For Books Inc., it's been a long road, and if you trace the lines back to its origins, it's California's oldest bookstore. After striking gold?literally?back in 1851, Anton Roman set up shop as a bookseller. Although the shop moved, was sold, burned down, changed hands again, and was rebuilt, the spirit remained intact, and today, multiple locations of the indie bookstore have sprouted up across The Golden State. Staff members keep the shelves lined with classic and contemporary tomes in all genres, and a myriad of book clubs help keep the love of literature alive. They also run a vibrant event program featuring author events and readings where patrons can enjoy an experience they can't download.
BookBuyers' mountain of contemporary and vintage media packs the shelves with more than 300,000 used media items, from books and magazines to software and games, and even DVDs and a few space-age laser discs. Its stock includes trade editions in hardback ($9+) and softcover ($5+), pocket paperbacks ($2–$5), a battery of CDs and DVDs ($4+), audio books ($15+), and a small cache of collectibles, rare volumes, and leatherbound tomes ($30+). Deeply discounted items are scattered throughout the myriad selections, turning browsing for imagination stimulation into a hunt for buried dimensional-shifting, mind-expanding treasure.
Kiwi Crate delights children aged 3?8+ with packages that overflow with artistic activities and science experiments, among other imaginative pursuits. Monthly crate themes include dinosaurs, music, safari, and gardening. All Kiwi Crate projects and activities are designed by parents, reviewed by child development experts, and tested by kids. By signing up for Kiwi Crate, children receive these boxes of bliss, which encourage their continued growth and education.
At Palo Alto Laser & Skin Care, co-founding doctors William H. Brown and Zuzana Likar team up to tackle cosmetic woes and spin back the hands of time. Dr. Brown, who teaches other physicians his laser techniques, and Likar, a nurse practitioner who has treated more than 25,000 patients on two continents, draw on their extensive experience to create subtle changes that result in more natural, refreshed appearances.
After a free consultation with an experienced nurse to educate clients, specialists plump up faces with dermal fillers, freeze fat cells with CoolSculpting treatments, and collapse unwanted spider veins with sclerotherapy injections. They also wield a variety of lasers, using them to resurface faces, remove body hair, and stop underarm sweating, a procedure infinitely more effective than sewing handkerchiefs into the arm holes of every shirt.
The Economist's globe-spanning scope, comprehensive analysis, and unflinching grasp on world issues make it required reading to stay up to date on world news, politics, and business. First published in 1843, the publication still casts itself as a newspaper despite its magazine-style layout; each issue covers the main events of the week, with analysis and opinion sprinkled across its pages for good measure. A conversational tone and anonymity remain calling cards of The Economist's writers, keeping with the belief that what is written is more important than who writes it.