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Malls: We?re completely addicted to the convenience, usually bored by the selection. 

That?s why we?re especially enjoying the new outdoor shopping center that just sprang up west of the 405--the Village at Westfield Topanga. Located across the street from the august, multilevel Westfield Topanga mall (which runs a trolley that will shuttle you back and forth), this little upstart is a single-story, curving main street of boutiques and services you won?t find anywhere else--like a celebrity dancing studio or futuristic quinoa bowls. Here?s what you have to check out.

Village at Westfield Topanga, 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park; 818-594-8732 or

Dance Better

We’re enamored with the personalities on Dancing with the Stars, so we’ll be rolling into Karina Smirnoff Dance Studio to learn the cha-cha, waltz or at least enough moves to fake our next wedding-guest duties.

Gift Fido

At the Nathan Turner American Style Pop-Up, the fancy home decor is nice, but what we’re especially grooving on are the pet accessories: bright nylon rope leashes, chew toys and preppie gingham dog beds that, like everything in the shop, are all American-made.

Eat Automated

Opening early next month, Eatsa is the L.A. outpost of the San Francisco-based fast-casual spot where you tap out what kind of quinoa bowl ($7) you want on an iPad, then wait for your order to be delivered through a wall compartment--no human interaction required.

Get Clean

Botanicals used by South African tribal healers are the basis for the bath bombs, washes and more at Rain Created for Living. The earth-toned store decor and subtle scents make a stroll through here a walking meditation.

Ace Athleisure

Until now, you’ve only been able to buy togs from Fabletics, Kate Hudson’s locally designed fitness-wear company, online. But now you can try on these figure-flattering pieces, which can be as low as half Lululemon’s prices, right before you wear them to hike into the nearby Santa Monica Mountains.

Surf on Cement

Try the new hands-free IO Hawk, a sort of hybrid skateboard and Segway transport device that’s lightweight (22 pounds) and takes you up to six miles per hour--just lean in the direction you want to go.

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