Shockey Jewelers encompasses much more than the decades that have passed since its founding in 1933. It encompasses three generations, contemporary custom designs, and antique treasures from Elgin and beyond. Indeed, owner and GIA Graduate Gemologist Peter Shockey not only stocks pocket watches from Elgin Watch Co.?which crafted timepieces from 1867 to 1953?but he travels the world finding gems and heirlooms to feature in his store, making it a go-to spot for adding sparkle to an evening ensemble or a really fancy pair of overalls.
Yet Shockey's shop goes well beyond even earrings and necklaces. Its service center is where jewelry goes to get repaired, and its aficionados are who people see to learn about the four C's of diamond selection?carat weight, clarity, color, and cut?as well as pearls, rubies, and emeralds.
Claudia's Closet swathes men, women, and teens in upscale, name-brand resale apparel with an emphasis on accouterments for special occasions. Shoes, suits, dresses, and purses wink enticingly from their racks, flaunting labels such as Marc Jacobs, Ann Taylor, and Dooney & Bourke. Pull on a pair of pants ($6–$26) and a T-shirt ($5–$25) or replace woolen long johns with a Betsy Johnson summer dress and gales of sunny laughter ($22). A purse from Coach ($35) awaits the perfect formal dress to sweep it away through chic boardwalks and avenues ($30–$75). Meanwhile, men look dapper in a Ralph Lauren shirt ($9), dapperer in a Nautica suit with pants and a coat ($35), and dapperest in Batman's breastplate.
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.
Wyatt Austin Jewelers hosts a team of expert designers and gemologists that helps accessorize humans with elegant custom jewelry, special gifts, and cutting-edge jewelry repairs. Add class to any outfit or mascot uniform with a string of 8- to 8.5-milimeter black freshwater pearls, which stretches 72 inches in length. The strand exudes refinement in various forms; feel free to string it a few times around the neck to create a layered necklace, wear it around the wrist as a chunky bracelet, or use its natural shimmer as fishing line to angle feral film noir actresses.
Claire's stocks a cascade of glittering earrings, accessories, and cosmetics for kids, tweens, and teens. Fashion-conscious gals flock to stores to have their ears pierced by practiced technicians or to peruse trinkets emblazoned with Hello Kitty and Angry Birds characters. Celebrity-sponsored styles showcase endorsements from Cody Simpson and Justin Bieber, and prom accessories let youths prepare for one of high school’s most important events, second only to arm wrestling the mascot to get their diplomas.
It might be hard to believe considering its vast array of products, but Sears, Roebuck and Co. began with one accessory: watches. In 1886, Richard W. Sears bought a box of unwanted watches from a jeweler, thinking he could turn a profit by selling them. He was correct and committed to the watch business by hiring Alvah C. Roebuck, an experienced watchmaker.
As time went on, though, their business expanded its umbrella far beyond what people wore on their wrists. Sears became known as the place to shop for almost any appliance, from sewing machines to those magical boxes that create water from nothing and clean your clothes.
Today, the stores stock clothing, accessories, electronics, kitchen equipment, tools for outdoor living, and home decor. This variety is sustained by Sears's proprietary brands—Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard, to name a few—and other national names that populate the shelves.