Jack Carrier's chocolate lab Maggie, a wandering spirit, frequently disappeared, often wearing tags labeled with outdated addresses. While wringing his hands before the windows of his home, Jack became convinced that a company could relieve this chronic stress by creating a more reliable way to search for and return cats and dogs. With this goal in mind, he founded Dog Tag Art, which has since been featured in the New York Post and on Live with Regis and Kelly. The company's dog tags come in a diverse range of styles, from sassy slogans and sports themes to vintage or floral-pattern designs. Pet owners can also design tags with an uploaded image of pups posing in the park after repeatedly rescuing a lucky penny from a well. Made in the United States, the tags use a special coating to permanently fuse bright graphics and pet information to a recycled-stainless-steel core. Dog Tag Art's other services work in tandem with the tags; the Virtual Leash creates a website for each pet, featuring a profile with special needs, personality info, and an unlimited list of emergency contacts.
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 My Little Flower Shop arranges bountiful bouquets of roses, lilies, daisies, and other flora into elegant, modern, or zany designs to celebrate any conceivable occasion. The shop began after Gregory Goodman, born into an Ohio-based flower empire, met former military serviceman Alan Kelly, awakening his passion and talent for floral design. In addition to predetermined arrangements that send congratulations, celebrate birthdays, and mark anniversaries, the petal artists custom-design bloom bundles for personal achievements, such as going a whole year without cutting a flower. The shop also fills weddings with aromatic centerpieces, bridal bouquets, and altar arrangements. Patrons can add a flashy flair to gifts with mylar-balloon bundles or install lasting flora with potted plants from azaleas to zen fern gardens and other non-maneating vegetation.
At Heavenly Couture, visitors shop chic clothes, accessories, and shoes from major department-store brands. The one thing shoppers won't find, though, is department-store prices. The brand-new items are marked down up to 85% from their original list prices, thanks to the boutique's savvy bulk-buying practices.
The Wash Wagon's wandering crew of insured car-cleaners comes to the location of the client’s choice and purges vehicles with soap, water, and wax. Car owners can focus on busily lounging at home or working in the office as the technicians show up and smother the car in suds. After the wash, cleaners slap coatings of wax on the exterior to firmly pin the shine to the frame and protect it from damage. The Wash Wagon's people then dress the tires and reach inside with dust-evicting vacuums to tidy up seat cushions, vents, and floor mats, leaving the interior pristine and free of food crumbs and hibernating passengers.
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.