BEST OF L.A: THE PRACTICAL STUFF

Not as sexy as a rooftop restaurant, but knowing where to find the best auto body paint shop or compost bin does come in handy. From @LAmag's vast BoLA archive. All items listed are editor tested and approved. Requests? Let us know.
  1. Best Auto Body Paint Shop
    When the Peterson car museum needed to restore a one of a kind, "Round Door" Rolls Royce, they called TC Restoration. Artists of the auto body world. Located in Palmdale.
  2. Oriental Rug Repair
    Antique Rug Co. Located along La Cienega Blvd in West Hollywood.
  3. Last Minute, Drop-In Kids Daycare
    Kidspark, $8 an hour, Northridge.
  4. Dog Beach
    Rosie's Dog Beach, near Belmont Pier in Long Beach
  5. Dog Park
    Sepulveda Basin Off-Leash Dog Park. Lots of parking, no dog walkers with giant vans full of pups.
  6. DIY Picture Frames
    U-Frame It Gallery in Van Nuys
  7. Lightbulbs
    Light Bulbs Unlimited. For when you need non-standard bulbs for the flea market find or vintage vanity mirror. On Ventura in Sherman Oaks.
  8. Children's Library
    Los Angeles Central Library. Second story rotunda.
  9. Pocket Park
    Woodbridge Park. Two mini playgrounds, a jogging trail, ample street parking. In Studio City just off the 101.
  10. Public Drinking Fountain
    Old Beacon Street Fountain. A fine, neoclassical bubbler from the early 1900s near Pepper Tree Park. San Pedro.
  11. Bike Repair
    Downtown L.A. Bicycles. Rusty chain replacements, total bike rebuilds. DTLA (with second location near the beach).
  12. Compost Bins
    Bureau of Sanitation. Save 80 bucks by ordering a compost bin from the City of Los Angeles. The sanitation dept also conducts free 30-min compost workshops every fourth Saturday of the month in Griffith Park.
  13. Outdoor Fireplaces & Fire Pits
    EcoSmart Fire. Conversation pieces made in LA and delivered to your door. Units use clean burning bioethanol. Baldwin Hills.
  14. Housewarming Gifts
    Surfas, the restaurant supply haven behind the Helms Bakery, sells mixers, punch bowls, beer steins, and kitchen gadgets. Culver City.
  15. Lap Pool
    TriFit. Open year-round with three-lane, 25 yard indoor pool. Rad Hallman, Ironman and head coach of USC's triathlon team teaches a swimming classes there. Colorado ave in Santa Monica.
  16. Newsstand
    Above the Fold carries the city's largest collection of niche publications. While you're there pick up a copy of Los Angeles magazine. Our Best of LA issue hits newsstands mid-July. Thank you.
  17. Beauty Supply Store
    Larchmont Beauty. An incredibly well curated selection of items for body, hair, face & home.
    Suggested by   @MirandaJones