Taking Care Of Your Mother: Earth Day On Melrose Avenue

Taking Care Of Your Mother: Earth Day On Melrose Avenue

Saturday (April 22) is Earth Day, an international day for recognizing nature and climate change, and learning how we can take better care of our home planet.

There are plenty of earth-conscious businesses on Melrose that make a point to reduce, reuse, and recycle in their day-to-day. And some can even help you to be an environmentally-responsible consumer.

ORGANIC SHIMMER

While a small dose of vitamin D from the sun is fine, obviously we need to protect ourselves from the harmful rays in the quest for tan skin. Organic Shimmer’s healthy bronze spray tan comes from natural, certified organic ingredients, herbs, and botanical plant extracts that are rich in vitamins and amino acids. All the self-tanning products are eco-friendly with no harsh chemicals.

ORGANIC SHIMMER
7712 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.592.3982
organicshimmer.com

GREEN LINE BEAUTY

The incredibly knowledgeable and experienced aesthetician staff at Green Line Beauty will set your skin straight. They recognize that the skin is an organ, and needs to be fueled by rich but safe products, so every product carried is top-line. From cleansers and moisturizers, treatments to sunscreen, makeup to fragrance, the selection of clean products is dizzying. But your refreshed and renewed skin will thank you over and over again.

GREEN LINE BEAUTY
7123 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.933.5369
greenlinebeauty.com

M CAFÉ

Nourishing your body in an earth-friendly way is the ultimate in tasty. M Café does that tasty so well in serving Contemporary Macrobiotic Cuisine. This is a balanced, nutrient-rich way to eat. Every ingredient is fresh and fine. Both hearty and light meals are packed with flavor, without any refined sugars, eggs, dairy, meat, or poultry. And if you think dessert without sugar and dairy can’t possibly be decadent, let M Café prove you wrong.

M CAFÉ
7119 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.525.0588
mcafedechaya.com

TOASTED AND ROASTED

Melrose recently welcomed Toasted and Roasted into the family. The café and roasterie offers the highest-quality ethically-sourced coffee from farmers all over the world. It gets roasted in-house and served by a variety of brew methods from pour-over to their state-of-the-art Steampunk coffee system (you need to see it to believe it). Sweet and savory waffles and homemade pastries made fresh from local ingredients pair perfectly with a damn fine cup of eco-conscious joe.

TOASTED AND ROASTED
7311 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.900.0568
toastedandroasted.com

DOMAINE LA

Mother Nature gave us the means to make great wine, and it has been so for thousands of years. Technology and demand have led to drains on resources, and often lax production practices. But at Domaine LA, you can find an exceptional selection of wine (red, white, and sparkling) and champagne that adhere to earth-friendly farming and cellar practices like biodynamic, ancestrale, and organic.

DOMAINE LA
6801 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 932-0280
domainela.com

CROSSROADS

One fantastic, difference-making move is reusing. Melrose has SoCal’s best selection of used and vintage clothing stores. Reselling your clothes is not just a great way to make some extra cash; it keeps your garb in good use and not in a landfill. Buying used clothing is not just fun fashion play; it breathes new life into perfectly wearable pieces. Buy, sell, trade, and be cool to the planet at Crossroads

CROSSROADS
7409 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.782.8100
crossroadstrading.com

STITCH

Or, hey! Why not get your good stuff fitting again? Stitch does the highest quality alterations and tailoring to keep what you love looking just right. Shortening, lengthening, restyling, repair, and invisible mending will keep everything from jeans to couture dresses in your closet for years to come.

STITCH
7306 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.879.9383
stitchnational.com

REVOLUTION RECORDS

The bounty on Melrose isn’t limited to clothing; you can get some badass second-hand tunes as well. Revolution Records has an impeccable selection, both in quality and diversity. Rock, punk, jazz, psych, blues, reggae – every find feels lucky. And if you REALLY want the authentic experience, you can pick up some used but well-preserved audio gear from turntables to 8-track players. Sell and trade your music here, too.

REVOLUTION RECORDS
7305 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.424.7205

FIRST LED LIGHTING

There are a lot of reasons to stock up on bulbs at First LED. One is you won’t have to go back again for a long time as LED lighting has a very long lifetime. The bulbs are super-efficient and consume low amounts of power, and they don’t contain mercury, so these are environmentally-friendly on many levels. Plus, they come in pretty colors and bulbs that fit all kinds of fixtures.

FIRST LED LIGHTING
7509 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.985.8188
firstledlighting.com

SPOKES ‘N STUFF

Obviously, Los Angeles isn’t known for its bike culture. But it’s working on it. The city is becoming more and more bike accessible and friendly. Which is great, because it has cut down on the disgusting emissions-fueled smog that turned our blue skies to grey. Spokes n’ Stuff has been on the green transportation tip for more than 45 years. They sell, rent, ship, and repair bikes of all kinds and that includes electric bikes and Segways.

SPOKES ‘N STUFF
7777 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.653.4099
spokes-n-stuff.com

COMMUNITY AUTO SERVICE

But who are we kidding? L.A. is a car city, and until someone figures out that teleporting thing, we’re gonna be on four wheels. That doesn’t mean you have to be a clean air-killer, even if you don’t have a Prius. Taking the best care of the car you have can alleviate emissions and gas-guzzling deficiencies. One of L.A.’s most highly-rated car centers is on Melrose. Community Auto Service will provide general maintenance or full-service repairs to keep your vehicle in tune and efficient. The climate will thank you!

COMMUNITY AUTO SERVICE
6800 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90038
323.466.1097

About Deborah Brosseau

Deborah Brosseau provides audience development services to arts & entertainment, lifestyle, and non-profit clients. She is a freelance writer, providing anything from local listicles to corporate profiles for various online publications. Having first experienced Melrose in the '80s, she enjoys writing about the old school creatives as well as the progressive new ones.