The son of a San Fernando Valley butcher, Jody Maroni grew up enchanted by the meat trade. He made his first solo foray into the business in 1979, selling unorthodox sausages made by hand and then smoked or grilled on the Venice Beach Boardwalk. More than 30 years later, Jody continues handcrafting gourmet sausages with all-natural meats, cheeses, fruits, veggies, wines, and beers. Created from personal recipes, his 24 nitrate- and preservative-free cased meats include garlic-infused pork sausages and tequila chicken sausages with brined jalapeños and corn. They exhibit the versatility of the seemingly simple meal, ranging from the hot links popular in Louisiana to the bratwurst that would make a Midwesterner feel at home and the traditional hot dogs robots eat to fit in on the Fourth of July.
Flip Flop Shops adorns soles with stylish flip-flops from reputable brands such as Rainbow, Reef, Sanuk, and O'Neill. An array of women's footwear eases the barking of weary dogs, with comfortable offerings such as the Sanuk Yoga Mat women's sandal available in multiple colors ($28). Men's sandals protect feet during walks across hot sand or mild sand inhabited by angry seashells, with trendy items such as the Sanuk Avenue men's sandal ($30).
At Jillian's, a nightclub ambiance pairs with modern décor and ample entertainment to host parties, catching the eye of Justin Bieber, who filmed the music video for Baby inside the colorful, 10-lane alley. An onsite restaurant and full bar sates between-set hunger pains with a menu of American eats such as hot wings, burgers, and pizzas. On Fridays and Saturdays, Jillian's hosts club nights, during which a dance floor pumps music to let patrons perfect their strike-celebration dances, Thursdays host karaoke for amateurs to take the stage and croon their favorite tunes. Between songs or bowling frames, four billiard tables draw pool sharks, and an arcade of electronic games gets virtual adrenaline pumping. For birthday parties or interventions with a friend who refuses to give up granny-style bowling, a private suite hosts up to 50 people who can play Wii games on a giant projector screen.
Lulu Cohen opened up her jewelry boutique in the heart of Los Angeles more than 30 years ago, and has been designing elegant customized pieces ever since. The skilled jeweler fashions luxury diamonds, sterling silver, and 14-carat gold into dazzling wedding rings, striking necklaces, and intricate earrings.
Shop at your nearest Discovery Shop. American Cancer Society Discovery Shops help support the fight against cancer through the sale of high quality, gently used, donated merchandise. For over 40 years, the Society has owned and operated these specialty resale stores, featuring items such as clothing, bric a brac and jewelry
Cinema Secrets, a family business devoted to the quality and artistry of professional cosmetic products, supplies industry insiders and lay faces alike with superior makeup as well as beauty-related classes. Academy Award winner, makeup artist to the stars, and certified mensch Maurice Stein founded the beauty hub and its cosmetic line, which features products that elicit stunning effects appropriate for daily wear or for film, television, and theater work. The range of colors in each signature foundation palette blends to camouflage skin crises more subtly than single-color correctors or paper bags, and the brand's own signature brush cleaner keeps bacteria at bay. Skincare products by trusted brands such as Dermalogica and Sun Laboratories also line the store's shelves, helping skin stay healthy between rougings. A multitude of skills awaits the steady-handed in classes that include applying advanced effects makeup for faux gore that reads on any big screen or any jury-duty interview, as well as corrective makeup courses for concealing moderate to severe scarring.