Holiday Gift Guides 2019: Brick + Mortar

For those who need to buy offline, pleasant presents found in real-life stores

It’s officially too late to shop for holiday gifts online, but there’s still time to grab a last-minute present the old fashioned way: making a dash to real-life brick-and-mortar stores. These gift ideas are available from retailers across the country—be it New York or New Orleans, Saint Paul or Sacramento, Detroit or Dallas. Each item continues to be readily available but still makes for a …

Word of Mouth: LA’s Silver Lake, Old and New

Navigating a neighborhood that's seen immense growth and change

The vibrant LA neighborhood of Silver Lake is home to modernist Southern California houses, multiple shopping areas with cafes and coffee shops, and a large reservoir surrounded by dog parks, meadows, and historic architecture. It’s also a place that—like so many others—has seen immense growth and change since the late 1990s. For all the food stands and old cinemas, there are countless upstart destinations that …

Compartes Chocolate Opens Luxe LA Flagship

Chocolatier Jonathan Grahm tells us about making his chocolate dreams come true

Jonathan Grahm began working in the world of chocolate when he was 15 years old. Nine years later, he bought the Compartes Company and has overseen its expansion and rise in acclaim since. The original Compartes, in LA’s Brentwood, was a shop and kitchen that spanned about 1,500 square feet. Now, in addition to its Century City location, the brand has opened a flagship chocolate boutique and …