If you find yourself with some time in Terminal One at LAX, wander over to grown-up toy store Brookstone for a free massage from one of their vibrating chairs. The quirky business started out with a small ad selling hard-to-find tools in Popular Mechanics Magazine and has since grown into a national chain, with most locations inside the malls and airports that we use every day. Despite the cluttered appearance of a Brookstone, knowledgeable staff tends to know exactly where things are and are more than happy to let you tinker with and try anything they offer. Odd finds mesh seamlessly with surprisingly innovative technologies and life-simplifying devices, each priced competitively, even for the airport. And for anyone in need of a last-minute doodad, Brookstone opens early and stays up late.
Beauty professional Ling prettifies her clients with a range of hair and makeup services. In addition to cuts, color, and styling, she offers hair-smoothing keratin treatments. She can gussy clients up with special-occasion makeup or permanent eyeliner, lip liner, or eyebrow makeup.
At Hannink Equine Center, founder Jen Hannink draws upon a 25-year-long, World Cup–winning career to instruct would-be equestrians on the fundamentals of horseback riding and interspecies teamwork. The facility’s two large arenas are nestled among the peach and almond trees that blanket the Central Valley—a picturesque setting for lessons designed to familiarize riders of every skill level with the essentials. Beginners start off in private lessons with instructor Shawna Thornton, who patiently guides them through saddling, bridling, and grooming the stable's horses both before and after the lesson.
As the program advances, riders meet with new challenges until they’re finally ready to train under the expert guidance of Hannink, who further educates them on teamwork principles, riding theory, and the latest trends in jodhpurs.
Carol Wright’s Melodic Farms sprawls across 20 acres of farmland, a bucolic expanse that allows her to hold training programs for student equestrians. A lifelong rider with numerous title belts earned on the junior and grand-prix circuits, Carol oversees a facility that comprises indoor and outdoor jumping arenas as well as a large riding field complete with a bank and a ditch, which aid in games of horseback hide-and-seek. She and her staff use the grounds as the setting for their lessons, which aim to impart fundamentals starting with walking and trotting and moving up to jumping.
A Dog's Life provides high-quality wines grown and aged sustainably on California's sunny coastline, with customizable labels to give pets about six glasses of fame. Select from five wine varieties, such as a 2009 chardonnay with hints of oak and butter ($19.97), or the 2006 cabernet sauvignon, with a flavor that's smooth and complex ($22.97), much like a slide in the shape of a Möbius strip. Vino seekers can also quaff the bold 2007 Rescue Red Reserve and toast to a good cause, as 10% of all proceeds go toward rescue shelters and groups ($26.97). With A Dog's Life's personalization process, each label can feature pictures of your hound, feline, or kinkajou by selecting the "Buy Custom" option, registering on the site, and uploading a picture of your pet.
Precious Paw Prints Boutique offers only the highest quality pet products in the US and Canada. With a wide variety of products to choose from you'll be sure to find what you need. From pet hygiene products, toys, collars, leashes, harnesses to pet apparel we have it all!