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.
- •Best Auto Body Paint ShopWhen 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.
- •Oriental Rug RepairAntique Rug Co. Located along La Cienega Blvd in West Hollywood.
- •Last Minute, Drop-In Kids DaycareKidspark, $8 an hour, Northridge.
- •Dog BeachRosie's Dog Beach, near Belmont Pier in Long Beach
- •Dog ParkSepulveda Basin Off-Leash Dog Park. Lots of parking, no dog walkers with giant vans full of pups.
- •DIY Picture FramesU-Frame It Gallery in Van Nuys
- •LightbulbsLight Bulbs Unlimited. For when you need non-standard bulbs for the flea market find or vintage vanity mirror. On Ventura in Sherman Oaks.
- •Children's LibraryLos Angeles Central Library. Second story rotunda.
- •Pocket ParkWoodbridge Park. Two mini playgrounds, a jogging trail, ample street parking. In Studio City just off the 101.
- •Public Drinking FountainOld Beacon Street Fountain. A fine, neoclassical bubbler from the early 1900s near Pepper Tree Park. San Pedro.
- •Bike RepairDowntown L.A. Bicycles. Rusty chain replacements, total bike rebuilds. DTLA (with second location near the beach).
- •Compost BinsBureau 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.
- •Outdoor Fireplaces & Fire PitsEcoSmart Fire. Conversation pieces made in LA and delivered to your door. Units use clean burning bioethanol. Baldwin Hills.
- •Housewarming GiftsSurfas, the restaurant supply haven behind the Helms Bakery, sells mixers, punch bowls, beer steins, and kitchen gadgets. Culver City.
- •Lap PoolTriFit. 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.
- •NewsstandAbove 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.
- •Beauty Supply StoreLarchmont Beauty. An incredibly well curated selection of items for body, hair, face & home.Suggested by @MirandaJones