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FaceGym L.A.
8490 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
Sessions here range from 30 to 75 minutes and are designed to “work out” the muscles in the face to release tension, support circulation, and ultimately have a beautifully sculpting, lifting effect. Each treatment starts with a warm up before going into cardio, sculpting, and cool-down therapies. Your trainer begins by gently using the knuckles to work in cleanser. With swift hand-flicking and pinching techniques the therapy gets under way, tapering off with deep finger sculpting for contouring: The trainer’s fingers dance over your face to help de-puff and stimulate lymphatic drainage. It’s different, fantastic, and feels both rejuvenating and soothing.
Anna Sheffield Los Angeles
8503 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
Anna Sheffield came to jewelry design by way of sculpture, and her Southwestern roots and interest in indigenous crafts shine as brightly as the gemstones she works with. Her eye for unique color combinations—a rose gold band with grey diamonds, for example—and passion for unique stones (faceted quartz, black opal, every imaginable shade of diamond) result in wholly original, modern fine jewelry that combines classic elegance with inspired, left-of-center design. Add a one-of-a-kind ring to your stack, take home a pair of diamond and chalcedony drop earrings, or make an appointment to design a custom piece (the shop gets busy on weekends). Another reason we love it: The brand goes a step beyond responsible sourcing. Yes, they use only conflict-free stones, but they also use only reclaimed melee (the teeny diamonds that add sparkle) and recycled gold, and offer antique diamonds and settings on request.
Genghis Cohen
740 N Fairfax Ave., West Hollywood
Genghis Cohen has been a staple for good Chinese in Los Angeles for more than three decades. And since Marc Rose and Med Abrous, the restaurant partners behind Winsome and the Spare Room, took over ownership several years ago, it's gotten even better. The interiors are dark and moody. The food, umami-rich and satisfying. Go for the New York Style Eggrolls (never greasy, always crispy), vegetarian pot stickers, crackerjack shrimp, and cashew chicken, which is unexpectedly smoky and sweet.
Fiona (Closed)
339 N. Fairfax Ave., West Hollywood
Sure, Nicole Rucker is the baker who got LA hooked on miso date cookies and stone fruit gallettes at Gjusta, but her pedigree as former pastry chef at the Gjelina Group is hardly the most interesting thing about her. She’s now chef and co-owner of the West Hollywood bakery Fiona, a light-filled space with emerald-green walls and an intoxicating baguette-based scent profile. To call the menu “breakfast and lunch” feels limiting—options range from sesame-butter toast reminiscent of a black-and-white cookie to banh mi sandwiches and yellow curry. Fiona serves up coffee, tea, and sparkling rose water drinks, yes, but also a selection of wine and a well-curated beer list.
Harper Salon
8259 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
Finding a Los Angeles hair salon where the cost of each visit doesn’t compare to your monthly mortgage is a challenge. (Sadly, we’re barely being hyperbolic.) That’s where Harper Salon on Melrose comes in—it’s been our favorite undiscovered chop spot for a while. The space is raw and industrial, and the service is quick and efficient, but mostly we love the result: always exactly what we asked for. All the stylists are top-notch, but James is our guy.
Auburn
6703 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
Sometimes a restaurant wins you over with its food. Other times it’s the design. The jackpot is Auburn. The new West Hollywood restaurant from chef Eric Bost (an alumnus of Republique and Alain Ducasse) is stunning in both its aesthetic and its menu. Enter from Melrose Avenue and you’re suddenly in what looks like a Scandinavian spa. The décor is ascetic: light woods, pale leather and linen, tons of natural light. The front area has a bar and a few tables for a quieter setting. The back room is wide open and feels like a mix between a garden patio and a European bistro. A huge kitchen anchors the back space, where you can see the chef and team cooking sweet black cod and Pacific uni with bright English peas over an open grill. The wine list here is extensive; they even host pairings nights. But the cocktails are where it’s at. Order a Palo Santo made with blended scotch, coconut water, apricot, and palo santo. And no matter what, start your meal with the avocado butter and homemade bread. A silky whipped umami emulsion of oils, salt, herbs,…
Ronan
7315 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
There is no lack of restaurants along this strip of Melrose Avenue. But Ronan offers something different: quiet. It's dark, New York vibe sets it apart from the slew of bright, loud eateries in the neighborhood. (And it is also literally set apart; the space sits tucked back from the sidewalk.) Come here to hunker down in one of the cozy booths or share space at the giant communal table. The pizzas are incredible: chewy, airy, slightly charred crust (thanks to the brick oven imported from Italy) underneath perfectly acidic sauce, savory artichokes, and wilted greens. If you're feeling like you want something lighter, chef makes a "rigatoni" from twirled artichokes, lacing them with garlic and butter. It's incredible. Everything at this husband-and-wife-owned spot—down to the cocktails—satisfies.
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