Category: Small Businesses

Adult Playground of Your Dreams!

Adult Playground of Your Dreams!

Yesterday afternoon, a new business called Milk Tavern opened up in the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles.  Being from here, I’d seen the signs for months as they set up and wondered what an “adult playground” could possibly mean.  I followed the owner on Instagram after some searching and found out when they opened.  All I knew going in was the place had something to do with desserts and was for those 21 and older.  Interesting. But, being the curious (nosey, as some might put it) person as I was, I went right away, completely forgetting I had told my boyfriend that I’d wait for him until that evening  Oh well!  The rest, as they say, is history and the reason I am writing this post.  I know, I know, it’s only been a day.  Still, this place was that cool.

Located at 528 S. Western Ave in Ktown, Milk Tavern is pretty much the coolest thing ever.  The restaurant offers alcohol-infused ice cream, cereal, cereal shakes, an actual bar, and different cereal-themed desserts.  They have over a dozen cereal options including some nostalgic favorites like Captain Crunch and Oreo-O’s.  The ice cream is around 2% ac after the processing, so you can taste the alcohol but it’s mostly just a sweet treat! And boy is it delicious.  The one I had the chance to try was Kahlua and coffee flavored.  Yum! You can try bourbon, wine, beer, or tequila. Then top it with cereal of your choice if you wish. They also have swirl freeze machines that mixes your ice cream and cereal together.

 

 

Have I caught your attention yet?  Well, not only are there delicious treats and a bar stocked full with champagne, wine, beer, and rose, there are also a bunch of interactive and real life games!  The space is wide and tall, so they can fit a full-sized ping pong table, toss games, and two different screens with old video games. The owners told me they are going to have competitions throughout the year once they have their hard opening in October (date TBA).  They will also have movie nights at least once a month!

Everything is decorated super well, with murals and greenery throughout.  The service is quick and the people working there were all super friendly.  Their mission was to have a space for “children at heart” to be able to enjoy themselves free of judgement, and their hashtag is #olderkidsonly

Open every day from 12-12, Milk Tavern is sure to be a fun time with your friends or by yourself if you want to just enjoy the atmosphere and have a fun drink (you can get your alcohol in a glass with a flamingo floatie around it). Enjoy!

Cruiser Bikes and Fresh Coffee: A Hipster Dream in the Art’s District

Cruiser Bikes and Fresh Coffee: A Hipster Dream in the Art’s District

Hidden away in an alleyway in the Art’s District one can find a wonderfully creative coffee and bicycle shop.  The store is called The Wheelhouse and it’s a wonderful find! Located at 1375 E. 6th St., The Wheelhouse is open from 7-6 for coffee and 10-6 for bicycle repairs.  They also host occasional riding events and have a consistent blog on their website.  Every month, they host events for women bikers called Women of the Wheelhouse: Mentor Mondays.  Sounds like a cool place to me!

The shop also sells new and used bikes, bike accessories, and coffee mugs.   The most important part? The coffee was delicious and made fresh for each cup.  I tried the iced dirty chai and it was wonderfully satisfying.
Once you’re all finished and refreshed you can hop over a couple streets to The Springs for a yoga session or some fresh juice.  The Art’s District is a great place to explore (once it’s not 90 degrees outside) so find a good parking spot and walk around for a while!

Cereal and Such

Cereal and Such

 

Right in the back of the Silverlake retail hotspot Virgil Normal sits an inconspicuous little outdoor cafe that is a must for LA natives looking for something new. This cafe is called Cereal and Such and it is a super cool new restaurant.  Hip hop producer Theo Martins wanted to start a business where people could just sit back, eat cereal, and have some chill conversation with one another.  From what I could see, he succeeded.
The menu is basic and delicious:  Cap’n Crunch Berries, Apple Jacks, Cocoa Puffs, Frosted Flakes, Honey Nut Cheerios and Lucky Charms. Milk selections include 2% along with non-dairy options like almond and coconut milk. The cereal selection will rotate, and the menu may expand to offer more milk options and even ice cream. The cereal comes in a plastic box with the logo on the front and a spoon.  This is nice if you’re trying to take it on the go, but I recommend sitting in the large bench provided and enjoying your cereal before it gets soggy.

Cereal and Such is open Tuesday-Sunday from “11am ish-5pm” and is the kind of place you have to sort of be in the know to find.  There is no phone number listed on Yelp but when I went at around noon on a Tuesday it was open for business.  The bowl is $4 for two scoops (you can mix and match, don’t worry) and there is coffee and tea.  Another cool fact? They always have a gluten free option in their rotation.

Since pretty much everyone likes fresh cereal, this is an awesome concept and is carried out beautifully.  The guys who own and work Cereal and Such are kind and interesting, so even if you’re alone you will always have someone to talk to.  Check it out!

Visiting Nurseries around Los Angeles

Visiting Nurseries around Los Angeles

Lately, I’ve started filling my apartment up with various forms of plant life.  My mom is a real gardener, but unfortunately I didn’t exactly get the green thumb gene.  Nevertheless, I can do okay with simple house plants.  What I have discovered recently are the amount of incredible plant nurseries around the LA area.  Now, even if you don’t plan on actually buying any little friends, these kinds of places are really fun to visit and look around (not to mention get a couple of good Instagramable pics while you’re at it).

The first one I want to mention is Sunset Nursery, located at 4368 Sunset Blvd.  I was researching plant spots near me and came across this and I am so glad I did.  Located on the corner with easy parking (they have a lot and there is street parking around), this shop is a gem.  There are tons and tons of plants including more succulents and cacti than I could imagine.  They are kind and knowledgable so when I went in with a clear idea of what I wanted they were able to tell me that no,  actually only certain plants belong indoors on my TV stand. I walked out with a couple of fun spider plants for less than $30 and my living room felt complete.

Another fun spot is Rolling Greens, located on Beverly in Hollywood and on Jefferson in Culver City.  I went to the Beverly location.  Rolling Greens is so aesthetically pleasing with it’s high ceilings and inside/outside flow.  There are hundreds of succulents, cacti, leafy greens, CA natives, and any other plant you can want.  They also have some beautiful home decor that is frequently on sale and candles, my favorite combination.  They have people standing by to help you create an incredible display and they host weekly events where you can make your own greenery creations.  This location also has it’s own parking lot and being right on Beverly meant I had to stop for some “healthy” juice on the way home right down the street.

My point is, even if you don’t actually want to buy any plants, walking around nurseries is a fun way to spend an afternoon and feel inspired.  You might just discover a side of you that you didn’t even know was there.

 

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