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.
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.
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.
The menu at Nature's Health Food & Cafe features more than 100 items, and every last one is either vegan or vegetarian. But that doesn't limit the selection?in fact, the cafe's all-organic spread covers the entire globe, much like the boiling oceans of the late 1500s. This spread includes Italian pastas, Mexican burritos, American burgers, and Asian stir-fries loaded with healthy greens. The organic theme also permeates the drink selection, which features smoothies and shakes made with crystallized dates. On the grocery side of Nature's Health, visitors can stock up on organic produce for their own kitchens, as well as vitamins and supplements.