Sit 'n Sleep's friendly staff of sleep consultants take slumber seriously, spending months to learn the ins and outs of sleep health, mattress selection, and customer service. With their extensive expertise, these wink whisperers help snoozers find the perfect person-size pillow on which to repose or languidly mispronounce French poetry; choose from a panoply of twin, full, queen, king, and Cal king varietals. Guests can find restful vibes manifested in a bevy of mattress brands, from Sealy to Simmons, and types, from memory foam to latex.
Happy chatter and the warm glow of honey-hued lights drift from the brick exterior of The Loft Studio for Hair, where stylists glide across dark hardwood floors, snipping strands with the latest techniques. Beneath exposed-brick walls and shelves brimming with products from Aveda, Bumble and bumble, and Enjoy, black leather styling chairs twirl. Patrons grin into mirrors at the sight of extensions, highlights, and makeup, all customized to flatter their best features or differentiate one from the twin who prank calls the Hulk.
At Optimize Health Center in Los Angeles and Advanced Health Solutions in Glendale, a team of chiropractors, nurses, therapists, and doctors helps bring pain relief to patients. The health experts use nonsurgical spinal-decompression treatments to alleviate the pressure inside spinal disks, and they employ oxygen therapy, infrared therapy, and laser therapy to reduce pain and quickly heal tissue.
These treatments can help people suffering from problems such as lower-back pain, neck pain, and headaches. They not only relieve pain, but also address the underlying cause of the pain without surgery or prescription medications.
A collector of fine wares from around the world, Adobe has gifts and rare items you’d be hard-pressed to find outside of Ancient Persia, the Holy Roman Empire, or Middle Earth. Nab a ceramic serving platter by well-known Mexican craftsermerator Gorky Gonzalez ($45), a box of hand-rolled Perin-Mowen votive candles ($30), a bar of herbal Italian soap ($10), or velveteen, eco-amorous bamboo towels ($37).
Billiards & Barstools furnishes recreational fortresses with barstools, pool tables, and functional wall adornments. Customers can peruse the expansive collection of bar furniture, which includes Tempo 10-pin and 8 ball barstools ($272.50), each with a variety of customizable finishes and fabric options to coordinate with pool tables and home-team uniform colors. In addition, billiard lighting fixtures ($384.99+) can add elegance to game rooms and illuminate shots on tables such as the Brunswick Allenton ($1,979). The Brunswick Kicker foosball table features a sturdy cabinet for intense miniature soccer matches ($449), whereas McDermott pool cues ($74.50+) alleviate the pressure of having to play games of telekinetic eight ball. Billiards & Barstools' owners work alongside their expert staff to personally guide customers in their quest for pool accouterments. In addition to an array of top-brand furniture and equipment, customers within a 25-mile radius of the Upland showroom will receive free delivery and setup.
All big movements start small, but many would be surprised to learn that Ten Thousand Villages—a nonprofit and retailer with 390 outlets nationwide—began out of a car trunk. In 1946, Edna Ruth Byler started the organization out of her car, taking a name from a quote by Mohandas Gandhi, who said, “India is not to be found in its few cities but in the 700,000 villages.” Her willpower and determination allowed her vision to grow into a nonprofit that today supports more than 130 artisans in 38 developing countries. These artisans' wares go on sale at the organization's nationwide retail outlets, which brim with items including jewelry, home decor, and refrigerator cozies.
Everything is made using environmentally friendly processes, and every artisan is paid a fair wage. The money raised from sales goes to supply the artisans—who might otherwise be unemployed or underemployed—with education, food, housing, and healthcare. The organization has risen to such stature that it won the People’s Choice Award for Green Business of the Year in 2005, and has acted as one of the founding members of the World Fair Trade Organization.