Blind 9 Golf equips duffers with clubs from elite makers including TaylorMade, Mizuno, and Adams, along with course-ready duds that owe their sporty collars to the stitch masters at Adidas, Puma, and other top brands. Along with a wide selection of putters, wedges, irons, and drivers, the golf emporium sells useful golf accessories, streamlining golf trips with travel bags and informing golfers of their exact distance from flagsticks and territorial forecaddies with GPS units and rangefinders. Clients can also sign up for a loft/lie fitting session with Blind 9’s recently acquired club-fitting equipment, which measures players' current sticks and swing path to determine optimal loft and lie.
For Urban Outdoor Skills staff Pascal Baudar and Mia Wasilevich, living sustainably is more than just talk. Baudar has been sourcing his own food since his childhood in Belgium, and Wasilevich—a self-taught chef—lives off her own urban garden. Together they run Urban Outdoor Skills, teaching their students self-reliance through classes where they pickle and can their own foods or make organic soaps from wild aromatic plants. Underlying every session is a bounty of expertise in foraging from the surrounding mountain wilderness: nettles and yucca become piquant sauces, seeds become breads and crackers, and flowers become wood-sprite birthday cakes.
Alternative Outfitters Vegan Boutique is dedicated to providing vegan-friendly clothing and accessory options that don't compromise on style, and specializes in anti-cruelty, free-range footwear such as stylish gladiator sandals (on sale for $17.50) and flats (on sale for $25.95), as well as vegan foot-armor from name brands like Steve Madden, Simple, and Chinese Laundry. A wide selection of hacky-sackable men's shoes is always in stock. Alternative Outfitters guarantees that no shoe it sells has been quality-tested by seeing how far it can punt an adorable baby penguin (the current industry standard).
The walls at Soccerplus's storefront form a colorful mosaic of top-flight soccer shoes, equipment, apparel, and jerseys representing a globe-tracing variety of elite international and club squads. The store encompasses all of the top brands in pitch-shredding finery, including Nike, Adidas, Kappa, Puma, and Atletica. And hardcore fans will delight in Soccerplus's attention to detail?their jersey selection includes a terrific variety of specific players, with their names and numbers on their kits, so purchasers don't have to do aftermarket modifications with a quill pen. This same inventory is on full display at their online warehouse, where clients can sort celebrated uniforms by either country or club.
Earning all types of praise, including an endorsement from Los Angeles magazine as an exceptional boutique gym, Toluca Lake Tennis Club and Sports Center aims to live up to its reputation. Its private outdoor courts, surrounded by foothills and coniferous trees, play host to amateur and professional baize-ball endeavors. Tournaments include the Grey Goose Singles Challenge, where players compete for tickets to the U.S. Open, and more whimsical pursuits such as the Wimbledon Woodie Tournament, where players of all levels slap wooden rackets against oncoming woodpeckers.
Back in the fitness center, patrons cycle through a bevy of amenities. Swimmers battle the elements in a 60-foot indoor lap pool during aqua boot-camp classes and open swim, or they singe lounge-about calories with the cardio room's clutch of treadmills, Precor ellipticals, and stationary bikes. Wrangling the power of peer encouragement, trainers lead groups through fitness classes that range from Zumba to outdoor boot camp.
From the wall art depicting a Venice Beach taqueria to the back parking lot, fashioned with deck furniture and transformed into a patio, Rider Shack Surf and Skate Shop brings that laid-back, beachside vibe to a busy stretch of Washington Boulevard in Los Angeles. While the namesake skateboards and surfboards take up racks of space, the shop also carries a wide selection of sunglasses, a wall full of TOMS slip-on shoes and clothes from surfer-friendly brands like Hurley, Billabong and Rip Curl. Rider Shack Surf and Skate Shop also repairs and rents out surfboards to the surrounding neighborhood, and offers free in-store fitness and yoga classes on select dates.