5 years ago
"Welcome to the LA Fashion District, the hub of the Los Angeles Fashion Industry. We have 100 blocks of independently owned retail and wholesale businesses with apparel, accessories, and footwear for the entire family. The district is also home to The LA Flower District – including the LA Flower Market, the largest flower market in the USA, and the California Flower Mall; Santee Alley – the famed downtown open air bazaar; and the LA Fabric District – with the largest selection of fabrics and notions in Southern California.
The district is open to both the public and the trade. Designer showrooms and wholesale business are for the trade-only. However, the Santee Alley and retailers in the surrounding area are open to the public, as are many of the businesses on the west side of the district. Showrooms open to the public on the last Friday of the month for sample sales."
|My sieve, and the metal rib I use to push it through|
the screen into the bucket of water.
My life is all about the glamor.
HAUNTING GURU INTERVIEW: Haunters for life, August & Pandora Rose are a thorn in Chris’ side as the take over the dungeon.
THEATER OF THE MIND: Everything’s a haunt! Rev gets ready for the annual sci-fi con and observes the universality of obsession, creativity, geekiness, and showmanship.
GHOULIE GROOVES: Tau Cross burns up the airwaves and the bonfire.
CHARMED POT: Our Mistress of Mayhem spins a tale of Horror.
PROP SHOP: Denny adds some texture to your pops during last looks.
SHOCKTAILS: JT and Chris chug pumpkin ales until the can barely review Editor and Lost after Dark.
As a kid, I’d prepare at least a month in advance (now its 2 months)! Mr. Hyde and The Wolfman were always my favorite monsters, so it was a great excuse to drag my mother to “higher end” shops that offered the wool crepe hair and professional make-up.
Imagining myself a Junior Lon Chaney, I’d spend hours creeping up and down the aisles of the Hollywood Magic Store, or Buddy’s Fun Shop on Lankershim Blvd. Buddy was a kindly old proprietor with one leg shorter than the other, and he’d perform feats of magic for customers— he’d only show you how the trick was done if you made a purchase. Nothing like a dark and mysterious magic shop to fuel the imagination…
Which brings to mind a question I’m asked on occasion: “What scared you as a child?”
I’m pretty jaded as far as “scary stuff” in film, haunts, art, or whatever, but there are some childhood scares that will forever stick in my spine:
1. An episode of TV’s Alfred Hitchcock Presents entitled “The Magic Shop”, of course, about a very peculiar, gifted child. David Opatoshu is the CREEPY proprietor.
2. That FACE in the wall of 1963’s THE HAUNTING.
3. A little person (or child??), dressed as a murderous ventriloquist dummy, in a film called Devil Doll.
4. The guy with his eyes pecked out in Hitchcock’s THE BIRDS, and while we’re at it, Norman’s mother doing her rocking chair spin in PSYCHO.
5. Victor Buono.
6. And finally, a dream I once had of being chased out of my house by a malevolent washing machine, all the way to the local park, where it moved through the sandbox like a shark, its gaping maw lunging at me while my feet sank the more I struggled…
I used to be able to shake myself awake during a nightmare when I was young— I’ve since lost that ability. I’m very lucky I don’t have bad dreams anymore (well, at least hardly ever).