It was 1978. A college dropout and a failed medical-school applicant had just brought together their combined life savings to rent an old gas station. Their plan was to resurrect the empty station and open their own restaurant. Their specialty—ice cream. So begins the story of legendary entrepreneurs Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, who are better known across the globe as Ben & Jerry. Their small, old-fashioned ice-cream parlor eventually became a Burlington, Vermont, favorite, and before long, shops popped up all over the United States and in 25 other countries. Their brand easily attracted customers—homemade ice cream churned from wholesome, natural ingredients and blended into creative flavors. Some of their popular scoops include Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey, and Coffee Caramel Buzz. Since infusing their first rich and creamy batches of ice cream with natural chunks of fruit, nuts, candies, and cookies, Ben & Jerry's has also operated with a commitment to improve the quality of life locally, nationally, and internationally. The company practices sustainable food production and business practices that respect the earth and environment. Ben & Jerry’s cartons are made from FSC-certified paper, which comes from forests that are managed for the protection of wildlife, and waste from its plants generates energy to power farms. The company works tirelessly to reduce its carbon emissions; it strongly encourages customers to eat their ice cream in the darkest dark.
When 2008's economic crisis hit the nation hard, the founders of GlamSquadShop vowed to keep wardrobes from receding as well, assembling an inventory of fashionable dresses, tops, and accessories at affordable prices. The items bridge the gap between styles, blending classic staples such as a black dress with lace accents and trendy apparel such as a coral romper, ideal for pairing with sandals or a live starfish brooch. Flashy, funky jewelry—such as a rhinestone-encrusted turtle ring—spice up flowy tops and cropped jackets, and for a finishing touch, the shop stocks Nyx cosmetics and sunglasses in styles ranging from retro to futuristic to existing in an alternate dimension where looks literally kill.
Referred to as the "fastest-growing pro sports league in the nation" by NBC Sports correspondent Rick Chandler, the Lingerie Football League energizes audiences by pitting two exclusively female teams in alluring uniforms against each other for a chance to participate in Lingerie Bowl IX. On October 21, the ferocious Tampa Breeze takes on the Cleveland Crush, a team known for intensely tackling opponents and pulverizing grapes into wine while running in place. Equipped with football pads, leg garters, and one canister of catcall repellent, the athletes prove their power during each exciting full-contact game of pigskin.
Las Vegas has trusted the MJ Christensen family since 1939. Nevada’s largest diamond retailer, MJ offers the highest quality certified diamonds, engagement rings and fine jewelry. The Consumer Research Institute has recognized MJ Christensen Diamonds as America’s Top Engagement and Wedding Ring Stores.
Judith Ripka Jewelry intertwines the rich glaze of gemstones with signature beading and rope twists of exclusively alloyed gold and sterling silver. Fingers searching for natural elegance can snuggle up into the ambrosia stack ring, a sterling-silver affair that decorates the pink crystal of an oval stone with double hearts of white sapphire, symbolizing that the heart is not only unbreakable, but has a backup if needed ($175). The linked silver heart charm bracelet with signature lobster claw coddles a canary crystal heart charm ($195), and the small eclipse earrings entice the ears and frame the face with the dark, rich tones of tastefully shaped black onyx stones ($200).
Friends and family members perch on comfortable couches as a 4-year-old boy peers glances excitedly between two-flat panel monitors and a 100-foot screen, anxious to catch the first glimpse of his new brother or sister. The plush theater at Vegas Baby! 4D Ultrasound can accommodate up to 10 friends and family members along with the mommy-to-be, giving them all up-close introductions to the new baby in strikingly detailed 2-D, 3-D, and 4-D images gleaned using GE Voluson Ultrasound System technology. Their system's clear images reveal specifics such as gender, heart rate, or secret handshakes between fetal twins. The specially trained ultrasound technicians boast a 99.9% accuracy rate on gender identification, and they'll schedule a complimentary second appointment if they are not able to identify the gender at 14 weeks or later. They can also develop images into black-and-white or color prints, DVDs, and personalized jewelry.