First time I checked out Black Lava website, I found myself wanting to hook up a couple of the shirt designs. cool website, good information, representing asian culture and fashion. grass roots organization. I'm glad i supported this business. Prices are cool, not bad. Lots of links on the site to many other entertainment.
CD Trader has been around for a while. They have a steady group of regulars, myself included. They offer used and new CD's and DVD's. DVD section is a limited. Jazz cd section is bountiful. Good picks if you're willing to search a little. For music hounds such as myself, that's no biggie. Only thing is that you can't preview cd's before you buy them. Rock section is huge, most of the store actually. Box sets and memorabillia also available. Blues, reggae sections are limited. I've traded some Merle Travis and Neil Diamond CD's I don't ever remember buying, and I was able to hook up some nice deals. You can also get a frequent buyer card. After 10 purchases, 11th is on the house ($7.99 or less).
Why I like this coffee shop? Because it stays open late--midnight, on Friday and Saturday (5-7 pm) they have an acoustic guitar player playing jazz standards. Great sound. I can't say much about the sandwiches, my friend liked his croissant ham/turkey sandwich. I know they also have Internet access, lots of folks emailing on laptops. Fair prices, parking available on street, and behind building. You can get a regular visitor card, after 11 purchases, 12th is on the house. They also have message board, flyers for theater, poetry, music events, community listings. But for me it's the music and coffee.
Family owned restaurant, Tropical Carribbean is a small place, very comfortable setting. Owner's 2 children took our orders with a smile and professional attitude. Great dishes, wonderful fruit smoothies. Tropical feel. Owner came out twice to check how we were doing, gave us a fried yucca dish to try free of charge. It tasted wonderful. Food portions are huge, reasonable price. I felt respected and well taken care of. If you dig Carribbean food, and you like that family feeling, then this is the spot for you.
I went to Sue and Sam's about a year ago on the recommendation from my sister. I purchased an engagement ring for my fiance, and just recently we picked out our wedding bands. As good a selection as you'll find in the Los Angeles Jewelry District, the difference is that they are trustworthy, willing to work with you. I'm big on being able to trust the people I'm buying diamonds from. All their diamonds are certified, and they provide you with verification. Other family members have gone to them and had very similar experiences. I strongly recommend. Engraving available. Parking situation? Well, you're in Los Angeles. You'll have to walk a little, there's parking down on 6th and Hill--$5 .
Yeah I thought IL Tramezzino looked cool from the outside, but I soon realized that what was really cool was the coffee. It wasn't served hot. My waiter had a hard time understanding I wanted a double shot of espresso in my mocha, and brought me an additional espresso separately--also luke warm. Tira misu was good, thank goodness. Hollywood type clientele, outside patio, too many patrons on cellular phones. I won't be back any time soon.
Boba World offers an overwhelming variety of boba drinks. It's easy to get confused as to what you're really gettin sometimes. However, it usually tastes pretty good. Good prices, plastic seals on each drink to avoid spillage, boba is firm, tasty. I hate when I get soggy boba! You can get frequent visitor pass and after 8 purchased drinks, you qualify for one free one. Cool spot.
Urban Retreat is a great place to go for your next massage treatment. We found this place by accident. We were driving down Ventura and saw their sign. The staff there was very friendly and helpful. I found the massage therapist to be very skilled and open to meeting my needs. The prices here are very manageable and affordable. There are a number of local spots that completely overcharge. I feel like the prices here are reasonable and you get quality service. The atmosphere is relaxing and the location is convenient. I recommend Urban Retreat for your next massage appointment and enjoy the relaxation!
The Santa Monica Pier is a classic place to go on a warm weekend night and/or when you have out of town guests visiting. The sunsets here are beautiful and it's a pretty safe place near the beach. They have a number of rides here catered to younger children and the usual carnival food and games. You can make your way out to the end of the pier and see a spectacular view of the ocean. You can often see filming of an upcoming Hollywood movie and you'll see the local kids often hanging out here. The prices are a bit expensive for the rides, but the atmosphere is authentic. It's nice to see the area restored and preserved for future generations. The pier is a symbol of Santa Monica history that should be preserved for future generations.
See's Candy lives up to it's name as the best place to buy your chocolates in town. They offer free samples every time you go in there to buy your next box of chocolates. They also offer caramels, peppermint candies, and other various cream filled delicacies. You can buy them individually or purchase them in boxes. They usually have boxes gift wrapped for the holiday season and they offer holiday type candies as well. The staff here are always friendly and patient with meeting your needs. We have been loyal customers of See's Candys for years and have never had complaints. They get really busy on the weekends, so if you're making a big purchase I suggest shopping during the weekdays.
PROS: Amazing Chocolates!
CONS: The Reseda store has a bad parking lot and it's pretty challenging to get back out onto Tampa at the hard angle the lot is in.