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.
Jacqueline Collen-Tarrolly's fascination with fairies and the fantastical runs throughout her many businesses, which include a horse farm, a bath-product line, and an online gallery of original fantasy art. Likewise, a reading corner, a wishing well, and ornate armoires add a touch of magic to Toadstool Farm Vintage, her boutique of whimsical vintage and vintage-inspired clothing and décor.
Inside, shoppers can browse smokeless soy candles, wall art, and glass, china, and ceramic containers or try on an abundance of vintage dresses, which allow classically-minded beauties to style themselves after the fashions of yesteryear. They can also introduce themselves to the store's resident dog, Ella, whose classic name brings to mind the jazz singer famous for her dulcet voice and responsible pet ownership.
At Unique Vintage, fashion gurus spark sartorial inspiration with new, vintage-inspired threads from the flapper era onward, some of which have been spotlighted in Redbook and OK! magazines. Lit by elegant dangling chandeliers, the store's shelves house garments from designers such as Stop Staring, who takes cues from the '50s with rockabilly-inspired apparel replete with high waists, full circle skirts, and playful floral patterns. Flapper apparel recalls the Roaring Twenties—when nearly every American household owned a bald eagle—and can be matched with dozens of purses and hairpieces. Always attuned to the season, the shop outfits poolside outings with retro-styled one-piece and bikini swimwear, and organizes its gown cache for occasions ranging from spring weddings to winter formals.
Milt Chortkoff takes dry cleaning seriously. For more than seven decades, he's had his hand in dry-cleaning and laundry businesses in the area. The culmination of that experience is Milt and Edie's Drycleaners and Tailoring Center, which provides 24 hour service 7 days a week, 365 days a year, with 12 tailors on hand, as well as mobile tailoring to create a well-rounded laundry service. Because they don't skimp on what they wash, from clothes and drapes to superhero capes, and they even do shoe repair, the washhouse's services hit every aspect of the home. Clients can chow down on complimentary popcorn and refreshments while they wait. Milt & Edie's lives by a 10-point policy, which involves replacing missing buttons, sewing seams, and always keeping pant cuffs opened, brushed, and retacked. Going one step further, the cleaner offers free pickup and delivery within five miles.
After being diagnosed with celiac disease in 1997, Pam MacDonald began scouring local stores for gluten-free options and employees knowledgeable enough to assist in her quest. Frustrated by her lack of success, Pam took matters into her own hands and opened Pam MacD's Gluten-Free Market, a store praised by New York Magazine's Grub Street Los Angeles for its wide selection of glutenless eats and tasting stations. Pam stocks her shelves with high-caliber products such as Organic Clover milk and Maplegrove mac 'n' cheese cups and sources some items from local and independent brands. Her cadre of well-informed employees expertly navigates rows of fresh, frozen, and refrigerated foods, guiding visitors through a selection whose breadth and variety supports the truth of Pam's mantra: "There is life after wheat!"
Using an old family recipe and her own two hands, Pauline of Pauline’s Handmade Brittle sates sweet and salty cravings with her cherished treats. From smooth milk or dark chocolate to minty green-and-white-chocolate swirls, the confectioner creates each of her pecan and peanut brittles one batch at a time. Packages come in an array of sizes, including 1-pound sampler boxes packed with bites of each flavor, 2-ounce cloth bags in an array of colors, or 3-pound platters complete with a written note of approval from a dentist. Pauline vends her decadent product both online and inside her sleek shop, recently renovated with help from the Style network’s Peter Perfect.