NextSpace furnishes a collaborative workspace and fosters a community for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and other independent professionals. Cafe members are welcome to grab a seat alongside others in a productive coffee-shop-like space, taking advantage of the office's wireless and wired commercial broadband Internet, a networked printer, scanner, fax machine, utilities, and basic janitorial services. Access to conference rooms, a copier ($0.10/page for black-and-white printing, $0.25/page for color printing), and complimentary coffee, tea, and caffeine-dispensing helmets are also granted to all card-carriers. A range of events, such as brown-bag lunches, members-only email-discussion lists, lectures, and happy hours extend the experience beyond the office like a tender birch tree stretching its limbs to high-five a nearby druid.
Typing away in their Culver City loft, the writers and copyeditors at Creative Confusion give words to a range of commercial advertising projects. Modeled after a classic advertising agency, the team has crafted ad copy for brands such as Levi's, Modcloth, and Forever 21. They've also spearheaded creative development for companies with services ranging from SEO-friendly product descriptions and social-media maintenance to general business copy. Each writer is matched to a project by specialty and works with individual clients to achieve the brand's ideal tone and voice.
These writers can also compose more personal projects. They may wax poetic in playful confessions, birthday dedications, and wedding vows, or execute creative résumés and cover letters. Drawing from a client's sensibilities or submitted personal statements, they also tailor unique letters on themes such as No Reason But I Love You and The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog. The writers also copyedit and ghostwrite pieces for other writers upon request. Regardless of the assignment, Creative Confusion guarantees that their work passes Copyscape's regulations for written content.
Consistency is the name of the game at The Academy of Beauty. Every year, the academy's experienced instructors churn out masterful cosmetologists skilled in haircuts, skincare, and waxing services. The students don't bury their faces in books to sharpen their skills, though. They practice on real-world clients instead of napping alley cats and use their on-the-job experience to gain confidence when performing cuts or other treatments. Academy of Beauty’s aesthetic treatments run the gamut from waxing to acne-fighting facials, while salon services shape and color hair.
Lakeshore Learning Store’s Venice Boulevard spot may look like a common concrete warehouse, but it’s filled with puzzles, activities and games. The bright and colorful interior of this toy store/educational center is filled with learning tools for all ages, including block and tile sets that help build fine motor skills in kids, academic support like books and quizzes for grade schoolers and even Common Core curriculum guides to make sure that children are keeping up with their age-appropriate skills. Weekends are particularly exciting, with free crafts classes for kids. The store also has a teachers club, which makes it easy for educators to save on supplies and materials.