Downer Avenue Wine & Spirits' beverage buffs line their shelves with a legion of libations, helping customers cull the best selections for meals, gifts, and gatherings. Explore the vast selection of nearly 1,000 different wines ($4.99–$199.99)—with more than 200 bottles less than $10—in a trek more promising than an expedition for a mystical fount of gold merlot. The walk-in beer bunker boasts more than 200 frosty varieties of domestics, imports, and crafts, as well as a collection of microbrews from local hop houses, such as Sprecher and Lakefront ($4.99–$15.99/6). Sippers who enjoy their drinks on the rocks or in hollow stalactites can stock up on spirits from Downer Avenue's diverse batch of bottles, which includes Rehorst Premium Milwaukee Vodka and an assortment of single malt scotches ($22.99–$349.99).
Signature Service: Gluten-free cooking
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Brands Used: Molly's Gluten-Free Bakery, RP's Pasta
Pro Tip: Deliveries are on Tuesdays, and there [are] more savings with the subscription service.
Yo Factory seamlessly blends the best elements of both self-serve frozen yogurt eateries and neighborhood coffee shops. Made with live and active cultures, seasonal fro-yo flavors constantly rotate, running the gamut from low-fat cake batter to non-fat chocolate mint and watermelon sorbet. Customers can enhance their custom creations with 70 toppings, including crushed candies and fresh-cut fruit.
Baristas also whip up blended cool coffee concoctions, milkshakes, and frappes and, for for cold weather, hot chocolates and seasonal drinks. Fresh-fruit smoothies are made with four servings of fruit per serving, and can be enhanced with supplemental whey and soy protein shots. Whether hot or cold, each feast unfolds amid Yo Factory's gallery of local artwork and upbeat tunes humming from the jukebox.
The brand American Apparel, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary, conjures up images of stylish and well-fitting fashion basics. It also likely brings to mind sassy advertisements featuring long-haired beauties in natural makeup posing in skin-bearing bodysuits and loungewear.
But what many don't know about the brand?despite its name and the slice of apple pie that comes with every purchase?is that all of its clothes are made in America. Everything from sewing and cutting to accounting and marketing happens in one building in downtown Los Angeles, and the rest occurs within a 30-mile radius. Not only that, every slim-fitting pair of pants, spandex bodysuit, and v-neck T-shirt is made in a sweatshop-free environment.
Plus, keeping everything in house means the company eliminates unnecessary and wasteful factors, such as shipping fuel and packing materials, as well as provides jobs to Angelenos, instead of outsourcing them.
Crank Daddy's garnered a Top 100 Retailer ranking in 2009 from Bicycle Retailer and Industry News for its deep understanding of the bicycle anatomy. The store reserves 4,000 square feet of space to doctor bikes with the expert hands of a mechanic with years of cycle know-how. The Phat Daddy tune-up treatment gives a bike a thorough makeover that reaches from your brakes all the way into the bottom bracket, your bike's metaphorical and literal brain. For a full list of the services included, see the list to the right.