Sunlight has many essential benefits, from helping plants to grow big and strong to helping ants cook their meals at the magnifying-glass factory. But for all of the good the sun has to offer, it also has a darker side. In cars, sunlight causes upholstery to fade and dashboards to crack. In homes, its resultant radiant heat builds up and drives up energy costs. In response to such issues, Window Tints Glendale offers professional-grade solar films that protect interiors without shutting out the light altogether. The films, which come in a variety of shading levels, block out 99% of ultraviolet light. They also reflect radiant heat, which means that interior surfaces can maintain color while home electricity costs drop as quickly and dramatically as a tear-shaped stone from the eye of a statue.
In his more than 25 years of experience, Window Tints So Cal’s owners have tinted auto, residential, and commercial windows for local movie studios, celebrities, and Ferrari and Maserati dealerships in Beverly Hills. Wielding film from brands such as 3M, Suntek, and Llumar, the crew does much more than simply enhance aesthetics—window tinting films can help reduce glare from the sun, block out unwanted heat and solar rays, and provide added privacy. Residential security film can help safeguard against burglary and vandalism, and protect people from stray shards of broken glass. Their commercial anti-graffiti films also guard glass and polycarbonates from the emblazoned insignia of spray-toting ne’er-do-wells or representatives from feuding retirement homes.
Trained fine artist Angelika Mehrens of Murals Just for Kids brightens baby stores, day-care centers, malls, schools, and homes with whimsical, custom, hand-painted murals of seascapes, safaris, beloved storybook characters, softly lit skies, fairy-tale castles, and sports themes. During a phone consultation with Angelika, kids and grownups discuss their vision for the mural, imagining ways to populate fanciful landscapes with adorable creatures or how to paint doors to create the illusion of additional closet space.
Cognoscenti Coffee owner Yeekai Lim sources most of his beans from Four Barrel in San Francisco. But when he finds a new flavor he likes from another roaster, he’ll bring that in for his customers, too; previous beans have come from Heart Coffee Roasters in Portland and the local Handsome Coffee Roasters. With these carefully selected coffees, he churns out some of the city’s best brews—LA Weekly ranked Cognoscenti Coffee number two on its list of Los Angeles’ top coffee shops in 2011. A favorite of the magazine's is Cognoscenti’s cortado, a Spanish-style beverage that’s half espresso and half warm milk. Lim finishes each mug or highball glass of java by etching hearts, swirls, and scone recipes into the foam on top.