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By Sara Wilson
A strip of Hollywood history retains its sophistication while welcoming a new generation of pleasure seekers.
Hollywood's early royalty held court along this two-block stretch of American colonial-meets-Georgian grandeur, built in 1924 by Francis S. Montgomery on what had once been farmland. Glamor soon replaced any vestiges of hayseeds as film stars flocked to the salon of cosmetics pioneer Elizabeth Arden and the studio of celebrity photographer George Hurrell. Today the many cafés at the colorfully landscaped West Hollywood spot--shaded by generous umbrellas and the street's glossy magnolia trees--offer people watching on a scale unchanged from the days when Garbo, Dietrich, and Lombard reigned.
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8590 W. Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Nancy Reagan prefers Jessica Nail Clinic nearby (she has a standing appointment), but this recent arrival already has a following. Instead of the usual faux-leather vibrating thrones, low-slung Louis XIV-style chairs accompany copper soaking tubs. Effervescent technicians kibitz with customers while using mostly eco-friendly products, so there’s no chemical odor.
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