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alexandra’s table

 

alexandra’s table, the quaint café and shop adjacent to the San Gabriel Mission, offers a small but telling glance into the grand scheme of Alexandra Poer’s passion for food and everything to which it’s inextricably linked.

The menu at alexandra’s table shifts along with the seasons. The food, like the place itself, is contemporary Californian with French and Moroccan influences. Carefully curated shelves are stocked with specialty jams, sauces, glasses, and gifts, some locally sourced and some imported. The feeling you [...]

Found Coffee LA

Found

I’ve read a lot of reviews where the writer describes a place or a thing as being more-than-just: “This is more than just a restaurant,” or, “Their gelato is more than just a frozen Italian treat with a lower butterfat content than American ice cream.” Of course they mean this metaphorically, to make a point about how great their subject is. But Found, Annie Choi’s new coffee shop in Eagle Rock, actually is more than just a coffee shop.

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Made Goods

It was only six years ago that Clarkliving friend Chris DeWitt developed a line of mirrors. After leaving his post as president of Free People, the luxe bohemian brand that counts Urban Outfitters and Anthropolgie among its sister companies, DeWitt teamed up with furniture designer Oscar Yague. They began by making mirrors that were used in Anthropologie’s infamously well-curated stores, but it wasn’t long before their new company began to grow—and it hasn’t stopped since.

Made Goods, the original furniture line [...]

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Face Haus

 

Quick, efficient, equal opportunity skin care has begun its reign. Face Haus, the fast casual salon that began in Studio City in 2013, brought a logical concept to an industry in need of refreshing. With its tagline Facials for the People, Face Haus stands to serve the underserved in skin care.

Just the phrase, “getting a facial,” calls to mind a certain demographic: grown women with time and money to spare. But skin knows no gender, age, or class- we’re all covered in it, and most of us have an issue or two with ours. Face Haus took a simple, yet untapped approach [...]

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Furthur

Do you have big box furniture store dread? Would you be less aggravated with putting your furniture together if the instructions included, you know, words? Do you think to yourself, “If I could just afford it, I wouldn’t have to decorate with the same temporary particle board furniture everyone else seems to have…”? I’m here to let you in on a notso-secret I wish I’d known about sooner.  You can afford it, and you don’t have to go hunting for it either. The answer, my friends, is Furthur.

Furthur, the glorious furniture [...]

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Splendid

Splendid began with one simple goal: to create the ultimate t-shirt. Over the past thirteen years, that humble aspiration has grown into one of the country’s most successful contemporary lifestyle brands. You can find Splendid’s collection in department and specialty stores as well in their own retail stores- of which there now 29 around the country.

Splendid’s latest retail location opened on Colorado Blvd in Old Town Pasadena this past summer. The store itself reflects the brand’s clean, simple, yet detail-oriented aesthetic. With exposed brick [...]

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Purgatory at the Junction

In 2007, Clarkliving friend and client Tad Yenawine opened Purgatory Pizza in Boyle Heights. The name is a nod to the sort of in-between area where the restaurant stands: not quite urban, not quite suburban, not much in the way of foot traffic, and yet the place has managed to thrive. Yenawine chalks the restaurant’s success up to it being a well-oiled machine. It’s a self-sufficient and efficient system that cranks out consistently good, New York style pizza with vegan [...]

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THE NEW SOUTH PARK

South Park, the Downtown LA neighborhood adjacent to the Staples Center and LA Live, is one of the most rapidly changing areas of Los Angeles. While downtown’s Historic Core, north of South Park, has grown increasingly pedestrian friendly in recent years, South Park lagged a little behind—until now. For an area that used to be largely home to vast parking lots and structures, South Park is making a conscious effort to continue and expand the downtown revitalization. One of the least subtle efforts to change the [...]

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The Banks

Chris Chough, a ClarkLiving friend and client, grew up skateboarding in LA. Over the years he’s seen skateboarding evolve, splinter, fracture, and resurface with an urgency reminiscent of its earliest days. As a father, he introduced his kids to skateboarding, and now he’s bringing thatpassion to The Banks, a skate shop he opened on Sunset Blvd in Silverlake earlier this month.

Chris Chough and Steve Clark inside The Banks.

Chough has lived in and around Silverlake for the better part of a decade. He chose [...]

Moving Tips

Moving: 10 Tips You Won’t Forget

Moving can be a serious pain in the bum. There are far too many little things that need to be packed, there are too many heavy boxes that your aching back doesn’t want to help carry anymore, and there’s still the whole unpacking process after that. No matter how many times you move, it always seems as if there has to be a more efficient, less painful way to go about the whole thing. Here are some tips that’ll hopefully make your [...]