“S” from San Jose came to visit last weekend, and we had the perfect fannish weekend. I’ve known “S” since the late 70’s; we’ve shared a lot of fandoms together, starting with K/S, and then going into The Professionals, Garak/Bashir, and many others.
We started out with a visit to Whimsic Alley, which is a Harry Potter themed store in Santa Monica. Here’s their website:
The shop is delightful! They have little ‘rooms’, done diagonally, with a central aisle and an open room in the middle for the cash register. Each room has its own theme. My favorite is the first room on the left, which is set up as a wand shop, but also has dragon ornaments and general fantasy stuff. I really felt like I was in Diagon Alley. Other room themes: Harry Potter costumes/sweaters; a Tim Burton Room; calligraphy/old clocks/leatherbound blank books; novels and other books, focusing on Potter, Lemony Snicket, etc.; games, and for some strange reason, The Simpsons. I found a couple of beautifully bound books that will be perfect presents for upcoming birthdays.
The next stop: the vegan restaurant Real Food Daily in West Hollywood. (The restaurant is right up from the street from Trashy Lingerie – I think that store’s name is self explanatory.
Even if you’re not a vegan/vegetarian, which I’m not, Real Food Daily has a wonderful selection of great dishes, and they make a fine cup of coffee, a necessity for a caffeine fiend such as myself, but something most vegan restaurants don’t bother with. (Hello! Coffee comes from *beans*!)
Next, a visit to the Hollywood movie memorabilia stores. We started out with Hollywood Book and Poster, which had a wonderful Harry Potter window facing the street, an equally intriguing “Brokeback Mountain” display in their right side window, and their usual squicky disgusting horror film display in the left side window. Best not to look at that one. I’m not squeamish, but, blech. (OTOH, I was highly entertained by all the “Hollywood Ho” shops nearby, with all their streetwalker gear and dominatrix displays. Hooray for Hollywood.)
A friend had asked me to pick up a “Brokeback Mountain” poster for her, but the guys in the store said those sold out about five minutes after they received them. They said they never expected this movie to do as well as it did, and not nearly enough posters were produced. They were hoping to have some in stock later this spring. They did have a nice selection of photos from this movie. I bought a couple more gifts here.
It was nearing rush hour, so I then proved to “S” that it is possible to drive from one end of Los Angeles County (Santa Monica) a good portion of the way toward the other end of the county (Monrovia) without ever once getting on a freeway. I’m sure we saved a lot of time doing that!
We had a lovely dinner with another friend and then headed home for an evening of fannish chat.