Harvesting Happiness for Heroes supports veterans and their loved ones through workshops and family training as well as online community support and one-on-one coaching. To help address each veteran as a whole person—mind, body, and emotions—HH4Heroes provides a range of therapeutic services including meditation, positive-psychology tools, yoga, and healing arts such as massage and aromatherapy.
A psychology doctoral student and Emmy-nominated actress, Ashley Peldon, founder of Starring…! Fragrances, turns organic ingredients into nose-pleasing scents. After analyzing the responses to an online survey, Peldon infuses each personality fragrance with hints of the wearer’s favorite color, season, and phobia. Customers can build a sweet custom fragrance from a frosted-cupcake essence or bask in a honey-scented magic potion to woo an entire apiary. The Crossover Act perfume lures nostrils with a white-chocolate aroma, and The Indie Movie Star brims with juicy notes of peach and coconut. Whether ordering a custom perfume or a previously imagined scent, shoppers can choose between a skin-friendly oil foundation and an alcohol base sourced from organic grapes.
In addition to crafting olfactory delights, Peldon protects skin and the environment with bath-and-body products that eschew parabens. Rosehips tango with jojoba oil to form three-in-one shower gel, which doubles as an organic shampoo and bubble bath. Instead of shielding underarms with foil, customers can let the veggie-based enzymes of Pit Stop deodorant deflect odors without aluminum.
Web producers Diahnna Nicole Baxter and Damian Pelliccione know all about the unique creative, technical, and legal snags that can come with producing web content. Baxter cocreated the interactive sci-fi thriller series Satacracy 88—the first winner in the Emmys’ Outstanding Broadband Program – Drama category—and Pelliccione has more than 15 web series under his belt. The duo started WebTVWorkshop to share their triumphs and setbacks with aspiring web actors, writers, directors, and producers. During daylong seminars, along with guest speakers, they touch on topics such as pitches, contracts, product placement, crowd funding, and how to get the actors to fit inside the smaller screens.
Kicks Sole Provider decks out the whole family in shoes, apparel, and accessories from urban brands such as Gravis, Red Wing Shoes, and Obey. Tuck toes into a pair of limited-edition men’s Nike sneakers ($64.99+), or treat socially conscious heels to the men’s Toms Shoes Classic, made by a company that donates shoes to underprivileged kids around the world ($44+). The Nike women’s Post Harbor sheaths pedal extremities in an air of nautical leisure without sacrificing the ability to spontaneously perform the Fosbury Flop ($55). Represent the City of Angels, Louisiana, or local anesthesia with the LA Tee ($36), or turn an iPhone into a substitute table-tennis paddle with the INCASE Ping Pong Cover, featuring a textured rubber surface in black ($29.95).
Celebrating its one-year anniversary, ROAST Deli & Market caters to modern sensibilities in its chic deli atmosphere. At the counter, patrons can order meats by the pound, such as chicken and grass-fed beef that’s free of hormones and antibiotics. The seafood is wild and line-caught, and the free-range turkey comes from local farms.
These same meats go into ROAST’s dine-in and delivery menu. Certified Angus corned beef bolsters a reuben-esque Brentwood with spicy mustard and coleslaw, and all-natural short rib packs neatly into sliders capped with grilled onions and aged white cheddar. Organic lettuce cushions salads and sandwiches, and a similarly healthful selection of sides includes roasted veggies, sesame brown rice, and a bowl of shredded food pyramid posters.
As a studio singer, Angela Michael has worked with artists such as Rod Stewart and recorded for movies such as Get Him to the Greek. At Angela Michael Music, she lends her professional experience to aspirant vocalists through lessons that help clients train their ears, increase their range, and improve their pitch. Other staff members lead lessons that cover choreography, pop songwriting, and home-studio setup.