The experts at LA Weight Loss understand the full breadth of the weight-loss process. Their counselors fuel clients’ drive to lose pounds—from the initial push to the last few difficult pounds—with moral support and custom diet plans that incorporate real, healthy foods instead of frozen dinners or icicle cocktails. In-store counseling helps clients tackle unhealthy habits head-on, and online support and chat rooms are always available to provide encouragement. The program’s metabolism-sparking beverages, lifestyle guides, and multivitamins sail directly to doorsteps faster than an Olympic runner hopped up on soy smoothies. A full palette of healthy recipes are complemented by nutritious meal bars and supplements packed with vitamins and minerals. Meanwhile, food scales, monthly diaries, and a portion-control kit help clients keep track of their eating habits and maintain accountability in their own homes.
Bruce Dodgen of Dodgen Photography snaps meaningful mementos destined to dress walls, wallets, and digital landscapes. Equipped with Nikon and Kodak digital cameras and professional lighting equipment for in-studio and on-location shoots, he captures images of beloved pets, engaged couples, or large family groups. Subjects return to the studio to preview the fruits of their session and select which should be printed and burned to CD or emblazoned permanently in the mind’s eye. After customers view the images, he hands them to his spouse and business partner Paula, who touches up the images with her prodigious Photoshop skills, smoothing out uneven skin and limiting the prominence of relatives’ likenesses to Big Foot.
At Body Wrap LA, the details are in the name. That's because the staffers at this body-wrap salon focus purely on its eponymous service, making sure that what they do, they do well. The interior space buzzes with music and the scents of aromatherapy as infrared body wraps swaddle customers for 50-minute sessions. During the treatment, customers lie in cocoons while blissfully awaiting the arrival of new wings. Because a watched wing never boils, flat-screen televisions and free wireless Internet keep minds entertained as bodies transform into svelte versions of their former selves.
Skewering up a menu of barbecue favorites in a no-hassle, family-friendly setting, Shane's Rib Shack slathers up saucy good times via its slowed-cooked ribs, pulled pork, and chicken seven days a week. Venture to the edge of meat madness with a full rack of ribs ($18.99), served with two heaping sides. Bone-phobic folk can opt for a six-piece plate of fresh, never frozen, chicken tenders ($6.99 for six pieces), while pairing them with a corn muffin ($0.75) and a dousing of barbecue or signature wing sauce. The smothered chopped pork sandwich dons a fashionable fedora of coleslaw, making it an ideal companion for patrons flaunting equally stylish oversized bibs ($5.99). Finish each feast with a sweet iced tea ($1.49–$1.99) or a rich brownie ($1.29). Those with restrictive, gluten-free diets may peruse a menu chock-full of edible decoys that include chopped barbecue chicken and pork plates, as well as the classic beef brisket salad, which, while fashionably flavorful, does not double as a skirt.
Balanced Nutrition & Tea Store stocks its shelves with more than 75 teas and supplements to nourish the bodies and souls of health gurus and thoughtful gift givers. Red teas, including Get Clean, Get Relief, and Get Charged, insist that taste receptors follow commands and listen to their mothers. Well-traveled taste buds can roam the aromatic Republic of Chai or mull the spearmint undertones in Moroccan mint, and raw-green-mango, chili, and black-currant organic teas boast the zest of fresh-picked produce. More than a dozen brand-name vitamins and supplements flex invitingly amid the sea of teas, challenging customers to sample their beneficial properties.