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Shoppers Guide To The Helms Bakery

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At the date of its inception in 1931, The Helms Bakery was little more than a bakery which provided locals with fresh baked bread which they delivered daily to households around the city. Since then, a lot has changed. Although no longer a bakery, The Helms Bakery was named an LA landmark and restored in 1974 only to become one of the premiere spots in the city to sample from award winning restaurants, shop top of the line furniture and scope out what the design world has to offer.
Helms Bakery District
8758 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 204-1865

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H.D. Buttercup
3225 Helms Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 558-8900

By providing an evolving selection of goods from top designers, H.D. Buttercup and In Bed with H.D. Buttercup has become one of the go to spots in LA and the world to visit if you're looking for home furnishings. With an eclectic inventory, HD Buttercup prides itself on its unique approach to shopping. Unlike other traditional retailers, HD Buttercup provides a constant selection of goods from a wide variety of designers. Without compromising style or value, they emphasize dynamic designs that fuse with function to create a memorable shopping experience. Here, you'll find products from local and worldwide craftsman as well as artisans that span from classic to modern, to vintage, to industrial and are always timeless and never cookie cutter. Shop everything from beds and mattresses to seating, accent tables, dining tables, and more.

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Scandinavian Designs
8876 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 837-0138

Scandinavian Designs opened in 1963 with a vision to bring mid-century modern style to the San Francisco market. Importing from many countries around the world, Scandinavian Designs offers both functional and affordable home furnishings that range from sofas, recliners, accent chairs, ottomans, beds, dressers, nightstands, tables, sideboards, desks, filing cabinets and outdoor furniture. In addition, they offer many accessories including bedding and throws, clocks, rugs, mirrors, oil paintings, lamps and more. The style can be described as modern, or mid-century modern with great colors and great quality craftsmanship.

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Rejuvenation House Parts
8780 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 400-1872

With a passion for history, architecture and bringing back the best house parts and lighting around, Rejuvenation House Parts obsesses over the details of period authenticity and great design. Born when Jim Kelly purchased a condemned saloon in Portland, Oregon and had a difficult time finding the lighting and house fixtures he needed to preserve the historic character, Kelly decided to use his storefront to serve the needs of other old house renovators. Business took off and by 2011, Rejuvenation House Parts joined Williams-Sonoma and today offers products including furniture and home décor. With a range of decor from chandeliers to doorknobs, sofas to mirrors, restored antiques to vintage finds, they do it all with the original passion they started the business with.

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Room & Board
8707 W Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 736-9100

As one of the more popular stores for home furnishings at The Helms Bakery and in general, Room & Board has been known for their customer-centric modern design since 1980. Offering high quality modern furnishings and accessories from American artisans, they boast the fact that 90 percent of their products are handcrafted and made in the U.S. As a rarity these days, its no wonder why customers flock to Room & Board for their sturdy products, terrific craftsmanship and beautiful designs. Like other retailers at the Helms Bakery, R&B offers the gamut of furniture including options in the living, dining, bedroom, entryway, office and outdoor categories. From beautiful maple wood tables to upholstered sofas and beds, Room & Board is clearly a stand out for good reason.

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The Rug Warehouse
3270 Helms Ave
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 838-0450

When you first enter The Rug Warehouse once you've made it through the maze of other stores within the Helms building, you might be overwhelmed by the huge selection awaiting you. With rugs stacked waist high, The Haroonian family has offered a varied and beautiful selection of fine rugs for LA residents to buy / walk on. Spanning three generations, the family with roots in Iran, use high quality fibers and natural colors for their hand spun rugs and source organic materials from rug-weaving centers around the world including Nepal, Pakistan, Persia, India, Morocco and Turkey. Here, shoppers browse through a wide selection of decorative pieces, antique rugs, wall-to-wall carpet as well as more contemporary designed rugs. Striving to maintain high quality and value, they stand by their motto, "The Rug Warehouse, where we make sure the magic is not just in the carpets."

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La Dijonaise
8703 W Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 287-2770

When Pascal Donzel came to the United States from his native France in 1992, he had little money, a lot of hope, and did not speak a word of English. He started working for his now wife's Uncle and as she says, "he never left." When they opened their restaurant, La Dijonaise, in the Helms Bakery Building in 2011, Pascal and his wife, Thanh, decided that they would serve fine French croissants, pasties and cuisine without the attitude and high prices. With recipes that were handed down from generation to generation, Pascal bakes at 4am and cooks at night to deliver their excellent selections. La Dijonaise is the perfect place for a break during your shopping excursion at the Helms Bakery. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and rumor is they serve the best croissant in town.

If you're in the mood for a bigger snack though, head to Father's Office for the best burger in town.

Father's Office
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Father's Office
3229 Helms Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 736-2224

With one of, if not the best burgers in L.A., Father's Office is a perfect spot to head after a long day of shopping for furniture at the Helms Bakery. Laced with blue cheese and applewood bacon, and topped off with caramelized onions and arugula, the burger at Father's Office is a classic and is a must try. But, don't bother asking for ketchup because they just won't allow it. The Office Burger comes the way it comes, but you'll love it exactly how it is bite after bite. Make sure to drink something from their lengthy and worldly beer menu as you bite into your delicious burger.

Whitney Lader is the founder of hoopLA, a lifestyle blog covering events, food, art, beauty, fashion and deals in Los Angeles. She is also a freelance writer and a graphic designer.
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