Close your eyes, click the heels of those shiny red shoes together and imagine a place where you can confidently shop for your dog or cat at a colorful, friendly shop that gives you all of these assurances: 

  • No need to stress over crazy ingredients, wondering how to pronounce them, what they are or if they are harmful to your animal
  • No searching endlessly for a shop that has a wide variety of healthy alternatives at all price points
  • Knowing your buying power is supporting local business and pet brands that grow their contents local to the area where they are made.
  • The convenience of a schedule of events to ensure your friend is healthy and happy, like monthly low-cost vaccinations days, adoption days, non-anesthetic teeth cleaning appointments and yes, even doggie parades!
  • Significant deals every day. 

Sound like you got dropped down from a towering tornado and found yourself in Emerald City? Well, you’re in luck, Dorothy, and your little dog too - because such a place really does exist, right over in Wilshire Vista. It’s called the Hound Dog and Cat. 

Each month, HD+C offers different deals on great products.Last month, I got this deal. Wow, 8 pounds of high quality kibble for less than $15! Hint: I think it might still be on 

On any given day, you will find Karena, Gerald or Martin at the shop on the corner. They know their products and they are genuine dog and cat savvy. 

Here’s Gerald: 

His favorite thing about the store is the customers and their animal friends. When you talk to him, it shows! 

Owners Karena Martin and Josh Dragotta consider themselves an integral part of the community and are super excited to be a part of the thriving Pico neighborhood on the edge of Wilshire Vista. They even made a cool video about it that you watch here.  

Any day is a good day to visit the HD+C; but if you do just happen to find yourself there during Third Thursdays On Pico, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy shopping, art, music, wine tastings and food trucks as well. As the name suggests, all the fun takes place on the third Thursday of each month, from 5 to 9 pm. Come on down and you’ll discover just how much the Boulevard has come to offer. 


  1. HD+C delivers! Look at this handy map to see if your area is included in free delivery for orders over $40! 
  2. Gift baskets: CHECK! Give the gift of health and happiness to a friend for their special pet
  3. Join the FREE Membership Awards Club and get a 5% discount just for joining! What? Yes, Mom and Pop can do this too!



5450 W. Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, California 

Parking lot and street parking 

Hours: Mon - Sat: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Sun: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm 



(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: @Jennifersdeals)

DK Donuts, the old-school bakery in Santa Monica deserves all the attention it has received. For a buck, you can choose from a selection of over 30 different kinds of sweet confections ranging from the traditional glazed, old fashion, devil’s food cake, and French cruller to the maple bacon bliss and the super ube donut. Since ube is a purple yam, it is the best way by far to eat your daily vegetables. My favorite is the red velvet “Pro-nut”, a protein donut.  An even better deal is the dozen for $9.75, or the dozen bagels for $9.75.  

In addition to the $1 donuts, there are specialty donuts that cost a bit more. Check out the best sellers, the O-Nut - layers of croissant and donut hybrid, and the WOW-Nut, LA's first waffle-donut hybrid. There are so many variations to choose from. Imagine, six different kinds of donuts with bacon or bacon bit toppings; donuts sliced in half with a scoop of ice cream drizzled with Nutella, glazed donuts with Fruity Pebbles, strawberry shortcake donuts, and éclair donuts with fresh fruit. How about colorfully decorated donuts made in the shape of letters to spell out your message like "HAPPY BIRTHDAY." 

To satisfy your every desire, there are also fresh handmade sandwiches with the finest meats and cheeses for $5, specialty and ice blended coffees, boba drinks and milk teas. 

This is not your typical mom 'n pop donut shop anymore. In the beginning, thirty-four years ago, DK was a convenient place to grab a cup of Joe and box of donuts on your way into the office. Still a single-establishment owned family business, it is now spearheaded by the energetic entrepreneur daughter Mayly, who co-owns with her brother Sean. Mayly has a knack for social media, branding, and the love of donuts. She has transformed DK to satisfy any appetite 24/7. Seriously, this place never closes. 

During my short visit to the shop, there was a steady stream of customers picking up freshly baked delights out of the oven. While I was there, a long-time customer from Chicago called  to place an order for 10 dozen donuts to be delivered to Cedar-Sinai - an annual thank you to the staff. DK Donuts will make local deliveries over $10 through Grub-Hub, and ship nationally overnight for orders over $150. 

What more can I say about this place that has not been said before? There are over 1,100 Yelp reviews, (averaging 4 stars and 2,000 photos uploaded), 1,000 Twitter followers, 62,000 Instagram followers, over 6,500 Facebook likes, and tons of media coverage.  It is one of the few donut shops that have reviews on Thrillist, Zagat, and Chowhound. Did I mention Mayly is a media genius? 

Are you salivating yet????? Check out DK Donuts located on Santa Monica Blvd and 16th Street. You will love this place!   

DK Donuts

1614 Santa Monica Blvd

(310) 829-2512 



Sue Helmy has plenty of tricks up her sleeve. She is currently providing superb concierge duties at the Building and Safety Division of the City of Beverly Hills. She is active in countless church and civic organizations and spends every minute she can spare dancing to the Zumba beat. 



Vol 13 Issue 57

Pub: Jul 14, 2015