CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2009 |
They're being forced to live on crumbs, so nuns at a Hollywood convent famous for its pumpkin bread are warning that they may have to slice up the place for development. The threat of a shutdown of the 75-year-old Monastery of the Angels below the Hollywood sign has prompted neighbors and supporters to mount a campaign to save the four-acre religious retreat.
December 20, 2007 |
Holiday shopping almost equals procrastination. People who have their shopping done a month in advance clearly have no lives and should be shunned. But there are procrastinators and then there are procrastinators. If you're reading this article, you probably fall into the latter. We make no judgments here, but we are talking five shopping days until Christmas, people. Thankfully, L.A.
HOME & GARDEN
November 29, 2007 |
GENERALLY, I find that if I'm in a gift shop for more than three minutes my legs buckle and my eyes roll back into my head. It's not death exactly. It's worse than that. Because they keep bringing me back to life when it's time to pay. And even hell can't have this many wind chimes. We're in Cambria, that little torture chamber of gift stores at the base of Monterey Bay, a place where former hippies now sell scented candles and all manner of little silver bracelets. Scarves. Barbecue sauce.
September 16, 2007 |
Not so long ago, if you wanted to take home a wearable memento of your hotel visit, you either had to buy the souvenir T-shirt or steal the bathrobe. During those pre-21st century years, the operating motto of many hotels was "heads in beds." That single focus on booking rooms came at the expense of restaurants, bars, the sundries store and other amenities. These days, hoteliers are learning how to be retailers.
August 9, 2007 |
In a move that seems sure to offend art world purists, the downtown Museum of Contemporary Art will merge the worlds of art and commerce this fall by including a fully operational Louis Vuitton boutique as part of a retrospective of the work of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. Highlighting Murakami's longtime professional association with the luxury goods label, the boutique will offer limited-edition handbags and small leather goods featuring Murakami designs.
April 1, 2007 |
Petty Officer Corey Baughman stared with narrowed eyes at the objects on the ground in front of him. Sweat beaded on his upper lip. He knelt down and leaned in for a closer look. The Navy explosives ordnance expert had a difficult choice to make, one that could haunt him for life if he erred. Should he buy the striking carpet from Kazakhstan with blue accents against an ochre background, or a rich, wine-colored one from Turkey?