This is one of THE premier sites for families in Los Angeles. I have gone alone and with children of all ages and have a blast every time. There is a huge variety of exhibits focusing on all areas of natural and physical sciences, from earthquakes to the principles of sound to human biology. My favorite exhibit is an interactive display about comparative anatomy...be sure to check out the BodyWorks show! You may even get to see a baby chick hatch.
Children are free to touch exhibits, enhancing the learning process. There are several films including the IMAX theatre in an adjacent building. Children in particular seem to enjoy the exhibits about space and marine biology.
The museum is free, though it accepts donations. Parking is $5 but isvery convenient; alternative, there is limited street parking (but not recommended, this is not the safest area of town).
If you have time, check out some of the nearby museums such as the Natural History Museum (though kids don't seem to enjoy those
This shoe store is very unique in that they specialize in comfortable, ergonomically-aware shoes. Their products target individuals who must spend considerable time on their feet but must present themselves professionally (no tennis shoes or boots). The shoes may not be "cute" but they are not clunky either. Though they average $90-$100 per pair, most professionals would gladly pay this price for comfortable work shoes that last for years.
The store itself is adorable. Employees are helpful and dressed in "country attire". Running with the country theme, you can grab yourself some popcorn from an old-fashioned popper and get some water from "the water pail".
Unfortunately, the store was lacking in my size (8.5) in a few styles. I was surprised when the associates didn't offer to check around with other stores or to have a pair shipped. They also do not have a website.
Kelly serves as both a traditional "temp" agency as well as a permanent employment agency. I used this office previously while "in between" jobs and while looking for part-time work during school. Kelly did arrange for quality positions for me and I was pleased with the compensation rate they negotiated. However, the office was sometimes disorganized, with some employees unaware of the steps other employees had taken in securing positions. Communication to contracted personnel was also spotty at times.
The mechanics at this location are really personable and make customers (male and female) feel comfortable. I went to have my oil changed on a Friday afternoon, and was impressed by the speed and efficiency of the mechanics (ask for Jamie). They did not pressure me to purchase one item.
My only complaint is that the Econo Lube distributes coupons through the mail for services that the mechanics don't recommend. For example, they offer a "30 weight" oil change for $9.99, but according the mechanics, this is a terrible grade of oil for most cars. A bit of bait and switch at play here, but the mechanics still gave me an oil change for $14.99.
There is a comfortable, small waiting area inside with a clean restroom and vending machines. There are several small businesses in this safe neighborhood within walking distance, should you need to wait.
Elite does a decent job of cleaning items in an average amount of time. My items were returned crisp and clean. However, my shirt was folded over the hanger in a manner which caused a crease while I was wearing it.
I was disappointed at the lack ofhonesty where pricing was concerned. While certain customers are charged $2.50 for pants (without a coupon), I was charged $5.00. I learned a lesson here about asking for my total up front, before service. I was truly shocked to receive a bill for $15 for 1 shirt, 2 pairs of pants, and no special requests.