Once upon a frustrated Friday, the futile hunt for gluten-free foods began to upset the stomach and mind of Josie Rietkerk. Shortly thereafter, with wellness and diversity in mind, Rietkerk opened stellaLucy Gluten-Free Market in a modestly sized, 1,000-square-foot space. Since then, she's managed to expand the space, now carrying thousands of grocery items devoid of gluten, plus a wide assortment of casein- and Kryptonite–free goods.
Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dunked fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful bouquets and candy boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's in-house chocolatiers drizzle albion strawberries and daisy pineapples in a trio of chocolate flavors. Once properly chocolated, the workers organize the preservative-free sweets into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can choose to plop their bouquets in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts. Alternatively, customers can opt to adorn gifts with the cheery, red lids of candy boxes, nestling 12 chocolate-dipped morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision as they guess whether fruit will come dusted in shredded coconut or drizzled in white chocolate.
Kimberly Bondurant first embarked on her skin-nurturing career on the sunny outskirts of Jaco, Costa Rica. For five years, she worked alongside her mother—a licensed aesthetician and former salon owner—at her salon, gleaning her beauty knowledge and techniques. Today, Kimberly has become a licensed aesthetician and beautifies clients of her own.
At My Little Place Boutique, she draws on the training she received from Luscious Lashes as she applies waterproof lash extensions to lids one at a time. During her custom spray-tanning sessions, she darkens complexions with organic and cruelty-free solutions sans harmful UV rays. Inside her boutique, white walls and minimalistic decor let the clothing take center stage. The shelves overflow with jewelry and accessories by Sweet September and D. Ferrari Designs, in addition to skincare products by Ayur-Medic. Two wicker chairs with frilly cream-colored pillows nestle near a vase of flowers and beckon guests to rest and brainstorm new job-search options for the sun.
You have a choice of two classes: Beginning Hand Building for 5- to 12-year-olds on Wednesday afternoon (February 2–16) from 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. and Beginning Hand Building for adults on Wednesday night (February 2–16) from 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., or Clay Exploration for 5- to 12-year-olds on Wednesday afternoon (March 2–16) from 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m.
Four Yelpers give the Laguna Beach location of Heavenly Couture a four-star average. Yelpers give its Long Beach location an average of 3.5 stars and its Mid Wilshire location an average of four stars. LA Weekly named the Mid Wilshire location 2010's "Best Dirt-Cheap Shopping on a High-end Strip." More than 1,200 Facebookers are fans of Heavenly Couture.