Pinecrest truly is one of the best schools around. Of course, this is a private school so you can expect to pay quite a bit. However, it is well worth it. The quality of education is excellent. The teachers are well trained and very kind. When my child left Pinecrest for public school, he was a good 2 years ahead of the others at his grade level in public school.
If you are looking for a quality kindergarten, this is the one for you.
The Chateau Marmont is one of the classiest, hippest places in LA. It is the polar opposite of the Mondrian, with all of it's wannabe actor bellhops and their lame all-white rooms.
The staff at the Chateau is very gracious. The lounge with the piano is fantastic. There are almost always some interesting people there- lots of low-key celebs.
If you can- get a suite on one of the upper floors- great views of LA, and fantastic porches/ verandas. The restaurant downstairs is fantastic- sitting outside on a nice night is great and the food is very good.
This hotel is truly a five star hotel. It is gorgeous. The rooms are very spacious and clean. The staff is extraordinary and extremely helpful. You can even hire a personal butler here, which I think is a pretty cool (but very expensive) option. I would definitely recommend you stay at this hotel at least once, even though it is quite expensive. Of course this is also a great place to spot celebs.
This is my local Hallmark store. They carry all kinds of great gifts as well as huge selection of cards, of course. I really enjoy my shopping experiences here. The staff are some of the friendliest people in retail. Recently, I purchased a gift item here at the last minute. After I left the store, I realized that I needed something to put the gift in. I went back into the store and asked the counter people. They were nice enough to give me a beautiful gift box and paper and did not charge me a thing. Thats what I call great service.
I have used Garys Tux Shop a number of times over the years and have never once been let down. They have a very nice selection of tuxedos and suits for rent including many name brands. I have always found their service to be very good. I have never had any problems getting what I need for the time I need it. As far as pricing, I found them to be about average which is to say they are pretty well in line with other rental shops in town.
I shopped at C & C Pet for many years before moving to the other end of town. This was definitely one of my favorite pet supply stores. They were always so helpful and friendly. They carried all the major brands and they also carried their own brand of natural dog and cat food. My cats really loved this food and it was really reasonably priced. They always asked me if I needed help to my car and I really appreciated that.
Overall, a great place to shop.
I have been shopping at Crown on-and-off for years. It is a pretty small store but it is packed with products. I like Crown because I can always get in and out of there in a hurry. The staff has always been very helpful when I have asked for their advice or help locating a specific product. They are located in a large strip mall area so the parking is ample. Overall, I would recommend this store.
I tried this store/company after calling all around the area to try and locate a specific door lock. I told them exactly what I needed and all of the measurements over the phone. I was told that they had what I needed in stock. After driving all the way out to their location, I found that they did NOT in fact carry what I needed. In addition to this, they were extremely rude and unfriendly. They ended up trying to sell me a lockset that was clearly not the right size. I was also told that they refuse to take any returns at their store. I will never shop here again nor would I recommend that anyone else does.
Pet People is a nice alternative to the larger Petco and Petsmart. They are about half the size but they seem to carry just about everything that you really need. Every time that I shop here, the salespeople are always very friendly and helpful. I have also found that their return policy is very good. I had purchased a product for my dog that did not work out and they were kind enough to take it back without any fuss.
I recently had ocassion to use Sylmar locksmith and I found their service to be very good. I had a bit of a difficult time locating their shop which is behind some other retail stores. They carried a wide variety of stuff including of course locks and keys. They also had quite a selection of used locksets and doorknobs. The owner was very helpful and took his time to try and locate a lockset that would fit my need. Would use again.