In the last two weeks, I’ve gone to several shopping places in Los Angeles. I’ve been to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and its less famous, but still fabulous shopping destinations off of Rodeo, like Barney’s New York. I’ve also eaten at Barney’s Greengrass, and it was packed for lunch! Of course, Barney’s New York is a pretty swanky boutique department store in the infamous 90210 zip and “Greengrass” is its upscale deli/diner, on the penthouse floor, so maybe the recession hasn’t really affected those who “lunch” there. But I also went to a couple of different malls lately and they were packed too!
Today, I went to the Century City Shopping Center for lunch. They have one of the nicest food courts I’ve ever seen:
Believe me, this photo does not do it justice. You have to see it for yourself! And this photo was not taken today at the mall because if it were, it would be 10 times more crowded! My TV crew and I could not find parking spots for a good 15-20 minutes. I couldn’t believe that every parking space was filled! We had to park on the 2nd underground level, and in my many, many, many trips to this shopping center…I have never, ever had to park on the 2nd underground level.
But what does this all mean? I mean it’s not scientific, by any means. All I’m saying is…in Los Angeles at area malls and restaurants, I’ve started to see a little bit more movement, a little bit more spending, a little bit more splurging like the Los Angeles I’ve always known, and personally, I’m extremely happy and excited about it.
And if you’re still feeling the pinch of this recession like most of us are, here’s a coupon for a free meal.