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Touring women-owned businesses in a fleet of Chevy vehicles (part 2)


Best of tour intro at Pacific Design CenterI recently joined a team of a dozen Los Angeles-area women bloggers to participate in the Best of LA Women-Owned Businesses Tour, sponsored by Chevrolet. Together, we had a chance to experience five 2010 Chevrolet vehicles  -- a Camaro, Malibu, Avalanche, and two Equinox crossovers - while we were chauffeured to four gal-owned shops to find inspiration and learn what it takes for women-owned businesses to succeed in Los Angeles.


During the course of the day, we gals took turns in each of the vehicles, chatted and learned about each other's blogs, and tweeted about the cars and our experiences in each of these fabulous women-owned businesses.

This is part two of the two-part article: please click here to read about the stops we made on the first half of the day.

Our third stop of the day was Drybar,  the first salon of its kind in Los Angeles specializing in only blowouts, chauffeured in the Chevrolet Malibu. Offering no cuts and no colors -- only a wash and style - Drybar's goal is to focus on that one thing and be the best at it. With that in mind, Drybar offers a menu of blowdry styles at a single price in a comfy environment.

As for the Malibu, a couple of years ago, Chevy completely revamped its staid and slightly boring Malibu into a roomy family sedan that combines sporty styling and great fuel economy. Promising 33 mpg on the highway, the Malibu promises better mileage than the Toyota Camry or Honda Accord, and -- thanks to its lovely interior detailing comfortable and quiet ride -- looks and feels like a luxury sedan without having to pay a luxury price.

Our final adventure was amazing Valerie Confections  in the fabulous Chevrolet Camaro. Offering100% hand-made confections made from the finest quality organic ingredients, Valerie Gordon crafts traditional chocolates, confections and petit four with a sophisticated palate in mind. We sampled an assortment of Valerie's incredible delights with sighs of deep pleasure at their subtle and delicious flavors, and I left with a jar of homemade strawberry jam. Yum!

I've been a fan of the Camaro since my first test drive last year,  It doesn't matter if you're a mom or a motorhead, the classic ponycar evokes an emotional response in a way that no other car does. No, it's not a practical family car: the back seat is nearly fictional, and the trunk opening is so small that you'd never get a stroller in there, but the car is still amazing. It offers an ideal combination of retro heritage, modern technology and high performance, while also being well-priced among its competitors.

You can watch a short video highlighting each stop on our tour here.

Our tour was the second in a series of "Chevy Best Of" tours that give locals in inside look at their city's offerings while experiencing the style, innovation and comfort of new Chevy vehicles. The first was a Best of LA Cupcake tour (so sorry I missed that one!) that visited the best cupcake shops in the Los Angeles area. Our tour was followed by a tour in San Francisco that highlighted the city's spectacular street food! The goal of each of these "Best of" Tours is to allow online influencers who consumers read and trust to fully experience some of the best products from Chevy's line-up in fun and practical ways. I hope to be able to experience additional "Best Of" Tours in the future and will share them with you here!

All photos by the author or courtesy of Chevrolet.

Brandy Schaffels
By Brandy Schaffels


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