I've been a fan of Roger's work since he was still at Prix (good ol' Myspace days), but had yet to visit his shop until last month where I had my appointment with Elayne Angel. I live approximately 80-90 miles from Ancient Adornments, so I made sure to arrive early and do my research (before my appointment) regarding the shop's location, parking info, nearby eateries, etc. LOCATION: Ancient Adornments is located in a small plaza BEHIND the shops on Santa Monica Blvd. Cross streets are Santa Monica Blvd. & Croft Ave. PARKING: The AA lot is fairly small and fills up quickly, so expect to bring change (and/or credit card) for a parking meter. You might also find parking in the nearby neighborhoods (please take heed of the parking signs). FOOD: There are plenty of casual, little places to eat within walking distance WAITING ROOM: The reception area/waiting room is very clean and spacious. Tall, glass display cases-- filled with every type of quality body jewelry imaginable-- line the walls and grab your attention as soon as you walk in. There are two couches for waiting family members and friends, and the bathroom is extremely clean. PIERCING ROOMS: Two, private rooms are where the piercings and sterilizing take place. A chair (similar to a dentist chair) in one room, and a doctors' exam table (really!) in the other. From what I saw, everything in these rooms is kept extremely organized and clean. SHOP OWNER/PIERCER #1: Roger Rodriguez is extremely professional and personable. While waiting for Elayne to finish up with a client, Roger "schooled me" on the different types of jewelry for the specific piercings that I was having done, and helped me pick out my jewelry. It also turns out that he graduated from the same high school as my boyfriend (who accompanied me to the shop) did. Small world! PIERCER #2: Matt Reyes is extremely professional and personable, as well. He let me know that they're able to anodize their titanium jewelry in-house, free of charge. Pretty cool! MY EXPERIENCE: I'm extremely satisfied with my experience at Ancient Adornments! Friendly, professional, and excellent customer service! I can't wait to go back and get something else pierced, or at the very least update my jewelry. I highly recommend Ancient Adornments!
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