Allen and Richard Wattenberg took over the reins at Ross Cutlery in 1964. By that time, the shop was already 34 years old and predominantly dealt with knife-sharpening services. While the brothers and their staff have continued the shop's legacy of fixing up dull knife blades and haircutting tools, they've steadily populated their shelves with professional-grade haircutting tools, sporting knives, collectible swords, and kitchen-cutlery sets from Henckels, Trident, and Forschner. Their 2,300-square-foot shop rests on the ground floor of the Bradbury Building, which is an architectural landmark and the proud father of a rambunctious little parking garage.
Yedi Houseware hawks household products that blend utility with an elegant, contemporary sheen. Ferry hot liquid into mugs with the paisley-heart teapots ($29.99), or reenact the sensation of sipping tea out of Sherlock Holmes's safari hat with houndstooth travel mugs ($14.99). Among the simple glassware, Yedi stocks a duo of double-walled cups ($39.99) or translucent teapots ($39.99). Or console the cooler half of a hung jury by pouring rich coffee into each of the six cups in the set of aubergine cups and saucers ($39.99).
With locations in Downtown Los Angeles and Downey and an online emporium, Your Furniture Now's experienced staff outfits homes with bed stands, chairs, dining-room sets, tables, and other essential pieces. Throughout the virtual and brick-and-mortar showrooms, the stock shines with glass-topped coffee tables, leather recliners, and team members who can provide in-person or online consultation. They can also assist clients as they figure out how to best position a sofa in the living room or during a food fight.
After customers select their items, such as a durable innerspring Serta mattress or a marble-accented bar set, the company delivers the products as soon as the following day. They even assemble pieces for free, saving homeowners the hassle of having to find something other than a toolbox to weigh down important documents.
Other items include dining tables, slumber-aiding bedroom items, as well as wall art and wall sculptures to distract guests from the person-shaped hole in the wall. The Sofa Company also specializes in build-your-own sofas, for which you can choose from any size, fabric, or configuration and put together the couch that floats around the sky in your dreams (around $600+).
LA Furniture Store curates a diverse selection of modern furniture designs for every room in the home. The shop's inventory includes chic furniture collections by makers such as Armani Xavira, a brand known for its lacquered designs and crocodile patterns, and Dima Salotti, an Italian manufacturer that produces top-grain leather sofas. Shoppers can also find paintings, sculptures, vases, and other home decor. Purchases can be shipped both locally and nationally.
LA Popular's friendly staff welcomes browsers while its upbeat owner is on hand to answer questions about adopting new furniture and assimilating it into decorated homes. Sleep enthusiasts can stack supreme- or deluxe-model twin mattresses ($69.99–$99.99) on cream or dark wood bunk beds ($299.99) to maximize sleeping space for Andy Griffith Show–themed pajama parties, while aspiring Astaires get sturdy Portsmouth five-piece dining-room sets to practice tap dancing on 42-inch-diameter dark wooden tabletops ($399.99).