dozen: glossy or matte, but always for a reasonable price. Customers' smiles keep prosaic blues at bay.
Credit: Lila Seidman