The Fretted Frog Acoustic Guitar Store, in Echo Park, is a one-stop shop for acoustic instruments. Guitars, ukuleles, mandolins and banjos inhabit every inch of the shop, and the store services them all too. Fretted Frog is the black-framed window front store on the bottom of a beautiful brick building on Alvarado. Brick continues throughout the store’s interior as a fitting backdrop for their wall of guitars. The rest of the store is painted natural browns and ambers, and the floor is hardwood, which all perfectly complements the wooden instruments’ shapes and color tones. Tucked inside the store is a separate space for professional instrument repairs, while guitar lessons are also offered inside.
Gotham Dream Cars lets drivers grip the throttle of exotic speed machines such as the Ferrari F430, Lamborghini Gallardo, and Bentley Continental GT for personal rental or specialized thrill experiences. During the Dream Car Sprint, auto enthusiasts slip into a Ferrari or Lamborghini on a closed course and whip their more than 500-horsepower drive three times around the autocross track, learning how to tame their power with the aid of an instructor before coming out of the third lap on a straightaway to open the engine up to its full potential. Drivers conduct an orchestra of firing pistons and camshafts for three laps before crossing the finish line and parking to the pianissimo of the softly purring V8 engine. Gotham Dream Cars snaps pictures of the sprint, so drivers are sent home with hands they will never wash and a CD of images to parade before jealous coworkers and humbled shopping carts.
With two tan leather chairs and a small reading table as a window display, plus shiny wooden floors and a sophisticated décor, Secret Headquarters in Silver Lake isn’t your typical comic book store. Instead, expect rows of neatly organized shelves containing a wide selection of both independent and mainstream comics, as well as graphic novels and art books. They also sell original art, prints, sketchbooks and zines, and frequently host events such as collection releases that showcase local artists. There is also a buy-sell-trade element to Secret Headquarters, meaning the simple storefront will purchase comics, pulp magazines, art magazines and other desired collectibles from patrons, as well as accept direct submissions from comic book and zine publishers who want to be carried in the store.
Nestled in the heart of Los Feliz, Skylight Books is a welcome breath of fresh air from colossal mega-bookstore chains. On the contrary, it’s this bookshop’s smaller scale and kitschy décor that’s been attracting customers for seventeen years. The focal point of the shop is a real tree that towers from the center of the store, basking in the space’s endless supply of natural light. The famed tree grows toward an inclined, wooden-beamed ceiling reminiscent of an old barn house. A natural fit in this artsy neighborhood, Skylight features hand-painted wooden signs to identify each book section, and offers seating for browsers looking to thumb a few pages first. As for the books, the shop boasts small-press fiction, art titles, children’s books and graphic novels in addition to national bestsellers. The shop is also a frequent destination for many live author events, drawing local artists and families alike.
Every day, DAILYLOOK's professional stylists piece together fresh head-to-toe outfits and add them to an ever-growing collection of trendy ensembles. The Los Angeles?based business keeps its virtual racks stocked with fashionable but accessible threads, including dresses, shoes, and accessories from both the DAILYLOOK brand and other labels. As part of an endless pursuit of curated styles, a team of fashion fanatics scrupulously selects each item for its potential to inspire wardrobes more effectively than taking clippings from style magazines and stapling them into dresses.