At Boston Cosmetic and Laser Center, clients can literally change before their own eyes. Here, a staff of professional beauty experts perform services designed to enhance appearances without invasive surgery. Many treatments focus on reversing signs of aging?injections of Botox, for example, relax wrinkle-causing muscles, while Ultherapy tones the face and neck with ultrasound energy and microscopic barbells. Other options, including laser hair removal and VelaShape body-contouring, focus on fine-tuning torsos and limbs.
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The brand American Apparel, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary, conjures up images of stylish and well-fitting fashion basics. It also likely brings to mind sassy advertisements featuring long-haired beauties in natural makeup posing in skin-bearing bodysuits and loungewear.
But what many don't know about the brand?despite its name and the slice of apple pie that comes with every purchase?is that all of its clothes are made in America. Everything from sewing and cutting to accounting and marketing happens in one building in downtown Los Angeles, and the rest occurs within a 30-mile radius. Not only that, every slim-fitting pair of pants, spandex bodysuit, and v-neck T-shirt is made in a sweatshop-free environment.
Plus, keeping everything in house means the company eliminates unnecessary and wasteful factors, such as shipping fuel and packing materials, as well as provides jobs to Angelenos, instead of outsourcing them.
After years of working as physical therapists in the Boston area, Joint Ventures co-owners Dan Brownridge and Dave Larson noticed one major aspect missing from in most clinics?a personal relationship between the healer and patient. The duo created Joint Ventures in an effort to bring those strong relationships to their community through advanced integrated healthcare clinics where each patient gets optimal one-on-one time with their physical therapists. At all seven locations, Dan and Dave?s more than 55 practitioners craft detailed treatment plans using the facility's four-lane pools and cardio and weight machines, including therapies ranging from acupuncture to massage, yoga, or personal training. Throughout each patient?s therapy, the team of practitioners keeps their interpersonal skills on point with regular meaningful patient-therapist conversations that end with the pair weaving BFF bracelets from each others? hair.
At its three locations in Harvard Square, South End, and Jamaica Plain, the Eye Q Optical team works to outfit clients with original frame styles. Most designs are its own innovations, manufactured in-house with inspiration from iconic eras and modern designers visiting from a far-off future. The Aphrodite frames play subtly on traditional cat-eyed styles, and the Apollo frames accentuate faces with bold rectangular shaping and primary blue colors.
The Eye Q Optical team also carries frames by artistic independent makers including Rapp Eyewear, who hand-finishes its colorful frames in Toronto, and Rolf Eyewear, who manufactures frames and hinges entirely out of wood. In the Cambridge office, the Eye Q opticians collaborate with digital 3-D-fitting technology and a highly opinionated robot to select the perfect frames for each client.
Though the Rugg Road Paper Company of today stocks everything from greeting cards to bookbinding supplies, it began with only one product: handmade paper. From 1982 to 1994, the business inhabited a small studio, where its artist owners pedaled their unique paper exclusively to other artists and designers. But when the pair handed the reins to Amy Madanick and Casandra McIntyre in '94, not only did the location change—they moved to a stately brick row house on Charles Street, where the shop thrives to this day—the inventory and clientele did, as well. Of course, Rugg Road still caters to its artist clientele by stocking roughly 600 handmade papers from around the globe, but the shop also welcomes the general public to peruse its other paper products. From wedding invitations and photo albums to birthday cards and stationery, Amy and Casandra help customers sift through an impressive assortment, especially given the fact that the store only measures to 800 square feet, since that was the largest pad of paper the owners could find to use as a rug. Some of its finds include cards by Blonde, a design duo that goes heavy on soft pastels and flowers for birth announcements and wedding invites. Crane & Co., on the other hand, uses engraving, embossing, or letterpress printing to craft stationery formal enough for a sworn affidavit declaring innocence in the matter of the fridge's missing leftovers. The diverse collection of designers and products led _Boston Magazine_to name Rugg Road Paper Company the best place for stationery in 2008, 2009, and 2011.