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Best Bookstore

The best pockets of Los Angeles feel like small towns, and the quaint Larchmont Village is one of those areas. The neighborhood's charm is anchored by Chevalier Books, a cozy independent bookstore that has been open since 1940. Avid readers return for the well-curated shelves, the helpful staff's handwritten recommendations......
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Best Boxing Classes

At first glance, Michael Olajide Jr. — with his silver metal eye patch, superhuman-strong wiry frame, tight red Spandex and sneakers with giant silver-and-black wings — looks more like a cyborg than a fitness coach. His new Aerospace La Brea studio, with sleek all-white walls and high ceilings, feels equally......
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Best Custom and Vintage Furniture

The thrill of the hunt for furniture is only, well, thrilling when you have time on your side. Enter Salvare Goods, the charming salvaged-goods shop swelling with one-of-a-kind finds from factories, churches, barns, schools and eclectic homes. Salvare's owners have done the hunting for you. The sweet, doe-eyed Selina Becker and......
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Best Place to Be a Dance Voyeur

The striking, 1950s-era Mimoda Studio's floor-to-ceiling windows frame long-necked ballerinas, freewheeling movers and shakers, and bendy improv dancers. Guests enter through the adjacent and ever-happening Paper or Plastik Café, where on the second-story mezzanine they can eye elegant twirls and spins as they brunch. The ballet classes are led by......
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Best Bookstore

The best pockets of Los Angeles feel like small towns, and the quaint Larchmont Village is one of those areas. The neighborhood's charm is anchored by Chevalier Books, a cozy independent bookstore that has been open since 1940. Avid readers return for the well-curated shelves, the helpful staff's handwritten recommendations......
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Best Meditation for Aspiring Moguls

Past the Hindu deities, past walls painted the color of the seven chakras and adorned with framed images of bearded gurus, is a heated room vibrating with positive energy as Solange plays softly in the background. This classroom is the epicenter of Russell Simmons' 8,000-square-foot yoga fortress, Tantris, where regulars......
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Best Affordable Massage

Massage devotees in Los Angeles are all too familiar with skyrocketing prices for a massage that may or may not lead to a discounted quasi-spa joint that smells like sweaty feet and too much Hugo Boss cologne while a CD skipping Mozart plays in the background in a mediocre session......
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Best Eyebrow Guru

The bruja of brows walks among us in Los Angeles. Her name is Helena Tamargo. The spellbinding Chilean-Californian beautician is perhaps best known for perfecting Selena Gomez’s eyebrows and working her face-framing magic — waxing the bushy or reviving the threadbare. She worked at the pink-and-white dollhouse Benefit Cosmetics in......
Hermosa Beach had huge voter lines on March 3 for its oil drilling measure. Lines proved a rarity in Los Angeles on Election Day.

Best Modern Botanica

Los Angeles' unofficial meeting ground for magic seekers (and makers) may be Silver Lake's House of Intuition. Here, steps above a bustling Sunset Boulevard, as you climb past a bonsai-laden garden, is a center for the metaphysical that serves as a modern-day botanica. Botanicas are spiritual shops transported from Latin......