Covering oneself in mud, scaling an inflatable wall, and crawling through a tunnel is not how most people spend their Sunday mornings. But for competitors in the Merrell Down & Dirty National Mud and Obstacle Series, it’s business as usual. During a 5K or 10K, participants test their endurance and strength as they tackle more than 15 challenges in between sprints. These include leaping over marine hurdles, walking across balance beams, and clenching your teeth until tiny wings sprout from your ankles. Youngsters can join in on the fun, too—the Adventure Kids course pits ages 4–13 against child-sized obstacles and a mud pit. Following the race, winners in their division earn awards, then celebrate during a post-race after-party complete with live music.
A First Impression renews homes with new carpets, upholstery, and bedding and has been featured in the Los Angeles Daily News for its ability to revitalize furniture. Much like a shape-shifting silver dollar, A First Impression’s custom projects vary in price, but pricing starts at $45 per hour for labor plus the cost of materials. Line foot highways in new floor fur, choosing from more than 15 brands. The cost of carpet is $19.95 per yard, which includes installation and 7-pound padding. Homeowners can also redecorate rooms with drapes ($58 for a 2’ window including installation), reupholstered dining-room chairs ($35 each), sofas ($99/ft. plus a flat labor rate of $99), or custom sheets, comforters, and pillowcases ($45/hour for labor, material costs vary).
On first impression, J Raw Fitness seems a strange name for trainer Jude Lee’s Westlake Village fitness studio. Having refined his workout programs over the course of 20 years in the fitness industry, Lee’s skills are anything but raw. No moniker, however, could more fittingly describe the personal and group workouts he and his team of trainers lead students through on a daily basis—intense, no-nonsense routines that sculpt muscles and take no calories prisoner. The large, brightly lit facility hums with energy as students of all abilities sweat and grunt through high-intensity cardio classes, yoga stretches, and dumbbell lifts. The diverse list of classes is just one means by which the trainers strive to keep workouts interesting and varied; on the first Sunday of every month, they head down to a local beach to conduct fitness boot camps and arm-wrestle muscle-bound octopuses.
From intimate VIP dinners to pro-football events for thousands of people, the team behind Barcelona Event Planning has the experience to coordinate a successful gathering of any size. A division of marketing virtuosos Barcelona Enterprises, they can create lighting designs and special effects, custom chuppas, and floral centerpieces that make parties both personalized and glamorous, much like a red carpet woven out of the guest of honor’s hair. Their event expertise has fueled shindigs ranging from St. Patrick’s Day festivals and pirate festivals to charitable events that benefit animal shelters and children’s hospitals, including the Beverly Hills Wine Festival and the Indulge Los Angeles Chocolate Festival and Pastry Show.
With more than 25 years of experience, Box Brothers offers a panoply of packing supplies and accouterments along with brand-name and custom shipping services. Box Brothers stocks more than 100 different sizes of boxes, including standard 1.5-cubic-foot book- or record-carton boxes ($1.49 each, $1.29 each in a bundle of 25) and sweater-sheltering wardrobe boxes ($12.99, $11.99 each in a bundle of five). Box Brothers’ cardboard cowboys will help find the right receptacle for hand-woven wares, and they can also make or cut custom-size boxes for oddly shaped items such as spare harpoons and handcrafted kitchen sinks.