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Wednesday
Nov022011

food+lab cafe

At food+lab cafe, find comfort in their breakfast and lunch, catering and take away menus.

Featuring down-to-earth comfort foods—especially hearty and heart healthy homemade granola and muesli and organic poultry and eggs—find it in Los Angeles and dig in!

Thanks to cristina, store manager west hollywood, for this submission.

Friday
Oct222010

halloween 2010: los angeles

Halloween and All Hallow’s Eve aren’t average days in LA—they’re as sacred as Mardi Gras in New Orleans and there are more than one way to celebrate:

What: West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval
Where: West Hollywood
When: Sunday, October 31

Multiple stages will feature musical acts, circus arts—but this year’s special feature is a tribute to the Rocky Horror Picture Show to celebrate its 35th anniversary.

What: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Where: The Walt Disney Concert Hall, LA
When: Sunday, October 31

Looking for something a little more low-key? Catch John Barrymore in this silent classic—with accompanying music performed on a pipe organ.

What: The Birds, All Hallow’s Eve Eve
Where: Ojai Valley Inn
When: Saturday, October 30
Tickets: $25. in advance

Ojai Valley Inn is the perfect place to watch ‘The Birds’, Alfred Hitchcock’s classic scary movie set in the wild and beautiful Bodega Bay of northern California.

Tippi Hedren, the star of the film, will be stopping by for a Q&A session before the screening. Proceeds from the evening’s ticket sales will help The Shambala Preserve, supported in part by the Roar Foundation which she began in 1983.

Thanks to nicole, west hollywood sales, for contributing the spirit of this submission.

Friday
Jul092010

our neighborhoods: weho

Before CB2, the previous tenant of 8000 w. Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood was a popular Virgin Megastore—but its most famous was the legendary Schwab’s Pharmacy a few doors down at 8024.

photo courtesy of the_toe_stubberIn the movie “Sunset Boulevard”, William Holden’s character refers to Schwab’s as “headquarters—a combination office, coffee klatch, and waiting room” for Hollywood. 

For over fifty years, from 1932 until 1983, Hollywood’s most famous stopped by once or twice, during low and high times: Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Shelley Winters, Marilyn Monroe, Ronald Reagan, Sylvester Stallone, Goldie Hawn, Al Pacino, Diane Keaton…

Schwab’s was the hangout for anyone in the business. Legends—and rumors about them—got started here. Lana Turner was discovered at the counter. F. Scott Fitzgerald had a heart attack buying a pack of cigarettes. Songwriter Harold Arlin wrote “Over the Rainbow” by the light of the neon sign. Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd played pinball in the back room.

photo courtesy of onefish2Farther west on the boulevard, at the southwest corner of Sunset and Crescent Heights, was the The Garden of Allah.

In 1928, silent screen star Alla Nazimova developed the land surrounding her mansion into the legendary private bungalows.

Silver screen stars who visited regularly included Errol Flynn, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, W.C. Fields, Humphrey Bogart, F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Marx Brothers, and Orson Welles.

It’s rumored that Tallulah Bankhead swam naked in the swimming pool and Marilyn Monroe was discovered sipping a Coke beside the same pool. Alas, as Joni Mitchell sang, they “paved paradise, put up a parking lot” when it was demolished in 1959 and replaced with a strip mall.

Who knows, maybe someday you’ll hear someone say they saw _____ at Crunch Gym, Trader Joe’s or CB2!

Thanks to todd, store designer west hollywood, for this contribution—and for the concept of the series.

Tuesday
Apr272010

CB2 windows: wheels up!

Thankfully Eyjafjallajokull remained calm long enough for our flight to take off as planned and we’re all happy to be back home, safe and well rested from our extended visit to Milan.

We took thousands of photos and can’t wait to share the trends. Stay tuned!



Thanks to todd, store designer west hollywood, who created these “wheels up” windows.

Thursday
Oct292009

creating CB2 windows

Storefront windows have been a staple since the dawn of “shoppe” keepers. Over time they evolved into a form of entertainment and experimentation. Today they have to stand out from the competition, stop you in your tracks—and catch your eye between blinks—no pressure, really.

Developing a concept is the first and most difficult step of planning windows. After some brainstorming a strong idea emerges to suit the product selection. Next we’ll order the merchandise to stock it, buy supplies and schedule help.

carbon copy window

For these ‘carbon copy’ windows we were inspired by the movie “500 days of summer”. The lead character in the movie, an architect, had a chalkboard wall in his bedroom to sketch ideas—including a virtual headboard for his bed.

We incorporated this idea into the window theme—which became ‘grey, black, white and a single hit of bold color’—by drawing elements customers might have in their homes, like a flight of stairs and a vintage French mirror.

Erick's mirror 1 Mark-Austin stairsElliot To produce the windows we sought local (and hidden) talent within our store. Mark-Austin, Elliot and Erick created the chalk drawn interior spaces—the virtual settings for actual product.

In the end, the most successful windows not only display products in the best light possible, they’re created by a talented and enthusiastic team who participate in the creative process and contribute their skills to the execution. Many thanks to the Sunset team for all their support and hard work!

Are you inspired to DIY? How about hanging an infinity mirror and chalking your own frame? We’d love to see what details suit your personality.

Thanks to todd, store designer west hollywood, for this submission.