Near the end of the 710 freeway in El Sereno, customers looking to refurbish their apartments or upgrade their bedroom set head to Buena Vista Furniture. The storefront stands out as the only terra cotta-colored business on the block, amidst an industrial row of warehouses. Chairs line the front sidewalk to welcome customers inside the deep space, which is filled to the brim with mostly handmade home furniture pieces. Narrow pathways snake through the colorful assortment, while larger items like sofas and table sets are lined back against the edges. Smaller items – frames, ornamental metal stars, mirrors and even crosses – hang from the walls and ceilings, and most flat surfaces contain other bits, baubles and trinkets for sale.
Clover is an eclectic boutique in Los Angeles’ hip Silver Lake neighborhood. While the boxy standalone building is a non-descript gray, the window display running the length of the store is filled with flashy home goods and garments. Clover tends to change up their display throughout the year with playful eye-catching art and seasonal clothing, all of which can be purchased inside the colorfully eclectic boutique space. Since opening in 2001, Clover has expanded to include women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and a variety of home goods, jewelry, books, toys and candles. Because of the ample collection, Clover can sometimes be overwhelming to dig through, but amiable staff (likely the owners themselves) makes spending some time inside a breeze.
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).
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.
Naya's Garden safely shelters energetic youngsters in its 3,000-square-foot building replete with indoor and outdoor play structures that promote social skills and strengthen physical development. After shielding feet in mandatory socks, tykes can navigate a maze, romp through a ball pit, scale a climbing wall, or play real-estate agent by accompanying newlywed squirrels on a tree-house tour. Hopping sessions in a bouncy castle help burn calories, snacks nourish famished frolickers, and frequently cleaned toys and friendly staffers ensure participant well-being. Thrice weekly half-hour sing-alongs commence at 11 a.m., imbuing whippersnappers with catchy folk tunes and world music chants each Tuesday and Thursday. Each Friday, tots learn Spanish versions of their favorite English melodies or German versions of their favorite birdcalls.