The affable and capable instructors at Baubles and Beads expertly guide students along the path of successful stringmanship in three-hour classes. Students in the Basic Stringing class acquire the introductory skills of bead stringing, learning material selection, design basics, and finishing techniques, and leaving the course with a newly-fashioned bracelet and a firmer understanding of string theory. The Basic Wire Work class imparts the fundamentals of wire wielding with lessons in loop-making techniques such as earring construction, simple loops, and wire-wrapped loops. All necessary materials, including beads, wires, strings, and ornament-ready floss, are included in both classes.
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.
Though the word amateur now connotes a lack of experience, it is derived from a Latin term that meant "lover of." Despite Sean Bolt's ascent to professional shutterbug status, he still attributes his love of photography to the time he spent watching his father—an amateur photographer himself—pursue his own passion.
Sean eschews rigid poses by telling stories through candid moments and photojournalistic portraits. Rather than sequestering himself in a studio under artificial conditions, he takes his art on the road by traveling throughout the metro Atlanta area to meet his clients. His work can run the gamut from sophisticated black-and-white images to crisp, colorful, and wacky poses. When he isn't taking family portraits, capturing baby pictures, and chronicling weddings, he snaps photos for merchants who want to capture the essence of their businesses before they grow up and move away to become a college.
The specialists at Aricie Lingerie recruit lace-fringed, silken pieces from top-tier European designers such as Aubade, Simone Perele, and Christies that have earned their store a spot on San Francisco Bay Guardian's list of sexiest lingerie shops. Their inventory of sheer mesh tulle and silk garments falls on the sultry end of the lingerie spectrum—bustiers, corsets, G-strings, and tangas provide scant, sultry covering for curves. Rather than only furnishing pieces to fit the droves of sentient mannequins that besiege the city's stores each weekend, Aricie’s fitting experts help human customers find their ideal size and hone in on pieces that complement silhouettes of all shapes.
The Monetta family has been helping Bay Area locals see for nearly 60 years. At Eyes in Disguise and Dr. Monetta Optometry, Dr. Robert Monetta O.D. proudly carries on his father's practice that he took over nearly 30 years ago. He uses his own experience to expertly screen patients of all ages for vision loss and chronic eye conditions. At either of Dr. Monetta's optical shops, patients can choose from stylish handmade frames or brand-name pieces from Kazuo Kawasaki, Gucci, and Prada, and can also count on superior patient care and customer service.
Behind Silver Moon Jeweler's stately black flared awning, delicate wood and glass display cases glitter with precious stones and sterling-silver jewelry for women and men. Baubles from more than 40 artists such as Boma, Holly Yashi, and Rosselini dapple bracelets with inlaid stones, lend spartan embellishments to stately men's rings, and crown women's rings with jewels such as onyx and blue topaz. Silver Moon Jewelers nestles every bauble in a sealed gift bag along with an anti-tarnish strip to ensure ornaments remain sparkling and free of smudges and ancient curses.