Big things come in small packages, and no store is more representative of that adage than Pet Project, a fun, colorful and compact seller of everything the urbane dog or cat could ever want or need. Situated in the heart of downtown's core, this place is jam-packed with premium quality brands of pet food, along with an array of pet treats, leashes, harnesses, collars, toys, bowls and more. The woman behind the counter is engaged and friendly, obviously a pet fanatic herself, and the neatly organized store is refreshingly easy to navigate compared with Petco or PetSmart, which can be overwhelming. With downtown's urban dwellers being an especially pet-friendly bunch, Pet Project is the perfect neighborhood proprietor to keep the hounds and kitties happy. —Adam Gropman
548 S. Spring St., Ste. 107, dwntwn., 90013. (213) 688-7752, petprojectla.com.