Need a kimono? How about Japanese-themed home furnishings? If you have some money to spend, this shop on Santa Monica Boulevard should be a stop on your list. Lacquered boxes, chests, furniture, cards, and just about anything else Japanese you could want is available here. There are a lot of things here that aren't going to be anywhere else, but the prices rise accordingly.
Yes, a neighborhood hardware store does seem somewhat out of place sitting along the main thoroughfare of Santa Monica Boulevard. However, this is the sort of store I like to patronize when I'm not forced to use a big-box home-improvement place like Home Depot. The clerks know where everything in their store is, and they take the time to give detailed recommendations. The store is packed full of difficult-to-find items, and the prices are reasonable.
This little restaurant on Venice Boulevard has amazing food--I especially recommend the churrasco lamb chops--and unlike most Brazilian places, it's vegetarian-friendly. I've taken several friends there, and I don't think any of us have had a bad meal. There is a small enclosed outdoor patio with candles and mismatched chairs, and the atmosphere is crowded but still conversational. Nice place to take a date or friends who enjoy good food.
If available, also try the passion fruit mousse.
I like wax museums because they're completely absurd. When you think about it, it's inexplicable that 21st-century adults like me will actually pay money to see mannequins in various poses. At the Hollywood Wax Museum, some of these poses worked, but many of them were failures both as likenesses and as aesthetic objects. The 12.95 admission price was scarier than most of the Chamber of Horrors.
One doesn't usually expect a great independent bookstore to be sitting right on the Venice Boardwalk, but that's exactly what Small World is. There's a wide selection of books, ranging from the trashy to the academic (I got my copy of the Edward Said's compiled essays there), and the store itself is breezy and relaxing. I could (and did) spend a couple of hours there.
I haven't looked into this place for tattooing, but I was happy with their piercing setup, which included autoclaving the materials in front of me (even though all I had done was an earlobe). The piercer was friendly and knowledgable, with aftercare instructions that made sense. If you must get a body piercing on the Venice Boardwalk, this is as good of a place as any, and better than most. Prices are very reasonable.
I wonder what it is about the Pacific Ocean that makes sketchy tattoo artists congregate around it. Tattoo Asylum is at least all the way indoors, and their artists know somewhat more of what they're doing than in other Venice Beach shops. Their art is not to my taste, but it isn't universally horrible either. The artists themselves are friendly, but I wouldn't count on them for original design work. Sterilization standards are followed.
When my car was broken into and my driver's side mirror was vandalized, I took my car in to CAS. With only a same-day appointment, I took the car in at 3 p.m. and had it back at 5 with new window glass and a working electric drivers's side mirror, all for about two hundred dollars. I've been back to them for minor auto-body repairs, and they've always been quite professional and prompt.
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Angel's Appliances has kept my building's ancient washing machines in good working order for two years. I have seen these machines break, flood, and even (in one strange case) sort of explode, but these people come and the washer works again. That's enough for me to trust and recommend them, because those washers and dryers have to be older than I am.
Just when you've begun to despair that all martial arts instructors are in it for the money, you come upon a place like the West LA Karate School. Their instructors don't receive any compensation--they're just doing it to show other people the art that they've enjoyed. Also, fees are well below any other martial arts studio in the area. They only teach Shotokan Karate (unarmed), but the instructors care deeply about what they're doing.