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Steven Ho: Stuntman, CEO Plush Home

A Martial Artist And Professional Stuntman Who Lives A Very "Plush" Life

ELAINE SAYS: Steven is an intriguing guy. The seriously business-minded CEO behind Plush Home (partner with wife and fellow lister, Nina Petronzio) but also, a Martial Artist and Stuntman (often seen on Conan Obrien, mercilessly kicking his butt). He's also one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. None of it makes any sense but yet it’s a fantastic cocktail. I knew he’d have a really ecclectic, high-octane A-List....and no surprise....he did!

  1. Best New Workout: Tempest Free Running Academy freerunningVIEW WEBSITE | LOCATION: 19821 Nordhoff Pl  Ste 115 Los Angeles [Chatsworth] Parkour (or Free Running) is the sport of running along a route and negotiating around obstacles using only your body.  I’ve worked with Victor Lopez and Richard King on numerous film projects and am constantly amazed at what they can do without wires.  Well, now you can too!  Tempest now has the first Free Running Academy in California. Check out the vids on their website.  You’ll be pumped and find yourself jumping over the next bus bench you see.
  2. Best Book Lover's Resource: Dragon Books dragon booksVIEW WEBSITE | LOCATION: 2954 North Beverly Glen Circle,  Los Angeles [Beverly Glen] I was devastated when Arundel Books on Beverly Blvd. closed last year.  You can still buy rare books from them online through their Seattle store, but when I’m in the mood for a palpable purchase, I now head up the hill to Dragon Books on Beverly Glen.  They have an extremely friendly and knowledgeable staff and a super impressive collection of rare and antiquarian books that I buy for my personal collection and also for those special gifts.  Most recently I picked up a leather bound version of Machiavelli’s The Prince, with a forward by Benito Mussolini.
  3. Best Auto Body and Paint Specialist: M.A.C. Moon's Auto Collision prius LOCATION: 2307 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles  [Mid City] This family run body shop is pre-approved by Allstate Insurance, which means that an adjustor doesn’t even have to show up to review your case.  This speaks volumes for  Moon’s honesty.  As a special bonus (which Moon does not advertise), they’re amazing at customizing cars!  They pimped out my Prius at a substantially lower price than it would have cost me at one of the on-the-radar custom garages.  Their work is impeccable and the prices are always fair.  Hopefully you’ll avoid fender benders, but if you have a need an autobody shop…or are in the mood for a new spoiler, tell Moon I sent you…
  4. Best Karaoke Upgrade: Live Band Karaoke Show, Cinespace karaoke LOCATION: 6356 Hollywood Blvd.  Los Angeles [Hollywood] Karaoke is fun because no matter how horrible we are (definitely speaking for myself on this), it lets us live out our fantasies of being Axl Rose.  Live Band Karaoke at Cinespace (every Monday Night) takes this concept to the next level.  Forget the plastic mic, teleprompter, and awkward music mix, this experience is exactly what its name suggests…you perform karaoke with a live band playing for you.   Get there early if you want to get on stage because the list fills up quickly, and know your lyrics because there is no teleprompter.
  5. Best Body Wizards: Dr. Mark Ganjianpour, Tower Orthopedics runner xrayVIEW WEBSITE | LOCATION:  8670 Wilshire Blvd # 202 Beverly Hills [Beverly Hills] Every professional stuntman has a great orthopedic surgeon their speed dail list.  Mine is Dr. Gianjianpour at Tower Orthopedics.  Dr. Gianjianpour and his Physical Therapist, Matthew Stodolsky at Orthopts (6399 Wilshire Blvd, Suite #500, LA) have gotten me back to fighting form on numerous occasions.  As an added bonus, he records the procedure and gives you a DVD of it to take home.
  6. Best Latin Dining Experience: Rivera Restaurant riveraVIEW WEBSITE | LOCATION: 1050 South Flower Street, Los Angeles, [Downtown] Rivera (tied with Hatfield’s) is my current favorite restaurant in Los Angeles.  What’s unique about Chef John Sedlar’s Latin-fusion eatery , is that there are three individual dinner menus depending on which of  the three dining rooms you are seated a:  Sangre (Spain and Portugal), Samba (South America), and Playa Bar (Mexico and the Southwest) present the iconic dishes of this odyssey, and the Conexiones menu offers a wide range of selections from all three menus. The open kitchen that’s visible from the front walkway via large sidewalk windows sets the tone for your unique dining experience.  Make sure you try the tortillas florales with indian butter (it has a genuine flowers pressed into them), and for what it’s worth my favorite menu is the Samba.
  7. Best View of the Hollywood Sign: Home Depot, Upstairs Parking Lot hollywood sign LOCATION: 5600 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles [Hollywood] Part of the deal with being an Angelino is doubling as a tour guide and GPS to your out-of- town guests.  I usually bow out of daytime tourist activities (if I have to go to Universal Studios one more time, I will literally punch out King Kong) and opt to meet guests for dinner.  When people ask me where to head for the best photo op of the Hollywood sign, I don’t send them to Beachwood Canyon.  Rather,  one of the most assessable and best views of the city and iconic sign is….the rooftop parking lot at Home Depot!
  8. Best Dinner Spot Before a Laker's Game: Bottega Louie bottega louieVIEW WEBSITE | LOCATION: 700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles [Downtown]If you’re looking for a nice and convenient eatery before a Laker’s game, my go-to spot is Bottega Louie on Grand Ave.  Formerly the Brooks Brothers flagship, there’s plenty of open tables before tip-off (a different story during dinner though).  It’s one of the few casual fine dining restaurants that are open throughout the day, you’ll avoid the crowds at LA Live, and it’s just a few minutes away from Staples Center.  I like the roasted beets with goat cheese as an appetizer and the chopped salads hold their own to La Scala in Beverly Hills. Also great for Sunday brunches with family and friends.
  9. Best Unique Gift for Guys: Exotic Veneered RC Box, Plush Home PLUSH HOME REMOTE CONTROL BOX VIEW WEBSITE | LOCATION: 8323 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood [West Hollywood] I was always losing my remotes and my wife, who is a designer, does not appreciate gadgets left out in the open.  So it goes without saying that the high lacquered remote control boxes at our Melrose Avenue showroom are big gift items from us.  In fact, many of my close friends have received them.  They come in an array of exotic veneers from Walnut Burl to Rosewood. $190.
  10. Best Martial Arts Supply: Golden Tiger Martial Arts nunchakusVIEW WEBSITE | LOCATION: 737 North Western Avenue  Los Angeles  [Koreatown] Just north of Melrose on Western, Golden Tiger has been my resource for martial art supplies for years.  Whether it’s a Shinai sword, a Wing Chun Dummy, a pair of Adidas kicking shoes, or rubber nunchakus for Halloween,  if they don’t have it in stock they’ll have it for you within a few days.

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