The word merchants at Storyopolis share their love of reading in this deciphering dojo, collecting hundreds of engaging and informative books for children of all ages. Handmade gift baskets are personalized packages that catalyze imaginations with a collection of four classic page-turners and toys bundled in a reusable container. Groupon customers can select from four specific packages: a blue pirate pack with a cozy blanket; a seasonal Christmas kit with a stuffed holiday doll; the dinosaur basket, complete with a plush fossil facsimile; and the fairy collection, a pink set with fairy wings, a sequined mask, and reality-bending princess wand.
HexLab Makerspace started as a rapid prototyping firm that used high-tech gadgets to help companies realize their vision for new products. However, it wasn't long before HexLab noticed an increasing public demand for their services and technologies—especially 3D printing, 3D scanning, and laser cutting. This sparked the decision to convert the workspace into a full-blown laboratory and throw open the doors to creative-minded people who want to try their hand at making things.
In addition to advanced tools, the lab now offers guidance on using such machinery in hands-on classes. Students learn how to sculpt or create 3D models, work with metal, and create unique objects as gifts or works of art. Visitors at the space pursue all sorts of projects, including creating miniature replicas of themselves to mail to loved ones.
Established: 2001 as a product design, manufacturing, and R&D firm, establishing the makerspace in 2013
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Month membership
Pro Tip: Check website for inspiration
Good for Kids: No
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Many performers are already triple threats—experts in acting, singing, and dancing—but Emma Ridley decided to add one more line to her repertoire: fitness. At her alternative health studio, Goddess Fitness Dance, Emma and her instructors eschew the monotonous exercise regimens and carnivorous treadmills of traditional gyms, instead focusing on fun, flirty exercises such as sultry pole-dancing routines and belly-dancing classes—all infused with Emma’s passion for entertainment.
Though all the workouts still subscribe to the concept of repetitions in order to burn fat, Goddess Fitness Dance infuses each workout with an added element of fun. Studio classes teach specific moves that, with practice, can lend grace and allure to students’ dance routines, and the driving force behind every drill is always laughter, not grunts. "You don't need to be a pro to see the results," Emma remarks. "As long as you're moving, you're doing it right!"
Jill Kirsh's history with fashion dates back to childhood, when her parents worked in the heart of New York City's fashion district. It was this background that led to the discovery that discerning the most flattering hues for a client's makeup and clothing would be the key to her business. Boasting a résumé that includes features and awards from InStyle, the Los Angeles Times, and Los Angeles Magazine, she's created swatch books to guide men and women as they pick out complementary apparel and makeup kits. Kirsh will even come to your home and make over existing wardrobes and makeup arsenals, pinpointing which pieces work with your coloring.
It was Dr. P. Joseph's victory over his own weight problems that inspired him to open Skinny Me Med, a clinic devoted to medical approaches to weight loss. Dr. Joseph slimmed down with the help of the Optifast plan, a regimen offered at Skinny Me Med, but the clinic also offers a bespoke Skinny Me Med Diet, the HCG diet, and an array of supplements and prescriptions. When delivered in injection form, doses of vitamin B12 are absorbed straight into the bloodstream, while capsules of chromium can help regulate blood sugar levels and rein in unhealthy cravings.