Yoga studio expands to gift shop with items that ‘spark joy,’ owner says

When people enter her gift boutique, Joyful Treasures in Point Lookout, owner Laura Shockley, 45, says an instant sense of calm prevails. “They say things like, ‘Ahh, it feels so relaxing in here,’ or ‘I walk in here and I feel like I’m taking a breath.’” That makes sense because years ago, Shockley abandoned her career as a high-powered attorney at a large Long Island firm to take a breath of her own, and enter what she calls, “her karmic life” as a yoga and meditation instructor.

She opened Point Lookout Yoga and Wellness Studio some five years ago, and just this past June (although it was slated to open much earlier … pandemic and all) she debuted her gift shop in a storefront located next door to her studio. The name, Joyful Treasures, is not random. “Everything in this store, I’ve touched and loved. And I always ask the

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Meet the 16-year-old owner of a Brooklyn beauty supply shop

Some teens get an after-school job. Paris McKenzie got an after-school career.

The precocious 16-year old opened her own store, Paris Beauty Supplyz, on Church Avenue in Flatbush last month. She even has an employee who is six years older than her.

“It’s not as awkward as you might think,” McKenzie told The Post of the managerial relationship. “Giselle is 22 and she is so kind and welcoming. It’s not like, ‘Oh this 16-year-old is bossing me around.’ ”

But McKenzie is very much in charge — and putting on a masterclass in the pandemic hustle. A senior at the High School for Human Services and Health Professions, she grew up working in her mother’s nearby salon, learning the tricks of the cosmetology trade, including hair and nails along with entrepreneurial skills.

When a beauty shop in the neighborhood was shutting down, the store’s previous owner approached McKenzie’s mom because

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TimesOC: Did Anaheim gift stadium, land to Angels owner Arte Moreno?

Good morning, and welcome to the TimesOC newsletter. It’s Friday, Oct. 2.

My name is David Carrillo Peñaloza, the author of the TimesOC newsletter and an editor for Los Angeles Times Community News.

At the 11th hour, the Anaheim City Council voted to keep the Angels in Anaheim until at least 2050.

But was it a fair deal for the city, or Anaheim’s version of a baseball giveaway?

Reporters Bill Shaikin and Ben Brazil covered the almost eight-hour online City Council meeting, which went past 1 a.m. Wednesday. Council members voted 5-2 to approve a revised deal with Angels owner Arte Moreno, selling Angel Stadium and the 150 acres it sits on for $150 million in cash

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