If ever there was a dash of awkwardness in visiting an adult entertainment store, Hustler Hollywood has all but erased it. Theresa Flynt—daughter to Larry Flynt, creator of the Hustler empire—came up with the concept in the late 1990s. She envisioned a place that not only sold adult-themed products, but celebrated them. So in 1998, she established the first location on historic Sunset Blvd. Since then, Hustler Hollywood has expanded across the country, opening both urban and interstate locations that are just as bright, airy, and relaxed as the first. The chain has certainly turned heads throughout the adult entertainment industry, as well as in pop culture. Hustler Hollywood has twice won the Retail Store Chain of the Year from XBIZ, and has even appeared in such popular television series as Entourage and Sex and the City.
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Chef Federico Elkarout traveled across the Mediterranean Sea to hone his culinary skills in Italy. At Sirocco Mediterranean Restaurant & Lounge, he fashions local produce, tender meats, and fresh seafood into a menu that fuses the cuisines of the two countries. He grills halumi cheese infused with basil, tomato, and balsamic vinegar, tosses spaghetti with seasonal vegetables and lamb ragu, and serves fillets of wild-caught salmon with persimmons and seaweed salad. Careful presentation makes each dish appetizing to the eyes, which may fill with saliva rather than tears.
The restaurant's subdued lighting casts a glow over persimmon-orange walls, and white ceiling tapestries frame a central chandelier. Sips of wine and mixed drinks complement dinners and desserts such as housemade cheesecake and baklava.
During the boisterous shows at Sopranos Dueling Piano bar, pianists take the stage and play popular tunes as audience members clap, dance, and sing along. Meanwhile, bartenders dole out 24 varieties of beer and an array of colorful cocktails—including the frozen margarita lauded by reporters from South Florida Sun-Sentinel for providing "the perfect amount of pucker." Servers bustle about the tabletops in the dimly lit space, balancing trays of wings, burgers, and coconut shrimp with sweet-chili dipping sauce.
A man enters a framing shop with a colossal photo depicting tiers of gleaming automobiles. After a brief search through a multitude of framing samples, the man comes to a decision. He wants his frame covered in blinking LED lights. Accepting the challenge, Picture Framing Warehouse and Art Gallery’s owner, Karl Can, along with his brothers and son Ali, get to work on making the client's vision a reality. Since 1993, the warehouse's certified framers have fulfilled a variety of custom-framing orders, encasing items ranging from paintings to tubas to 7-foot-tall mirrors. Picture Framing Warehouse and Art Gallery's 6,000-square-foot facility stays loaded with frames made by brand-name companies including Larson-Juhl, Omega Moulding, and Engelsen, available in more than 2,000 colors. Since some orders can be completed the same day they're placed, customers can wait for their completed project while browsing the colorful paintings and artfully framed frames lining the walls of the warehouse's dedicated art gallery.
Within Art Connection's 45,000-square-foot factory, showroom, and production facility, patrons can sift through a vast collection of decorative prints and posters that include both classic and contemporary art. Enlist a 30"x24" print of Monet's Impression, Sunrise ($16.99) or Picasso's Violin and Guitar ($17.99) to teach dry wall about Impressionism, Cubism, and cultural elitism. A 35"x35" museum-quality print of Tuscan Summer ($60.99) can help to gussy up a drab cubicle, whereas a 22"x34" poster featuring The Office characters ($9.99) can bring workday doldrums into a painstakingly pleasant living room. Attract two-dimensional bees with a poster from Art Connection's extensive floral collection, then peruse the vast collection of frames for a portrait protector to keep it safe from roaming dust mites and ice-cream-wielding 4-year-olds.
In a slew of sumptuous scents, the candles at Lemon Grass bestow aromatic ambience upon hands and homes. Each bar boasts actual bits of whatever comprises its essence, such as the dried rose-infused floral Moonlight Kiss or the grain-topped honey oatmeal scrub. Young phalanges may no longer resist bath time when botanical vegan olive-oil soaps enliven laving ($6/3.5 oz. slice), and industrious hygienists may opt for a loofah soaplogg, an all-in-one sweet-smelling slab housing an exfoliating body sponge inside the bar ($6.50). Dimly lit domiciles in search of effulgence may prefer Lemon Grass's candle collection. Like their sink-dwelling counterparts, each torch touts three-dimensional tokens representative of its personal perfume, as in the 4"x3" round fresh-cut grass, a waxy ecosystem sheltering its own lawn of emerald blades and clump-chewing mole colony ($22). The shop also sells a supporting cast of statuesque taper stands, such as the regal 5-inch round Cordova Rust, which is swirled with leaf details ($16.50).