Tastes in Halloween costumes change quickly, but the team at Halloween Club knows that some staples never go out of style. Taco costumes, for instance. Creepy masks, police uniforms, and pirate apparel aren't forgotten either, allowing patrons to finish their cosplay outfit, celebrate Halloween, or put together a really spectacular excuse for not going into work. To round out the store's selection, there's outlandish props, too, such as seven-foot-tall haunted tree automated to flail spookily on its own.
Handmade Galleries LA fills its 5,000 square feet with an ever-rotating supply of cards, home décor, clothing, and eclectic gifts from more than 100 artisans and craftspeople. The perfect stop on the way to a kid's birthday party or a playground inauguration speech, gift givers can choose from 15-inch-tall Cordy Roy animals ($24.95), available in such disparate species as horses, giraffes, and aardvarks.
With more than 25 years of experience, Box Brothers offers a panoply of packing supplies and accouterments along with brand-name and custom shipping services. Box Brothers stocks more than 100 different sizes of boxes, including standard 1.5-cubic-foot book- or record-carton boxes ($1.49 each, $1.29 each in a bundle of 25) and sweater-sheltering wardrobe boxes ($12.99, $11.99 each in a bundle of five). Box Brothers’ cardboard cowboys will help find the right receptacle for hand-woven wares, and they can also make or cut custom-size boxes for oddly shaped items such as spare harpoons and handcrafted kitchen sinks.
FrameStore's craftsmen have created more than 250,000 custom frames in the store’s 35-year tenure, designing pieces that now adorn the walls of prestigious institutions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Ritz-Carlton, and the Walt Disney Company. Professional designers guide FrameStore’s clients through the 2,200 moulding options that can accent paintings and treasured items while adding style and elegance to rooms. The store’s craftsmen then fashion pieces to patron specifications, outfitting frames with classic or museum-quality glass that blocks UV rays from bleaching out images or censoring pictures of the moon. Every piece goes through a 16-point inspection before it is given to patrons, and the team averages a seven-day turnaround on all of its projects.
The walls and ceiling beams of Freakbeat Records are plastered with hundreds of collectible records, echoing the shop's serious commitment to vinyl. Stacks of new and used records from nearly any musical genre take up half the store, with knowledgeable staffers on hand to help customers locate specific artists or songs that begin with the letter J. They also let customers listen to any used record that's already open, helping ensure everyone finds the perfect rock beat or country ballad. The CD selection chronicles newer releases. The staff puts focus on niche artists that larger chains tend to ignore, including small label reissues and foreign imports. One of the most popular sections is the 99-cent room, where patrons can browse through thousands of bargain LPs and CDs. The shop also sells movies, and they purchase their customers unwanted tunes.
Goodwill towards man goes hand in hand with a cold pint of good beer, a fact not lost on the organizers of Sin City Beer Fest—a regular celebration of fermented beverages that raises money for local charities. On-hand beers come courtesy of breweries from around the world, with regular contributors that include Yanjing Beer in China, Mortiz in Barcelona, and Lost Coast Brewery in Northern California. Guests enjoy floral hops and refreshing bubbles in swanky environs throughout the city, mingling in poolside cabanas, verdant courtyards, and the Denny's that Frank Sinatra classed up by accidentally haunting.