At Hollywood Academy of Music, youthful exuberance mingles with experienced instruction by university-trained teachers during private and group lessons, camps, and clinics. Individual lessons in more than a dozen instruments teach students to strum a guitar's strings, tickle a piano's keys, or pur?e beats with a kitchen blender. In group classes such as the School of Rock Band 101, teachers help groups of kids or adults grasp band basics, and in the Recording Artist program students learn to create and release their own self-produced CD on software they can use at home. Hollywood Academy of Music also helps students and the general public to hone their tune tutelage at free monthly clinics that range from songwriting to wailing the ran-out-of-matching-socks blues on a guitar.
Sessions take place in air-conditioned studios equipped with observation windows and high-quality pianos, guitar amps, and drums. Instructors also work with aspiring entertainers to help them put together a vocal repertoire, with some students advancing to compete on shows such as American Idol and The Voice.
Staffed by seasoned Hollywood vets with professional credits, Advanced Media & Mail, LLC prides itself on preserving precious moments, converting outdated cassettes to reliable digital formats with swift turnaround. By swapping the grainy flickers and fickle magnetic tape of audio and VHS tapes for the more durable quality of CD and DVD, parents can permanently dodge kids' questions about whether they're allowed to feed those old-timey machines anything but tape. The team specializes in transferring 8mm silent film to HD digital files, DVD, or Bluray. Adept at adapting multiple formats, the video wizards can also transfer MiniDV, Beta, DigiBeta, Hi8, and PAL to DVDs and digital files. Those in need of editing services can submit rough cuts to Advanced Media for a seamless finished product that may be uploaded to YouTube or other video-streaming sites.
A pumpkin can pep up a pie, transform into a jack-o'-lantern, or fill in for you at work, and each fall, Toluca Lake Pumpkin Festival stocks an ample supply of this versatile squash. The staff also celebrates the harvest season with a maze in which monsters and spooky displays chill visitors' spines. Once fall transforms into winter, the patch turns its attention to selling Christmas trees such as douglas firs and custom wreaths to hang on doors. Regardless of the season, visitors can meet goats, rabbits, and sheep at an onsite petting zoo or pick up a bouquet from Toluca Lake Florist, which has supplied cut flowers for more than 60 years.
Thousands of styles of shoes from cobblers such as Nike, Jordan, Converse, Skechers, Adidas, and Puma reside at WSS Footwear. A 62-store Southern California footwear chain, WSS allows customers to browse their extensive shoe selection online and find a store nearby. New styles, such as Nike Running shoes, arrive daily alongside classic Vans Authentics, which come in sizes to accommodate the feet of both adults and future adults. Women's fashion shoes ready feet for holidays parties, weddings, or walks in the park, and WSS also offers trendy clothing and accessories such as hats, backpacks, and sports balls.
My Mobile AT&T introduces patrons to the latest products and services available through its namesake company's Internet and cell phone divisions. The shop's 14 locations carry the newest models of popular smart phone lines, such as iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, and Blackberry, as well as accessories including cases, chargers, and screen protectors. Customers seeking a speedy Internet connection for their homes or underground lairs may learn more about AT&T's feature-laden U-verse High Speed Internet service at the shop, where they can also sign up for it on the spot.
It's been over 60 years since the Kinsey Reports pulled back the curtains on human sexuality. In the years since, sexuality has gone from a taboo topic to a vital part of physical and mental well-being. At A Touch of Romance, a trained staff of experts keep the sexual health movement going in a safe, welcoming environment. Whether they're recommending a product or directing guests to one of their interactive Wellness Centers, staffer have the knowledge base and experience to inspire trust and confidence. The shop's mission extends far beyond retail and education; founded by women, the company is also an active contributor to charities and non-profits benefiting women's sexual health.