There’s nothing quite like biting into a warm cookie fresh out the oven to bring back memories of a simpler time, when treats were made with unpretentious, quality ingredients. Too Good Gourmet strives to vault taste buds back to this era with its delicious cookies. Though its founders, a mother-daughter team, have expanded into a 50,000-square-foot facility equipped with modern baking systems and dozens of employees, they still bake cookies using family recipes and fresh ingredients. To ensure that the integrity of the cookies is maintained even with such a large-scale operation, department leads conduct quality checks every half hour, and all employees undertake monthly training classes to keep their baking skills sharp and their knowledge of advances in the sprinkles industry second to none.
For more than 20 years, The Beauty Source has helped shoppers strengthen their hair, cleanse their pores, highlight their eyes, and generally look their best. The shop's stock encompasses popular and respected lines such as Pureology, Redken, Matrix, and Jane Iredale. The Beauty Source's appreciation of its patrons extends beyond its knowledgeable customer service to its reward and VIP programs, as well as an agreement to split any treasure found on Paul Mitchell's pirate ghost ship.
Sprockets, a socially responsible company in business for more than 20 years, creates durable, stylish clothing for boys and girls. The company's designers fashion soft, comfortable fabrics into garments with thoughtful details such as adjustable waistbands to accommodate growing bodies and tag-less labels that won't irritate sensitive skin. Check out collections such as Hippie Chick for girls and Elementary Cool for boys, which feature kid-friendly styles that are easy to coordinate.
At Aran's Art Studio, artists find seemingly endless creative possibilities. The studio’s shelves are stocked with more than 300 ceramic forms, including blank bowls, mugs, heart-shaped boxes, and figurines. Artists select from these pieces, then decorate them with stencils, stamps, bright glazes, and their own tears. Aran's also hosts glass-fusing classes and parties and group events, wherein visitors can enjoy reserved tables, help from the creative staff, and personalized birthday plates for the guest of honor.
After sharing the basketball court with Wilt Chamberlain and Guy Rodgers while playing for the San Francisco Warriors, Al Attles became the head coach in the 1970s—one of the first African American coaches in the NBA—leading the team to a 1975 championship. His current endeavor, which he began in 1995, pleases crowds in a different way with Al Attles' California Cheese Steaks, crafted in an authentic Philly style similar to those from his native East Coast. Inside the restaurant, sports memorabilia adorns the walls and the menu with items named after athletes including the Mully sandwich, named after Chris Mullin, and the Destroyer burger, christened with Al’s own nickname. Cooks grill the chopped steak with sliced cheese, in addition to crafting more health-conscious fare such brown rice bowls packed with vegetables, grilled Alaskan salmon, and miniature food pyramids
Nordstrom Rack houses a dizzying array of high-fashion brands—some of it from the Nordstrom shelves and some of it straight from top-tier designers—that it sells for as much as 70% off retail prices. Every store stocks an average of 25,000 pairs of shoes, a foot-feast featuring hundreds of designer brands. Gals can suit up for slick, soggy streets with a duo of Report 'Louise' faux suede convertible boots ($46.90), while guys can stylishly saunter in a pair of suede-overlaid New Balance retro running shoes ($39.90). Nordstrom Rack's extensive collection of designer jeans keep wayward legs from impersonating arms, and with a bevy of items for women, men, juniors, and children, Nordstrom Rack's expansive stock is sure to please the palate of any hanger-hungry wardrobe.