SUCH A DEAL--Ready for your close up? Wilshire Beauty is a one stop shop for everything you need to be camera ready! 

As I write this, Wilshire Beauty Supply is having a dazzling sale! 

This centrally located apothecary is filled with lotions, creams, polishes and poufy do’s from Hollywood and around the world. Good deals are always on hand but right now they are going through a remodel, so they have some real savings on high end products. 

If you need some high quality beauty supplies and fashion accessories at prices up to 70% off regular, you owe it to yourself to come on down to Wilshire Beauty. It’s at the corner of Wilshire and Cloverdale along that famous boulevard of retail splendor from the golden age of Hollywood – the Miracle Mile. 

I’ve been a customer of Wilshire Beauty Supply since I moved back to LA from the Big Apple. This is my current spot for all my hair coloring needs. 

Ooh-la-la! I love the Schwartzkopf lgora line of reds – and WB has them! 

WB also carries premiere brands like: 

  • Dermalogica
  • Yonka
  • Caudalie
  • Ojon
  • Phyto
  • Jonthan Product
  • Bar Escentuals
  • Stila 

I was in the store just this evening. The savings are popping. The staff is stellar. What more could anyone want? You’d have to be anemic not to want to get up and dance about it. I’ve always got the real skinny from Cindy who is a veritable fountain of knowledge concerning all things beauty. She’s more than happy to share her seemingly bottomless bag of tips and tricks for making oneself camera ready - or set for the 9 to 5, whichever may come first. 

Adam is also spectacular. In fact, he’s the one who sold me my new spring handbag. The last time I came in, I was captivated by the colorful and chic new spring collection of handbags that were sitting on the shelves. When he told me how much they would set me back, I took me about two seconds to say, “Yes, I’ll take it!” Honestly, Kate Spade and Ted Baker, stand back. 


I can’t tell you how many compliments I’ve got from this bag. It is a real find. Since the labeling featured the fact that the bag is lead free, I am now imagining that vinyl must normally have a lot of lead in it. Who knew? Like they say, you learn something new every day. Anyway, the fact that it’s not leather but definitely looks like it is all good by me! 

The store is full of beautiful pieces of all sorts, including HAIR ACCESSORIES, JEWELRY, HATS AND SCARVES. You can even get a reflexology kit or a traveling sonic toothbrush with a cool design on the case for only $16. 

I bought a really lovely scarf for that other lady who writes for this column on her birthday last year. She loves it! If you’re in the market for a special gift that won’t be found just anywhere, this is the place to come. 

I love old Hollywood lore and WB has quite a history with the stars and starlets. It began back in 1947 as a playground of experimentation for Rita Hayworth’s colorist and Bette Davis’s makeup artist. Here, they would whip up all kinds of concoctions designed to bring out the best in their famous clients. Now, the store is operated by the Kohan family, who have made it one of the premier destinations in Los Angeles for quality products. 

The care that goes into the selection of the items on offer is obvious. It is such a treat to visit the shop and see what new and special treats will be in store. As Cindy says when she speaks of what it’s like to unpack the new arrivals: 



Wilshire Beauty Supply

5401 Wilshire Bouleavard

Los Angele, CA 90036

(323) 937-2001

Hours:               M-F     9 am – 8 pm

                        Sat      9 am – 7 pm

                        Sun     10 am – 5 pm


Parking is behind the building off of Cloverdale.


(Jennifer Caldwell is a an actress and an active member of SAG-AFTRA, serving on several committees. She is a published author of short stories and news articles and is a featured contributor to CityWatch. Her column at is dishing up good deals, recipes and food for thought. Jennifer can be reached at  Facebook: - Twitter: @checkingthegate) 

DEALS & DISCOUNTS--I love this place! Best coffee in West Los Angeles. When you think of a conservatory, you think of a place of fine art. The Conservatory of Coffee, Tea and Cocoa is a place of the fine art of specialty drinks. Each “masterpiece” tantalizes your senses with the alluring aromas of the freshest and finest ingredients and the warm, welcoming atmosphere.

Let me explain: As you walk in, the experience starts. You pass an assortment of burlap sacks from exotic coffee beans with names printed like Jamaican Blue Mountain, Costa Rican La Amistad, and Guatemalan Mayacert. There is a commercial coffee grinder to grind roasted beans within minutes of being brewed, and a very cool indoor tree reminding you of a studio set you might find across Washington Blvd. at Sony Pictures.

Golden tea tins are lining rows of shelving with over 75 varieties of loose teas. It is really hard to choose between teas that are leafy, full-leaf, wiry, needles, pearls, and pellets, the barista will help you create a perfect cup seeped in a single serve organic bag. Just like the coffee, this is the widest and freshest tealeaf assortment ever.

Within a few minutes, my coffee order was ready with a latte rosette embellishment. Within the first taste of the velvety richness and smooth coffee flavor, no over-roasting or burnt taste. It was love at first sip, I became a Conservatory convert.

Between a cup of Jose, Peruvian was the coffee blend of the day, and a vegan muffin, I paid around five bucks and felt extremely satisfied with my purchase for the best café treat ever.

The Conservatory sells coffee and tea supplies, and a barista can help advise you how to conveniently brew coffee, tea or cocoa at your home. I would highly encourage visiting their website to see the many exotic varieties of coffees and teas available to buy from all over the world.

There is no Wi-Fi, but plenty of people are working with their laptops. Note, the Conservatory closing times are at 6 pm on Monday - Friday, 3 pm on Saturday, and closed on Sundays. Parking is a bit tricky, but you can try in back in their private lot.





10117 Washington Blvd

Culver City, CA  90232

(Across the street from the Sony Studios lot)


Monday - Friday 7 am - 6 pm, Saturday 8 am - 3 pm, Not Opened on Sundays.



(Sue Helmy has plenty of tricks up her sleeve. She is currently providing superb administrative services at a financial management firm in Century City. She is active in countless church and civic organizations and spends every minute she can spare dancing to the Zumba beat.)

My sister was coming to visit and I was a little nervous. She’s the type who has constant activities planned out whenever she travels. I definitely wanted my little sis to have a whale of a time here in Los Angeles, so I got busy early on, compiling lists of things we could do during her stay. 

I wasn’t sure exactly what would tickle her fancy, so I made long lists filled with an assortment of activities of several types. This way I could present her with choices. There was one thing, however, I didn’t count on. 

My sister is not the insisting type. 

For each time slot, most of my suggestions were met with, “Whichever one you like. They all sound good.” For a consistently indecisive person like me, this was pretty tough. However, there was one option on my list that turn out to be…. 


Yep. Turns out little sis had always wanted to ride on a pedal boat! So naturally, that is just what we did. “Where do I sign up?” you might ask. Well, here’s the skinny: 

  •    The action is at Echo Park Lake (although it seems like more of a pond)
  •    The deal is $10 per adult for an hour of fun and good exercise.
  •    A life vest is provided. Gotta wear it in case you’re clumsy and you fall in.
  •    Sunscreen is not; so, bring it.
  •    It’s two people per boat – great for a date or just good ole fun with a family member. 

We had a lot of fun getting as close as we could to the fountain in the center of the lake before making a sharp turn so we could take a selfie with the fountain in the background. 

When we were there, a local arts organization had a “floating library” out on the lake. It took a few times for us to maneuver our craft into a position where we could grab hold of some of the plastic enclosed “books” they had on offer, but we did manage to pull it off. Unfortunately, the floating library is gone now but it will no doubt be back again. Keep a look out here and follow me on Twitter @checkingthegate to hear about it first! 

Guided canoe rides and gondola rides are also available for those who want to sit back and leave the driving to someone else. At the end of the day, the pedal boats were truly a memorable experience. Check it out. Maybe a trip to Echo Park will help you put a check þ next to something on your bucket list. 



Echo Park Pedal Boats Concession

751 N. Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90026

Phone: (213) 481-8577

Facility E-mail: S44CAPTAIN@YAHOO.COM 

Facility Hours of Operation:

9 am to 1/2 hour before sunset 7 days a week

(Jennifer Caldwell is a an actress and an active member of SAG-AFTRA, serving on several committees. She is a published author of short stories and news articles and is a featured contributor to CityWatch. Her column at is dishing up good deals, recipes and food for thought. Jennifer can be reached at  Facebook: - Twitter: @checkingthegate) 


Let’s face it; living in Southern California is hectic. Between constant traffic, the cost of living, and trying to stay afloat, stress takes a toll on your nerves. Sometimes you just need a few minutes for yourself to re-charge your inner peace battery. I have just the thing and it won’t cost you a penny. Spend an hour at the Lake Shrine at the Self Realization Fellowship in Pacific Palisades. You will ommmmmmm a sigh of serenity. 

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