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Where Encore's Leslie Kaplan Goes For Stellar Sweets on Melrose

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Los Angeles has more stores than anyone could physically tackle, but somehow we always keep returning to the usual suspects. To break out of the rut, we've asked some local shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around LA that we might not all know about. Cue the Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.

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Leslie Kaplan deals with all the fine details of life's celebrations. With experience as a director of corporate and social events at a slew of West Coast institutions, Leslie is now the owner and principal designer of Encore, a business that focuses on event planning services for the Los Angeles community. When she wants a mid-day sweet snack, she ventures to this spot in WeHo.

My favorite patisserie of LA is Sweet Lady Jane. This shop has managed to maintain a quaint neighborhood gem vibe while catering to some of the most A-list celebs. The traditional ladylike charm gets me every time. When in the area, I stop in to make in-store orders for clients, just so that I can indulge in a little something for myself! Known best for their delicious lattes and to-die-for desserts (each a beautiful work of art), Sweet Lady Jane also offers a fit-for-a-foodie lunch menu, the curried chicken salad sandwich being one of my personal faves. A second location just opened in Santa Monica for all you West Siders. If you haven't been, you are missing out!

· Sweet Lady Jane [Official Site]
· Encore Event Design [Official Site]
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Sweet Lady Jane

8360 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069