Cinema Secrets, a family business devoted to the quality and artistry of professional cosmetic products, supplies industry insiders and lay faces alike with superior makeup as well as beauty-related classes. Academy Award winner, makeup artist to the stars, and certified mensch Maurice Stein founded the beauty hub and its cosmetic line, which features products that elicit stunning effects appropriate for daily wear or for film, television, and theater work. The range of colors in each signature foundation palette blends to camouflage skin crises more subtly than single-color correctors or paper bags, and the brand's own signature brush cleaner keeps bacteria at bay. Skincare products by trusted brands such as Dermalogica and Sun Laboratories also line the store's shelves, helping skin stay healthy between rougings. A multitude of skills awaits the steady-handed in classes that include applying advanced effects makeup for faux gore that reads on any big screen or any jury-duty interview, as well as corrective makeup courses for concealing moderate to severe scarring.
For the past decade, Make-up Designory (MUD) has been working to make life a bit more beautiful. The company engineers cosmetics to suit every consumer, from everyday women who want a polished, natural look to special effects makeup artists who spend their days creating otherworldly characters. Because their makeup must often perform under the scrutiny of the spotlight, each product from their emollient-rich lipsticks to their cream foundations to their makeup tools, is put through a rigorous testing process to ensure it provides long-lasting, flawless coverage. That means that every product has the stamp of approval of real-life makeup artists, who have used them to ready faces for films, broadway shows, and fashion runways, before they ever hit the market.
Make-up Designory trains makeup artists at schools in Los Angeles and New York City, but it's also possible?easy, even?to create your desired look at home. Online how-to guides provide simple step-by-step instructions for using the company's products to achieve a dewy complexion or create a dramatic, smoky eye without setting off the fire alarm.
Fleet Feet helps promote an active, healthy community by outfitting people of all fitness levels with the proper apparel and footwear. At the Burbank location, owner Colin Klein and his staff maintain a one-on-one connection with customers, particularly during the Fit Process—an extensive, multistep fitting formula that incorporates multiple measurements and a gait analysis so shoes, socks, and inserts jive comfortably with every foot. To ensure clients are swift enough to compete in marathons or outrun even the fastest repo man, Fleet Feet also offers 5K and marathon training as well as resources and information about upcoming races, community events, and activities.
The team members at Imperial Vintage Guitars spend nights gigging at local clubs or editing new tracks in the studio. By day, they draw on these musical chops to help customers choose from a stock of new and vintage electric guitars from manufacturers such as Gibson and Fender. Those six-strings share the shop with acoustic guitars, bass guitars, amps from Fender and Marshall, and accessories such as tuners and strings.
If those strings break, the denizens of Imperial’s repair shop can swiftly replace them with new nylons or steels. They also take on more complex jobs, from artfully restoring old guitars with vintage parts to explaining why Randal is a terrible name for a guitar.
Brother-and-sister duo Glenn Treibitz and Cheryl Fox and their team love their jobs. The pianos that Hollywood Piano Company stocks unlock dreams, passions, and ambitions, and he couldn't think of a better way to spend his days. Family-owned since 1928, the store sells acoustic pianos made by some of the best manufacturers, including Estonia and Baldwin. There's also digital pianos by Roland and Kurzweil that precisely simulate the sound and feel of acoustic pianos. Glenn and his team of music lovers also tune, rent, and restore pianos. To give customers everything they need to fully appreciate their new instrument, the shop offers lessons, as well.