Cynthia Harvey has been designing fashion-forward ensembles since she was a kid. “At 9 years old I literally and figuratively looked up to my aunt, a professional model who made most of her clothes. She encouraged me to use the scraps of fabric to make my Barbie doll clothes and eventually my own clothes," says Harvey. Her interest in current trends led Cynthia to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in LA, where she studied and eventually ascended to the post of professor. Though she's spent her time doling out fashion tips to the likes of George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, and Janet Jackson, it was her time as an educator that inspired Cynthia to cofound The Sewing Studio. She aimed to counteract a decline in local arts programs, due largely to the great popsicle-stick and glitter fire of 1996. She explains, “I wanted to offer fashion sewing classes that are fun and affordable, with an emphasis on looks inspired by current fashion designers."
Her classes, which cater to the novice seamstress and advanced sewing student alike, achieve that aim. Led by Cynthia and other experienced teachers, the sessions range from introductory classes where pupils of all ages learn basics and stitch together totes or dresses to fashion design and sewing programs. Camps, workshops, and other learning sessions culminate in handcrafted apparel and accessories that students can take home and incorporate into regular wardrobe rotations.
La La Land Indoor Playground enchants future adults with an open floor filled with slides, tunnels, and toys and surrounded by a panoramic mural depicting a magical forest. During open-play hours, particularly feisty tots can get their wiggles out in the Excitement Zone, a netted enclosure where scampering legs can bounce on a small, cushy trampoline, and the space beneath a rainbow-patterned slide provides a concealed venue for under-the-table popsicle exchanges. Tiny conveyances and wobbling hobbyhorses pepper the playroom in the form of dogs, dinosaurs, and tricycles, as their Lilliputian riders emulate stoic cowboys or swashbuckling knights on their way to La La Land's medieval castle façade.
With ample seating, an open space with few blind spots, and WiFi spiraling throughout the room, La La Land offers supervising adults a chance at relaxation better than making the babysitter read Zen poetry aloud. The Indoor Playground also hosts kid-tailored classes and throws raucous birthday parties.
The key to Zazzle.com?s success isn?t a 3,000-strong stock of T-shirts, phone cases, and accessories?it?s the fact that customers can express themselves on products before they're printed and shipped, generally within 24 hours. The website?s user-friendly design interface allows customers to affix their favorite pictures to messenger bags, scrawl personalized messages on coffee mugs, or insert their favorite movie character into family portraits. Zazzle.com also showcases designs from creative customers around the globe and big names such as Disney, Marvel, and The Who. Each product is made to order and bears a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
When visiting the original Farmers Market next to the Grove, a stop at the iconic Bob’s Coffee & Doughnuts is a must, as it’s often considered the best doughnut shop in Los Angeles. The Tusquellas family has been churning out freshly-made doughnuts from family recipes since 1970, and has been the winner of numerous Best Doughnut awards throughout the years. Owner Bob Tusquellas still oversees the production of 30 different varieties, from cake doughnuts (buttermilk glazed, crumb, coconut devil’s food) to raised doughnuts (apple fritter, cinnamon roll, beignets, maple bar) and many more. A cup of java is the perfect complement to these sweet treats, and Bob’s offers more than ten drip brews daily, in addition to espresso drinks and ice blended mochas.
Opened in 2004 and named after the founder Ling Chan, La La Ling is a contemporary boutique children store that sells clothing, books and toys for children under the age of ten in Los Feliz. As a busy mother of three, Ling sold the boutique two years ago to the two managers of the store, Kara and Celine. It doesn’t have a GAP or big box store feel and the clothes are more on the line of what adults would wear or like to wear. The owners seek out hip clothing for children and keep a fresh perspective towards a unique style. Their clientele is mostly local, they they’ve also acquired a large number of customers from out-of-state. A ceiling with 3-D artwork and whimsical designs of animals and extra large pacifiers adds to the fun theme of the store.