Within Bikram Yoga of Los Angeles' Covina studio, Dr. Vern Rollins helms a team of certified and passionate instructors who have taught thousands of classes and accrued hundreds of teacher-training hours. As the studio's temperature summits to 105 degrees with 40% humidity, these instructors model and explain poses, encourage deep breathing, and tiptoe around puddles. Thanks to their intimate knowledge of modifications, they capably assist students of all levels. Further, they maintain a flexible schedule of morning and evening classes that are 90 minutes apiece.
Bikram’s 26 poses and two breathing exercises work to engage the entire body with the strength and grace of a full-contact symphony-orchestra performance. Systematically isolating muscle groups one at a time, the poses begin on a mat and work up to a standing position, gradually building stamina and flexibility and jump-starting circulation. As waves of heat loosen limbs enough to make sea-anemone shadow puppets, the body begins to sweat and release toxins. The studio rents yoga mats and has onsite showers.
After five years of rapid growth and a thriving clientele, Tantrum Salon faced a turning point when Tabatha Coffey stepped her signature jet-black boots onto the salon floor. The host of Bravo's Tabatha's Salon Takeover got right to work streamlining their business, highlighting their best stylists, and renovating the space by swapping out the loud yellow wall paint for neutral tones and threadbare curtains for geometric dividers. Now, owner Robert Moreno and his team work together flawlessly to craft face-flattering styles with cuts, color, and other specialty services such as extensions, relaxers, and Brazilian Blowouts, which create smooth, sultry hair better than playing Barry White through a blow dryer.
Dan Adema smiles when he sees an engine light lit up. The pieces to this puzzling statement begin to fall into place when you learn he's an ASE-certified master technician who specializes in diagnostics. He showcases his talents each day at Our King Auto Repair, a AAA-approved automotive maintenance and repair facility. Adema and his team of technicians augment their work by offering a drop-off service and a free shuttle, as well as a two-year, 24,000-mile warranty. If the service is minor, customers can wait in the facility's '50s-themed lobby, with retro couches, automotive antiques, and complimentary coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, depending on whether the Keurig machine's grumpy, contemplative, or overjoyed.
Thousands of styles of shoes from cobblers such as Nike, Jordan, Converse, Skechers, Adidas, and Puma reside at WSS Footwear. A 62-store Southern California footwear chain, WSS allows customers to browse their extensive shoe selection online and find a store nearby. New styles, such as Nike Running shoes, arrive daily alongside classic Vans Authentics, which come in sizes to accommodate the feet of both adults and future adults. Women's fashion shoes ready feet for holidays parties, weddings, or walks in the park, and WSS also offers trendy clothing and accessories such as hats, backpacks, and sports balls.
Chalkboard Pizza & Subs doesn't rely on the internet for reviews of its food. The first thing anyone sees as they walk into the storefront pizzeria are chalkboard walls filled with drawings, daily specials, and customer comments about the food. Serving both specialty and build-your-own pizzas, Chalkboard boasts a selection of 30 toppings to create unique pies served whole or by the slice. In addition to the pizza, the staff makes sub sandwiches and wraps, and they toss seven different salads with fresh veggies and meats.
Cruddy duds transform into eye-fetching attire at Palm Center Cleaners, a family-owned facility devoted to abolishing stains and smoothing out wrinkles. Palm Center’s crew can scour the surfaces of formal and casual garb, treating shirts, pants, and suits to a shrink-free cleansing drier than a lecture on how to lecture. Gentle cleansings of suede and leather are also available, as are alterations and shirt pressing.