This week's guest are the charming father and son team, Harvey and Louis Jason, who opened Mystery Pier Books in a charming English green bungalow located down a narrow alley on the Sunset Strip in August of 1998. They carry exclusively First Edition literature: including collectible books both fine and rare, that are mostly signed; rare cinema material, scripts signed by the shop's many celebrity clients and general Hollywoodiana. One can find books signed by the likes of Dickens, Hemingway, D.H. Lawrence and even the great Harry Houdini. Mystery Pier Books is internationally renowned and is called "One of the Most Important First Edition Bookshops in the U.S.". and is listed #1 in the Ten Best Hidden Gems of L.A.
Listen as Tracy sits down with these two lovely English Gentlemen and hears all about the treasures tucked away on the bookshelves including works by Anne Frank, Agatha Christie, and a true first edition of "Gone With the Wind" signed by Margaret Mitchell - a great lineup honoring Women's History Month. You might be surprised by the celebrity clientele who are fan favorites of this charming little tucked away literature nook off Sunset, and even more surprised that Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is a regular who has been coming for over 20 years.
Tracy wants to know if Prince Harry, Oprah or Lady Gaga have walked through the doors...give the episode a listen and find out for yourself! Mystery Pier Books is open seven days a week from noon until 5pm. (Insider Tip: grab a tasty Mediterranean bite at Pi on Sunset next door on your way out of this magical literary spot)
Mystery Pier Books
Mystery Pier Books Facebook
Moms Clean Air Force
Black Women Lead
Artist - James Peter Henry
Butcher, Baker, Cappuccino Maker
West Hollywood Women in Leadership Awards
This week's episode is a follow up to last week's conversation with Shannon Morton from Black Women Lead as the team talks to Nick Meyer. Nick Meyer is the Director of Operations at the Umbrella Hospitality Company that has a portfolio of several unique and trendy cocktail establishments in Los Angeles: Melrose Umbrella Company, LONO Hollywood and The Corner Door. Hear how quickly the team pivoted to offer to-go cocktails to their customers to adapt and how quickly a new endeavor, Umbrella Taco Co., came to life early on in the March 2020 shutdown.
The Melrose Umbrella Company knows it is all about community, and supporting each other and those in need. Their Cocktails for Cause program, supported by EJ Gallo, features two to-go cocktails offered the month of February to help support the community programs at Black Women Lead. The art on Blacker the Berry, from a local young queer Black artist can be purchased separately and tiki lovers will definitely want to put an order in for the second offering - the Chief Lapu Lapu tiki cocktail kit.
This week's episode is all about cocktails, community and magical COVID pivots. Enjoy and make sure to purchase art or order up some cocktails if you are near to West Hollywood!
Show Notes & Links:
Umbrella Hospitality Group
Melrose Umbrella Company
The Corner Door
Umbrella Taco Co.
Black Women Lead
Amarone West Hollywood
Montrose Hotel - Full Moon Roof Top Yoga
All About the Bread - meatball sub
The Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore
Tonga Room at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco
This week local activist Shannon Morton, founder of Black Women Lead, joins the We Know WeHo team to share all the incredible service projects she is heading up through her non-profit organization that was founded last year in the month of June. Shannon's efforts are deeply rooted and all about helping the community and those in need. Black Women Lead give away 600 hot meals a week and 800 bags of groceries through the Black Women Lead Brown Bag program. After a trip to skid row downtown LA, Shannon saw a need for hygiene supplies and has recently started a Black Women Lead hygiene kit that is handed out in a backpack to those in need.
For the month of February, she has teamed up local bar owners at Melrose Umbrella Company to create a cocktail, Blacker the Berry, with a label created by a young Black queer artist. EJ Gallo is donating $1 for every cocktail to go sold and Melrose Umbrella Company is matching the donation.
Listen to hear Shannon's list of local Black owned businesses near West Hollywood and of course, a few favorite places to eat, shop and play in WeHo.
Showlinks & Notes:
Black Women Lead
Follow @Black_womenlead on Instagram
Hydrate LA with Project Hydration
Melrose Umbrella Company
Southern Girl Desserts
Powder Nail Salon
Pace Restaurant in Laurel Canyon
BBCM (Butcher, Baker, Cappuccino Maker)
Eveleigh on Sunset
Kimpton La Peer Hotel
Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit
We couldn’t agree more and Valentine’s Day is no ordinary affair here in WeHo. Whether you celebrate that with your love, or lovers (we don’t judge), your best friends or yourself … allow us to offer up some ideas for your consideration. This week's episode features a montage of guests whose voices you will recall as guests from previous episodes share their Valentine's Day offerings from Candle Delirium, V Wine Room and something sweet from Sweet Duet Chocolate.
We offer no more spoilers than that for this jammed-packed triple berry focused special episode for all you lovers out there!
Show Notes & Links:
Sweet Lady Jane - Triple Berry Cake
Mazzetti’s Bakery in Beverly Hills
Empty Vase Flowers - West Hollywood
Magnolia Bakery on West 3rd.
Cake Monkey on Beverly
Bristol Farms Bakery
A and C Gourmet by Salon de The
La Morra Pizzeria on West 3rd.
Gelato Festival on Melrose
West Hollywood Design District
Dog Pound Fitness poolside at the La Peer Hotel
V Wine Room
Sweet Duet Chocolate (code Weknowweho20 for 20% off online)
Pura Vita West Hollywood (Italian Vegan)
SCORE Small Business Mentoring, Education and Funding Resources
This week's episode features Girl Boss, Xixi Yang, who is an award-winning entertainment journalist and the founder of XYZ Media. She is the creator and host of "Pop News Edition", a show aimed to give viewers an in-depth, global look at some of the biggest pop culture stories around the world. As the first and only Asian-American woman to anchor “Live From the Red Carpet” solo from the Oscars and Grammys, XiXi has brought millions of viewers around the world live coverage through the Associated Press. She put her bilingual skills to use for a global audience by conducting interviews and delivering live hits in both English and Mandarin. Since 2016, XiXi has been an entertainment contributor to CNN and HLN, discussing pop culture and social issues on “CNN News room”, “Morning Express”, “On the Story”, and more. She has served as a spokesperson for various Fortune 500 companies such as Google, Verizon, Macy’s, BeautyCon, and more. XiXi has been invited as an honorary speaker at various universities and schools, including Compton High School and Yale.
XiXi shares with the We Know WeHo hosts her Re-Invest in Main Street initiative to support other women entrepreneurs affected by C-19, how she took a big leap and started her own media company in 2020, her collaboration with BH Cosmetics with her Lunar New Year Collection that just hit #1 with Ulta, the upcoming Chinese New Year and her thoughts on Bling Empire.
Show Notes & Links:
XiXi Yang Instagram @xixiyang
BH Cosmetics Lunar New Year Collaboration
Clubhouse Social App
Conservatory West Hollywood
Sweet Lady Jane - Triple Berry Cake
Superbowl meal boxes: Slab, Bludso’s, Madre, All Day Baby
Lady & Larder Cheese
Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese - Blue Chees @pointreyescheese
Ronan on Melrose for pizza
Found Oyster oyster shucking lesson on Instagram highlights
Carla’s Cafe at Bootsy Bellows
Sidecar Donuts - new location on Fairfax & 3rd
Madre Happy Hour
Bottega Louie West Hollywood
Taco Thursday at La Peer Hotel
Craig’s LA - dinner specials back on the menu
Sparrows Lodge in Palm Springs
Holiday House Palm Springs
Hotels Tonight App
Joshua Tree National Park
Split Rock Hike @ Joshua Tree
Pioneer Town Motel
In this week’s episode, the We Know WeHo takes us back to the not so distant past of the glorious days when West Hollywood’s was the OG fitness mecca anchored by a grungy gym hub called Todd Tramp’s that was located on the corner of La Cienega and Melrose Avenue. These are the days long before reality television, when Bob Harper was sweating away teaching insane choreography in his step classes and where the craze of indoor cycling was arguably birthed with the likes of Debbie Rocker, Andrew Lawent and Gunner Peterson sweating away on in a packed room in the dark riding to the rhythm and tapping it back - “spinning” on an indoor stationary bike.
This week’s guest, Janet Fitzgerald, was in the thick of the first wave of notable instructors who were teaching these sold-out jammed packed indoor cycling classes. Janet was the owner of the beautiful zen Body and Soul Workout that sat above the Ramada Hotel for ten years where locals would sweat next to celebrities whilst Janet lead them on a spiritual soulful musical journey as they peered down on Santa Monica Blvd through the serene Japanese grass that lined the windows of this sweat sanctuary.
In 2010, Janet left Los Angeles for another “soul” located on the East Coast - SoulCycle. Janet shares with Tracy an insider view of her story, but more importantly how her personal journey correlates to her role as the Senior Training Officer of the company where she has trained over 400 instructors as the big yellow wheel emerged and created the second big wave of indoor cycling that swept across the country with over 99 studios.
The fitness business has been one of the hardest hit during the pandemic, and it seems we still have a long wait for packed indoor group classes to resume (at least here in California) as outdoor classes are being held in pop-up locations. Janet gets real with Tracy about the impact on her and her fellow instructors and employees, and shares her optimism about the company’s future with a newly appointed CEO. Janet relocated to Los Angeles for the winter months where she continues to teach inspiration, hope, and healing one pedal stroke at a time.
Check out Janet’s SoulyCycle classes at the Century City Mall and Santa Monica Promenade outdoor locations. You might also want to give a listen to her podcast “Witch and Famous” that is the inspiration behind a spiritual transformation media project in the works.
SHOW NOTES & LINKS:
Janet Fitzgerald SoulCycle Classes
Janet Fitzgerald Instagram @spinpimp
Witch & Famous podcast
Regarding Her 10 Day Food Event
All Day Baby in Silver Lake
Lady and the Larder Cheese Shop
Molly Baz Meatloaf sandwich at Belcampo Meats
This week's special guest spotlight is on Lien Ta, the c0-owner of All Day Baby, a feel-good restaurant with the soul of a diner located in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. She is a founding member & committee lead of RE:Her, a charitable organization for women-owned restaurants in Los Angeles, created by women who own restaurants in Los Angeles, in response to how COVID-19 has impacted the businesses and communities.
You will hear all about an incredible event Lien has put together, 10 Days RE:Her, an inaugural food festival launching on Jan. 21, 2021 where women-owned restaurants all over Los Angeles unite to offer unique collaborations with other female chefs, thematic menus, one-on-one conversations among female industry leaders, and much more. You will want to join in for these 10 special days to illuminate, celebrate and uplift the sisterhood of restaurateurs in LA to save her restaurants. We Know Weho Inside Tip: check out the amazing chef collaborations happening that are sure to create new flavor palettes and the line up of virtual events - and our favorite a cheese tasting collaboration with four women-owned cheese shops!!
As a small business owner affected by the pandemic, Lien was recently featured, alongside LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, in a video aired at the Democratic National Convention. She is the subject of "Becoming a Restaurateur," a Simon & Schuster publication by author Patric Kuh. She was a fellowship recipient of the James Beard Foundation’s inaugural class of the Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program in 2017.
Lien's first restaurant was a fun little restaurant in Koreatown called Here’s Looking At You, suffered an indefinite closure on July 12, 2020, on the eve of the restaurant's fourth anniversary, due to the impact of COVID-19. All Day Baby was open for just three and a half months before the mandated closure on March 16, 2020 in response to the novel coronavirus. Today, with over 60 employees furloughed, it is open for takeout and delivery with a small team and limited hours.
Be sure to check out the RE:HER offerings from All Day Baby!
Guest Lien Ta Show Links:
Lien Ta Instagram @lientigre
All Day Baby Restaurant
Regarding Her Virtual Events, Conversations and Passport
WeHo, Mid-City & Hollywood Regarding Her Restaurant Specials
Regarding Her Instagram @regardingherfood
KCRW Article on being an accidental activist
Show Notes & Links:
AKA West Hollywood
3rd Street Dance
Close Encounters of the 5th Kind
Health & Wellness Links:
The Harmonic Egg
This week's guest is Carrie Minter who is a total girl boss as the founder of Carries Pilates Plus. She has been certified in Pilates for more than ten years, and in 2013 opened Carrie’s Pilates Plus. In addition to curating a highly qualified and caring group of instructors, Carrie’s helps clients of all ages transform their self-image and bodies via exercise and nutrition education. Carrie’s own bright, optimistic and cheery spirit can be felt throughout the studio as she aims to create a fun community of people who want to work hard.
Her classes are high-energy and leave people sweaty and sore from the high-intensity programming. She also wants to make sure it feels like a party and her instructors create a vibe that is fun, entertaining and will make your core and booty shake like nothing else.
Carrie has been a health and fitness advocate since her teens. A model at fifteen, she has worked with top designers including Valentino and Versace, and graced the covers and pages of Seventeen Magazine, FHM, Esquire, Maxim and Playboy.
Show Notes & Links:
Carries Pilates Plus Instagram @carriespilatesplus
Carries Pilates Plus Facebook
Joan's on Third
Eveleigh on Sunset
Happy New Year WeHoans! Yes, that term came up today during the interview with Jordan Ogron from Tesse today. Make sure to take a listen as he unpacks how this Sunset Strip gem has managed to stay fresh and reinvent itself more than once during the pandemic.
Jordan Ogron has a very impressive history in the local hospitality scene including his GM position at Bestia DTLA.
Tesse Restaurant located at 8500 Sunset Blvd is a dream come true for Jordan Orgron who teamed up with industry veteran Bill Chait and Chef Raphael Francois to realize his dream of owning his own restaurant.
Although Chef Raphael uses the word “simple” to explain his food, and doesn’t want to do Michelin Star food anymore, the cuisine at Tesse is undoubtedly due a Michelin star (or two) in Tracy and Maxine’s opinion. They agree with Jordan that the dish that most surprises the palette is the Bucatini with Bone Marrow, Chef Raphael’s take on a carbonara that is the number one selling dish that put Tesse on the map.
That blue neon key is the sign for Boutellier Wines unique wine store concept from Jordan with a focus on wines you can’t find elsewhere. Jordan drops the interesting data point on wine consumer behavior that approximately 97% on all wine sold is $15 or less a bottle. Boutellier’s selection varies from $15 all the way up to very exclusive finds with a price tag to match. The wine shop is open from Wednesday to Saturday 12pm - 8pm and Sundays from 12pm - 6pm. Tesse Cafe that served as a bodega concept in the initial pivot also carries a selection of bottles from Boutellier with “focused shelves” of $20, $30 and $40 bottles of mixed sparkling, white, rose and red.
SHOW NOTES & LINKS:
Food: Bossa Nova, The Butcher’s Daughter, Found Oyster, JAR, Katana, Mel’s Drive In, Otus Thai Kitchen, Pura Vita, Ruam Mitr, Sushi Tama, Tess, Whole Foods
Drinks: Boutellier Wine Shop, Employee’s Only
Burger Challenge: Shake Shack
Guest Picks: Moreno’s, Employee’s Only, Tock
Fashion: Polka Dots & Moonbeams
Things to Do: Regarding Her, Stranger Things Drive In
Health & Wellness: Cedars-Sinai blood drive, Health House, Pressed Juicery, Rollbar @ La Peer rooftop
COVID Resources: Exer Urgent Care, The Doctor
Arts: Weho Arts
WeHoVille Best of WeHoville 2020 Winners
Welcome to the final episode of We Know WeHo for the year. Can you believe it? What started out as Tracy’s passion project to help small businesses during COVID 19, has evolved into 37 episodes and counting. This week, Tracy welcomes both of her co-hosts, Lauren and Maxine, for a final recap of what has been a really crazy year.
As we get ready to kiss 2020 goodbye, the ladies share a love for yummy treats and bubbles. Their guest this week is Michael “Mikey” Consbruck, owner of V Wine Room West Hollywood, the City’s only bona fide wine tasting room.
Warning, this week’s episode is super juicy and clocks in at 1 hour and 25 minutes. As we all settle into another mandatory stay-at-home order, pour yourself a glass of wine and settle into this week’s podcast.
Mikey opened up V Wine Room in February of 2013 that is a 1930’s library themed speak easy serving unique wine varietals in a historic space that Charlie Chaplin originated as an actors studio and then served as a library in the then unincorporated Los Angeles County town of “Sherman” from 1929-1941. (Sherman is now the fabulously incorporated city known as West Hollywood.)
Mikey’s vision was to bring boutique California wine producers who produce less than 2,500 cases of wine or less for the year to the public. V Wine Room acts as an extension of these wineries, as many do not have their own tasting rooms and rely on their wine clubs almost exclusively for sale. Over the past seven years, he has expanded to find unique blends and labels from different continents and the “old world”.
If you mask up and pop in, Mikey and his team of wine docents are sure to guide you into something unique based on your palette and are offering 20% off. V Wine Room is open until 10pm on December 31st, don’t forget to pick up the makings for your own cheese board with a wide selection of cheese, meat, olives, flatbread, specialty jams and a soy candle made by Mikey’s husband. As with many businesses, COVID has brought several layers of a business pivot for V Wine Room and you can help them into 2021 by contributing to their GoFundMe campaign.
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS EPISODE:
New Year’s Eve Plans Quarantine Style: Boa, Cavatina, Cecconi, Cobblestone Goods, Craig’s, Eveleigh, Gelson’s, Katana; Madre, Margot, Mauro’s Restaurant, Noah’s, Petrossian, Pura Vita
Cocktails & More: WeHo Night Market by Employee’s Only, John & Pete’s, Trader Joe’s, V Wine Room (duh)
The Great Steak Off: Carlito’s Gardel, Fresh Corn Grill, Lala’s, Boa
Burger Challenge: Astro Burger, Belcampo, Dialog Cafe, Hi Ho Burger
Onion Rings: Astro Burger, Connie & Ted’s
Grab & Go: Alfred’s, La Boheme,
Sweet Tings: Fresh Corn Grill; Le Salon de The
Iced Tea: Tess, Tocaya Organica, Alfred’s
Donating/Resell Clothing: Out of the Closet, Poshmark, Real Real
Giving Back: Blood Drive at Cedars Sinai
Covid Testing & Resources: Barney’s Beanery (outdoor testing), Cedars Sinai, The Doctor, The Solution
Staying Fit: Health House, Megaformer Studio, F45, Pealton App
This week’s episode of We Know WeHo takes a slight turn to focus on the world of “WeHomade” cottage industry entrepreneurs. It appears that the cheeseburger and mole obsession has spilled over to now include the world of candles as the team talks to AK² Candles that are made in West Hollywood and a favorite local gift item mentioned by Rachel in the Lovely in LA episode.
Adam Krell and his partner Anthony created AK² Candles (AK Squared) after ordering a simple DIY candle making kit early in quarantine that turned into a candle-making hobby with gifting friends and family their unique creations. The candles are hand-poured in West Hollywood using custom scents and fragrances and feature names inspired by the streets of WeHo. From scents inspired by Lexington, San Vicente, La Peer, and so much more, the 100% all-natural soy candles are made from American-grown soybeans and carefully mixed with luxury scents from the Wooden Wick Co. out of Laguna Beach, California.
AK² Candles can be found on Etsy and through their Instagram (@candlesbyaksquared) and are fun gifts year-round for your friends who live in West Hollywood. You can use the code WKWH10 for 10% off in their Etsy shop(valid through 2/1/21).
HEALTH & WELLNESS
You do not want to miss Tracy’s conversation with this week’s second guest, Kiana Reeves, who is the Chief Brand Officer at Foria Wellness. Mathew Gerson launched Foria in 2013 with their first product, Pleasure, and promptly gained notoriety for what became known as the original “weed lube,” effectively creating the category for cannabis in sexual wellness. In addition to enhanced pleasure, Foria’s products can be used to alleviate symptoms of endometriosis, vaginismus, other pelvic and genital pain conditions, provide relief of menstrual and menopausal challenges, and support overall wellness through tonics, lubes, bath salts, suppositories and more.
As much as you may think you know about cannabis, cannabinoids, the body’s endocannabinoid system, and CBD you are sure to learn a thing or two as a broad scope of topics are covered by Tracy and Kiana to help demystify the stigmas around the plant and its ancient use in healing remedies. For a deep dive, head to the blog their website that is highly educational and covers all the topics their products support.
Tracy of course, ventured down to check out the very uniquely shaped “The Quickie”, Foria’s pop-up on Rose Avenue in Venice at the location where the business was founded. Foria Wellness products can be found online and are also carried by West Hollywood dispensaries including Artist Tree, Calma and MedMen. The Quickie pop-up is open Thursday – Sunday through the end of December from 3pm – 8pm. Insider tip: the drive West is worth it as The Quickie is on the same block as American Beauty’s Win-Dow for a memorable cheeseburger to go.
SHOW NOTE LINKS:
AK² Candles Instagram (@candlesbyaksquared
Foria Wellness Instagram (@foriawellness)
Soulcycle Century City https://www.soul-cycle.com/studios/ca-century/
Eataly Century City
Kung Pao Bistro
Wooden Wick Company
Two Guns Espresso in Manhattan Beach
Irwindale Santa's Speedway Drive Thru
House of Fisher
This week the We Know Weho team is joined by arguably the King of Sunset Strip, Sol Yamini Sol is the CEO of Pink Dot and has owned and operated the company since 2004. PinkDot is a household name which has been around since 1987. PinkDot is the pioneer of grocery and liquor on demand delivery known for delivering groceries, liquor and food in about 30 minutes all over Los Angeles with its flagship store on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. Pink Dot is infamous for their iconic signature delivery fleet of pink and blue polka-dotted, propeller-topped Volkswagen Beetle and has appeared in several movies and television shows, including HBO's Entourage and the location on Sunset Strip is where Jimmy Fallon and Kobe Bryant did a beer run in 1999.
Sol is very active in the community and is on the board of the sunset strip business improvement district (BID).He was also awarded 4 cannabis licences by the city of West Hollywood through their very competitive application process when they opened up the city to expand cannabis businesses after the California law went into effect for legalization in November 2016 through prop 64. Sol serves as the Chair of the Cannabis Council formed by the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and is the secretary of AURA - the Adult Use Retailers Association of West Hollywood.
Sol has a long-running partnership with Postmates that has recently entered a new phase with three adorable wheeled robots rolling down the streets of West Hollywood to deliver your Pink Dot order. Sol is a big supporter of local businesses and carriers their items on the Pink Dot menu for delivery including Nonna's Empanadas, cupcakes from Cake & Art, Gelato Festival gelato, Zooie's Cookies, and macaroons from Chef Josette who delivers her famous fresh baked Normandie Bakery baguette's daily to Sol's team for their homemade sandwiches.
SHOW NOTE LINKS:
Pink Dot https://pinkdot.com/
HiHo Burger https://www.hiho.la/
Burger Daddy (Pop up at Naughty Pig) https://eatburgerdaddy.com/
Melrose Umbrella Company https://www.melroseumbrellacompany.com/
Cake Monkey https://www.cakemonkey.com/
Vanity Girl Hollywood https://www.vanitygirlhollywood.com/
Netflix Stranger Things Drive Thru https://strangerthingsdriveinto.com/
Woodland Hills WonderLAnd Lights https://www.socalwonderland.com/
Gillette Ranch in Malibu Holiday Light Show https://www.socalwonderland.com/
This week on We Know Weho we are joined by special guest Alison Martino. Alison is a native Los Angeles-based television producer, documentarian, columnist for Los Angeles Magazine and lifelong resident of the city. Her zeal for history and lifelong penchant for collecting has resulted in one of the largest collections of restaurant memorabilia, photographs, postcards, and matchbooks.
Martino’s affection for old Hollywood and her hometown’s architecture led her to create the wildly popular Vintage Los Angeles (VLA)— an ever growing photo-centric Facebook page dedicated to highlighting L.A.’s physical transformation during the 20th Century, as well as its history as the center of the entertainment industry and community.
Martino is also an advocate for historic preservation of the architecture that makes Los Angeles and its surrounding communities like West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica unique, and for the buildings that are iconic representations of the entertainment industry. She worked to bring back the original Chasen’s Chili, has helped to preserve the original caricatures on the walls of The Palm Restaurant and save vintage signs on the Sunset Strip.
SHOW NOTE LINKS:
Vintage Los Angeles
Pink Dot Delivery
Win-Dow Burgers at American Beauty
Adrift Burger Pop Up
V Wine Room
The Digs Collection by Katie Brightside
La Peer Hotel
Babbel Language app
EdEX free online courses
This week, the ladies sat down for a treat with WeHo based influencer, blogger and brand strategist Rachel Richardson of Lovely in LA. “I never leave the village,” says Rachel. While that’s not entirely true (she has true wanderlust and has become quite the California road trip girl), her love for all things West Hollywood is clear from the interview. Pour yourself a glass of rose and settle in for a nice long Overheard in WeHo convo.
Rachel Richardson, is the founder of Lovely in LA. She’s been called many things: influencer, blogger, brand strategist, fit model, creative director and trend forecaster. In short, she’s the secret weapon that brands call upon to engage the powerful 20 billion dollar plus/curvy market. She helps brands navigate the bridge between plus and standard style while inspiring and equipping her audience to look and feel their absolute best. Founded in 2012, Lovely in LA is a source of chic sophistication and style inspiration for fashionistas of all shapes and sizes. This inclusive approach to all things stylish is incredibly important in a community like West Hollywood especially at a time like this. She’s also very “ in the know” and often the go-to resource for Maxine when trying to figure out what to wear or where to go. And most importantly, Rachel calls West Hollywood home
Mentioned in this Week’s Episode: This includes picks from our guest Rachel, Tracy, Maxine and of course, Lola’s List! Following are almost 40 things to see, do and shop in WeHo and beyond. Take a listen to the podcast for the inside scoop.
Food: BBCM, Carla’s Cafe, Cara Hotel (WeHo adj), Cecconi, Craig’s, Found Oyster (WeHo adj) Harriet’s Rooftop, The Edition, Employees Only, La Peer Hotel, Madre, Olivetta, Petit Ermitage, Ponsonby Rd Cafe, Starbuck’s (peppermint hot chocolate is here), Tess Pro Tip: Many of these spots are also very Instagrammable
Health, Wellness & Fitness: Dr. Refresh, MYX Fitness, Peloton app, Yoga at Petit Ermitage, Mount Olympus “hikes”, long walks up Doheny toward the Bird streets, The Doctor, The Solution
Home: CB2, Hollywood Glam Furniture James Perse Home on Robertson, West Hollywood Design District
CA Road Trips: Death Valley, Palm Springs, Zion
Pets: Dog park, Healthy Spot
And just in time for the holidays … shopping: Amazon Pop Up "Unwrap Change" between Amazon Handmade and Dove Chocolate featuring 16 women owned businesses including Los Angeles Based Hereafter and Huntington Beach sister team Wunderkid Art , Belcampo Meats, Book Soup, Candles by AK Squared (a hyper local company, their candles are named after WeHo streets!), Temecula Olive Oil, WeHo Gift Guide by the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Make sure to check out last week’s episode for even more shopping!
Today's special episode focuses on Small Business Saturday and how to support local businesses as part of American Express annual event with a feature on local business owner Anthony Carro of Candle Delirium. The We Know Weho team also has a special reminder to give to your favorite non-profit for Giving Tuesday and are joined by local artist Marisabel Bazan who has created a unique collection of butterfly holiday ornaments with proceeds going to help Panamanian children in need. Don't miss the once a year Black Friday sale at Candle Delirium of 15% off online or in store purchases. Marisabel is also offering beautiful hand painted scarves for Black Friday on her website and instagram.
Marisabel Bazan https://marisabelbazan.com/
Lady M https://www.ladym.com/
Sweet Lady Jane https://sweetladyjane.com/
Cake Monkey https://www.cakemonkey.com/
Bottega Louie https://www.bottegalouie.com/pages/west-hollywood-updated
Gelato Festival https://www.gelatofestival.store/
Joan’s on Third https://joansonthird.com/
Violet Grey https://www.violetgrey.com/
Book Soup https://www.booksoup.com/
Mystery Pier Books http://www.mysterypierbooks.com/
John & Pete’s http://www.johnandpetes.com/
Sweetzer Cellars https://www.sweetzercellars.com/
Pleasure Chest https://thepleasurechest.com/store-locations/los-angeles
Empty Vase https://emptyvase.com/
The RealReal https://www.therealreal.com/
Atacama Home https://atacamahome.com/
James Perse Robertson House https://www.jamesperse.com/furniture/flagship-store/robertson
Hollywood Glam Furniture https://www.hollywoodglamfurniture.com/
LA Food Bank https://www.lafoodbank.org/
LBGT Center Senior Pantry https://lalgbtcenter.org/
Project Angel Food https://www.angelfood.org/
Meals on Wheels https://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/
Trevor Project https://www.thetrevorproject.org/
American Lung Association https://www.lung.org/
Usbg Foundation https://www.usbgfoundation.org/
" A little over nine years ago, Craig Susser opened Craig's LA in the West Hollywood Design District on infamous Melrose Avenue. Craig's made a splash back then, and the restaurant is just as notable today.
Craig's is called a modern throw back and has proven to be the restaurant hotspot: as Zagat coined it, “a sure celeb hang.. Formerly at Dan Tana’s, Craig Susser opened his own American restaurant, perfecting a high-end, comfort food menu that keeps new and loyal customers returning again and again.
Craig’s guests describe the restaurant as updated old-school, intimate, clubby, and warm. A nightly mixture of regular clientele who are part of the Craig’s family and visitors from around the globe, refined comfort food inspired by familiar favorites, and guests’ culinary cravings executed at an elevated level.
Some restaurants try to educate; some try to push the envelope. Craig Susser and Executive Chef Kursten Kizer (formerly of the Post Ranch Inn) just want you to sit back, relax and enjoy.
Craig’s goal is to provide a memorable dining experience. The restaurant embraces a culture of “yes” – which means satisfying a variety of tastes and dietary parameters from vegan to carnivore. These efforts are reflected in the menu’s range, from retro favorites such pigs-in-a-blanket and meatloaf to cioppino, steaks, and vegan options, such as vegan chicken parm and spaghetti squash primavera." - West Hollywood Design District
Craig’s La - https://craigs.la/
Craig’s Vegan Ice Cream -https://craigsvegan.com/
Goldbelly - https://www.goldbelly.com/craigs/the-boys-chocolate-pizza-3-pack
West Hollywood Design District https://www.westhollywooddesigndistrict.com/
Prince Pizza (West Hollywood) http://princestreetpizzanyc.com/
Night & Market http://www.nightmarketsong.com/nm-weho-1
Pace Joint https://pacejoint.com/
Covenant House - Virtual Sleep Out fundraiser
Farmer’s Market the Grove - PJ drive at Huntington Meats http://huntingtonmeats.com/
This week, WeHo felt like a block party. People flew their flags, danced in the streets and honked their horns from the westside to the eastside of the City. And anchoring the eastside, Tom Sopit of Employees Only joins the show to share how the sexy speakeasy has fared in the pandemic.
Los Angeles native Tom Sopit has extensive management experience in the food & beverage and hospitality industries. Currently, Tom is the Managing Partner at Employees Only located in West Hollywood. Before Employees Only, Tom focused on the creative and operational development of new projects at Houston Hospitality, a nightlife group that owns and operates some of the largest bars in Los Angeles. Before that, he served as the Director of Marketing for Singha North America — a conglomerate based out of Bangkok, Thailand. At SNA, Tom forged a partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers, nurtured relationships with Manchester United, and oversaw various activations across the country at events like Art Basel and Sundance. During this period, Tom also built and led a team of over 30 employees and managed 150 distributors throughout the country.
As we all eagerly await the presidential election results, the girls sit down with Nick Rimedio, General Manager of the West Hollywood Design District jewel known as La Peer Hotel.
Nick is a seasoned hospitality veteran, who brings twenty-five years of industry experience as the General Manager of La Peer Hotel, which is located in the Design District of West Hollywood. Since its opening in January 2018, La Peer has garnered several major awards from publications such as Condenast and Travel & Leisure, and is West Hollywood’s only starred hotel by Forbes Travel, securing a Four Star Award for both 2020 and 2021 in addition to a AAA Four Diamond.
In his role at La Peer Hotel, he oversees all hotel activities, including personnel, operations, guest relations, sales, and business development. Previous positions include hotel manager at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills, hotel manager at Avalon Beverly Hill, director of food and beverage at Carmel Valley Ranch, and general manager for the late iconic chef Charlie Trotter at his restaurant at the Palazzo Las Vegas as well as assistant general manager in Chicago.
All the Pop Ups:
GBK Brand Bar: Awards season is a festive time in West Hollywood with all of the parties and glamming, and a luxurious Gift Lounge is not to be missed. GBK Productions and La Peer came together to offer a truly unique retail experience. Fun facts: Tracy just bought her favorite new flannel there and Maxine launched her e-commerce biz with GBK years ago.
James Peterson Henry Art: James is an Australian painter whose work is heavily influenced by Cubism, African Art and Australian Aboriginal Art. In the organic way that Nick constructs the hotel’s pop-ups, James and Nick met on property while James was a server at Viale Ristorante (now closed).
Olivetta: This pop up restaurant has been a must-visit since it opened, with its sexy poolside and rooftop dining options. What we didn’t realize is that a considerable amount of the pre-opening preparations took place at the LaPeer. Olivetta is extending its residency through May 2021 and have added Tuesday nights to the line up.
Congrats to the Dodgers for winning the world series for the first time since 1988. Did you catch the game at one of your favorite WeHo sports bars? This week, we head into Halloween and yes … we will sorely miss our Halloween Festival on Santa Monica Blvd. However, show your pumpkin-carving skills with a visit to the Pumpkin Patch at Beverly Center.
This week the girls welcome Chris Santos, Founder of Dr. Refresh on Melrose Place. This wellness oasis has only been open 19 days, but make sure to have a listen to the podcast to learn about Chris and his business on the bleeding edge of fitness, wellness, anti-aging and beauty. He has been dedicated to health and fitness all of his life as a triathlete, martial artist, and wellness / biohacking enthusiast.
Eat & Drink Week: We head into the final days of Eat + Drink Week (Nov 1) and Maxine’s pick is Cavatina at Sunset Marquis. You have to cross a bridge across a koi pond and it feels like Hawaii. It will be even more enchanting when the holiday lights make their appearance shortly.
Sweet Treats: Tracy scoured the neighborhood and her picks for some tasty treats are Cake Monkey, Pitchoun, Gelson’s, and Conservatory (for the spooky drinks too!). However, it is the macarons for Maxine as she waits for Bottega Louie to open their doors in early November.
Lisa’s Back: The block at SM between Robertson & San Vicente appears to be alive again with Pump, Tom Tom and its expanded patio offering Vanderpump Rules realness to fans of all the shows.
Time to Vote: We don’t think we need to remind you how important your voice is right now, and for a little extra incentive Uncle Paulie’s Deli, Lauren’s fave, will give you buy-one-get-one free when you come in with an “I Voted” sticker. Uber is also offering some deal specials if you need a ride to the ballot box or polls.
Robertson House: James Perse proves they are much more than high end t-shirts and sweats on Robertson next to the Ivy. This fully immersive experience will showcase their furniture collection and accessories including sheets, towels, antiques, cashmere throws and more.
This week We Know Weho kicks off the Food & Fashion segment with an overview of West Hollywood Eat and Drink Week kicks off on October 23rd with an impressive list of local restaurants that are offering specials including a rooftop patio dining experience at the secretly exclusive Petit Ermitage.
If you are a BBQ fan, you will want to take notes on the review from We Know Weho on Bludsoe's and the variety of savory proteins available for take out, delivery or curbside pickup. With the closing of Tortilla Republic, Tracy is elated to share the opening of famed chef Enrique Olvera's restaurant, Damian, in the Arts District downtown who brings his cooking talents from Pujol in Mexico City that has been featured on Netflix Chef's Table series. Menu items she can recommend from her culinary excursions to his two NYC restaurants include the gaucamole, ceviche and the hibiscus meringue.
This week's guest feature is the one and only Larry Block from Blockparty Weho who is also on the ballot as a candidate for the upcoming West Hollywood City Council election. Larry is a 35 year West Hollywood resident who has owned a few shops in West Hollywood since 1985 after his move West from New York. Larry has been a long time city advocate and has served as the Chairman of the Public Facilities Commission from 2019-2020 and the Chairman of the Disability Advisory Board from 2013-2014.
He has been active in local city issues including founding the term limit initiative and CrossSafeWeho, which led to the crosswalk updates. It was his idea to create the West Hollywood Green City Awards, and he founded the Disability Health Fair that brings free flu shots to residents each year. When Covid hit, Larry utilized his sourcing talents to acquire hard to find masks and led the masks for residents program.
The BlockParty, his "mini gay department store", is celebrating its eleven year business anniversary on October 24th and was the winner of the 2019 Creative City Best Weho Attraction Award bestowed by the Chamber of Commerce.
Be sure to check out the list of upcoming list of movies at the Andaz Drive-In for Halloween, and the huge pink spider dangling from the room of Pretty Little Things on Melrose Avenue is worth a walk or drive-by for your West Hollywood Halloween plans.
This week, Tracy and Maxine welcome Tom Kiely, CEO of Visit West Hollywood, to the show this week to talk about tourism to the Creative City. We explore how the pandemic has been the mother of (re)invention through the eyes of the man who has the primary responsibility of having tourists swipe right on WeHo when thinking about their next vacay .. or staycay.
Asking Tom to pick his favorite WeHo spots is like asking a parent to pick a favorite child. But this week - here are some of his nominees:
The Den: This lively restaurant on the Sunset Strip is the neighborhood bar to people from all over the world. With the best ingredients and energetic atmosphere found only on the strip, Tom’s menu picks are the burger and the chicken sandwich. The outdoor patio is a must-dine.
The Pendry: Tom, Tracy and Maxine are all excited to see The Pendry open its doors to visitors and locals alike. Self described as Polished Comfort. Modern Edge - this new luxury offering will boast two Wolfgang Puck restaurants (he’s baaaaacckkkk) and beautiful artful environments.
Zinque: WeHo boasts an 87 walk score (very walkable!) and Tom often walks to work. He likes to grab a coffee from this Melrose outdoor bistro serving French fare such as charcuterie platters, open-faced sandwiches & quiches. The girls like it for a glass of afterwork rose.
Gracias Madre: Born out of love for Mother Earth and reverence for all mothers, this beautiful space features traditional plant-based Mexican cuisine. Upon first taste, Tom couldn’t believe it was veggie based (the jackfruit really does taste like pull-pork!). The last influencer event Maxine attended was held in the photogenic outdoor courtyard.
West Hollywood Eat and Drink Week is back on the heels of DineLA for it’s second year running starting next week on October 23rd running through November 1st. Diners can find great dine-in, take out or delivery deals at their favorite West Hollywood places to dine such as Boa, Cecconi’s, Cavatina, Eveleigh, Katana and even Shake Shack.
If you feel like getting your namaste on outdoors, the newly opened Sweat Yoga located in the Sprouts building is offering rooftop classes in the morning and late evenings with a gorgeous view extending in all directions across West Hollywood.
La Cienega appears to be attracting the likes of businesses looking for flagship locations not only in the US but also as a footprint for West Coast operations. Dries Van Noten opened its doors last week at the former Opening Ceremony location at 451 N. La Cienega filling over 8,500 sq feet with a retail experience that is unlike any other with an art and performance space vibe. West Hollywood will have a third woman’s space joining The Wing and Allbright with Chief selecting 714 La Cienega Blvd as the second city location for C-level and rising women VP’s looking for a place to network. The club will occupy a huge 14,259 sq foot space and bring some life to the very listless Los Angeles side of the LCDQ.
It's October and the beginning of Fall season in between the seasonal heat waves, and the hosts of We Know Weho ask if there any weather that isn't pizza weather? Pizza is a thing, a big thing, even in West Hollywood where all the options under the sun are available including gluten-free and cauliflower crusts. October is, after all, National Pizza Month and Lauren is back on the mic and in the co-host seat this week with Tracy to give us the complete run down of her favorite cheesy pies.
Lauren is a native New Yorker and right off the bat her pick for best NY pizza goes to Joe's Pizza's location at 8539 Sunset Blvd, with a very simply put endorsement from Lauren, "If you don't like Joe's PIzza...there's something wrong with you..".
Just a little east on Melrose, family owned and run Black Bird Pizza Shop is Lauren's pick if you are in the mood for Chicago-style deep dish pizza. The two are in total agreement about the breakfast pizza from Jon & Vinny's on Fairfax with the fried egg on top - a true art and mark of a refined pizza maker according to these two experts.
Lauren's surprise pick is the local West Hollywood Domino's on La Cienega with a strong vouch coming from Keith Kaplan for the deep dish topped with pepperoni, black olives and jalapenos and light sauce. She is not conflicted in the least bit about this very speedy delivery pick with a tip to download the app for ease of ordering and tracking your order to collect a free pizza for every six ordered.
Tracy throws in her favorite "calorie worthy" pizzas from Pace Joint and local famous Chef Nancy Silverton's Pizzeria Mozza, but Lauren's top pick and front runner is awarded to....... Prime Pizza
We get caught up with what's going on in the neighborhood on Lauren's walking jaunts for a Melrose Place update that Nordstrom Local is open but next door flashy instagram favorite neighbor, Glossier, has closed its doors on their flagship retail location.
The Naughty Pig on sunset has expanded and partnered with some cool food concepts to offer its patrons food that you wouldn't think you would get in a sports bar. They are offering something for not only the sports fan, but also food fans that are not diehard sports fans with culinary pop-ups from Frogstown Gourmet Tacos, Soosh, K-24 and the Bad Jew.
Although the infamous Halloween Parade is cancelled this year, C19 can't stop Halloween in Weho and local events are starting to pop up as The Rainbow is first out of the gate with a Halloween Costume Party on October 28th.
Save Our Stages is doing a benefit concert to help raise funds for live venues that are not getting financial assistance from the federal government and pegged to be the last to open due to the pandemic. SAVE THE DATE for October 16 - 18th for this fundraising event to help benefit participating local West Hollywood live music venues, the Troubadour and Whisky A Go Go, featuring a range of artists including Miley Cyrus, Foo Fighters, Jason Mraz, Little Big Town, Dave Matthews Band, Reba McEntire, Demi Lovato and more.
Welcome to the Suite Life. As featured co-host Maxine Tatlonghari extends her residency, she and host Tracy Passo podcast for the first time on location at Andaz West Hollywood. The GM Matt generously offered to have the girls in to see the drive-in set up first hand, spend a bit of time at the pool after work during this triple digit heatwave and podcast from the Tutti Frutti Suite aka Little Richard’s Room (he was a resident for 20+ years) at the former Riot Hyatt. It’s amazing how “work from home” takes on a whole new meaning when high atop Sunset Blvd with sweeping views - staycation style.
Custom Comfort: The girls welcomed Co-Owner Gary Trudell to talk all things mattress/sleep/rejuvenation. As a community leader (and lover) of the West Hollywood District, Gary shares helpful mattress-shopping tips for our listeners as well as his insider pics for some of his favorite neighborhood spots. You may remember that Tracy and Maxine shared some sleep tips at the end of Episode 22, and a good mattress was key to optimum zzzzs. Gary and his team offer private appointments and concierge-level service to help you find the exact fit for your needs.
Amazon Pop Up: The first iteration of the concept store features the latest from Samsung and a peek at Amazon’s new furniture line called Rivet. We’re excited to see what other brands they bring to life in future activations right across the street from Urth cafe. 8551 Melrose.
This week, we realize everything old is new again. We have had to reimagine and it seems that nostalgia serves a bigger purpose than just a feel good situation. It’s actually informed the way we reimagine some old faves. Join host and producer Tracy Paaso and guest-host-in-residence Maxine Tatlonghari (her words, not ours) in this week’s episode of We Know WeHo.
The Drive In. Matt Ojinaga, the director of Sales, Events and Marketing at the Andaz joins the girls and shares three ways that Andaz has reinvented its offerings. We start with the drive-in. Simply drive your car in and gather up to 3 of your friends and for $56.25 you can experience a drive-in movie as never before. The menu has evolved from simple popcorn nights to full-on charcuterie packages complete with branded Pashmina scarves. Get your tickets here.
Barber Shop Vibes. It appears that personal services are once again open in LA, but just in case, Andaz has partnered with fellow Sunset Stripper Barcode Barbershop to offer haircuts on the Terrace.
Poolside Dining. Tracy and Maxine love a rooftop. They love love a rooftop with a view and the Andaz does NOT disappoint. The Andaz offers 4 intimate social distanced tables with 2 seatings complete with heaters. Book your table here.
For more staycation ideas in West Hollywood click here.
FOOD & FASHION:
Strings of Life. Remember pigs in a blanket? Savory little hot dogs in a flaky pastry... Well, in true WeHo fashion, celebrity chefs offer their elevated take on the humble party favorite. The outdoor area is so cute - all bright, sunny, yellow socially distanced vibes. Menu.
Taco Tuesday. This day is practically a holiday in WeHo. Tracy headed down the corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Hayworth and caught an outdoor grill at Employees Only offering up carne asada. Next door neighbor Tacos Tu Madre was bursting at the seams with taco aficionados on the same night.
HEALTH & WELLNESS:
More Pilates on a Rooftop? Maxine’s outdoor Pilates obsession continues with the discovery of this new option Spier Pilates on Santa Monica Blvd. The ability to sanitize the handles (and perhaps even bring your own) brings the customizable experience to the next level.
Manis and Pedis please? So for those of you experiencing hangnails and hobbit feet, some of our favorite nail salons are reopening. Let us know in the comments below how your favorite neighborhood nail salon is faring.
PrideStride. Where does Tracy find the time to vision and launch an entire 5K movement bringing togethr 34 cities (and counting) across the country in celebration of National Coming Out Day? We’re not sure but make sure to sign up for the amazing event and get some cool SWAG and share your coming out story in the comments below.
We don’t know about you, but we are a little tired of hearing “pivot” in every Zoom meeting we attend. We propose ...Reimagine. Webster says, “to imagine again or anew; especially : to form a new conception of : re-create.” Join us as Tracy and Maxine explore some reimaginings in this week’s episode of We Know WeHo.
Football Season: The Rams faced off against the Dallas Cowboys in the sports venue marvel known as SoFi Stadium in Inglewood. AS the stadium must remain fanless due to C19, we answer the burning question, where can a WeHoian catch a game? We suggest Rocco’s, State Social House, The Belmont, hi tops, Barney’s Beanery and the girls’ fave .. 40 Love.
Outdoor Dining: Speaking of Barney’s Beanery, Tracy is kind of in love with their new outdoor space. She’s also crushing on Norah, Strings of Life and Weho adjacent, Carlitos Gardel on Melrose. It’s no secret that these reimagined outdoor extensions make her very happy indeed.
Pozole. Po-what? As we head into the final stretch of dineL.A., Maxine and Tracy chat about their pick on the Gracias Madres menu. GM’s vegetarian version features corn, chickpea, carrots, cabbage, tortilla chips and cashew cream. We want to sit in the garden, sip on a bespoke margarita for an idyllic Melrose afternoon.
Amazon Pop Up: Maxine is a self professed Amazon junkie, and this soon-to-open pop up on Melrose will offer a fresh twist for those ready to take their obsession IRL. We’ve heard it will be “A themed selection of top brands, frequently updated and presented to you by Amazon." 8551 Melrose
Sunday Funday: Sadly, the Santa Monica bar crawl won’t be the same as Rage closes its doors after 40 years serving the LGBTQ+ community. Thank you for all the fun times, Rage.
As we brace ourselves for a triple digit heat wave this Labor Day weekend, here is a recap of this week’s episode of We Know WeHo, complete with ideas on how to escape the heat, explore new restaurants and support local. We call that a win, win, win.
Tracy and guest host Maxine (back for another round) met in a WeHo pool the summer of 2016 (that’s a story for another day). Suffice it to say these two mermaids love a good pool. Here are three ways to get your splash on if you don’t happen to have a pool in your backyard or apartment complex:
Resort Pass: Daycations for mermaids and mermen and mer-nonbinaries. Book your favorite sun lounger or cabana through this app at your fave local hotel like the Andaz, Sunset Tower, La Peer and more. https://www.resortpass.com/
Swimply: Craving something a bit more private? This app and website was pitched as the “airbnb for swimming pools” on ABC’s shark tank. Some pools even offer bbq’s and allow you to social distance with your quarantine squad. https://swimply.com/
Hotel Staycation: Ready to go all in and decadently book a room? Many of our hotels are offering California residents special rates as summering in Europe is not an option at the moment. https://www.visitwesthollywood.com/offer/california-residents.
It’s baack! Enjoy two weeks of adventuresome dining experiences across Los Angeles. The program kicked off a couple of days ago and will run through September 18.
Conservatory: Maxine has always loved the vibe, food and drinks at this design gem of an outdoor space. Her choices: Truffle Croquettes (calabrian chili aioli, parmigiano-reggiano) / Maine Diver Scallops (corn emulsion, truffle essence, english peas) / Chocolate Mousse (chantilly cream, berries) $45 https://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela/restaurant/1818
Tower Bar: Tracy is a fan of this iconic Sunset Strip spot. Try: Beet Salad (arugula, toasted pecans, goat cheese, orange vinaigrette) / Tower Burger (8 oz beef patty, port onions, arugula, special sauce, toasted brioche and a side of fries) / Famous Tower Bar Cookies $35 https://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela/restaurant/3024 (Pro Tip: Pair with the aforementioned Resort Pass for a pool & lunch day for bougie date idea.)
Locanda Veneta: Neither of the ladies have been to Third Street Village spot yet, but it’s no secret that Maxine is currently obsessed with all things Italian. Burrata Caprese (fresh basil, virgin olive oil) / Risotto Zafferano con Gamberi (saffron simmered rice, arugula and large prawns) / Chocolate Biscotti $25 https://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela/restaurant/3523
Amarone: The Italian owner behind the intimate romantic eatery up on Sunset worked with Tara and her department at City Hall to create a charming backyard feel to the parking lot pop-up. What’s truly inspiring is the way that he helped his neighbor Ta-Ke Sushi out to bring both of their outdoor spaces to life.
Welcome to the 20th episode of We Know Weho. This week, Produce and Host Tracy Paaso is joined by Guest Host Maxine Tatlonghari stepping in for Lauren as they chat with the Doyenne of the West Hollywood Design District, Jamie Adler. Jamie is a long-time West Hollywood business owner with a true love for the Creative City.
She was the first guest on We Know Weho and it seemed only fitting to bring her back and see how things have evolved since those early days of the pandemic. Jamie's philosophy is "adventurous with total safety". She shares some great insider tips on how we can get out safely, as our businesses pivot and navigate the pandemic.
Tara Punzone, vegan extraordinaire Chef and Owner of Pura Vita and Pura Vita Pizzeria in West Hollywood joins We Know Weho to talk about her two innovative dining concepts that have come to life in West Hollywood over the past two years - including a new business opening for the pizzeria that was funded by a $50,000 kickstarted campaign that opened smack dab in the middle of this unprecedented year.
Chef Tara is an Italian American from New York, who has thrived on a vegan diet for over 30 years. Her passion for healthy southern Italian food has been evolving since her childhood when she made the decision to adopt a vegan lifestyle. It was then Tara began converting all of her family's traditional dishes to vegan versions of the same, without compromise.
For the past 20 years Chef Tara has worked alongside many inspirational chefs, honing her skills and running several of New York City and Los Angeles’ fine dining vegan restaurants.
Pura Vita in West Hollywood, is the first 100% plant-based Italian restaurant and wine bar in the USA! At Pura Vita we have created a unique dining experience that has the ambiance of a New York City wine bar with a traditional menu reflecting the best of Southern Italy. We pride ourselves on using the best organic, sustainable, clean, plant-based ingredients.
Show Notes & Links:
Pura Vita Vegan https://puravitalosangeles.com/
Pura Vita Pizzeria https://puravitapizzeria.com/
Pura Vita Instagram @puravita_la | @puravitapizzeria
Las Palmas pop up at EP&LP https://www.eplosangeles.com/las-palmas
E.P. & L.P. https://www.eplosangeles.com/
The Ivy http://theivyrestaurants.com/
Lauren Weiniger is the founder and CEO of Safely Health, an integrated marketplace platform focused on sexual health. Prior to founding Safely, Lauren was on the founding team of TAU Investment Management, an impact-focused PE fund based in NYC. She also previously founded GrowthCity, and oversaw a portfolio of healthcare startups for Abraxis Bioscience, which was acquired by Celgene for $2.3B. Prior to that, Lauren led projects at the Grameen Foundation focused on alleviating extreme poverty in Argentina.
An MBA graduate of Oxford University, Lauren serves as an adviser to several companies from start-up through growth, including Glow Concept, WinkyLux, GTV, and MashandGrape. Lauren is a founding member of Dreamers//Doers, an ambassador to Breakout, and a member of Summit Series and Milken Young Leaders Circle.
Safely is a healthcare marketplace platform focused on sexual health. Their debut product, The Safely App, lets people share their verified STD status with potential partners. It's also the fastest and least expensive way to get tested for STDs, backed by a national network of leading labs and physicians. Users can import their STD results from any doctor, clinic, or lab for free, or skip the doctor's visit and book a full STD panel using insurance for just $99 out of pocket.
Now Safely is adding COVID-19 testing and verification, to help get people back to dating and more. More than an App, Safely is a Movement: A coalition of influential supporters on a mission to disrupt the spread of STDs in our lifetime.
Show Notes & LInks:
Safely App https://safely.me/
Tacos Tu Madre
Jon & Vinny's
Summer Social Club pop up at Employees Only
Crudo e Nudo pop up
Bludso's | Black Restaurant Week
1 Hotel West Hollywood
The Mermaid Inn NYC
This week John Erickson, local West Hollywood resident with life-long activism and advocacy from an early age joins We Know Weho to discuss his (first-time) candidacy run for a seat on the West Hollywood City Council.
Erickson first planted roots in West Hollywood in 2010. While completing his Ph.D. at Claremont Graduate University in American Religious History, he was selected as an intern for the West Hollywood City Council and moved into the city. The internship set him on a path to connect decades of work for social and economic justice with his passion for public service. After the internship, Erickson went on to become Council Deputy to former Councilmember Abbe Land and then the City’s Community Affairs Technician where he worked directly with West Hollywood residents, civic leaders, and organizations across Southern California. At City Hall, Erickson advanced policies and programs to increase awareness around LGBTQ+ rights, women’s rights, the environment, and civic engagement. While at City Hall, served as the President of West Hollywood Municipal Employees (WEHOME) American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local Union No. 3339, AFL-CIO. He learned to bring residents and local businesses together so that City Hall works for everyone, to take forward-thinking policies from white paper to law, and to provide exceptional constituent services. Currently, Erickson is the Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, a Planning Commissioner for the City of West Hollywood, and President of the Board for the ACLU of Southern California.
Show Notes & Links:
John Erickson https://erickson4weho.com/
Hollywood Food Coalition https://hofoco.org/
Salt’s Cure Breakfast https://www.breakfastbysaltscure.com/
Madison & Park Coffee https://www.instagram.com/madisonandparkcoffee/?hl=en
Astro Burger http://www.astroburger.com/
Fred Segal (the real Fred Segal on Sunset) https://www.fredsegal.com/
Mauro’s Cafe http://mauroscafe.com/#ad-image-2
Pace Joint https://pacejoint.com/
Harold’s Chicken Shack https://www.haroldschickenla.com/
Cavatina at the Sunset Marquis https://sunsetmarquis.com/cavatina-restaurant/
Pink Taco https://pinktaco.com/
Carrie’s Pilates outdoor studio on La Brea https://www.carriespilatesplus.com/
Harmony Pilates https://harmonystudiospilates.com/
Annie Lennox https://www.annielennox.com/
Capitol Drugs https://capitoldrugs.com/locations/west-hollywood/
Pampered Hands https://pampered-hands.com/
West Hollywood City Council Meeting
This week local artist, Katie Bright, joins We Know Weho to talk about her art projects in West Hollywood and her favorite neighborhood places to grab a bite to eat or a sweet treat.
With almost 20 years of experience as an artist and designer, Katie created the Welcome to the Brightside Agency. The company works with a melting pot of creative’s in all spectrums of the arts to deliver unique projects, wallpaper, murals, books, illustrations, and installations. Imagination and production show no limits.
Recently with an invitation to design two mural artworks for Pasadena Showcase House, August, 2020, Katie devised a new company,The Digs Collection. Digs is short for diggings, both words slang for home. Clients include Kimpton La Peer Hotel, The West Hollywood Design District, The City of West Hollywood, Disney, Sesame Street, The Magic Castle, Yamashiro, The Farmer Daughter Hotel, and many more.
Show Notes & Links:
Katie Bright http://www.welcometothebrightside.com/
Katie Bright - Instagram https://www.instagram.com/welcometothebrightside/
Katie Bright - Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/katiebrightbrig/
Soosh at La Peer Hotel https://www.ubereats.com/los-angeles/food-delivery/soosh/HKNJtQ3zRSW5GkOnYs0n9Q?ps=1
Kimpton La Peer Hotel https://www.lapeerhotel.com/
Ruam Mitr Thai https://sweetladyjane.com/
Cake Monkey https://www.cakemonkey.com/
Sweet Lady Jane https://sweetladyjane.com/
Homewerk - a drag show comedy
Brits in LA http://britsinla.blogspot.com/
I Martin Bicycles https://www.helenscycles.com/about/i.-martin-bicycles-beverly-grove-pg288.htm
Calma Cannabis Dispensary https://calmawesthollywood.com/
The We Know Weho team is making the rounds and getting to know the candidates who are in the running for City Council seats this upcoming November and interview Noemi Torres in this week's episode.
Noemi is dedicated to helping lift people out of poverty and out of homelessness and has volunteered with Project Angel Food for sixteen years as well as the Downtown Women’s Center, RED EYE, and the Skid Row Carnival of Love. She also served on the board of Ascencia, a local organization that has provided services and affordable housing to homeless individuals and families since 2006.
In 2014, Noemi became involved in the City of West Hollywood’s Women’s Advisory Board, supporting women’s rights, pay equity, and advocacy for women. In 2017, she was appointed to the Public Facilities Commission by West Hollywood Mayor Lindsey Horvath.
Because of her volunteer work and advocacy with numerous community organizations, Noemi was named Woman of the Year in 2017 by Congressman Adam Schiff.
La Boheme is the hot topic in this week's Food and Fashion segment with the entire town talking about the new charming outdoor patio that has been constructed in the valet lot and a happy hour that serves amazing bites for a great value all 7 days a week starting at 5pm! There is also a review of the newly opened GGet (Go Get Em Tiger) coffee shop on the corner of Harper and Santa Monica as Tracy gives her food critic review of the breakfast burrito and the tasty flaky creamy Bun Bun.
In Health & Wellness Lauren and Noemi compare notes on their favorite West Hollywood IV Drip locations Hydration Room and Nergy Boost. And they all discuss their thoughts on an outdoor hair salon concept and find out where you can get an outdoor pedicure!
Noemi Torres https://noemi4weho.com/
Project Angel Food https://www.angelfood.org/
Downtown Women’s Center https://downtownwomenscenter.org/
Emerge California https://ca.emergeamerica.org/
The Den https://www.thedenonsunset.com/
La Boheme West Hollywood http://www.globaldiningca.com/laboheme/
Go Get Em Tiger (Gget) https://gget.com/locations/
Hydration Room https://thehydrationroom.com/locations/west-hollywood/
Hamburger Mary’s https://www.hamburgermarys.com/weho/
This week Marco Pelusi who is an award-winning celebrity hair color artist, authority, educator, and salon owner joins Tracy and Lauren on We Know Weho. Marco is globally recognized as a leading Haircolor Authority, renowned Platform Artist & Educator, Salon Owner, and fashion-forward Celebrity Haircolorist. Fifteen years ago, he opened Marco Pelusi Hair Studio in the heart of the ultra-chic West Hollywood Design District on Robertson Boulevard. There, he and his talented staff of seasoned Hollywood hair stylists continue to offer world-class hair fashion to numerous celebrities and trendsetters. Marco’s luxurious, spa-like salon is the premier retailer of the Marco® Collagen Color Guard® HairCare System, the first and only complete collagen-based system developed for color- and chemically-treated hair. Marco is currently offering 15% off products as well as customized hair color kits and tutorials for color application.
Marco has been a long time member of the West Hollywood Design District Business Improvement Board and won the John Chase Art & Design Award at the 2016 West Hollywood Creative Business Awards. Marco share's his favorites about West Hollywood including the fabulously designed Kimpton La Peer Hotel, Craig's Restaurant, Tortilla Republic, Bossa Nova, the Assembly coffee shop and Marco's restaurant.
In Food and Fashion this week, Lauren shares her favorites to celebrate National Mac & Cheese Day with Bludso's at the top of the list but Kitchen 24, Joan's on Third, and Slab with a definite thumbs up and worth a try! Bravo Toast has plans to open up in the early fall on Doheny and Tracy shares her outdoor patio dining social distancing experience at Gracias Madre. Lots of new patio spaces to learn about that are popping up at West Hollywood restaurants including La Boheme, The Den on Sunset, and Eveleigh.
This week, all fitness is closed as of July 13th but Lauren is keeping an eye out for outdoor workout experiences and crossing her fingers for F45 workouts in West Hollywood Park. Another fitness business will be popping up in the former LASC space that is all about rolling (foam rollers).
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West Hollywood Design District https://www.westhollywooddesigndistrict.com/
West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce https://www.wehochamber.com/
Kimpton La Peer Hotel West Hollywood https://www.lapeerhotel.com/
Pressed Juicery https://pressedjuicery.com/
This week Maxine Tatlonghari aka "Vanity Girl Hollywood" joins We Know Weho to share about her quarantine experience , her favorite West Hollywood spots and what she misses most. She is a local beauty influence and blogger who is regularly featured on the West Hollywood Travel and Tourism blog with her food, fashion and wellness tips. Maxine shares with us how she has helped to pivot annual event fundraisers at the American Lung Association as well as an update on the "Men Wear Turquoise, Too" campaign for COVID-19 research.
SHOW NOTES & LINKS:
Maxine Tatlonghari Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thevanitygirldiaries/?hl=en
Visit West Hollywood articles: https://www.visitwesthollywood.com/stories/author/maxine-tatlonghari
American Lung Association - Men Wear Turquoise, Too
Keith Kaplan Ambassador Campaign https://www.kindest.com/campaign/iwt-keith-kaplan
Alex Bazley https://www.kindest.com/campaign/iwt--alex-bazley
Captain Ed Ramirez https://www.kindest.com/campaign/iwt-edward-ramirez
Deadline: July 14th
WeHo Chamber https://www.wehochamber.com/
Peloton App: https://www.onepeloton.com/app
Mango App (learn a language) https://mangolanguages.com/
Strings of Life https://www.sol-losangeles.com/
Cecconi's West Hollywood https://www.cecconiswesthollywood.com/
Gelato Festival https://www.gelatofestival.store/classes/
JK Zen https://www.gelatofestival.store/classes/
Carrie’s Pilates https://www.gelatofestival.store/classes/
Harmony Pilates https://harmonystudiospilates.com/
Club Pilates https://www.clubpilates.com/location/weho
DP Hue Root Color: https://www.amazon.com/dpHUE-Root-Touch-Up-Dark-Blonde/dp/B07YDBFKJ3/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=dpHUE&qid=1594233002&sr=8-3
Tania Untamed Instinct: http://www.untamedinstincts.com/
Dustin Michael B2V https://www.instagram.com/dustinmichaelmorris/?hl=en
Sepi Shyne join us this week to discuss her platform for the upcoming West Hollywood City Council race in November. Sepi is a West Hollywood resident who is business law attorney and a small business owner of a Reiki practice and has been a long-time advocate for women's rights. Her activism career over the past 20 years includes fighting for LGBTQ rights locally and across the nation. When the COVID crisis hit, Sepi cofounded the community group "Weho Neighbors Helping Neighbors" to help assistance local residents.
Lauren and Tracy have lots to share this week including more new outdoor patio concepts that are popping up, 4th of July BBQ boxes galore from your favorite West Hollywood restaurants, Soulcycle and Drybar are open and the carwash burrito has some fierce competition from the Dialogue Cafe after last week's breakfast trek!
This week's special guest, Keith Kaplan, tells us all about the amazing things that Project Angel Food is doing for the community and how they have increased their routes and the number of daily meals delivered during COVID. Keith shares his favorite West Hollywood spots with us including the disco fries at Kitchen24, happy hour at La Boheme on the patio, Gelato Festival, the red velvet cookie dough from Brady's Bakery and the Chicago Dog at Carney's. Lauren and Tracy have lots to share in the food segment this week with a new opening on Melrose called S.O.L. (Strings of Life) and a few old favorites who are open for dine-in including Cecconi's and Gracias Madre. The girls are also excited to report that many restaurants are opening up new patio spaces for dining including Crossroads, Employees Only and Dan Tana's. Two new health and wellness businesses will be opening soon - Artha on Sunset and Sweat Yoga in the former LASC space next to Sprouts. Lots to hear in the neighborhood segment including a very colorful remodel for Le Parc Hotel, Melrose Rooftop Cinema to open in July and a sad goodbye to Warby Parker, Le Pain and PHOnomenal.
Retail in West Hollywood is opening up on Melrose and Lauren tells us about shopping at The RealReal, Blue Mercury, All Saints and Rag & Bone. The Health and Wellness section highlights 24 Hour Fitness and Harmony Pilates as they prepare to open in the coming week. Other local business tips include the Healthy Spot is open for doggie daycare and the Artist Tree has Pride gummies on the shelf.
What we don't know about Weho, this week's guest sure does! Henry Scott, publisher and editor of Wehoville, joins Tracy and Lauren. This week's neighborhood section is packed full of discussions about the city covering everything from the West Hollywood Park, City Council, landlords and how to engage local renters who make up 68% of the population.
In the Weekly Do Good, a special thank you and shout out is given to local businesses who participated in the march on Sunday by handing out water, juice, pizza and masks: Pura Vita, Sprouts, Pressed Juicery, Fresh Brothers and Rounderbum. Be sure to check out Henry's favorite local coffee shop - Miss Melbourne!
LANCE BASS joins us this week and gives us the scoop on what is going on at Rocco's West Hollywood as things are starting to open up around town. Lance shares with us several of his new endeavors including a mobile bubbly bar, Bubble Tap, and new mixer line "Just Add X" and an upcoming music festival VirginFest. Give a listen to find out his favorite places to grab a bite in West Hollywood including his favorite dish at Craig's. Lauren has lots to report in food with all the places she has been ordering takeout from including a birthday cake from Gelato Festival, chicken from Totem Poultry, BBQ galore from Bludso's and deli sandwiches and meats from Uncle Paulie's.
Jeff Danzer, Chef Jeff the 420 Chef, is one of the five OG cannabis chef's and part owner of soon to be opened Monica's House in West Hollywood. Hear all about Jeff including his own line of cannabis and hemp products. Hear Jeff's review of the breakfast burrito at the Santa Palm Car Wash that is becoming a neighborhood favorite. In the food segment Lauren made it to the Dialog Cafe and shares what she ordered and Tracy is excited that Connie and Ted's has opened for take out and delivery. In Health and Wellness hear about a new pilates studio opening in West Hollywood and how YogaWorks prepares to open its studios with safe operating guidelines and an amended class schedule. This week's neighborhood segment is chalked full of fun tips including two must watch documentaries about the Sunset Strip and Circus of Books and Lauren gives an expert analysis of the vast array of ice cream at John and Pete's (a long-standing wine and liquor store).
Follow Chef Jeff on instagram @jeffthe420chef or find him online at https://www.jeffthe420chef.com/ and https://www.freeleafcannabis.com/
This week West Hollywood's own Jon D'Amico from Rock 'n Walk Tours joins us in the neighborhood segment to give us a rundown of what is happening on the Sunset Strip. Hear his five star food reviews including Dialog Cafe and his favorite Chinese food from Formosa. Jon's tour of the Sunset Strip is ranked #1 on Trip Advisor, check it out and book a tour! https://rocknwalktours.com/
Lauren and Tracy share updates on restaurant openings including Fresh Corn Grill, Greenblatt's Deli, and Sushi Park. Find out where you can get weekend Memorial Day food kits from Nice Guy (pizza), SLAB (mixed bbq box of meat), and lobster roll kits from Cousins Main. Hear retail opening updates including Atacama Home, Book Soup, Brick and Mortar and Remedy Place for health and wellness. Lauren gives an update on the City Council meeting from May 18th including a very special swearing in ceremony from Jane Fonda of our new mayor Linsdey P Horvath.
Breakfast, the most important meal of the day is this week's topic in the Food segment. Lauren and Tracy talk about their top favorite breakfast burritos including Conservatory, Tacos Tu Madre and Santa Palm carwash as well as the waffles from Dialog Cafe and caviar from Petrossian. If you are cooking at home for your four-legged furry pal, Lauren shares an important tip about important nutrients you need to ensure you are adding available from Just Food For Dogs. Don't miss this week's guest featured in the Neighborhood segment from infamous Rainbow Bar and Grill on the Sunset Strip. You can pick up your favorite rock n roll beer to go including Iron Maiden, Metallica and Megadeath with food to go..and make sure to include a Lemmy (Jack & coke) with your order! You can contribute to the Rainbow employee relief Gofundme at https://www.gofundme.com/f/1z07qvn2qo.Sign the petition for federal assistance for small venues like the Rainbow being fought by the National Independent Venue Association https://www.nivassoc.org/take-action
This week, we welcome special guest Jamie Adler, a long-time West Hollywood resident with significant history with the West Hollywood Design District. Jamie shares with us her favorite tips in food including Hedley's, make at home pizza kits from Cecconi's, Gelato Festival, and her favorite from Carney's. In food hear about Pura Vita's new Pizzeria that is opening for business on May 8th . Mother's Day gift ideas including candles from V Wine Room and chocolate covered strawberries at Gelson's. Jamie tells us what she is wearing for Mother's Day and a favorite quarantine wear from Natalie Martin. Jamie shares her workout routine for body and mind that includes Chad Allen Method and Unplug Meditation classes on their app. Lauren provides an overview of the latest City Council meeting held on May 4th and highlights a Go Fund Me for historical local music venue the Troubadour.
Weekly tips for West Hollywood residents. Featured in our food segment this week are Tender Greens, Kreation, Tortilla Republic/Guisados/Tocaya Organica for upcoming Cinco de Mayo and PinkDot for (Mexican) beer delivery. Also a quick check in on Rock & Reilly's and Zinque, and instagram follies from Lisa Vanderpump. You can order creative masks from Huntees (@hunteeshirts) on Insta and B2V is doing color consultations and shipping color kits nationwide. Lauren talks about the UPS store in the neighborhood section and where to find TP if you are running low (insider tip Target at the West Hollywood Gateway, Tesse & Yogurt Stop for single rolls). We check in on Pleasure Chest that is only open online at this time to order your favorite toys and gadgets. Shouts out to Chateau Marmont, Urth Caffe, Cecconi's, Wahlburgers, and fundraiser Weho's Nights In for local nightlife workers in the weekly Do Good feature. Finishing off with a mention of Governor Gavin Newsom's new statewide program to pay restaurants to provide hot meals to seniors.
Weekly tips for West Hollywood residents. We are in week three of our podcast and are excited to announce that we are getting picked up for distribution by Wehoville! This week hear us talk about Craig's, Traktir, Blackbird Pizza in our weekly food segment. Health and Wellness this week we talk about IV drips from The Hydration Room, Drip Doctors, Next Health, The Solution and Youth Haus and Burn60 instagram workouts. This week's Neighborhood segment features a wrap up on the West Hollywood City Council meeting on April 20th and Block Party and Yogurt Stop who are now open and selling masks. Craig's is featured in the weekly DoGood segment as well as an offer from The Change Up Group to provide free financial analysis and recommendations to non-profits.
The kick off episode of West Hollywood Insider podcast! Weekly tips and insights for West Hollywood residents cover food, fitness, fashion and more. In the food segment hear us dish about Tesse, Pizzana and Otus Thai and F45 and Dogpound in our fitness focus. Featured in the Weekly Do Good are Voda Spa, Revolver, Employees Only, Conservatory and Healthy Spot.