Sandbox Rebel brings original designs with rock n’ roll funk flair to the kid set

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BY KRIS KELLEY RIVERA Looking for edgy custom-made children’s clothes for a reasonable price? It may sound too good to be true, but it doesn’t have to be. Sandbox Rebel is not your everyday children’s store, and the woman behind it is not … [Read more...]

Rock Scissor Paper for whimsical stationary, gifts and office needs

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BY RACHEL SULPRIZIO “The most awesome garage sale you’ve ever been to!” That’s how Susie Bauer, co-owner of Rock Scissor Paper, describes her huge upcoming factory warehouse sale that will take place Sunday, October 25, in San Fernando … [Read more...]

Whimsical gifts, home design and a Zappa at Henry Road

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Diva Zappa mixes photography and hand stitching on the canvas. Photo: Karen Young

BY CAROLE ROSNER Colorful, whimsical, fresh and fun, Henry Road in Studio City is one of those shops that needs to be discovered. I’ve been inside this tiny store on Laurel Grove Avenue (just south of Ventura Blvd) many times and each time there … [Read more...]

Car Chick repairs your car and answers your automotive questions

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BY AMANDA TRAXLER When she started out in the automobile service industry, Rebekah Fleischaker didn’t last long at her first job as a secretary. “I got pretty bored, pretty fast,” said the owner of California Automotive, a Van Nuys auto shop. … [Read more...]

Chanel, Prada, Tom Ford and the art of craftmanship at Encino’s Optx Fine Eyewear

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BY KAREN YOUNG Wayne Fletcher sits behind the counter at Optx Fine Eyewear, his newly relocated modern and airy store at the Encino Place corner mall, talking passionately about handcrafting the lenses for the frames he sells — explaining in … [Read more...]

An Eco-General Store and Design Center at Valley Village’s Green and Greener

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Store interior. Courtesy Green and Greener

BY CAROLE ROSNERDid you know Southern California has a rainy season and that rain runoff can be stored in barrels and reused to water your lawn instead of sprinklers (see sale info on barrels at end of article)? Did you know you use less water and … [Read more...]

Natural skincare, gifts, jewelry and a block party Wine Hop TONIGHT at Lavender

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Dianna Mandel owns Lavendar Natural Beauty

BY KAREN YOUNG “It’s said that the average woman consumes nine pounds of lip balm in a lifetime. If that’s the case, then it’s really important to go organic…think of the chemicals,” said Dianna Mandel,  owner of Lavender Natural … [Read more...]

SarahBears Cards & Creations give back for memories and for a cause

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BY CAROLE ROSNER Sarah Barrett wanted a convenient way to carry around photos of her daughters without crushing them in her purse or losing them in her tote bag. She used her scrapbooking know-how to put together a mini-photo album that fit within … [Read more...]

Sherman Oaks’ Marcie D creates jewelry as personal art

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Copper Sunflower

BY KAREN YOUNG “Pliers just felt really good in my hands,” reflected Marcie Dietz, as she spoke about her discovery that creating jewelry had a surprisingly natural feel for her. Dietz, whose career has taken her from working side by side with … [Read more...]

Custom blended bath and body products at Pure Sense by Paula

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BY CAROLE ROSNER I’ve walked into many stores where the fragrances are so strong my eyes water, my head hurts, and I just want to leave as soon as possible.  But stepping into the sunlit, white-walled Pure Sense by Paula in Studio City is like a … [Read more...]