The owners of Hush Hush Bang Bang have provided a fun, eco-friendly work environment for their team of stylists for nearly a decade. While designing and building their salon, Kara and Wade incorporated recycled and reclaimed materials to create a functional and convivial atmosphere established on sustainable practices. The space now welcomes guests into an airy environment accented by lime green and vibrant florals, invigorating minds as hair techs invigorate manes with cut, color, and extension services. The stylists stay up to date with tress trends and new styling techniques by taking regular "field trips" to industry classes, and they use a mix of high-end and vegan hair products to accommodate all clients regardless of which shampoo they prefer to squeeze onto a baked potato.
In an effort to give back to the planet and the community, stylists actively participate in recycling and water-saving initiatives and volunteer with the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
The brand American Apparel, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary, conjures up images of stylish and well-fitting fashion basics. It also likely brings to mind sassy advertisements featuring long-haired beauties in natural makeup posing in skin-bearing bodysuits and loungewear.
But what many don't know about the brand—despite its name and the slice of apple pie that comes with every purchase—is that all of its clothes are made in America. Everything from sewing and cutting to accounting and marketing happens in one building in downtown Los Angeles, and the rest occurs within a 30-mile radius. Not only that, every slim-fitting pair of pants, spandex bodysuit, and v-neck T-shirt is made in a sweatshop-free environment.
Plus, keeping everything in house means the company eliminates unnecessary and wasteful factors, such as shipping fuel and packing materials, as well as provides jobs to Angelenos, instead of outsourcing them.
On Fridays, Frank Sinatra songs drift amid skeins of yarn. On Saturday mornings, The Beatles harmonize over a community table spread with coffee, tea, and British breakfast treats. Located in Newport Beach, Knit Schtick is a meeting place for knitters of all experience levels to hone their skills in good company. In Knitting 101 classes, beginners learn basics such as how to purl and how to produce a full-body cocoon out of three feet of thread. In general classes, those who already possess a solid knowledge of knitting techniques work on individual projects, looping yarn into scarves, wraps, socks, or blankets.
The Paper House specializes in helping its customers celebrate, commemorate, and communicate with stylish stationery, wrapping paper, and more. Proud mamas and papas can broadcast the arrival of a new baby with colorful elegance using the Savannah Danielle birth announcement ($2), whereas lovelorn lotharios can melt icy hearts into puddles of love with warm-and-fuzzy Valentine's Day cards ($1). One of more than 20 invitations can put your cat's birthday party on every feline social calendar, and individually wrapping the hors d'oeuvres in wrapping paper ($3.50) will make each cocktail weenie seem like a special gift. Leaving a calling card ($.75) to let friends know you dropped by is a sophisticated alternative to scratching your name in the doorframe, and personalized stamps or investing in the Mckay Embosser ($60) can save time and drastically reduce finger cramps. Custom note pads ($7–$11) provide a convenient place to jot down shopping lists and reminders to go shopping.
Microsoft stores outfit cyborgs-in-training with high-tech tools including software, computers, gaming consoles, smartphones, and accessories. Customers can manipulate brawny athletes with their fingertips during endless seasons of Madden NFL 12 ($59.95). A Gears of War 3 wireless controller ($59.99) stamped with the Infected Omen symbol aids the quest to defeat the alien race and discover the cure for Infected Omen symbols. The Xbox 360 4 GB console with Kinect bundle ($299.99) doesn’t need a controller during playtime, so gamers can compete by swaying hips, stomping feet, and knitting leg warmers while playing Kinect games such as Dance Central ($39.99). At both locations, tech wizards roam the stores' airy environs helping customers alight on the right devices or programs for their needs.
Other items include dining tables, slumber-aiding bedroom items, as well as wall art and wall sculptures to distract guests from the person-shaped hole in the wall. The Sofa Company also specializes in build-your-own sofas, for which you can choose from any size, fabric, or configuration and put together the couch that floats around the sky in your dreams (around $600+).