More than 25 years ago, Kundan Sabarwal opened the doors of a modest 400-square-foot skincare spa in New Delhi, working diligently to gently and efficiently eradicate her clients' unwanted body hair through a blend of ancient techniques and modern indulgences. With a bit of hard-earned success, Ziba Beauty hopped the pond, eventually expanding to 17 locations in two U.S. states. Each studio embraces American style while retaining its overseas roots, amplifying faces and bodies with traditional Indian cosmetic adornment and hair removal. By rolling small loops of cotton thread over brows and other facial areas, threading specialists can remove pesky fuzz without harming the skin or skipping over fine hairs. For more sizeable zones, Sumita Wax, which was developed in India exclusively for Ziba Beauty, quickly sends errant hairs packing on the face and body. Artistic hands ink bodies with the ornate semipermanent designs of traditional mehndi, or cloak clients in sparkle with intricate art in a choice of 32 glitter mehndi colors and shimmering crystals, readying skin for special events better than a full-body tuxedo tattoo.
Andrew Christian stocks an arsenal of men's high-quality active wear within its three Los Angeles–area retail locations, which have earned accolades from Men's Health and New York Magazine. Shirts and tanks shroud torsos in classic designs, whereas outerwear in the form of hoodies and blazers keep bodies looking sharp as they walk down the street or into a space shuttle. A 365-day return policy, online shopping, and gift-wrap services augment customers' experiences with the celebrated men's apparel emporium.
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For seven years, Xpress Art Center's founders, Lyudmila Garayan and Armen Atomts, have taught youngsters and adults alike how to unearth their innate creativity through paints, charcoals, pastels, and watercolors. During classes and art camps, the Art Center teaches its students not only how create beautiful artwork but also how to unleash their imaginations to problem solve, build self-confidence, and map out a future as self-drawn cartoon characters. The programs have helped the center become a community mainstay, winning an impressive array of awards and recognition from the City of Los Angeles and the California Legislature Assembly.:m]]
With a verdant variety of shrubs, trees, roses, and vines, the friendly plantologists will help you wade through the veritable ocean of foliage. Beginning green-thumbers can take advantage of a jumbo planting kit, including ample plant food, vitamin B1, and planting compost—everything a person needs to lure an unsuspecting plant into captivity ($15.97 for the regular kit; $29.97 for the jumbo kit). Advanced yard-enhancements abound in the form of trees and shrubs, such as a selection of 5-gallon citrus trees, good for accenting a living space and forming a focal point for the worship of the Lemon Pledge gods ($34.99). Armstrong can also help organic gardeners reach full-flavored nirvana with a bevy of 3-inch plant varieties ($2.99; selections vary by season and location).
For more than 40 years, family-run Red Carpet Wine & Spirits has cherished its relationships with customers, helping novices select bottles and recommending new varieties to suit veteran tastes. Sample a color wheel of red, white, and blue wines with a well-crafted tasting selection and wine card valid Friday–Sunday. Customers receive the card upon entry and can use it to purchase $30 worth of samples such as the 2008 Grgich Hills chardonnay ($4/1.25 oz. taste), with a mellow meld of citrus and baked pear, or the Masi Campofiorin ripasso ($2/1.25 oz. taste), bursting with cherry, spices, and the woodsy flavor of a grandmother's rolling pin. The tasting menu changes frequently to allows Red Carpet's far-reaching inventory to rotate, and Groupon holders will also receive an artisanal-cheese platter for wine and cheese paired as harmoniously as a concert pianist’s left and right foot.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, “She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.”
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand’s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.