In the past few years, Atwater Village's stretch of Glendale Boulevard has become so hip that Mayor Eric Garcetti considers it a model for “Great Streets” around the city. Perhaps more importantly, the six-block strip east of the L.A. River boasts both a natural foods store and an accordion school. Try to top that, Abbot Kinney. Among the neighborhood's more established enterprises is the Little Knittery. A pleasant storefront lined with cubbie holes filled with skeins of yarn, it gives off a friendly vibe. The shop offers a selection of curated yarns, some made from hand-dyed wool, and knitting classes, which are held in a relaxed atmosphere. Beginners learn to make scarves before moving up to blankets, hats and sweaters. —Gene Maddaus
3195 Glendale Blvd., Atwater Village, 90039. (323) 663-3838, thelittleknittery.com.