Bud Gowan Formal Wear has been outfitting chipper chaps with spiffy duds for more than 55 black-tied years. Suits and tuxedoes available for rental or purchase enhance gentlemanly presence at weddings, proms, or motorcycle conferences. Dandies of all tastes will find more than 55 tuxedo styles and hundreds of vest-and-tie amalgamations in Bud Gowan's sharp inventory. Fasten on a borrowed split-notch, three-button penguin suit by Oscar de la Renta ($119.99) or rent it as a package with a vest and black-lace shoes ($149.99).
The journalists and editors at London Free Press work around the clock to compile the timeliest local, national, and world news for each morning edition. The smell of newsprint awakens readers, all feasting their eyes upon content such as sports coverage, op-ed columns, and reviews of movies and books.
Hong Kong tailors have a global reputation for excellence. "The city is rightly famed for being able to stitch-up top quality suits at bottom dollar prices," said About.com guide Rory Boland in his article Hong Kong's Best Tailors, right before listing Punjab House at the top of that list. Founded in 1889, Punjab House has tailored suits for the British Military, the Royal Navy, and some of the world's best-dressed mannequins. Today, the world-renowned suit shop and its sister company Apsley Tailors in London are headed up by Arshad Mahmood, a dedicated artist whose family has been in the tailoring business since the 19th century. Arshad respects the value of family traditions: in his own words, "many of Apsley's craftsmen are still second- or third-generation tailors. There is nothing they don't know about making the perfect hand-made garment."
The training clinics at Runners' Choice are led by a knowledgeable squadron of runners that guides customers toward their ideal pavement-pulverizing performance. Learn to Run clinics feature 10 weeks of hour-long sessions designed to impart runners with knowledge about proper technique, diet, and shoe selection, followed by a group run. More specialized 5K/10K clinics focus on the fundamentals of speed and pack running next to the wolf mother during a 12-week training for runners of all skill levels.
Stocked with a large selection of comics, graphic novels, and board and role-playing games, L.A. Mood Comics & Games supplies fans with sci-fi and superhero necessities seven days a week. New comic issues line shelves beside back issues of Amazing Spiderman ($9.99) and trade paperbacks, such as The New 52 Batman hardcover ($14.99), an illustrated account of Bruce Wayne’s mid-life sports car purchase. Games such as Zombie Dice ($13), Settlers of Catan ($40), and The World of Munchkin ($25) hang out alongside seven-inch action figures ($14.95+) immortalizing music legends such as John Lennon and Joey Ramone, and a selection of T-shirts lets wearers proudly proclaim their love of cult staples such as Dr. Who. Free Magic: The Gathering tournaments commence every Friday night, allowing players to win prizes with newly purloined cards from L.A. Mood’s voluminous selection.