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.
Zazzle.com is an intensely popular provider of personalized presents, stamping T-shirts, coffee mugs, postage, greeting cards, and more with a singular seal of your own idiosyncratic identity. Quickly customize a basic men’s T-shirt ($12.95–$19.95) to commemorate your stellar parking-lot rugby season, or go for a cutely stylized greeting card ($2.95 and up, discounts available for mass quantities). Other popular items include self-designed mugs ($13.95–$22.10) and absurdly cute pet clothes ($18.95 and up). Since each item is created on the spot by Zazzle’s nondenominational gift-making elves, more complicated orders and items may take longer to produce and ship.
Iso Beauty ships tools of the hairstyling trade to heads across the continental U.S., providing everyone access to the innovative products by brands such as Ionix and Prolix that have lined celebrity gift bags at red-carpet events. Proliss straighteners arrive to doorsteps with vibrant animal prints and ceramic-plate technology to reduce hair's exposure to heat, and Twisters harness infrared technology to shine and curl locks without cooking the cuticle. In-depth video tutorials grant users a step-by-step glimpse into the inner workings of the products and provide fashionable styling tips so that customers don't go out onto the town confidently sporting last season's 'do or attempt to use freshly cooked turkey legs to curl their hair.
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.