Yogi Times is out to explore the “hotspots” in the community, where our readers can go to find interesting things to do, hidden treasures and mindful gifts off the beaten path. Not your everyday trip to the mall, we search for special spots that will appeal to those who are looking for more than your basic retail. Let's take a stroll into Eagle Rock.
Tucked between Pasadena and Glendale, in California, Eagle Rock is a mountainous escape from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. The storeowners and the locals are warm, friendly and supportive of one another, giving the area a small town feel. There are some gems not to be missed along Colorado and Eagle Rock Boulevards. If you are in the area, make a day trip and pamper yourself with a facial, a Pilates class, a healthy meal, a gift for yourself or someone else, and a taste of wine (in no particular order!).1. Twerps
Looking for affordable and adorable kids’ clothing? Twerps has a variety of brands, but also have their own Twerps brand too. Their children’s clothing is charming, well made, and comfortable. The second room in the store is second hand, so you can get a bargain on clothing, toys, and essentials. Ask about knitting class, art class, and story time that all take place in this spot.
877.4.TWERPS - twerps.com2. Pilates Eagle Rock
This studio offers Pilates Mat classes, as well as private and semi-private sessions. Gyrotonics, a form of exercise that draws from yoga, swimming, gymnastics, and tai chi is taught here as well. The equipment used in the Gyrotonics classes offer complete freedom of movement and adjusts to all levels of strength.
323.254.4444 - pilateseaglerock.com3. Daybreak
This tiny health food store must be doing something right, because they have been in business since the 1970s. Filled with potions and lotions, you will find a variety of products that sustain a healthy lifestyle or remedy an ailment. There are teas, essential oils, incense, vitamins, herbs, specialty foods, and homeopathic remedies.
323.258.3881 - daybreakhealthfoodsla.com
4. The Garden Spa’T
This spa is one of the best-kept secrets in Eagle Rock. With a Masters degree in Cell and Molecular Biology, esthetician Tanis Rhines offers clients a complimentary skin analysis so as to provide the most effective treatment for their skin. Organic skin care by Eminence is for sale here, as well as traditional skin care from Pharmaskincare. The products used are from eco-safe sources and packaged in recyclable containers. And did we mention the prices are Eagle Rock friendly? The 90-minute signature custom facial is only $70!
323.344.82595. Blissful Soul
Local artists, authors and musicians’ creations are showcased in this store. You can purchase original artwork, statuary, books, music, candles, custom jewelry, handmade soaps and greeting cards, specially blended essential oils, and hand-knit scarves. There are free events featuring artists’ work, with hors d’oeuvres and wine or tea. The next event is the store’s First Year Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, February 11th 5-9pm.
323.258.6900 - blissfulsoul.com6. Heather’s Store
Check out Heather’s Store if you need to find an extraordinary gift, put together a gift basket, or plan a fantastic event. Choose from products like whole-wheat lotions, flax seed soap, sesame seed bath foam, or soy candles. Heather also stocks novelty items, products for kids, and unique pieces from local jewelers. Gift baskets are custom made for new babies, birthdays, holidays, etc., and vary in price, accommodating any budget.
323.550.1625 - heathersstore.com
7. Blue Hen
This Vietnamese kitchen supports and buys from local farmers and organic suppliers. They offer tasty vegetarian options like Mama Luu’s Tofu, Home-Style Curry, Hand Cut Turmeric Fries and Rice Noodle Salad. The pastel walls filled with jewel colored paintings contribute to an overall pleasant dining experience.
323.982.9900 - eatatbluehen.com
8. Colorado Wine Company
“Fine wine doesn’t have to be expensive.” Colorado Wine Company does not exclude anyone; rather they assure that they have “wine for everyone.” Their vast selection of wines from around the world includes organic choices. With a wine tasting room in the back, you are guaranteed to get exactly what your taste buds desire.
323.478.1985 - cowineco.com9. Dave’s Chillin-N-Grillin
Dave’s Chillin-N-Grillin epitomizes the friendly, small town vibe of Eagle Rock. Dave graciously and enthusiastically whips up smoothies and scrumptious sandwiches for his customers, using only the freshest ingredients. The many breads enjoyed here contain no chemicals, sugars, or fats.
323.490.0988 - daveschillinandgrillin.com