In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of ?hard-to-find tools,? and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone?s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
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.
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The Christiansen family's roots in the carnival industry run deep, stretching back to Ralph B. Christiansen's 1920s amusement business, which his hard-working sons kept running through World War II. Today, Ralph's grandson, Buzz, hosts more than 80 Christiansen Amusements events per year and rents out carnival rides for parties and gatherings. Events pop up throughout Southern California and feature an assortment of family-friendly excursions ranging from mild kids' rides to more intense rides such as the Skydiver or Kamikaze. Carnival games challenge guests' hand-eye coordination, rewarding feats of strength or accuracy with stuffed animals to give to dates or mount on the hood of one's car.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces?including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis?await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.
Tanning Options makes it easy to adopt a golden glow without lounging for hours under the hot sun. Instead, patrons can ditch pale skin with quick trips inside multi-level tanning beds, in VersaSpa spray tanning booths that mist bodies with a quick-drying formula without leaving unsightly streaks or polka dots, as well as custom spray tans. And, for those who want to really show off their new tan, the shop also has a boutique filled with jewelry, sunglasses, and accessories available for purchase, as well as a selection of body wraps to help clients slim down.