At the family-owned A Star Furniture, furnishing experts stock a 10,000-square-foot warehouse with thousands of brand-new, modern items to complete bedroom, dining room, living room, and office décor. Crafted from quality fabrics and materials such as rubber wood and Malaysian oak, each item is carefully inspected upon arrival for structural integrity and concealed remote-control battery covers. In the showroom, sofa sleepers ($499+), room dividers ($69+), and futons ($199+) lounge on top of artful area rugs ($159+) bursting with modern and classic patterns.
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.