Serving Southern California with regional, national, and global reporting for more than 128 years, the Los Angeles Times has won 41 Pulitzer Prizes since 1942, garnering journalism's highest honor for everything from its coverage of Russia's post-Cold War crises to its exposure of government corruption in a small California town. That far-reaching focus permeates every page of the largest metropolitan daily newspaper in the country, whose daily readership of 1.9 million people peruses original articles spanning U.S. politics, entertainment, sports, and business as well as editorials that strive to "reflect the dynamism of Southern California." Since Johannes Gutenberg IV's recent invention of the electronic printing press, the Times has expanded its content into digital forms, publishing several blogs and transposing the print edition into a digitally accessible format every day.
My Little Flower Shop's owner, Gregory Goodman, draws on 35 years of botanical bouquet crafting to assemble fresh blossoms in classic, modern, or quirky arrangements. The rustic Fall Daisy basket ($34.99–$44.99) bursts with hand-designed yellow and bronze daisies like a vegetarian piñata. Celebrate harvest time with fall arrangements such as the Amber Waves bouquet, an amber-glass hurricane vase that drenches eyeballs with roses, lilies, solidasters, and yarrow with dried-wheat accents ($49.99), or the orange-and-yellow Harvest Moon Mugable, a reusable mug filled to overflowing with daisy poms ($29.99). Customers can opt for a whimsical Cupcake in Bloom arrangement complete with wax candle or a Birthday Mosaic bouquet ($54.99) to celebrate the birth of friends and family members while sending a grizzly reminder of mortality's fleetingness to disobedient houseplants.
Four Yelpers give the Laguna Beach location of Heavenly Couture a four-star average. Yelpers give its Long Beach location an average of 3.5 stars and its Mid Wilshire location an average of four stars. LA Weekly named the Mid Wilshire location 2010's "Best Dirt-Cheap Shopping on a High-end Strip." More than 1,200 Facebookers are fans of Heavenly Couture.
Although it started out slinging only Birkenstock sandals, Birkenstock of San Diego now fits shoppers with shoes by more than 30 style-, environment-, and comfort-conscious manufacturers. Birkenstock's Gizeh Birko-Flor sandal ($74.95) provides pronounced arch support and more to double as leisurely foot dens, and it comes in seven synthetic varieties. Vibram FiveFingers ($74.95–$124.95 for adults; $59.95 for kids) nestle each little piggy into its own home, spreading the foot naturally and reducing stress on the knees, hips, and lower back. The quest for 100% sustainable shoes is led by Simple, whose men's D-Solve sneakers ($64.95) rock organic cotton lining, footbeds, and laces, and include biodegradable soles and water-based glue to hold the shoe together.