March 3, 1992 |
The first sex shop in Russian history opened to the public on Monday--only, please, its management insisted, don't call it a sex shop. "We call it 'an intimacy salon,' " director Alla Burashnikova said as she sat primly in a corner watching deeply interested Russians examine glow-in-the-dark condoms, an inflatable woman and six sets of shelves holding probably the broadest array of sexual devices ever gathered in one public place on Russian soil. "We propagandize health," Burashnikova said.
July 31, 2010 |
The gig: As founder and chief executive of Forever 21 Inc., Do Won "Don" Chang oversees one of the world's fastest-growing fashion retailers, with 457 stores in 15 countries. From his office near downtown Los Angeles, he oversees an army of more than 20,000 employees ringing up sales of the season's trendiest designs from Chiba (Japan) to Chico (Calif.). Chock full o'clothes: Growing up in South Korea, Chang worked in coffee shops. So when he emigrated to California in 1981 at age 18, he figured hot joe would be his ticket to the American dream.
February 23, 2014 |
The gig: Amit Kleinberger, 33, has been the chief executive of Menchie's Frozen Yogurt since 2008. From his company's headquarters in Encino, he oversees what has become the world's largest self-serve frozen yogurt franchise, with more than 370 stores. The stores serve sweet and tart flavors of yogurt, with a choice of candy, fruit and nut toppings. There are about 50 Menchie's locations in California. An early start: As a kid, Kleinberger saw the 1987 movie "The Secret of My Success," which stars a young college grad - played by Michael J. Fox - navigating the corporate world in New York City.
June 27, 2010 |
Reporting from Tokyo The Japanese are legendary shoppers, paying top prices from Honolulu to Helsinki for gifts and adornments. In Tokyo, a walk through the department stores and Pritzker Prize-winner-designed boutiques in the Ginza and Omote-Sando districts is enough to make one wonder, "What Japanese recession?" Look closer, however, and you'll discover another breed of shop where consumers, from Japan and increasingly from overseas, hunt for everyday treasures. Maybe because of the recession, or maybe because even Japanese consumers know a good deal when they see one, 100-yen shops — Japan's equivalent of the dollar store — are booming.
HOME & GARDEN
September 4, 2010
On the Art Deco trail At home or on the road, collector John Thomas is always on the lookout for the next Art Deco find. Some of his favorite treasure-hunting haunts are: The Vintage Collective, 2212 E. 4th St., Long Beach, (562) 433-8699; http://www.thevintagecollective.com Off the Wall Antiques, 7325 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 930-1185, http://www.offthewallantiques.com Thanks for the Memories, 8319 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 852-9407, http://www.
April 18, 2013
Record Store Day, the annual money bomb for indie music stores, hits right in between Coachella weekends this year. If local fans aren't tapped out of their music budgets, prime L.A. stores such as Origami, Mt. Analog, Gimme Gimme and Vacation will all hold varying events, special releases and deals to celebrate. Various times and locations Saturday. See recordstoreday.com for complete listings.