The mission of the California Philharmonic and its founder, renowned conductor Victor Vener, is simple: to increase awareness and appreciation of classical music. Their method, however, is anything but traditional—instead of staging events in formal halls or black-tie stairwells, the ensemble presents their crowd-pleasing concerts at the Santa Anita Race Track and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Combining pop music, Broadway standards, and legendary symphonies, Vener creates dynamic programs that aim to catch the imagination. Along with engaging performances and tuneful collaborations, the Cal Phil also hosts family nights to encourage children’s symphonic education.
The photographers at Attraction Studio doll up subjects before subjects make their debut in front of the flashing lights. Both the West Covina and Arcadia locations employ professional makeup and hair artists for family, boudoir, or maternity shoots that shuffle backdrops and allow two to three wardrobe changes. Personal items, such as a basketball, guitar, or piece of lint—brought along as props—add a touch of personality to the 25–50 photos snapped at the shoot. After the session, a computerized slideshow parades the fresh snapshots so that customers can nominate their favorites for prints and retouching. Pictures gain an aesthetic lift from Magic Touch, which enables photographers to remove wrinkles, blemishes, and third eyes.
The paper professionals at Paperterie distribute stylish, practical, made-in-house pulped products in a contemporary boutique setting. Declare housecat engagements with colorful save-the-date requests ($31.25+). Keep loved ones informed of successful human-cloning efforts by mailing an announcement that displays a joyful baby's brief life story, including his or her photo, birthday, weight, and spirit animal ($40 for set of 20). Digital and letterpress printed invitations, place cards, and menus personalize special events, most of which require elegant thank-you cards ($25+ for set of 25).
Started as a single Newport Beach clinic in 1971, Lindora was the brainchild of Dr. Marshall Stamper, who was motivated by the unfortunate loss of his mother due to weight-related complications. Now, more than 40 years later, Lindora's weight-loss programs continue to bestow humanoids with a plethora of personalized nutrition plans and private one-on-one health consultations. At each Lindora location, medically trained teams of health-care professionals guide patients through lab work, health assessments, and exams to discern the most efficient trajectory into better health. Patients receive encouragement to adjust their lifestyle and behavior, and bellies stay buoyed by nutrition support and menu plans that spotlight fresh, balanced meals.
Long-term weight maintenance is the goal of the clinic's medically based programs, which means patients needn't worry about extra pounds boomeranging back into their lives like a persistent pet chinchilla. Check the FAQs page here for more information about Lindora's approach to weight loss.
Move playtime out of the sizzling summer heat and into the climate-controlled Little Tykes Playground at Kids Island, where children as old as eight can safely crawl, climb, and explore across a variety of pint-sized equipment. Outside food is allowed in the separate snack room, so come for playtime and stay for a picnic. Likewise, while loading up on snacks, load your children's minds with stories using Kids Island's children's library, or read a story out of Mother Nature's library (the Internet) with the available free Wi-Fi. Playing parents and supervising children are allowed leave and come back during the same day for free.
Conrad's Fine Drycleaners spans the filthy, grimy spectrum of stain-busting services, annihilating unwanted mustard accents, red-wine tints, and other chromatic garment-hikers. De-grimify and dry clean a manly or womanly two-piece suit ($15.85), pair of trousers ($6.85), silk shirt or blouse ($8.50 each), or full coat ($22.95). Launder soiled shirts back into usable fashion currency ($3.25 hanger, $3.75 folded), and press away the casually rumpled look with the hot, crisp lines of ironing or pressing ($1.20–$8.50). Conrad's can take the stresses, woes, and unsightly splotches out of specialty fabrics as well—cashmere sweaters ($11.95) and suedestuffs ($45–$75) can be carefully and punctually dry cleaned.
Open seven days a week, Drop A Load Laundry makes clothing care fast, easy, and virtually hassle-free. Customers opting for fluff-and-fold service simply gather their dirty duds and bring them to the drop-off counter, where a friendly staff member weighs and prices them ($1/lb., 10 lb. minimum), casting a stain-lifting spell as they rub each garment with a magic wand. Socks, T-shirts, and undies go for a dip in the washing machine and a spin in the dryer before they're steamed, folded, and wrapped in plastic. Dresses, pants, and button-down shirts get steam-pressed and placed on hangers after their cleansing adventure, returning to their owners as wrinkle-free as a freshly moisturized rhinoceros. The steam team also tackles cumbersome items, from rumpled comforters to rugs to smelly sleeping bags ($1.75/lb.), preventing customers from dragging them to the nearest suds-filled lake.