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Best Drive to Buy Great Used Books

Once a locals-only secret hidden in the basement of an oak-shaded city library in Agoura Hills, the Book Cellar has become a go-to used bookstore set in gorgeous countryside at the end of a perfect morning drive. Snap up trade literary novels, hardback biographies, cool old how-tos and niche cookbooks,......
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Best Close-Up Magic Class: Mark Wilson and Nani Darnell's Magic III

The magazine Magic calls Mark Wilson one of the 10 most influential American magicians of modern times, in the same crowd as Houdini. And The New York Times says he’s “probably this nation’s leading authority on magic.” Yet for the price of a couple of decent tickets to a ball......
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Best Fine Art on the Cheap: Peter Vanstone Inc.

There’s a funny little stretch of Sunset that climbs the hill just east of Silver Lake Boulevard to a place where the war between immigrant shopping strip and Echo Park hipster hangout has not, and might never be, settled. And it’s here, along a dusty curb and behind an alluring......
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Best Stuff De France: Charme D'Antan

Thinking of adding a rock-hewn reflecting pond or moss-covered John Wayne-meets-Zen horse trough to your Hollywood bungalow side yard? Trying to soften the harsh, right-angle feel of your suddenly way-too-modern 1960s retro loft? Jacques Marque, the most affable Frenchman west of Anisette, can show you how. Not that it will......
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Best Men's Hat Store That Isn't Really: Helping Hand Thrift Store

Fairfax Avenue’s tiny Ethiopian District gets a lot of press for its cafés and the very fact of its continuing survival just south of Mid-Wilshire’s ever-expanding luxury housing, museums and eateries. Easy to miss in this tattered shopping district is one quirky store — part junk shop, part treasure hunt......
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Best Invisible Magic Shop: Magic Apple

Capital of the illusion (i.e., film and TV) industry, home to the Magic Castle and more magicians than you can shake a wand at while wearing a tuxedo, Los Angeles is the best city in the world to buy the everyday staples of magic. So it makes sense that there......
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Best Literary Mine: Book Cellar

Tucked along the far backside of the Santa Monica Mountains, there, among the native oaks and tall ash trees, just off a freeway frontage road that looks more like a state scenic drive, is the greatest and hardest-to-find used bookstore in Los Angeles or Ventura counties. Book Cellar, hidden in......
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