Even canines are welcome in these
tony L.A. boutiques

Wendy O'Dea

It's a dog's world on Robertson Boulevard. The two blocksbetween Beverly Boulevard and West Third Street are abuzz withwealthy women, metrosexuals, and young hipsters browsing withminiature dogs tucked under their arms.

The pups are treated like royalty at Kiehl's, a New York-basedskin-care shop that opened this year with a supply of dog treatsand a "doggie waiting room." But the special treatment here isn'tlimited to four-legged creatures. "We get a diverse mix of shopperson Robertson," says John Saint-Denis, a Kiehl's salesperson."Beverly Hills matrons, film industry professionals, youngfamilies, and the gay crowd are all regular customers."

That's not surprising given the area's location at thecrossroads of Los Angeles and West Hollywood. Robertson has beenpopular for years among those who can afford the clothing at Ghostand the sunglasses at C by Karina. Upscale chain stores such asWaterworks, selling bathroom accessories and fixtures, sitalongside funky independents like Kitson, a chic haven of bathproducts, clothing, and handbags of all sizes.

More affordable is American Apparel, which sells organic-cottonseparates harkening back to the '70s. Its mix- and-match pieces aremanufactured sweatshop-free right in Los Angeles.

To refuel, shoppers sip double lattes and nibble sandwiches onthe outdoor patio of Cuvée. Farther north, the NewsroomCafé serves up fruit-smothered French toast and the It's AliveRaw Salad while customers peruse entertainment magazines―manyof them featuring celebrities with their dogs, natch.

A good place to start your L.A. shopping trip is alongRobertson Blvd. between Beverly Blvd. and W. Third St.

American Apparel. 104 S. Robertson Blvd.; 310/274-6292.

C by Karina. Closed Sun. 116 S. Robertson; 310/777-0231.

Ghost. 125 N. Robertson; 310/246-0567.

Kiehl's. 100 N. Robertson; 310/860-0028.

Kitson. 115 S. Robertson; 310/859-2652.

Waterworks. 109 S. Robertson; 310/246-9766.

Cuvée. $; breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. 145 S. Robertson;310/271-4333.

Newsroom Café. $$; breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. 120 N. Robertson;310/652-4444.

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