At Bath Junkie, shopping is an interactive experience. Upon entering the store, clients peruse bath products, including scrubs and lotions, and pick a base. Then they can browse through more than 200 scents, identifying one, two, or three fragrances and a color for their product. With the client's personalized recipe in hand, a beauty expert whips up the formula and readies it for sale. Each product is crafted to minimize harm to the environment, and Bath Junkie offers paraben-free hair products, recyclable containers, and kisses on both cheeks from Mother Nature herself.
Part-time personal chef Steven Bailey was growing tired of bland, industrially processed food. As detailed by D Magazine, Steven was determined to do something about his frustration, so he hit the road one weekend in his Volkswagen Rabbit and began scouring Texas farms and markets for fresher ingredients. The more organic, locally grown food he brought back, the more friends and neighbors started requesting some for themselves. The growing demand led Steven to start Urban Acres, where customers can track down organic produce, dairy, and grass-fed meats from local farmers and artisans who never use pesticides, hormones, artificial flavoring, or shoddy magnetic force fields.
As a customer of Urban Acres, customers pick large, medium, or small shares of organic fruits and veggies, as well as meat, coffee, and granola shares if desired. Urban Acres sells locally grown grub at its Oak Cliff Farmstead, which D Magazine says "brings a bit of country to the big city." There, visitors can find shelves and counters fashioned from reclaimed wood, a bee colony on the roof, and produce snuggled in boxes of hay. Urban Acres also offers hands-on educational opportunities to learn about small-scale urban farming.
As a broad-shouldered former weightlifter and rugby player, Jay Lombardo understands all too well the struggles of finding a suit that fits. That's why for the past two decades, Jay has spent more time in the dressing room than the weight room, lifting industrial-sized boxes of sewing needles and outfitting men and women with the customized garments that made his shop?celebrating its 25th anniversary?2011's Best Custom Clothier according to D Magazine.
The shop itself exudes modern elegance, which also manifests itself in textile form as Jay and his expert staff preside over more than 5,000 fabrics retrieved from the same Italian looms that produce many of the world's fanciest clouds. Their one-on-one lifestyle analyses help design the perfect fit for each of their customers, who join a client list that includes Cowboys players and well-known politicians. When it's not being used as a polestar for sartorial style, Jay's shop hosts special events, including art exhibits and a weekly Patio Night.
Wild Bill’s Western Store has been a fixture in Dallas’ historic downtown district for more than 40 years. Their handmade leather, custom-made cowboy boots, and western accessories have outfitted customers—from everyday rustlers to celebs such as Chuck Norris—for at least as long. "Wild" Bill Dewbre, the shop's namesake and leatherworking master, began his career as a leather craftsman at the tender age of 12, and today his hobby has budded into a full-time career. Thanks to his lifelong experience with Texan cowboy culture, Bill stocks the shelves with cowboy hats ranging in styles from the Garth Brooks to the Clint Eastwood, each ready to be steamed and perfectly fitted to the noggin of every cowboy and maverick cactus that meanders through the doors. Under Wild Bill’s tutelage, the craftsmen here also handcraft cowboy boots, customizing the stitch patterns, toes, heels, and insignia to their customers’ size and style preferences. Customers will find American-made apparel from Stetson and Lucchese, as well as belt buckles and apparel for kids.
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.
In less than a decade, T-Mobile transformed from the sparkle in a CEO's eye into one of the largest wireless carriers in the U.S. The company—known for its vibrant pink logo and the charismatic celebrities who've filled its ads—takes pride in pioneering new cell-phone trends. Their newfangled 4G network sprawls across 217 markets to reach 200 million people, making it one of the most sprawling networks in the United States. Chatters access this invisible web via contract-free plans, which release them from the boot heel of years-long agreements enforced by most cell phone providers. The company's modern cell phones are lightweight, multi-functional, and double as secret explosive devices while you pretend to be an international spy. Despite its success, the company remains dedicated to its principles, earning a spot on the Ethisphere Institute's list of world's most ethical companies for three years in a row.