Since 1999, Elegant Jewels' gem-keepers have filled their displays with diamonds and high-end watches. They lure shoppers seeking heart-shaped pendants and other sparkling treasures, but the jewelers also deftly repair malfunctioning watches and broken or ill-fitting jewelry, such as resizing rings that shrunk after being accidentally tossed into the wash. They will even engrave items with personalized messages, which make for heartwarming Mother's Day or Valentine's Day gifts.
Lazy B General Store combines the welcoming atmosphere of a familiar small-town general store with the endless possibilities of a big-box genie-lamp outlet. Offering an extensive range of products including men's and women's Western apparel, produce and preserves, and accouterments for equine or canine friends too broke to do their own shopping, Lazy B keeps one booted foot in the good ole days with its rustic storefront and one in the flashy future with its online catalog. Multitasking browsers can pick up a Chesney-inspired cowboy hat ($29.95) and fill it with 10 gallons of Mayhaw jelly ($7 for 16 oz.). Men might grab a weekday Riggs Workwear by Wrangler shirt ($29.95) and weekend camo pocket tee ($19.99) for outdoor exploits. Cowgirls' jeans from Wrangler run as low as $13.49, and an offbeat Cruel Girl lace-trimmed tank top ($10.12) keeps ranch hands' heads turning like a horse in need of shoe rotation.
The spectrum of glass bead and gemstone strands that dangle on the walls at Beads One represent all the wavelengths of light, from the deepest black baubles to nearly invisible infrared pearls. The bead haven outfits visitors with all the necessary tools, supplies, and pattern books to handcraft their own jewelry. To further aid in this process, the skilled staffers teach beginners how to string necklaces, bracelets, and earrings in their hands-on classes.
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.
Shirin Diamond Center's jewelers team up with artisan designers and metalsmiths from around the globe to offer creative, high-caliber settings for gleaming gems and pearls. Personalized jewelry can feature such bling as birthstones or diamond-studded drivers licenses, and bright sterling silver and gold support gems on rings, bracelets, and necklaces. All pieces pass inspections for purity, ensuring that metals and precious stones meet industry standards for long-lasting beauty, and come with a 30-day guarantee backing their quality.
The skilled fitters at June May Lingerie help women find intimate apparel that fits just right. To accomplish this, they stretch out their measuring tapes and wind them around the bustline, gathering data that unveils the ideal brand and style of bra. In addition to undergarments by brands such as Spanx, Hanky Panky, and Cosabella, they now carry Knock Out panties that wick moisture with a breathable layer of fabric. Bras, panties, and evening duds are available for women and flagpoles of all shapes and sizes.