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Casting your eyes upon The Garden Spa’T from bustling Colorado Boulevard, you would never imagine the organic sanctuary that greets you upon entry, much less the fact that it was created in the mind of a cellular and molecular biologist working for the world’s largest chemical company. Years ago, that was the reality of founder, Tanis Rhines. It was a workday just like any other, but while pipetting at the lab bench, she began pondering how our world had shifted from natural remedies to a world based on synthetic chemicals. In the beauty industry, herbs, flowers and natural oils had been replaced with petrochemicals that we couldn’t even pronounce. Cleopatra’s milk baths and ancient Ayurvedic treatments from India had been replaced with products that contain ingredients that could cause more harm than good.

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Founded by Adrian Kalvinskas in 1989, Pasadena’s Distant Lands grew out of his love for travel. From an early age, Adrian followed his mother Louanne on her adventures around the globe, from Morocco to Australia, and to many places in-between. Today, Distant Lands still serves the needs of travelers, whether they are bound for a trekking expedition in Tibet or a relaxing weekend in Santa Barbara. Hailed as a “wanderlust’s dream”, they continue to provide you with the tools you’ll need for traveling anywhere in the world by providing supplies such as maps, clothing, specialty gear, luggage, travel accessories and one of the best travel book libraries this side of the Mississippi. Be sure to check their website for upcoming programs and events.

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Offering an extensive menu of eco-friendly facials and ultra-relaxing massages in a tranquil setting, Eagle Rock’s The Garden Spa’T puts the “treat” in “retreat.”

As the proud recipient of “Best Facials 2014”, “Best Organic Spa 2007”, the Los Angeles Greenopia “Four Leaves Award”, as well as being honored by the State of California and Yogi Times magazine, it is astonishing that The Garden Spa’T Organic Skin Care was conceived in a chemical factory!

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Celebrating 31 Years of Cover Artists and their Art!

b2ap3_thumbnail_SurpiseArtist.jpgThe Mystery Artist is Daniel Merriam with over 30 covers!

There’s a long-standing maxim in the magazine world that the images on the cover are what will sell a given publication. Most of the local Los Angeles magazines work along the same lines as national magazines, with glossy celebrity glamour portraits or manicured lifestyle photos offering a straight-forward aspirational view of what they will find on the inside pages. Boulevard, however, has dared to run in the opposite direction, right down to the artist-rendered covers that echo a different mindset—that the reader is a participant in the world depicted in the articles rather than a spectator looking in.

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Offering an extensive menu of eco-friendly facials and ultra-relaxing massages in a tranquil setting, Eagle Rock’s The Garden Spa’T puts the “treat” in “retreat.”

As the proud recipient of “Best Facials 2014”, “Best Organic Spa 2007”, the Los Angeles Greenopia “Four Leaves Award”, as well as being honored by the State of California and Yogi Times magazine, it is astonishing that The Garden Spa’T Organic Skin Care was conceived in a chemical factory!

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Olivia De Berardinis

The Pin-up Girl

Olivia’s art has graced Best of the Boulevard before, her covers are beautiful and seductive.

The cover art for our Anniversary issue is by renowned artist Olivia De Berardinis, whose delectable pin-ups appear each month in Playboy magazine.

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Daniel Merriam has long been one of our favorite artists, and consistently has pieces featured on our covers. Merriam portrays realities beyond the scope of mimetic representation, and creates paintings that flawlessly melds tenets of surrealism and fantasy. His vision combines youthful whimsicality with technical knowledge of structure to depict the formal symmetry of fascinating characters. Merriam is a unique artist whose potential continues to improve yielding fascinating works that we here at Boulevard can’t wait to see.

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Adjectives such as “allure,” “style” and “memorable” barely scratch the surface when you describe the larger-than-life persona of Sandra Costa, interior designer and manufacturer

As an executive design producer, Sandra Costa is the driving force of the Sandra Costa Design Group, a full service company that works for both residential and commercial clients. While her head office is based in Los Angeles, she also has satellite offices in New York, Dubai and New Zealand, to dazzle a wide range of business and residential clients worldwide.
For over 20 years, Costa has worn her passion for designing statement-making spaces as a celebrity would wear a couture ball gown on the red carpet. And just like that A-list celebrity, Costa has a personality and sense of style that she infuses into the properties she transforms. Her finished work, in turn, leaves a lasting impression on every person experiencing it in all three dimensions.

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With Autumn on our heels, one may think that stepping into a new role is “so last month.” On the contrary—with the holidays approaching, why not spread a little cheer (and give your bosses, partners and friends a wake-up call) by taming up your wardrobe and stepping into the form fitting, the black, the sexy, the fierce, the foxy … the cinema-inspired you.

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Fredy Arboleda at The Beauty Lounge in Pasadena is one of the most important hairdressers in the industry. Besides taking care of his particular high-end clients, whom he’s been keeping current for the more than 20 years, he is also an educator for a leading color company. Fredy’s passion is hair and when you sit in his chair, you’ll know that you are under the care of a master stylist who will give you exactly what you want. But, he’ll also use his vast experience to offer ideas and possibilities to create the best look for you. He’s internationally trained; Paris, London, Milan and more, and he has a sincere passion for what he does.

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Every wedding starts with a proposal and, of course, a ring. Here are two of Boulevard’s top picks for engagement rings and wedding bands, beauty that lasts a lifetime for love that lasts a lifetime.

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Holidays are joyful. This time of the year is all about family and friends gathering for parties and sharing gifts. Boulevard has pulled together some great gift ideas to show readers the amazing choices available right in the neighborhood. Consider these choices when looking for that special something for that special someone this Holiday Season.

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Imagine being surrounded by the breath-taking spectacle of animals brought to life by award-winning director Julie Taymor, whose visual images for this show you’ll remember forever. Experience the magic of Disney’s The Lion King at the Pantages Theatre. Thrill to the pulsating rhythms of the African Pridelands and an unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice’s Oscar®-winning song “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and “Circle of Life.” Running from Nov. 20th to January 12th 2014.

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We caught up with Jon at his Comedy Club in Universal City, and learned a little about his career, his mentors, and his latest venture to offer new comedians their chance in the spotlight.

In the late 1950s, the San Fernando Valley was largely made up of idyllic neighborhoods of perfectly manicured lawns and early suburban architecture. It was an ideal setting for Dr. Harold Lovitz and his wife, Barbara, to raise Jon Lovitz and his four sisters. Born in Encino, Jon grew up in Tarzana, where his father was instrumental in building the Medical Center.

While Jon sports a certain type of classic East Coast persona, he is a native of the San Fernando Valley and proud of it. While growing up with a father and uncle who were noted doctors, Jon longed for a different kind of medicine … laughter. A performer at heart, his father encouraged him to follow his dream, whatever it may be, so Jon opted for theater studies at the University of California, Irvine. He graduated with a degree in drama in 1979, and later studied acting with Tony Barr at the Film Actors Workshop.

The early eighties brought a whirlwind of opportunities to the struggling performer. In 1982, Jon started classes with the improvisational and sketch comedy troupe, The Groundlings—two years later, he officially joined the troupe. Jon’s first television appearance was in 1984 as Levitz, in two episodes of The Paper Chase: The Second Year, but his big break came in 1985, still early in his career, when Lorne Michaels gave him the opportunity to join Saturday Night Live. For a comic, it is a dream come true, and Jon admitted that he never in his life thought he would be on SNL.

Taking a chance on Jon worked out for everyone, as he earned an Emmy nomination within his first two years and stayed with the show until 1992. After that, he and his signature comedic style became universally recognizable. A few of his popular SNL characters included Mephistopheles, Tommy Flanagan—Pathological Liar, Annoying Man, and Tonto.

As time went by, his face turned up everywhere as Jon regularly picked up supporting roles in film and TV. Jon was often cast as the slightly naïve friend, the guy in the next cubicle, the well-meaning lawyer buddy who offers free advice, the unconvincing sleaze, the innocent, the homeless, the life-worn, the conniver. A testimony to his versatility, he embraces each role with equal passion and commitment.

Jon has appeared in major films, including, Big, A League of Their Own, and Rat Race, and on television most recently in New Girl, and Hot in Cleveland. His voice is as well known as his face, having lent his familiar inflections to cartoons including multiple characters on The Simpsons.

What is most impressive about the actor/comedian is that he knows better than most the incredible value of getting a career boost. If it weren’t for the mentorship of such performers as Laraine Newman, Charles Grodin and Penny Marshall, Jon admittedly would not have experienced this level of success.

Jon has partnered with Orange County restaurateur, Marc Short, and opened The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club, in Universal City, showcasing the best in comedic performers. The location offers great food, reasonable prices and talent, talent, talent. Frequented by some of the most famous names in comedy, often drop-ins will be asked to perform, and you never know who might end up on stage. The night we were there, Jeff Garcia showed up. The club also gives fledgling comedians the chance to get on stage and try out their material.

Recently renamed The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club & Podcast Theatre, the club is also the location of vodcasts of “Lovitz or Leavitz,” Jon’s online show.

Now, in an effort to fully embrace cyberspace and the highly effective digital world, Jon is branching out with The Jon Lovitz Comedy Network, offering a virtual home to stand-up performers, comic storytellers, talk shows, as well as vodcasts. This will be the go-to place to see the world’s newest comedic talent. Taking things up a notch, he will also produce the comedy special, “Jon Lovitz Presents,” showcasing four hand-picked comedians from the Network, along with special guests.

“I’ve got some of my funniest friends lined up to share the stage with these up-and-coming comedy performers,” Jon said.

Jon has taken his online efforts to another level by utilizing the newest and most effective way to fund artistic projects. Crowdfunding sites have repeatedly proven their value, often exceeding the performers’ goals and expectations. Of the sites available, Jon has chosen FundAnything.com to garner the $350,000 needed to propel his project. The site features a six and a half minute segment of Jon, with guest Tia Carrere, explaining their goals, what shows are being produced as vodcasts, along with a bit of shtick. The funds will extend opportunities to performers beyond geographical boundaries.

“I’m aiming to give the ever-elusive break to people who might not otherwise have one,” Jon said.

Show your support at http://fundanything.com/en/campaigns/jlo

Join us for a journey into the world of Daniel Merriam’s dreams. A taste for adventure and an open mind will make the trip one to savor. Merriam’s art has appeared on our covers more frequently than any other. We opened the year Daniel’s artwork, and now we end this successful year with another of his incredible covers. This piece, titled Desiree, is the perfect way to set the holiday mood. If you’d like to see more of Daniel’s work, take a look at his book, Taking Reality by Surprise. Or, if you’re in the San Francisco Bay area, stop by Bubble Street, his new gallery, in Sausalito.

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The lovely neighborhood of Sherman Oaks is a veritable hub of high-end stores and unique eateries. Known as the gateway to the Santa Monica mountains, Sherman Oaks is a beautiful area to spend time shopping, eating, and exploring. From the beautiful Sherman Oaks Galleria, to Ventura Blvd., there are so many options to make your shopping experience memorable.

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Along the renowned Route 66, Fair Oaks Avenue offers an array of choices, some traditional favorites, and some new ventures by some very talented creative and gastronomic entrepreneurs.

Carmine’s Restaurant and Bar is a legendary locale for Italian dining, and every dish is delish—we suggest the zesty Barbeque Chicken Pizza. Natural food enthusiasts frequent Bristol Farms, with its gourmet selection of organic and delicious natural food, and speaking about South Pasadena legends, Gus’s BBQ has been serving up delectable ribs since 1946.

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Decorative objects and art define a room’s character with beauty and warmth. They can transform a well designed space into a reflection of the home owner’s interests and character. Don’t quite know how to kick up the character of your home? Don’t worry; the Padua team has your bases covered. Well before the designers meet with a client, the interior design motif of the home has been completed. This includes their chosen color palette, the painting of walls, and the selection of flooring, rugs and fabrics. The furniture is placed, the draperies are hung, and lighting has been installed. When all these items are in place, it’s time to meet with the client and explore what decorative accents he or she would like to display. Items with personal meaning may include mementos, souvenirs, art, and family photographs. Personal collections can include books, boxes, shells, embroideries, religious pieces and childhood toys. Each client is unique and there is no “one plan fits all” design. Together, the designers and client decide which items will work with the decor of each room and how they will be displayed. The harder task is often deciding which items, though they may be sentimental, should be retired from display and put into storage. Kroop assures us that the Padua team has just as much expertise and finesse in helping guide clients (with a gentle hand) with what doesn’t work, as they do creating their original designs.

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Distant Lands is more than just a bookstore and outfitters — they also specialize in Eurail passes and train tickets, and can assist with hotels, car rentals and all the other minutiae of planning your dream destination.

In the center of Distant Lands rests a chair and a couch that have seen better days. A model sailing ship is perched atop a steamer trunk and a wooden propeller floats overhead. Vintage travel posters are hung at jaunty angles above. From this spot, you can’t see out the tall windows that face Raymond Ave. in Old Pasadena. This is a spot for dreaming. For planning. For scheming. For doing everything but staying put. You’re surrounded by hundreds of books on shelves that go nearly to the ceiling. Book spines with plain, bold text entreat you to visit Brazil or Albania or Indonesia. A ceiling, incidentally, that’s painted to look like a blue sky is streaked with puffy, white clouds. It’s easy to get overwhelmed. That’s sort of the idea.

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Over the course of three decades, the West Hollywood institution Wanna Buy A Watch? has been on quite the journey. Since its storied move from the funkier, rock ‘n’ roll end of Melrose Ave. of the 1980’s and ’90s to the posh environs of Melrose West in 2006, WBAW? has evolved into the ultimate go-to-spot for the most beautiful, classic and distinctive watches and antique jewelry.

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Everybody has his or her own idea of what would go into her ideal fantasy boutique. For some, the perfect shopping experience would blend their favorite brands with hard-to-find discovery labels. For others, it would blend a fun, eclectic mix of shoes, clothes, accessories and home décor items.

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Some people have the ability to defy time, age, and gravity, and Cher is certainly one of them. No one could have guessed that both Cher, and Elton John, would simultaneously score huge blockbuster Top 10 albums in 2013, a miraculous five decades since they each released their first solo records. That is exactly what happened this October. After witnessing Cher hit Number One on the Dance Club Music chart with her song “Woman’s World,” it became clear that this is Cher’s world, and we are all just renting space in it.

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Pasadena’s Trattoria Neapolis is truly “Southern Italian with a California twist” thanks to its house-baked breads, use of fresh produce and laid-back elegance.

The first impression you get when you walk into the one year-old Trattoria Neapolis is its visual impact. Pass through the restaurant doors on a weeknight, and you will find yourself enveloped by a luminous “Belle Epoque”-style courtyard that flows into the main two-story dining space with its rich dark woods, contrasting Italian tile and beveled glass. The open concept kitchen, with its customized wood burning pizza oven specially ordered from Naples, is literally and figuratively a gathering place.

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Avanti Café has been awarded Best Pizza in Pasadena for 17 years—their casual ambiance, magnificent gourmet pizzas and the extensive menu are all reasons why this restaurant reigns supreme!

The varieties of pizza are endless. Just when you think you’ve tried them all, a daring, renegade chef will create a new masterpiece. Pizza is an essential part of college culture, and a lifesaver for moms everywhere. It is a uniquely American staple food, and carries with it memories of growing up, whether in the suburbs or the city. Your favorite style of pizza depends on where you were born; those raised on the East Coast swear by classic New York style, while Chicagoans seek out the deep-dish. Now, the artisanal pizzas have taken hold countrywide. Wood-fired pies are the rage, and with good reason. Fresh ingredients, unique flavor combinations, and crispy crusts with perfectly chewy centers draw diners from far and wide.

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Their goal is to make the food at the club as great as the comedy—

a place where people go for dinner, not just the shows. They are enhancing the typical appetizer, and introducing haute cuisine from mushroom ravioli to their signature burgers, their menu leaning on Italian fare.

Born right here in Tarzana, Jon Lovitz established the club because of his desire to lend a hand to up and coming artists. The Comedy Club & Podcast Theater gives them a great venue in which to strut their stuff, and who knows? Be discovered? Happens all the time. But there’s more! In addition to fabulous entertainment, the Comedy Club & Podcast Theater is rapidly becoming known as a place to savor some of the Southland’s best cuisine.

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