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Kid’s art, keyboards and customized baby clothes!

Ask the Yenta "Dear Yenta, My boss is currently looking for a children's book illustrator for a self-published book he wrote.  Where should I look?" Two places to try: Storyopolis – they have a fantastic gallery featuring artwork by children’s book illustrators Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrator's – they’re on Beverly Blvd.   "Dear Yenta, We need a keyboard player or some such musician to play background music (w/his own keyboard) for a house party. Help!" Jeremy Weinglass Jeremy regularly plays weddings, parties and big events. Check out his website to listen to his music, read his bio and resume, see a list of his repertoire, and recommendations from clients: www.jeremyweinglass.com Also, visit his YouTube channel. He just did a concert last week that was filmed, plus other...

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Sneakers, posh “staycation” and bikini waxing

Ask the Yenta   "Dear Yenta, I’ve been hearing about some new sneaker shops popping up – which ones should I check out?"   Fight Club Los Angeles http://www.flightclubla.com/ On Fairfax  - This consignment store changes its stock daily - with over 1000 styles to choose from.   Kendo http://www.kendo-la.com/ On Melrose  - A posh women’s sneaker boutique that features high-end woman’s sneakers.   Kicks http://www.kickssoleprovider.com/ On Larchmont  - Most of the shoes here you could say are like limited editions - not what you’ll find at the mall.   Sportie LA http://www.sportiela.com/  On Melrose or Ventura Blvd - Whether you're looking for something you just saw on the courts or a style that's more retro, you'll find it here.   "Dear Yenta, I’m looking for some very local getaways but really nice hotels. Any suggestions?" You bet!  Here...

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Favorite “ask the yenta questions!”

WOW! Six months has flown by! I'd thought I'd take a look back at at some of the "Ask the Yenta" questions that received the greatest response, and it's all because of you! Ask the Yenta   "Dear Yenta, I have a couple of kitchen knives that need sharpening – any suggestions? Thanks." Good question.  I’ve had the same set of kitchen knives for many years and I know I need a couple sharpened (ok, so I don’t cook that much, but still…) Here are a some great places you can take your knives to: Ross Cutlery - downtown Gary’s Knife Sharpening Service - check website for farmers market locations where you can find him (Beverly Hills to Culver City). But hey, here is the really great news!...

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Kosher salami, shopping and quick getaway

Ask the Yenta "Dear Yenta, I am wracking my brain trying to find a nice getaway location for my 12-year-old daughter and me for Labor Day. Must be within a two-hour drive time and have nice shopping. And it can't be Palm Springs, San Diego or Santa Barbara." Have you thought about Ventura Beach?  THEN you can hit the Camarillo Outlets on the way!  Ooohhhhh… “The city’s historic downtown district is picturesque and entertaining with numerous boutiques, antique shops (Ventura is home to more than 125 antique dealers), outdoor cafés, restaurants and art galleries. Meanwhile, other outdoor activities, such as biking on the town’s 13-mile coastal trail or hiking at the Channel Islands National Park – located a mere 14 miles offshore –...

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Tweens, knives and film lovers

Ask the Yenta   "Dear Yenta, I have a couple of kitchen knives that need sharpening – any suggestions? Thanks." Good question.  I’ve had the same set of kitchen knives for many years and I know I need a couple sharpened (ok, so I don’t cook that much, but still…) Here are a some great places you can take your knives to: Ross Cutlery - downtown Gary’s Knife Sharpening Service - check website for farmers market locations where you can find him (Beverly Hills to Culver City). But hey, here is the really great news!  Bristol Farms will do it for free and while you wait!  Yay!  They will do up to 5 knives at a time (straight-edged knives). Call ahead to make sure the service is...

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Baby safety, spining and letterpress

Help spread The Yenta Love!! - Send this to your friends who would like it - just click at the bottom the page and "forward to a friend." Ask the Yenta "Dear Yenta, I'm looking for a good spinning studio in the Hollywood area. Any suggestions? Hey, check out these top spots for spinning in WeHo, Hollywood, and Silverlake: Equinox Kor Health and Fitness Train Spun Yas "Dear Yenta, Where can I buy “retractable gates” for kid’s safety in my house?" Family first on Sepulveda is a great store for all things baby…or you can always check out craigslist. But, the best and safest idea is to hire a reliable company like Boo Boo Busters to come and baby-proof your entire home. Many times they have great gates you cannot...

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Bathrobes, appliqués and downgrades

Ask the Yenta   "Dear Yenta, I need to get a serious corporate-style head shot done for my new boss - need someone in the BH area if possible.  Any suggestions?" Absolutely!  Here’s a couple studios that do super work! http://www.jonahlight.com/portfolio.asp?i=y http://www.fotostudiola.com/   "Dear Yenta, I’m looking for cute personalized gifts for a newborn and toddler. I was thinking of a kiddy bathrobe?"   For online purchases l love Lillian Vernon – they have it all when it comes personalized gifts.  I’ve done everything from kid’s personalized lunch boxes to personalized notebooks with matching pencils.  It also offers incredibly cute kid’s bathrobes and towels at affordable prices - with the kiddies’ names! All About Baby is also a great online store, they have tons and tons of personalized items and...

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Threading, plaques and patios

Ask the Yenta "Dear Yenta, can you suggest a good “threading” place? Long story short: I have lots of blond hair on my face – so laser is out, and waxing makes me break out – so I want to try threading because a friend suggested it, but I have no idea where to go? THE place to try is Vinita’s Beauty and Threading Studio. They have multiple locations!!!  Beverly Hills, Westwood and Pasadena. PS. No kidding, I had four people ask me about this THIS week!!   "Dear Yenta, I have relatives coming to visit and they want to go on the Warner Bros Studio tour.  Where do I find info on this?" WB Studio Tour 818-972-8687 $45 per person - tour lasts 2.5 hrs The tour is...

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Dad’s Day Ideas…

Ask the Yenta "Dear Yenta, Help! I need Father’s Day gift ideas?" Oh – you have sooo come to the right Yenta!!  Here are some fab ideas for dad – and see my “addition to the Y list” (below) on where to find THE BEST men’s ties. The Shave of Beverly Hills Special for Father’s Day!! Dads N’ Lads of any age!  For $125, enjoy two Beverly Hills Shaves (value $150), or 2 haircuts (value $160) - one for dad and one for the lad or grad!  If the lad is too young, they will create some memorable photos with a fake shave!  How fun!  Also mention THE YENTA REPORT and save 10% on Father’s Day gift items. Whoo Hoo!!!Beer Basket from Fancifull A large...

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Backs, babies & burgers

Ask the Yenta "Dear Yenta, I’m looking for a chiropractor/wellness center that has weekend hours – any suggestions?" Hope this helps – wherever you are, your back will be covered!!! West LA Chiropractic With offices in both Westwood and at Olympic/Sawtelle, they have Saturday hours for Chiro, Massage and Acupuncture Chiropractic Center of Los Angeles La Brea and Beverly Blvd - with Saturday hours LA Chiro Spa, Dr. Dana Zappalla In Sherman Oaks - offers Saturday hours, plus Sunday by appt. Dr. Nick Campos West Hollywood - Saturday hours Vaziri Alternative Medicine Woodland Hills - Saturday hours "Dear Yenta, I recently sat for my neighbor's children and had forgotten how much I enjoy little ones.  Do you know of an organized company that hires out/places sitters?  I am not looking for a company...

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Dame Edna, wine bars and watermelon sunscreen

Ask the Yenta   "Dear Yenta, I have a hand-woven rug – very expensive – and I need to get it cleaned. Where do I go?   Bobcat Carpet and Fabric Care - They will come to you, pick up your rug, hand-clean it, and return it. They do an excellent job! "Dear Yenta, I’m obsessed with keeping my face out of the sun to keep the aging process at bay, etc.  Do you have any ideas about special/great sunscreens for the face??" Yes, as I’ve mentioned, I am a lover of beauty products and keeping up with the latest trends is a must. Here are a couple of superior suggestions for skin protection, especially your face: Korres Natural Watermelon Suncreen Face Cream SPF 30 $28 –...

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Sports, dating and exercise

Ask the Yenta   "Dear Yenta - I was wondering if you could recommend a good exercise boot camp near the Grove. A friend of mine is doing one in Sherman Oaks and it’s inspired me to do one myself?" Hey, here’s a worthwhile spot right inside Pan Pacific Park, which is just next to The Grove! Fantastic instructor for quick results that take the “work” out of work-out. Good Luck! http://www.morningcrunch.com/hollywoodbootcamp.html "Dear Yenta - My granddaughters are coming to LA in June for 2 weeks. They are 2-1/2 and 4-1/2 years old. Can you suggest places to take them and things to do?!  I live close to La Cienega and Wilshire. Thank You." Absolutely! There are lots of darling kid-friendly things to do around LA....

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Strapped, spooky and dressless

Ask the Yenta   "Dear Yenta, I’m having a hard time finding a cool leather belt – you know, something substantial, good looking, big buckle…any Suggestions?   I love the belts from Lucky Brand.  They’re thick, substantial and you know it will last a long time (ok, this sounds a little dirty – but it’s the best way to describe them.) The men’s belts rock, and ladies, you can wear them too!  I don’t know why they don’t show many belts online but you can find tons at any one of the store locations - check the website for a listing of lots of LA places. Also, try Falconhead in Brentwood. They have a variety of terrific belts and cowboy boots.  You can even have...

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Sweets & to tip or not to tip??

Ask the Yenta   "Hi Yenta, If you go to a small hair salon and the owner does your hair, do you give her a tip? I went to a new salon and had my hair blown dry by the owner. I paid the fee, but didn't know what to do about a tip. What do you think?   This is a good question - one that I know many people have asked.  If you read Dear Abby or etiquette books - they'll advise not have to tip the owner.  But that's probably an old way of thinking. I have a couple of suggestions/ideas for you: First, remember this still a small business and almost everybody these days is struggling and needs to make...

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