DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles Downtown News Readers picked most of this year's Best of Downtown winners. Here are some of the results of their online voting. View winners in Best Drinking here; Best Eating here; Best Service Business here; and Best Entertainment here.
BEST FARMERS MARKET
Pershing Square Farmers Market
532 S. Olive St., rawinspiration.org, Wednesday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
The fruit, vegetable, flower and other vendors fill up the park in the heart of Downtown each Wednesday, and all manner of workers, residents and visitors show up to score fresh goods.
READER RECOMMENDED: FIGAT7th Farmers Market
735 S. Figueroa St., (213) 955-7150 or artsbrookfield.com/los_angeles
BEST BICYCLE SHOP
425 S. Broadway, (213) 533-8000 or dtlabikes.com
You can buy all kinds of bikes here (cruisers for pedaling around town or more serious stuff). There’s also an indoor track where you can test ride everything. Plus, they’ve got a solid repair department.
READER RECOMMENDED: Downtown LA Bicycles
1626 S. Hill St., (213) 745-6783 or downtownlabicycles.com
BEST PET SUPPLIES/BOUTIQUE
Pussy & Pooch
564 S. Main St., (213) 438-0900 or pussyandpooch.com
A very friendly staff and surprising product depth, from crazy pet accouterments you don’t need but are cute, to foodstuffs that aren’t cute but that you definitely need.
READER RECOMMENDED: Bark Avenue’s Pet Project
548 S. Spring St., (213) 688-7752 or petproject-losangeles.com
BEST STORE FOR THE HOME
(Sub) Urban Home
101 W. Fifth St., (213) 243-5881 or suburban-la.com
You can take home a hot lamp or vase or even a decorative skull. You can also invest in a special, custom-made piece of furniture that will last, well, only your whole life.
READER RECOMMENDED: I Squared
758 S. Spring St., (213) 817-1053 or isquaredhome.com
The Last Bookstore
453 S. Spring St., (213) 488-0599 or lastbookstorela.com.
This is not only an amazingly curated bookstore, but there’s a spirit here that recalls some earlier, smarter, sassier time Downtown. You can feel that Bukowski and Fante energy kicking around. Most tomes are $5 or less.
READER RECOMMENDED: Library Store
630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7550 or lfla.org/store
BEST TUX/GOWN STORE
Tokyo Bridal & Tux
319 E. Second St., (213) 617-3595
High-quality kimonos and yukata made from imported Japanese materials, as well as rental attire for weddings and other occasions.
READER RECOMMENDED: Hilda’s Bridal Shop & Formals
941 S. Broadway, (213) 623-5955
BEST MEN’S CLOTHING
750 W. Seventh St., (213) 628-9311 or macys.com
Though it’s not as large as other Macy’s, there’s a good mix of corporate and casual at the Downtown locale, and the salespeople can actually find things not on the floor when they check in the back.
READER RECOMMENDED: American Apparel
747 Warehouse St., (213) 488-0226 or americanapparel.net
BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING
750 W. Seventh St., (213) 628-9311 or macys.com
The sales racks are generous and the women’s shoe department is an unsung Downtown find.
READER RECOMMENDED: FIDM Scholarship Store
919 S. Grand Ave., (213) 624-1200 or fidm.edu
BEST CIGAR/SMOKE SHOP
Underground Smoke Shop
548 S. Spring St. #108, (213) 622-0224
If you can light it, it’s here — cigarettes, hookahs, cigars and incense. There’s an indoor lounge and outdoor seating from which the Spring Street people watching can commence.
READER RECOMMENDED: 2nd Street Cigars
124 W. Second St., (213) 452-4416 or 2ndstreetcigars.com
BEST UNIQUE STORE
FIDM Museum Shop
919 S. Grand Ave., (213) 623-5821 or thefidmmuseumstore.org
Find gifts for your mother-in-law at this spot on the campus of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. It will be in style. Trust us.
READER RECOMMENDED: MOCA Gift Shop
250 S. Grand Ave., (213) 626-6222 or moca.org
BEST AUTO DEALER, NEW CARS
Downtown LA Motors Mercedes-Benz
1801 S. Figueroa St., (213) 748-8951 or mbzla.com
In business since 1970, this dealership has sold more Benzes than any other in Southern California. Even in the tough economy there’s action in the lot, and the test drivers stream out.
READER RECOMMENDED: Toyota Central
1600 S. Figueroa St., (213) 748-8301 or toyotacentral.com
BEST AUTO DEALER, USED CARS
Felix Chevrolet and Cadillac
3330 S. Figueroa St., (213) 290-1925 or felixchevrolet.com
Nickolas Shammas bought Felix Chevrolet in 1955, and the dealership has been on the Figueroa Corridor since 1923. The sign comes from that decade’s “Felix the Cat” cartoon. The selection is more impressive than the sign.
READER RECOMMENDED: Downtown LA Motors Mercedes Benz
1801 S. Figueroa St., (888) 835-8640 or benzla.com
BEST JEWELRY MART
St. Vincent Jewelry Center
650 S. Hill St. #S2, (213) 629-2124 or svjc.com
The self-proclaimed largest jewelry complex in the world, SVJC houses nearly 500 jewelry manufacturers, designers and dealers. Be ready to walk, talk and bargain.
READER RECOMMENDED: California Jewelry Mart
607 S. Hill St., (213) 627-2831
© Los Angeles Downtown News 2012