We are often asked, personally and professionally, for recommendations for professional services and sources. If recommendation is preceded by "Peter", it is my personal recommendation based on first hand experience. We are interested if you know of stand out services and sources, but we will probably not list unsolicited referrals if we don't know you. I love my mother, but I wouldn't trust her opinion on power tool repair shops.
As a point of disclosure, many of the merchants listed below are my friends, usually as a result of my being a patron of their business. A disclosure, as it is worth mentioning, but frankly, it is harder to become my friend than to become my plumber, thus, I believe the personal relationship speaks volumes. That said, bad plumbers have friends, so I will have to ask the kind reader to trust that I could never be friends with a bad plumber.
Picture this, a modern Marshall Fields. Operated like an antique mall with vendors renting departments but cash register, bathrooms, trash collection and infrastructure is run by me. I will be the Mr. Fields. The book department will be run by Patrick of Alias, George of Silverlake will stock the wine cellar, the bike store will be the Coco's flagship and Ryan of South Willard will handle men's wear. Like the original Abercrombie & Fitch. I am semi-serious about this idea.
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Books - Used
3163 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039
Peter - "My favorite place to buy and sell used books in Los Angeles. Lovely, clean, well-stocked. An excellent place to browse and find stuff that you didn't know was out there. Fair purchasing, with a little extra for credit. Tell Patrick I sent you."
Car Repair - Alignment and Suspension
Bob's Wheel Alignment
10036 Canoga Ave., Chatsworth, CA 91311
Peter - "Ignore those foos on Yelp. Bob is the real deal and was half the price quoted by Atlas. I probably wouldn't go to Bob if I needed full race off-road suspension, but if you need king pins rebushed on an old I-beam axle, I doubt there is a better place."
Car Repair - Brake Relining/Cylinder Rebuild
11817 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA 91605
Peter - "Not cheap, but who else relines brake shoes? Also, instead of working from a parts catalog, they will hone and rebuild wheel cylinders with generic parts. No big deal if you have a new BMW, but if you have a Renault it is a blessing."
Car Repair - Carburetor
1617 W Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506
Peter - "Best carb shop. If the reduced venturi size of your 235 carb on your 271 is keeping you awake at night, this is the place to find peace."
Car Repair - Collision Body Work
4751 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029
Peter - "Following a hit and run, the rear end of my Jetta wagon was repaired quickly, competently and the paint was actually better finished than the original paint. All VW parts, including glass."
Car Repair - RV Repair
2300 W Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506
Peter - "I have not used them personally, but Bob has an excellent reputation. I have referred two people; both reported being very happy with work and price."
Car Repair - Vintage Mercedes
10716 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601
Peter - "Benny is the Mercedes Phd! Even his license plate says so. He is excellent at sourcing used Mercedes parts."
Deli - Italian
3103 W Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505
Peter - "Pat and I agree, Monte Carlo is the best. The restaurant next door is not amazing, but the deli is super solid."
Peter - "Sadly, I don't have one. Virgil's is ok."
1824 W. Main St., Alhambra, CA 91801
Peter - "Fosselman's Ice Cream has been making their own ice cream for nearly 100 years. As opposed to the boutique ice cream makers that out-clever themselves with novelty flavors like Malted Ziptie and Dishwater Chip, Fosselman's does it right with sundaes and novelty clown cones. Fun and closer than you think."
8616 Woodman Ave., Arleta, CA 91331
Peter - "They will actually take the time to try to make a key for an old toolbox. For the time they spend, I have always felt the price was fair. More blanks than anyone. Medeco dealer. Takes a long time to find a good locksmith."
Men's Wear, Art Books and Ceramics
8038 W 3rd St Los Angeles, CA 90048
Peter - "A very interesting store. I flatter myself by comparing Coco's to South Willard. We share common values, interests and aesthetics. While there, I often scratch my head looking at the ceramics, but can't get them out of my head for days. The ceramics aren't easy, but it is rewarding to get to appreciation. Ryan sells what he likes and he sells what sells - more difficult than it sounds."
Plating and Polishing
15236 Erwin St., Los Angeles, CA 91411
Peter - "It is hard to be happy with your plating company. Astro has only done one job for me, but I was happy with results for the price. My friend Tim uses an eye-wateringly expensive place downtown, but it is concours quality at concours prices."
Plumber - Residential
Peter - "John is the best."
Plumber - Rooter
Peter - "Mario is a fastidious individual. A nice attribute in a rooter service man. Also, tenacious. One coin laundry job required 3 different rooters before the issue was resolved."
Plumbing - Supplies
2101 W Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506
Peter - "Excellent repair advice, very willing to special order and they are great at seeing an issue holistically and helping you assemble a solution."
8106 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91605
Peter - "Without reservation, the best powdercoater that I have worked with and I have used the 'best'."
Power Tool Repair
229 S Glendale Ave., Glendale, CA 91205
Peter - "I have only used them once, but in landscape of vanishing tool repair shops, I found it to be a solid experience."
Thomas Rug Cleaning invoice - Beyond my recommendation, this should allay remaining doubt.
Rug Cleaning and Repairs - Area
3000 Riverside Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Peter - "The best. The building was actually built to be a rug cleaning factory. There is a huge scrubbing area that is slanted towards drains and the entire second floor is massive gas fired heater. Great guys. I always really enjoy going. Are they the cheapest? Don't know, don't care. The price feels fair and the work is first rate."
Safe Moving, Cracking and Repair
(800) 540-5551 (In California), (661) 251-2366 (Nationwide)
Peter - "Mercifully, I have only had to have a 3200 lb safe moved once, so my experience is based on the one time. Exceptional. A deep expert. Hard to imagine a more competent service"
Sewing - Supplies and Instruction
3153 Glendale Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Peter - "An inspiring store with super crazy nice instructors and employees."
Upholstery - Furniture
Peter - "I don't have an upholsterer, but I need one. Must be a creatively minded person that is willing to work on unconventional projects."
2395 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039Peter - "The best. Respectful of a modest budget. You can drink pretty well here for $10 a bottle and really well for $15. Interesting spirits. Willing to special order. Kind and gracious service. Tell them I sent you."