Yeah, we’re doing this. Forget the Buzzfeed quiz of the day – YOU know which ‘90s TV character you’re most like. We’ve got a super-practical guide to the most likely thing you’d enjoy on Melrose Avenue based on your latest and greatest Netflix binge.
[Spoiler alert: the last entry gives plot info about the most recent Orange is the New Black season. Binge, then read.)
GLOW is a comedy about the ‘80s phenomenon of the women’s pro wrestling and its premier athletes: the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. Yeah, it’s hilarious with great characters and retro vibes, but it is also a HUGE shot of girl power. If that’s your connect, you need Burn Babe. It’s a women-only fitness studio run by its own gorgeous lady, Holly Holton. Get the attention and encouragement you need to feel and look your best in a safe, inspiring environment. Leotards not included.
7366 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
In Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the title character is acclimating to life after being held captive in a bunker for fifteen years. Physically an adult but mentally needing a catch-up, Kimmy is naïve, curious, and an eternal optimist. She also has a sense of style that illustrates both her era unawareness and joyful personality. If you love color, things that don’t “match” but “go,” and a great bargain, Crossroads Trading Company is the place to find an outfit that celebrates your total freedom to be you.
CROSSROADS TRADING COMPANY
7409 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Grace and Frankie are two women in their 70s that know a lot about staying healthy, happy, and fulfilled in the later years of life. One of their not-so-secret weapons? Wine. Pretty much any time of day, a healthy glass takes the edge off conversation, adds to celebration, or ends a tough day of marketing sex toys. Domaine LA on Melrose is one of the city’s best wine shops, focusing on environmentally kind, non-corporate offerings from Europe and America. Grab a bottle, head to the beach.
6801 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90038
It’s difficult to sum up Black Mirror without getting shaky. It’s a techno-dystopian hellscape of an anthology series that often proves why we can’t have nice things. It also hints at a future when you’ll have to make sure your weirdo co-worker can’t get your DNA to create his space fantasy. If you like this kinda stuff, you’re probably already a comic book fan. To find the latest, greatest, AND the issues you missed, Golden Apple is the place for the best major and indie press comic books to feed your imagination.
GOLDEN APPLE COMICS
7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90038
Oh, it’s dark. BoJack Horseman is a depressed, alcoholic former TV star. And he’s a horse. And it’s a comedy. This brilliant animated series tackles politics and social issues, takes insider jabs at Hollywood, and trots way over the line like comedy can. Voice talent includes Daniele Gaither, Phil LaMarr, Chris Parnell, and Cedric Yarbrough, all Groundlings alumni. The Groundlings theatre is where you go for the best sketch and improv in L.A. delivered by bold, new talent and savvy, seasoned pros.
7307 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
No doubt, every life tweak offered by one of the new Fab Five can be acquired on Melrose: a sharp new ‘do, decent food, a slick wardrobe, even life lessons (music! dance! acting!). We can’t forget a total home re-do, and for that, you must remember Lawson-Fenning. The QE home improvements always look modern, practical, but full of personality. All the elements – big (sleek sectionals) and small (the perfect vase) – from ceiling to floor are Cali fresh and built to last.
6824 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90038
Stranger Things’ Will, Mike, Lucas, and Justin use their Dungeons and Dragons game time not just to bond, but to parallel what might be happening in the Upside Down. Their D&D campaigns inform how they might exploit their characters and defeat the Demogorgon. Mega City One hosts four weekly Magic: The Gathering game nights which attract players of all ages from all over the city. The Friday Night Magic Standard is particularly popular and a great way to meet other RPG fans to build your battle team.
MEGA CITY ONE
7301 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
One of the newest period comedies on Netflix is Everything Sucks!, a coming-of-age series set in the ‘90s. So naturally, the soundtrack and costuming are fantastic to revisit. While not everything from that decade needs to be seen again, the things that should never go out of style are in stock and in mint at Round Two. Vintage streetwear, sneakers, and memorabilia fill the shop. Iconic brands like Polo and Hilfiger fill racks next to Jordans and the dang shirts your mom tossed without asking.
7320 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
While most of the ladies in Litchfield seemed resigned to their sentences in the pen, OITNB’s current season offered them the brief but sweet smell of freedom’s fresh air. For a time, enemies worked together toward the common goals in the prison riot, successfully and not. Working creatively together to get out of a nightmare scenario is the challenge of an escape room; creating a nightmare scenario with realism, tension, and a little whimsy is why 60Out’s are the best in the city.
60OOUT ESCAPE ROOMS
7270 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles