As Karie Bible strides across Hollywood Forever Cemetery, the hem of her mourning gown absorbs dew from the gravesites of Douglas Fairbanks and Jayne Mansfield. She tours the cemetery for a living, leading groups to crypts and monuments that mark the remains of deceased celebrities. Whether recounting the legacy of actress Marion Davies or kneeling at the spike of grass that marks Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer's final resting place, she immerses tour-goers in Hollywood history. Each tour lasts about two hours and sheds light on cherished stars, as well as lesser-known entertainers and community members.
An ardently restored cottage of tranquility affiliated with the peace-haven neighbor of Golden Bridge Yoga, Blossom Spa Hollywood offers a full menu of services, including massages, facials, waxing, and body treatments. Massage styles range from traditional Swedish to pregnancy and Thai with reflexology and acupressure.
Mr. Jingles bestows holiday revelers with thick, natural firs that brighten homes and fill the air with the festive scent of pine. Customers can peruse rows of douglas, nordman, and noble firs, available in sizes ranging from 2' to 16' to accommodate a wide range of ceiling heights. To make the selection process feel a little sweeter, the business also provides customers with free hot cider while they shop, and makes certain each shift includes at least one staff member that knows all the words to "Silver Bells".
It's a big leap from the bustle of an athletic field to the solitude of a darkroom, but Calumet Photographic made the transition seamlessly more than 70 years ago. From its origins as a Chicago sporting-goods store, the company evolved into a one-stop shop for cameras and darkroom equipment and eventually into an innovator of photographic technology. In the 1960s, Calumet's most brilliant minds were behind the development of the Caltar large-format-lens line and nitrogen burst film.
Today, Calumet Photographic continues to manufacture and sell professional photographic products and software across the globe, boasting more than 25 retail stores throughout the US and Europe. Their shops abound with both new and used high-quality cameras and equipment, rental gear, and knowledgeable technicians eager to help customers find the right equipment for the job. The company’s extensive online catalog enables shoppers to purchase equipment from around the world and have it shipped directly to their home, studio, or mall photo booth they’ve claimed as a studio.
Twenty-five years ago, Terry August was making gift baskets for her friends at her kitchen table. Encouraged by their enthusiasm and insistence on paying her for her artistically arranged wares, she decided to start a gift-basket business—and Fanciful was born. Today, with the help of her husband Wally, Terry seeks out new imports and hard-to-find products to fill out a vast inventory of wines, cheeses, chocolates, and other delicacies. Drawing from this enormous selection, Terry and her staff put together gift baskets on themes such as natural and organic foods or Italian cuisine. They can also design custom baskets for special events, such as the birth of a very hungry baby. At the storefront, Terry and Wally also lead wine-, cheese-, and chocolate-tasting classes, illuminating groups on the nuanced notes and origins of fine foods.