my Top 5 Summer Activities


By Sam Goodman

Editor in Chief 


Face Haus

You’ve just finished your last final, and after weeks of studying, cramming, and memorizing, you need some self care in your life. The under eye bags and dark circles are real and if you’re going to be out on the beach you need to be looking and feeling your best. Try Face Haus, a high quality, low price facial bar that offers over 20 services, designed to fit your skin. The cool, modern atmosphere and friendly staff make the facial process quick, easy, and enjoyable. Facials average at $55, but cheaper options are also available.


r coffee house

The problem with living in San Fernando Valley is that nothing is cute and everything is gross. There are no little diners or cafes and nowhere to meet friends for a quick bite. But, R Coffee House just opened in Granada Hills and not only is it cute as heck, but the coffee is good, the menu is huge, and it is reasonably priced. They don't serve the sweetened battery acid that Starbucks serves and it's perfect for studying, meeting friends, and just hanging out. 


Lakeside Cafe

We had no idea that there was a lake in the middle of Encino. We also had no idea that we could sip vanilla lattes and and eat eggs benedict on that lake. Lakeside Cafe is a brunch hotspot right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Ventura Blvd. The food is perfectly proportioned for a late morning brunch and the atmosphere is perfectly lovely. I highly recommend you stop by Lakeside for a relaxing day by the lake.


The Smell

The Smell— sounds offensive but I promise, it’s not. The Smell is a volunteer run art and music space, dedicated to the D.I.Yer. Opened in 1998, The Smell has been a drug and alcohol free space for up-and-coming artists to get their start, keeping admission prices near $5. The Smell is perfect for artists of any kind looking to share their art in a safe space, as they host events year ‘round.

The Happy Place

The Happy Place is basically a giant warehouse full of Instagramable moments. Created to fill the world with happiness, The Happy Place is a pop-up experience at L.A. LIVE, with rooms filled to the brim with sensory overload interactive sets. Rooms include the super bloom flower room, a confetti dome, a rubber ducky cubby, and a giant birthday cake, all dedicated to simply make you happy. Tickets are $28 and the event will run all through summer.