The more than 30 million men and women who serve our country deserve a standing ovation. Sometimes showing our gratitude is trivial compared to the sacrifices they make so that we can live freely in the United States. However small it may seem, Los Angeles retailers translate our "applause" into discounts at many of the city's retailers.
All Pro Sport
Northridge Fashion Center
9301 Tampa Ave #79
Northridge, California 91324
Even if you are serving overseas, showing off your favorite sports team is easy at All Pro Sport. Specializing in the NFL, NBA and the NCAA, all military personnel will receive 10 percent off their entire purchase at the one-stop sports shop. You must show proper military ID in order to cash in on the savings, but in return, your shopping experience will lead you to all sports and fitness apparel (both men and women). In addition, the sports shop carries baseball caps with favorite team logos and Lakers and Dodgers fan paraphernalia including flags, banners and jerseys.
Hard Rock Café
Hollywood & Highland Center
6801 Hollywood Blvd. #105
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Rock and roll fans can be found in Los Angeles and everywhere else you might be stationed. If you are serving our country, the Hard Rock Café retail store offers 15 percent off all items in the store. Music enthusiasts can collect Hard Rock Café pins and store them in a sleek, faux leather Pin Case with Magnetic Closure (which holds up to 150 pins, has 11 removable trays, and a place to display your favorite ones). A closet guitar player? Show off your hidden talents to your fellow officers with a Fender Acoustic Guitar branded with Hard Rock's signature logo. Each guitar is numbered for authenticity.
316 North Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Levi's is all about the American dream and the brand supports our troops by giving a 15 percent discount on all of their goods. Check out the Levi's Facebook page for information on events held at Los Angeles-area stores and the company's community outreach programs. The classic 501 jean has transformed over the years to fit today's lifestyles and all body shapes and sizes. Step into the Modern Supreme Curve Skinny Boot Cut Jeans - they look hot no matter who is wearing them. Pair the traditional 501 Boyfriend Jeans with a white tee and the Levi's Favorite Belt in indigo for a relaxed look that is super sexy.
Ross Downing Buick GMC Cadillac
1301 South Morrison Blvd.
Hammond, LA 70403
If you're in the market for a new car, head to Ross Downing to take advantage of their GM military discount. All active duty and Reserves (and their spouses, too) can sign up on the web for a quick and convenient way to see how much they will save. Fill out your name, email and and branch of services and a representative from Ross Downing will send you a quote on a 2011 GMC vehicle. Check out the highly-rated Terrain for an edgy exterior and welcoming cabin or the 2011 Sierra if you're in the market for a sturdy pickup.
2187 Glendale Galleria
Glendale, CA 91210
Aeropostale offers a 10 percent military discount on all items in the store (presenting proper military ID is advised). Aeropostale has great summer styles for both guys and girls. For summer babes, hit the beaches in the super-cute Chevron Sliding Halter Top and Chevron Side-Tie Bikini, pop on a pair of Aero Metal Temple Sunglasses and grab the Aero-logo Neon Jelly Tote for a day of summer fun. For all dudes, check out the Aero 87 Catching Waves Graphic T, the Woven Hemp Bracelet and a87 Striped Flip Flops – you will definitely turn heads when walking on the Santa Monica Pier.
12971 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90066
For military members who like to ride in their spare time, Beach Moto is the perfect place to pick up motorcycle gear. This shop specializes in REV'IT! Motorcycle Gear for motorcycle and moto-cross enthusiasts. Here you'll find state-of-the-art men and women textile jackets, summer and winter riding gloves, boots, thermals and rain gear. You'll also find accessories like balaclavas, and hightech MotoGP suits from the Stingray, Bullit and Excellerator lines. Beach Moto offers a 15 percent discount to military members.
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189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036
For all active, retired, reservist US military personnel and their families, Nike gives 10 percent off on their brand (valid US military ID required). Even when you are not active, it's still important to be healthy and exercise. The Nike+ FuelBand will help you track your activity, progress and the calories you burn to keep you in tip top shape for your next deployment. Whereas the fitness die-hards find the Nike+ SportWatch GPS to be the ultimate watch – it will even remind you when it's time for your next marathon. And, of course, you need new running shoes to match your new watch - custom create a pair of Nike Free Run +2 Shield iD Running Shoes – you choose all the colors right down to the swoosh and the laces.
Jennifer Geisman is a freelance writer and faithful beauty junkie living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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