Monday, December 17, 2012

#249: Christmas at The Grove

Of all the malls in L.A., The Grove just might be the most Christmas-y. The "snow" that falls in the evening, the towering Christmas tree with more ornaments than visible greenery, pictures with Santa in his workshop, and a sleigh that soars high above the fountains are all sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

Santa's in here!

The Grove reminds me of Disneyland; everything looks perfect and there's not a speck of litter in sight.  And like Disneyland, it gets very crowded on the weekends. 

This time I came on a weekday morning and had a much more relaxing experience.  Have you ever been to Disneyland right when it opened? That's what it felt like! Except replace Mickey Mouse with Mario Lopez. Yes, Mr. Dimples was there filming an episode of Extra. I snapped this photo of him looking at free swag one of his guests gave him:

Speaking of t.v. shows, remember that episode of Modern Family where they take a doll into the "Doll Emergency Clinic" to get fixed and Alex sees one that looks just like her? I thought that was just something on t.v., but it turns out there is such a place at The Grove! It's American Girl, and in addition to a doll emergency room, they've also got a doll hair salon, a historic doll museum, a dining room where girls can eat with their dolls, and a doll photography studio. You can also buy clothes, accessories, musical instruments and even dogs for your custom designed doll. It's pretty crazy.

For the walking disinclined, The Grove has a free trolley. This was a hit with the youngsters.

And for your sweet tooth, there's a Sprinkles cupcakes stand:

And a Dylan's Candy Bar:

Have you been to The Grove during the holidays? What did you think of it? Leave me a comment below!

The Grove

Saturday, December 8, 2012

#248: Branded Arts Murals

Los Angeles has its share of amazing murals but Branded Arts in Culver City has done the incredible feat of covering virtually every square foot of its wall space with art. It's a sight that made me do a double take as I drove past it on Washington Blvd. Street parking is abundant and the murals are free to view. Be sure to go around the corner to see all the art. 

** Update: Thank you to reader JenGod for letting me know that the murals are being demolished in January to make way for an upscale retail area. I'm so sad :( Please check these murals out this month before they're destroyed! **

While you're in the neighborhood, also check out the Culver City Architecture Walk (#180)!

Have you been to the Branded Arts murals? What did you think of it? Leave me a comment below!

Branded Arts