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.
For more than three decades, ABC Tree Farms have provided the Bay Area with seasonal fun October through December. Summer inspires the first round of recreation in the form of Summer Fun Zones packed with inflatable bounce houses masquerading as castles and slides and fresh harvests of local cherries, peaches, melons, and other fruits. During October, they run 20 pumpkin-themed locations, some of which also feature inflatable bounce houses and other attractions. Once Thanksgiving passes, groves of Christmas trees spring up, having made their way south from Oregon and Washington. There they will stand until Christmas Eve, hoping to decorate homes or become the model that inspires a revamped line of evergreen air fresheners.
From T-ballers to the big leagues, All Out Baseball has armed ballplayers with the necessary tools for diamond dominance since swinging open its doors in 1999. Inside two Bay-area locations, top brands including Rawlings, Wilson, and Nike anchor all-star lineups of gear dedicated solely to baseball and fast-pitch softball. Wooden and aluminum bats lie neatly across wall hooks, MLB apparel sways from team-organized racks, and, nestled within individual display cases, the latest gloves pine for approval, like puppies or adoptable umpires in a pet-shop window. As visitors scurry across each shop's grass-green floors, knowledgeable staff members stand by to toss advice and tips into the strike zones of open ears.
Though one could also call it a store, The Wine Club’s name speaks to its staff members’ passion for fine wines. Their passion and commitment to quality spirits at fair prices fostered the growth of the first singular club in 1985 into a trio of neighborhood wine and spirits stores by 1996. Shelves and display cases at each store are crowded by varietals from all over the world. During Friday happy hours and informal Saturday afternoon tastings, guests gather to discuss flavor profiles with fellow tasters, certified sommeliers, or vacationing extraterrestrials. The store also curates a variety of wine clubs for customers hoping to expand their palates.
For those in search of a risqué Halloween costume, finding the proper balance is an art; it must be authentic enough to evoke the assigned character or era while still retaining modern trademarks of sensuality. For more than 25 years, designer Pierre Silber has pursued this balance through his collection of costume-wear, shoes, and accessories. In his brick-and-mortar location, he stocks more than 1,000 costumes to grace the feminine form and accessorizes them with wigs, stockings, and high heels. Potential purchasers try outfits on in one of the 20 fitting rooms to ensure the proper fit without running the risk of being mistaken for an actual sexy tiger.
Since 1962, locals have stopped by Citti's Florist to procure fresh bundles of vibrant blooms for special events and everyday serotonin infusions. Crowned with the title of Best Florist over ten years by the San Jose Mercury News, the flower shop continues its decades-long tradition of friendly service in three fragrant shops. At each location, staffers transform seasonal stems into vivid bouquets, centerpieces, and wreaths. Both in-store shopping and delivery are available, including same-day local delivery services.