Licensed massage therapist Amanda Howard first conceived of Crystal Blue Health Spa for a school project, and she realized her dream with the spa's opening in 2011. In the interim, she crafted a menu of soothing spa services, including massages, body scrubs, and facials. Amanda navigates the treacherous terrain of knotted musculature during Swedish, deep-tissue, hot-stone, and aromatherapy massages, which wheedle backs into relinquishing stockpiled stress, tension, and missing socks hidden beneath shoulder blades. For surface-level pampering, the spa's resident aesthetician treats visages to deep-cleansing facials and exfoliating body scrubs. The hot-chocolate scrub emulates its wintertime namesake with a sweetly scented, warm elixir infused with Giovanni PureOrganic Technology—an essential-oil medley designed to nourish and heal wizened pelts—and the hypoallergenic tropical scrub's jojoba, macadamia, avocado, and sweet-almond oils replenish thirsty pores more effectively than dunking them in a pool of Gatorade.
Former health-care management professional and current owner of Mozaic Arts, Inc., Michele Petno began dabbling in the mosaic arts after receiving sample tiles at Wits End––an antique/junk shop she opened in the mid-'90s. Making sure no tile went to waste, Michele bedecked the bathroom door of Wits End with a fetching design that garnered praise from customers and howling hand-driers, unlocking a fiery passion that lead her to explore other mediums and styles of mosaic. At Mozaic Arts, Inc., Michele hosts private and semiprivate mosaic workshops, where she shares arts-and-crafts knowledge that she acquired through years of self-teaching and study in Italy and Mexico. During those classes, participants use included materials––such as shards of glass, beads, and found objects––to create prettified memory jugs, inimitable jewelry, and hangable portraits of animals, landscapes, and shattered car windows. Mozaic Arts, Inc. also rents out studio space for resident artists to work on their masterpieces and brush elbows with fellow glass manipulators.
The brand American Apparel, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary, conjures up images of stylish and well-fitting fashion basics. It also likely brings to mind sassy advertisements featuring long-haired beauties in natural makeup posing in skin-bearing bodysuits and loungewear.
But what many don't know about the brand?despite its name and the slice of apple pie that comes with every purchase?is that all of its clothes are made in America. Everything from sewing and cutting to accounting and marketing happens in one building in downtown Los Angeles, and the rest occurs within a 30-mile radius. Not only that, every slim-fitting pair of pants, spandex bodysuit, and v-neck T-shirt is made in a sweatshop-free environment.
Plus, keeping everything in house means the company eliminates unnecessary and wasteful factors, such as shipping fuel and packing materials, as well as provides jobs to Angelenos, instead of outsourcing them.
The plate beneath a meal can say as much about the chef as the ingredients in it, especially when that chef is also the plate’s artist. The sculptors at Pottery Pad offer that chance to dish users of all ages, providing the paint, workspace, glaze, and kiln to finish off premade clayware. They produce mugs, cereal bowls, and even pet dishes, arranging the sculpted products in neat rows around the circumference of their room. In the middle, long tables covered in palettes and pools of paint await the presence of a creative mind to turn each dish into a work of art.
The staff hosts individuals, birthday parties, and even entire scout troops, keeping careful track of each participant's wares. At the end of sessions, they collect the painted pieces and ready them for a trip into their 1,800-degree kiln. Once the firing is finished, they call up the piece's owner to let them know its ready and warn them to blow on it before use.
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Dr. Jorge E. Quintero—who holds licenses from the dental boards of both Florida and California—has been safeguarding teeth using preventive maintenance and advanced detection technology since 1984. He oversees a team of trained hygienists who keep mouths healthy and fully operational with oral surgery, implants, and teeth cleanings. When they're not focusing on preventive dentistry, they pretty up smiles with a variety of cosmetic services, including porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and lip augmentation. These dental experts fully believe that educating patients is an important step towards oral health. As such, Dr. Quintero encourages his clientele in both Spanish and English to practice healthy habits, such as flossing, brushing twice daily, and limiting the number of candied sugar cubes they eat each night. :m]]
The Beauty Spot is not so much a spot as it is an expansive, 4,000-square-foot spa that engulfs clients in treatments for the skin and body. Founder Jenni Cornette helms a team of beauty professionals, drawing on her experience as the spa director at a five-star resort to massage tense muscles and clear skin of barnacles with medical-grade peels.
Beauty is only skin-deep, but that doesn?t seem like such a bad thing after one of The Beauty Spot?s spray tans and manicures leaves you with golden skin and glossy nails. A professional makeup application can put the finishing touches on a look or inspire a shopping spree at the in-spa boutique, which displays handbags, clothing, jewelry, and eco-friendly fashion accessories?many of which support local artists.