For clients looking to have CPR performed on fading heirloom pieces, the skilled jewelry craftsman at The Queen's Jewels is on hand to take ailing ornamentations under their wing. Repaired chains unleash their unfettered melodies (starting at $12), resized rings snugly hug fingers once again (starting at $35), and confusing midnight brunches are averted with replacement watch batteries ($8). Before leaving the store, each treasured piece is inspected by the storeowner for total quality assurance.
Few childhood events elicit as much unbridled joy as when the carnival comes to town, but at Carnival Zone, the party's here to stay. Seven giant inflatables beckon children of all ages to bounce to their heart's content, fortified by the concession stand's hot dogs and cotton candy. The indoor playground captures the spirit of the carnival with classic strength- and skill-testing games, and a separate toddler area ensures wee ones stay safe and keeps them from using the air-hockey puck as a hovercraft.
Celebrations a mainstay at Carnival Zone, hosted in one of three decorated party rooms. The center's party coordinators provide everything from plates and utensils to goodie bags, ice cream, and Papa John's pizza. When not feting birthday boys and girls, Carnival Zone holds open-jump sessions and school fundraisers.
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.
Originally opened in 1927, the Genesee Theatre slowly deteriorated over the course of the century until its closing in 1989. But starting in 2001, a $23 million cash infusion from the city allowed 120 volunteers to restore the theater to its Gilded Age splendor. Its elegant trappings include authentic wall fabrics, an exact replica of the original marquee, and a 2,200-pound chandelier that gently spotlights the grand lobby and every audience member passing underneath to show how everyone is a star if you really think about it.
The Masquerade, which occupies a turn-of-the-century mill building, is one of Atlanta's most notable nightbash spots. Lick the last drops from the ice-cream cone of summer at the Endless Summer Music Fest, a festival of food, fun, and frolicking held on four stages. More than 24 bands of every genre, be it rock, pop, or rock, will jam and jive in an attempt to make summer's sweetness never fade, unlike photographs of Pat Boone's childhood hamster. The festival will offer deals on Pabst Blue Ribbon before 6 p.m., and this Groupon includes the cost of a plate piled high with barbecue eats from The Masquerade's back patio. If the beats or bites get too hot, cool off in an on-site dunking booth or bring your own liquid-nitrogen smoothie.
An eclectic array of fashionable finds and designer delights line every shelf of Psycho Sisters' vibrant boutiques. Vogue vestments, both new and gently used, cater to studious style seekers, including a wealth of designer brands such as Marc Jacobs, Express, and Lacoste. Foot festoonery ranges from revealing sandals to boots covering enough calf to satisfy time-traveling Victorian podiatrists ($13–$32), and a variety of hats ($7–$38), wigs (around $25), and eye-catching jewelry ($3–$10) offer an easy way to dress up for costume parties or dress down for a mundane life as a human drink coaster. New items are constantly added, allowing each subsequent shopping experience to be as new and surprising as the ever-changing forces of gravity.