Founded by experienced stylist and The Fashion Institute of Los Angeles graduate Kelly K. Wilcox, My Style Advisory helps solve the perennial question of "what should I wear?" Rather than bulldozing over their clients' current tastes, she and her fellow stylists aim to make small changes with big impact. They'll work with clients to purge their closets of unflattering pieces, organize clothes, and find styles that fit and flatter their body shapes. They can even head out on shopping trips to fill in wardrobe gaps with essentials such as stylishly casual pieces or sombreros.
After a course at Village Kitchen, accomplished chefs will inch closer to pro status, while those who've chopped more fingers than potatoes will have their clumsiness exorcised thanks to patient instruction from Village's enlightened gurus of all things edible. Classes are held every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (the classes are also offered one Wednesday a month at 6 p.m.), while the theme varies from week to week. On April 10, learn to master the pressure cooker to easily turn out incredible delights like coq au vin with button mushrooms, or discover the joys of the spring harvest on April 24 with a complete tutorial in a four-course seasonal feast with salmon medallions, baked gnocchi, and cherry-chocolate gelato. On May 8, harness the subtle power of Indian spices to create tandoori shrimp, curried salmon with cinnamon rice and golden raisins, and warm rice pudding; or craft the perfect wine appetizers (you'll make five), like scallop ceviche with melon and red-onion asparagus quesadillas, on May 22. You'll eat everything you make and get a beverage, so no one escapes hungry. Classes are limited to 18 people, so when you find the apple class of your human eye, call to schedule before it fills up.
Signature service: Personal and wardrobe stylist
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Products Used: No-Slip Space Saving Hangers
Pro Tip: Experience as a Personal Stylist for Nordstrom, one of the most customer service centric company.
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.
Since 1979, Nova Storage has kept prized possessions safely stowed away from prying crowbars. Nova's knowledgeable staff will help find the safest place for homeless chattels, setting up your stuff with two months of storage in a unit as large as 100 square feet. The empty space can be stuffed with whatever your basement doesn't want—souvenirs from golden years, seasonal clothes, or hope chests filled with rejected Garbage Pail Kids concepts. The facility's storage fortresses are well lit, gate-secured, monitored by a computer, and designed for drive-around access, allowing Nova-provided dollies and carts to take the stress and strain out of the short trip from the truck.
Sometimes extra stuff needs a new home, but it's usually not feasible to build a second, smaller home for the stuff to live in. Fortunately, Long Beach Security Storage acts as an apartment complex for wayward items, offering spaces in a variety of sizes. Security cameras and an electronic gate keep valuables inviolable. The facility even provides a complimentary truck and driver for local first-time movers, precluding the need to roll a grand piano Frogger-style through heavy traffic.