Sit 'n Sleep's friendly staff of sleep consultants take slumber seriously, spending months to learn the ins and outs of sleep health, mattress selection, and customer service. With their extensive expertise, these wink whisperers help snoozers find the perfect person-size pillow on which to repose or languidly mispronounce French poetry; choose from a panoply of twin, full, queen, king, and Cal king varietals. Guests can find restful vibes manifested in a bevy of mattress brands, from Sealy to Simmons, and types, from memory foam to latex.
Interact! satiates the media-frenzied with its vast, constantly rotating library of smooth-playing, gently used DVDs, Blu-rays, and video games, as well as its stellar customer service. By rescuing orphaned discs and delivering them into the loving arms of more appreciative parents, Interact! fattens hungry entertainment centers with bargains. Hundreds of like-new and like-classic DVDs, batting their eyelashes at new suitors, line its walls ($2–$6). Comedy, horror, drama, documentaries, foreign films and other children’s favorites await lucky hunters, as each day introduces new members into the cast. Blu-ray discs look like a million dollars that’s been sharply photographed in HD ($5–$20; $30+ for box sets). Though not included in this offer, Interact! also stocks video games for most newer and pension-collecting consoles and dishes up a Thanksgiving's-worth of computer games for fidgeting PC and Mac fingers.
For Urban Outdoor Skills staff Pascal Baudar and Mia Wasilevich, living sustainably is more than just talk. Baudar has been sourcing his own food since his childhood in Belgium, and Wasilevich—a self-taught chef—lives off her own urban garden. Together they run Urban Outdoor Skills, teaching their students self-reliance through classes where they pickle and can their own foods or make organic soaps from wild aromatic plants. Underlying every session is a bounty of expertise in foraging from the surrounding mountain wilderness: nettles and yucca become piquant sauces, seeds become breads and crackers, and flowers become wood-sprite birthday cakes.
FrameStore's craftsmen have created more than 250,000 custom frames in the store’s 35-year tenure, designing pieces that now adorn the walls of prestigious institutions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Ritz-Carlton, and the Walt Disney Company. Professional designers guide FrameStore’s clients through the 2,200 moulding options that can accent paintings and treasured items while adding style and elegance to rooms. The store’s craftsmen then fashion pieces to patron specifications, outfitting frames with classic or museum-quality glass that blocks UV rays from bleaching out images or censoring pictures of the moon. Every piece goes through a 16-point inspection before it is given to patrons, and the team averages a seven-day turnaround on all of its projects.
Armed with an arsenal of professional products from Bumble and bumble and Kérastase, the scissor-savvy stylists at Bravo unstress distressed tresses and buttress them into bold new 'dos. Let one of the gracious glamour gurus guide you to a sleek styling station, where you'll sit back and feel your soul tingle as they massage the tension out of neck and shoulder sinews. You can also skip the massage and dive straight into a new haircut or color before training your face-caterpillars to obey your commands with an eyebrow waxing. Dudes in need of dappering, meanwhile, can have their brainboxes manscaped with a timeless trim or a more modern masculine coiffure.
All big movements start small, but many would be surprised to learn that Ten Thousand Villages—a nonprofit and retailer with 390 outlets nationwide—began out of a car trunk. In 1946, Edna Ruth Byler started the organization out of her car, taking a name from a quote by Mohandas Gandhi, who said, “India is not to be found in its few cities but in the 700,000 villages.” Her willpower and determination allowed her vision to grow into a nonprofit that today supports more than 130 artisans in 38 developing countries. These artisans' wares go on sale at the organization's nationwide retail outlets, which brim with items including jewelry, home decor, and refrigerator cozies.
Everything is made using environmentally friendly processes, and every artisan is paid a fair wage. The money raised from sales goes to supply the artisans—who might otherwise be unemployed or underemployed—with education, food, housing, and healthcare. The organization has risen to such stature that it won the People’s Choice Award for Green Business of the Year in 2005, and has acted as one of the founding members of the World Fair Trade Organization.