Orchids and other indoor, household plants are the stars of this small, nondescript warehouse on Overland Avenue. The family-operated Pac 8 Orchids provides arrangements ranging from smaller, single stem plants to massive three-pronged centerpieces, each prepared on premises and by hand. Along with the titular flowers, Pac 8 carries all the necessary accoutrements, such as wood chips, topsoil and handmade planters and pots for both large and small settings. Flowers at every point of their life cycle are found here, from seedlings to full bloom, sporting the sort of natural hues that can brighten up any room of a house or apartment – and rival the prices found at the downtown Flower District.
Teleflora has a network of more than 15,000 florists across North America that assemble tasteful bouquets and then promptly ship them to your chosen recipient. Once you order, a florist local to your order’s destination city will arrange the bouquet by hand, which ensures that each arrangement will receive a personal touch and arrive quickly. Flowers are cage-free and never prepackaged, and each bouquet comes with a custom vase.
Century City Flower Mart is a family-owned and operated flower shop, offering floral arrangements, gift baskets and custom packages for any variety of upcoming events. Arrangements start around $35 and go upward to $300, though most are in the $50 - $150 range. And with a large inventory of fresh flowers, including tropical plants and European flowers, both contemporary and traditional arrangements can be made for special occasions, weddings and funerals. The colorful flower mart carries dozens of different types of flowers, from roses and tulips to hydrangeas on down, and arrangements can be customized with a choice of add-ons, including Mylar balloons, stuffed animals, greeting cards and chocolate. With a leafy, low-slung exterior giving way to friendly staff, Century City Flower Mart is a great local stop for one-off flower needs.
CUSP, a sister boutique of Neiman Marcus, lines its shelves with apparel and accessories that set wardrobes afire with the flames of fashion. Labels range from trendy (J Brand) to ultra chic (DVF). Protect your hands from atmospheric wear with a pair of ivory knit mittens with a faux fur lining ($44), slick up kickers with zebra-print fleece welly socks ($40), or stand out in a Amanda Uprichard red silk dress ($194). Torsos, which threaten secession whenever they're not dressed in classy duds, can be appeased with a Phillip Lim 3.1 tank ($95), a black burnout linen piece with a racerback and the words "cool," "easy," and "nice" on the front.
Westwood Flower Garden's botanical artists work in the medium of orchids, lilies, and other floral materials, creating stylish bouquets for all manner of occasion. Sunny colors burst from Teleflora's Clear Day bouquet stocked with yellow asiatic lilies and chrysanthemums ($45+) more vibrant than glow sticks wearing neon fingerless gloves. The Simplicity of Anthuriums celebrates the eponymous flower with three scarlet anthuriums twined together amid sparse green shoots pouring out of a minimalist bud vase ($45+). Celebrate an anniversary or apologize for botched tattoo proposals reading "will you murray me?" with the Expression of Love's six red roses floating above a glass cylinder vase streaming with pops of green eucalyptus ($50+).
The team at Dr. Friedman Optometrists & Associates strives to make the world a lot less fuzzy for patients. With an onsite optical lab and more than 10,000 contact lenses in stock, the staff can send most visitors home with a new pair of eyeglasses or contacts on the same day as their exam. The office's collection of more than 5,000 designer frames runs the gamut of styles, suiting each person's unique personality. Besides correcting vision problems, the team can also diagnose and treat medical issues, such as eye infections or damage caused by counting every pixel on an HDTV. Dr. Friedman's team also speaks Spanish.