Since 1910, Mikawaya has satiated sweet teeth with myriad mouthwatering Japanese pastries, including mochi, a rich dollop of ice cream swaddled in a sweet-rice dough cocoon. Tickle your taste buds with seven mochi ice cream flavors ($6 for five mochi balls), including tangy mango and soothing green tea, a zenful dessert experience akin to splitting a hot-fudge sundae with an enlightened butterfly. Indulge cocoa cravings with chewy chocolate mochi mouthfuls, nibble on scrumptious strawberry spheres, or bestow boxes upon friends or passersby, a perfect treat to win over the meter maid whose only weakness is rice dough.
Opened in 1978 by Geoffrey Patterson, Geoffrey’s Comics delights aspiring superheroes with an impressive array of graphic novels, newly released comic books, and rare vintage comics from the golden and silver ages. A life-size Superman bursts through the wall behind the cash register as guests peruse bold, colorful covers or meander underneath the suspended Spiderman as he quietly hums his theme song. Various graphic novelists visit the hallowed halls to sign original sketches, T-shirts, or comics or watch patiently as fans reenact recent story lines as interpretive dance. The passion Geoffrey holds for the graphic genre is reflected in his comic-book-themed cars and house, where every nook and cranny is covered with posters, figurines, bat signals, and colorful drawings, leading up to a jet-black Batman-themed pool.
Whether landing a new account at work, grabbing dinner at a tony restaurant, or just embarking on an aimless afternoon stroll, men are learning a fact that their grandfathers took for granted: life runs more smoothly in a well-cut suit. The racks at Warehouse Suit Sale brim with garments ready to transform out-of-whack wardrobes, stocking sleek threads from designers including Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Ted Baker, and Hugo Boss. Whether searching for a classic three-piece suit, a flattering slim-fit suit, or a timeless tuxedo, dudes can augment their new duds with accessories ranging from shoes and ties to cologne and cufflinks. The shop’s team of tailors also treats garments to in-house alterations, often on the same day, ensuring customers won’t have to wear last year’s Halloween costume to an important interview. Though men leave the shop looking like a million bucks, their receipts are far more modest—because of its vast inventory, Warehouse Suit Sale offers a low-price guarantee, vowing to beat a competitor’s lower price by 10%.
Since becoming established in 1990, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles' workforce has constructed or renovated more than 350 homes for low-income families throughout 112 cities and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. The organization relies largely on volunteer labor and donations of building materials, home decor, furniture, and appliances, which are used in building projects or sold at the ReStore. These sales not only help raise funds for building projects, but have also helped save more than five million pounds of reusable materials from ending up in local landfills.