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VEDA
606 Westmount Dr., West Hollywood
Good Ayurveda spots are a rarity, and the newly opened Veda in West Hollywood tops the list. Their approach centers around the ancient healing modalities of Ayurveda and Panchakarma in space that evokes a modern and organic aesthetic. Appointments start with an in-depth consultation for Veda’s experienced practitioners to assess what treatment will best serve you. We loved experiencing Shirodhara—streams of warm oil pour onto the portion of the forehead known as the “third eye”, which is said to help stimulate an overall sense of calm. Conveniently there are post-treatment showers in the back, but, we like to keep the oil on for an added nourishing dose of calming aromatherapy.
The GREAT
8575 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
Designers Emily Current and Merritt Elliott are known for their denim line Current/Elliott. In 2015, they launched the GREAT., a vintage-inspired line of denim, embroidered sweatshirts, and super soft tees. The 1,800-square-foot space sits on a well-trafficked stretch of Melrose Avenue, and features plenty of thoughtful details: Fixtures are inspired by antique brass buttons and rivets on denim, Venetian Murano glass chandeliers hang overhead, and there’s a wall lined with hand-painted green Moroccan tile—a nod to the brand’s signature army jackets. Another visual coup is the wallcovering, done in collaboration with Portola paint, and meant to resemble timeworn denim. There’s the core line, for which they’re best known, but there are also lots of one-offs: a hand-selected assortment of vintage clothes and jewelry, plus little things that make great gifts, like perfume from Coqui Coqui, embroidered bandanas, and beautifully wrapped sage bundles.
Body by Nonna
8981 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
A one-time Olympic hopeful for the Ukranian gymnastics team, Nonna Gleyzer has an innate understand of how to stretch the human body to the limits of its potential. She’s also part of a long lineage of Kabbalistic Rabbis, so she understands some of the more nebulous stuff, too. While she can certainly work you out on a Cadillac (and does so with many of Hollywood’s leading ladies and men), you really go to Nonna for her capacity to immediately identify areas that are unbalanced and out-of-harmony, whether it’s postural or emotional (or both), and then set them right. She is a rare talent. While she has an unassuming studio in West Hollywood, she also occasionally does house calls.
Fred Segal Loves Browns Pop-Up (Closed)
8500 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
Through the end of October 2018, London-based retailer Browns Fashion gets a dose of West Coast sunshine popping up into the newly minted Fred Segal space on Sunset Boulevard. The eight-week-long pop-up is tied to Browns' Nomad project, a fresh traveling retail concept that began last fall in East London. Here, in a raw, light-filled space taking up a prime corner in Fred Segal, fixtures and furniture are constructed from recycled materials, while industrial-style shelving displays bags by BOYY and Danse Lente and shoes from the likes of Acne Studios and Jennifer Chamandi. Look for ready-to-wear exclusives from new-to-us labels such as Conner Ives, Ambush, Edward Crutchley, and Molly Goddard for both men and women. Photos: Erik Melvin
Heyday Los Angeles
7228 Beverly Blvd., Fairfax
New York transplants rejoiced when the first West Coast location of Heyday, a skincare spot that specializes in personalized facials, opened its doors on Beverly Boulevard, not too far from the Grove. For the uninitiated, here's how it works: You choose the duration of your treatment (thirty, fifty, or seventy-five minutes) and set your goals with your skin therapist. Every treatment comes with a deep cleanse, exfoliation, custom mask, and hydration, then ends with SPF protection (the fifty- and seventy-five-minute options also have extractions). Upgrades include peels, microdermabrasion, and light therapy, and if you need monthly treatments, there's a membership program. Upon checkout, there's a small apothecary stocked with goop favorites like Herbivore Botanicals and Ursa Major. After your treatment, your skin therapist will send you a recap email, which includes a 30-day skincare plan, plus product recommendations. Bonus: Appointments are available until 9 p.m., making an after-work facial doable—and they've got free parking out front, which is clutch in this part of town.
Moon Juice
8463-3 Melrose Pl., West Hollywood
Moon Juice is a New Age pharmacy—look no further than the fifty-pound jade crystal that’s affixed to the shop’s exterior on Alfred Street. There are tonics for every malady or desire (we love turmeric cup, with cayenne pepper, black pepper oil, and oil of oregano to help us through a cold). At the raw copper Alchemy Bar, one of the alchemists will happily help you customize the Vittoria coffee or gynostemma tea with a Moon Juice dust of your choice. The cabinet of cold-pressed goodness is almost too pretty to drink, but it’s delicious and effective. At the register, the snacks (dried chili and mango slices, activated maca mesquite walnuts) are absolutely addictive.
Y7 West Hollywood
8270 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
It’s hot and dark, and it can get crowded—but honestly, because of the candlelight-only policy, plus the booming soundtrack of Drake and Cardi B, you can neither hear or see other yogis. It sounds a bit corny, but we’re saying it anyway: It’s incredibly fun. Between the beats and the wildly encouraging teachers, an hour flies by. Prepare for a serious sweat—the infrared heating system gets the room between 80 and 90 degrees—and stretch. Mats and towels are available for rent at the desk, the lockers are the combination kind (so you don’t need a lock), and there are showers (as well as deodorant, face wipes, and hair ties to freshen up) on the premises. Y7 now has a location in Silver Lake, too, as well as the original outposts throughout New York.
Face Haus
8733 W 3rd St., West Hollywood, Los Angeles
The idea and execution here are brilliant: Face Haus is a facial bar with treatment chairs spaced evenly apart in one huge, airy room. The therapies are excellent and varied, ranging from peels and eye-area pampering add-ons to more intense sessions that include LED light and microdermabrasion. Renowned Beverly Hills–based dermatologist Harold Lancer is the consulting physician, so you can rest assured your face is in great hands. Bonus: You can rent out the whole place for private bridal and baby shower facial parties. (They have a newer location in Santa Monica on Montana, too.)
Skin Thesis
8969 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite J, West Hollywood
This high-tech salon combines medical and spa treatments together in one sleek spot, with lasers, LED light therapy, PRP, radiofrequency, microneedling, and more. If you’re not sure where to start, go in for a consultation and meet the team of doctors, nurse practitioners, and aestheticians, who can help you develop a step-by-step plan to reach your glow goals. There’s also specialized clinic focused on teenage acne, where they suggest everything from enzymes and probiotics to manage oil production and purify skin.  
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