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We hate saying good bye. No, really, we'd rather just turn our head rather than watch loved ones depart.So we're in denial about the news that several of our favorite spots in LA are slated for closure (and we bid adieu to Southern California retail institutions, the Robinson-May stores-our first job was working in the linen department at Robinson's Pasadena). Two of which will close their doors after July.

The Good Karma yoga studio on Silver Lake Blvd is leaving this dimension to manifest in other ways. Owner Taj Patton put up a good fight in a cursed location. We guess the neighborhood mix just wasn't right to keep any yoga studio going as Good Karma's predecessor closed last year, too.

You can join the teachers for a "Bye Bye" party this Saturday, 3:00-5:00pm -- an opportunity to connect with fellow students, music, prizes and purchase first edition Good Karma Yoga mats. The following studios will honor Good Karma Yoga 2005 series cards: Silver Lake Yoga, Glendale Yoga, Liberation Yoga and recently added, Yoga East (formerly Asthanga Yoga Shala).

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As you know, the Parlour Club on Santa Monica Blvd is also slated to close its doors after August 4th. There's a ton of good bye parties happening there all this weekend and next week.

Speaking of The Grove, we noticed that the Container Store, in the shopping complex that abuts the Farmer's Market to the north, is closing. There's "Going out of Business " and "60% Off Clearance" signs all over the windows. Are they really leaving the complex?

Finally, we don't know when it will occur but the Movieland Plaza with the "Russian Trader Joes" at 7304 Santa Monica Blvd in WeHo is going to be demolished. We don't know if TJ will return to the refurbished shopping center but things will never, ever, be the same, we fear. We love the nicknames for everyday landmarks around here- we have the Rock & Roll Ralphs on Sunset, the Russian Trader Joes on Santa Monica Blvd...