Aiming to keep their clients looking and feeling great, Tropical Tans offers a variety of services, from B-12 injections and red-light therapy to custom airbrush tanning. Upon entering the low-lit, luxuriously appointed boutique, visitors can head back to private rooms to enter stand-up, lay-down, or hamster-wheel tanning beds. Or they opt for a restorative, UV-free session in one of the red-light-therapy beds.
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.
AH Beads's colourful shop strives to meet the evolving needs of beading fanatics. Boasting a selection of products that encompasses more than 50,000 items, each store equips beading and jewellery artisans with a huge array of materials, tools, and accessories for creating wearable works of art. Chains sparkle in hues of gunmetal, copper, and sterling silver; Swarovski crystal beads, freshwater pearls, and rhinestone rondelles sparkle as brilliantly as a nuclear physicist wrapped in tinfoil. Books and tools help to guide burgeoning bead manipulators in their craft, helping to facilitate the use of techniques and updates on current trends.
At SlimXpress, scores of health professionals work to develop personalized weight-loss plans and bolster clients' personal fitness. Staff members analyze clients' health and physique goals, using results from an FDA-approved ultrasound system to draft a personalized plan. Through formulated injections, nutrition plans, and miniature campfires, waist whittlers are primed to reach ketosis, a bodily state resulting in natural metabolic fat burning. Each program and treatment employs knowledge grounded in science to ensure healthy weight loss.
Cotton Caboodle's all-women staff swaddles children and their mothers in a collection of durable, easy-to-layer duds comprised of luxe fabrics and innumerable colors. Youngsters can do their best rainbow impression by picking from a kaleidoscopic variety of short- and long-sleeved shirts made from 100% cotton ($12), or one of many striped, multicolored tunics ($18). Poplin dresses gussy up gals for Sadie Hawkins slow dances ($24), and handy pairs of cargo pants grant ample pocket space to store school supplies, Skittles, and sentient science projects. Mothers and daughters can glam up gams with Lycra leggings and sweats ($10–$24), or layer regal cardigans ($29) atop stylish modal tops from Sucre Soir ($20).
The athletics enthusiasts at Sports Den curate an assortment of officially licensed major-league-sports memorabilia that can be toted around on people's persons or displayed in people's homes. Fans of all ages and oscillating speeds can cover their torsos in pride with a Seattle Seahawks T-shirt ($19.99) or a replica football jersey ($80). Seattle Mariners authentic on-field hats ($33.99) shield scalps and mascot faces from harmful ultraviolet rays during long days at the ballpark or inside tanning beds. Sports Den also offers a variety of sports-related knick-knacks such as official baseballs, key chains, pendants, and trading cards (prices vary). Though the majority of wares pay homage to local teams—the Mariners, Seahawks, Sonics, Huskies, and Thunderbirds—the Den's shelves are peppered with tokens, trinkets, and accouterments commemorating a slew of other professional and collegiate sports teams.