After opening their first store in Anaheim in 1993, the grocery gurus behind Super King Markets noticed the globe-spanning diversity of their customer base. This keen insight led them to stock shelves with brands from across the world and around the corner, a policy which helped them win LA Weekly's Best Ethnic Deli Counter of 2009, Best Place to Buy Nutella of 2010, and Best Palace of Cheap Produce of 2011. Now expanded to five locations, the store still fills each outpost with fruits and vegetables, quality meats and private-label seafood, and an assortment of shells in the mixed-nut bar. Staff members behind the service deli weigh imported salamis, caviar, and cheeses for their upcoming high-school wrestling matches, and clerks in the liquor aisle dole out advice on each spirited beverages. Additionally, the Los Angeles, Altadena, and Claremont locations invite shoppers to linger longer with an expansive fresh bakery.
Along with its original Pasadena location—which has kept neighborhood liquor cabinets in high spirits for more than 60 years—Mission Wine and Spirits stocks a massive selection of wine, beer, and spirits at its three outlets. Imported vintages from countries such as New Zealand and France share shelf space with more than 15 types of domestic wine. Amateur sommeliers can also choose from a range of ports, dessert wines, and sparkling wines. In addition, the shops fuel good-natured gatherings with domestic and imported beers, spirits ranging from Irish whiskey to absinthe, and digestives that settle stomachs after hearty meals or eating lava on a dare. Mixers such as celery bitters and sweet-and-sour mix spruce up liquors with cocktail flavoring, while nonalcoholic spirits and wines delight the taste buds of abstaining guests.
Voted among the best L.A. running stores by Los Angeles magazine, Run With Us owes its reputation to its legendarily helpful staff of runners—including several coaches—and the panoply of well-fitting shoes and apparel it proffers to its windborne customers. The store’s longtime runners possess uncanny powers of bipedal prognostication, allowing them to match you with your solemates after nothing more than a free gait analysis and a polygraph test. Put your feet in their capable hands as the staff appraises arch structure and ankle flexibility, zeroing in on the shoe of your toes’ dreams.
Since 1937, Burkard Nurseries has beautified gardens throughout Southern California with a selection of chromatic flowers, robust shrubs, and the supplies to keep them healthy. Though the nursery originally specialized in hybrid flowers, it now defies specialty with a wide range of plants including citrus trees, exotic bulbs, and an extensive list of roses. Third-generation owner Frank Burkard, Jr. also offers professional landscaping for public spaces, private gardens, and deserts envious of the ocean floor’s mysterious reputation.
Continuing a 57-year legacy, the experienced mobile-electronics technicians at Al & Ed's Autosound equip car owners with safe driving solutions during two-hour hands-free Bluetooth installations. Armed with an extensive arsenal of adapters, the technicians integrate Parrot CK3000 Evolution Bluetooth units with existing audio systems, allowing calls to be heard through the vehicle's speakers. Any phone equipped with Bluetooth connectivity can sync with the handy hands-free device, regardless of manufacturer or carrier. Responding to voice commands from the driver, the unit conjures up contacts from its database of up to 150 names when called upon, much like a faithful robotic court wizard.