TRADER JOE’S, 8611 Santa Monica Blvd. at Westmount Drive. Trader’s is crowned with a neon palm tree that gives fair warning that staffers inside the store are likely to be wearing Hawaiian shirts, adopted as a uniform two years after Trader’s opened its first location, in Pasadena, in 1967. Photo by Joshua Barash.
WANNA BUY A WATCH?, 8465 Melrose Ave. just east of North La Cienega. The 1930’s Gruen Watch Time clock above the door makes WBAW? easy to spot. Inside Dr. Ken Jacobs, a former clinical psychologist, sells vintage and stylish modern watches and diamond jewelry. Photo by Joshua Barash.
ZEN HEALING MEDICAL MARIJUANA PHARMACY, 8464 Santa Monica Blvd. near North Alfred. Some of us may remember a time when the sale and purchase of marijuana was a discreet activity. The bright green neon cannabis leaf in Zen’s front window is clear evidence that that time is over. Photo by Joshua Barash.