The once-struggling Westwood Village is getting back on its feet

The once-struggling Westwood Village is getting back on its feet – Street Smart

Tessa Benson

THE CUTE LITTLE enclave that lost many of its businesses and much of its identity after a string of violence on the cusp of the ’90s is back in full swing. Surrounded by a phalanx of movie theaters and popular dining spots like TENGU and TANINO, EUROCHOW and the GARDENS ON GLENDON, resilient survivors and a splash of new stores are drawing shoppers to the village’s pedestrian-happy streets. At ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHOCOLATE FACTORY (927 Broxton Ave., 310-824-5601), the chocolate-dipped pretzels, sinfully sweet fudge, and candied apples (32 varieties) are prepared the old-fashioned way–on the premises. A few doors down, MONICA’S ON BROXTON (1009 Broxton Ave., 310-443-7676) carries the likes of Rock and Republic jeans, Ella Moss tees, Louis Verdad suits, and Paul Frank accessories. Before leaving, snap up some Flowerbelle perfumes, designed to be spritzed on in layers. If the outfit you’re looking for will be taking you down the aisle, check out SAINT PUCCHI SPOSA (1033 Westwood Blvd., 310-443-1105), a wedding-dress store that caters to nontraditional brides with its duchesse silk ball-gowns (whose trains tier like wedding cakes) in colors like blue and butterscotch. Around the corner at FLAX PEN TO PAPER (1078 Gayley Ave., 310-208-3529), you’ll find everything you need to thank guests for all those candlesticks. The silver pens from Mont Blanc and Cartier, as well as an enormous inventory of colored and textured paper, are geared toward reinvigorating the art of letter writing. Those looking for a good read make a beeline for the MYSTERY BOOKSTORE (1036C Broxton Ave., 310-209-0415), where shelves are stacked floor to ceiling with whodunits ranging from Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express to Michael Connelly’s Lost Light. Along with more unsolved cases than Scotland Yard, the shop offers signed first editions and discussion groups on crime fiction classics.

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